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LED lights produce very little heat and they’re powerful, lightweight and thrifty when it comes to power consumption. While a continuous light source and a flash unit are typically two separate devices, the Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid, specifically designed for DV and HDSLR cameras, is a portable LED light panel with built-in flash capability.
The Litepanels MicroPro Hybrid combines a continuous LED light source with a flash function, bridging the needs of videographers and photographers. The MicroPro Hybrid is a 9-watt light panel that’s ideal for mounting on a DV camcorder or DSLR camera. It measures only 5.5 x 3.75 x 1.5 inches in size, and weighs only 10.5 ounces. It’s perfect for use with DSLR cameras that shoot video, a feature that’s becoming fairly standard among DSLRs.
The daylight on-camera lighting fixture uses Litepanels’ proprietary LED technology to produce luminous, soft, directional lighting with a 5600°K cool white daylight output and an incandescent equivalent light output of approximately 50 watts. LEDs are hearty little light sources, and the MicroPro Hybrid should provide more than 50,000 hours of usage.
The MicroPro Hybrid’s continuous mode is ideal for shooting video, producing beautiful, wraparound soft light. An integrated dimmer dial provides 0 to 100% dimming with minimal color shift. The flash mode produces a 400% brighter burst of light, which aids in shooting still images. The strobe function is activated by plugging in the included strobe sync cable.
Three filters are included with the panel (3200°K tungsten conversion, ¼ warming and diffusion) and they’re easily placed in the MicroPro Hybrid’s integrated filter holder. Extra filters can be placed in a second integrated filter holder on the back of the light panel.
The MicroPro Hybrid will run for up to 1.5 hours when powered by six alkaline AA batteries, or up to six hours when powered by Energizer e2 Lithium cells. Rechargeable batteries can also be used. If you prefer, power can be supplied by an optional AC adapter, or you can buy an optional DV Adapter Plate for Panasonic, Canon and Sony batteries.
The MicroPro Hybrid features a 1/4"-20 threaded ball head shoe mount with an adjustable tilt mechanism and locking handle. The light can also be mounted on an optional base plate or on an extension arm for off-camera use.
The MicroPro Hybrid comes in a kit that includes the light panel, ball head shoe mount, strobe sync cable, three gel filters, and a padded carrying case. It’s backed by a one-year warranty, but you’ll get many years of service from this rugged, versatile light source.