Pixel HK have released a larger version of their Sonnon LED light panels, and this time with a flash mode, and a King Pro compatible receiver built in!
The Sonnon DL-913 is a 308 LED panel, 1600LM, and power of 16.8 watts maximum, and 25 watts maximum in flash mode. With a stated CRI (Color Rendering Index) of 85%+.
The DL-913 is a continuous light for video and photography, but also features a flash mode which boosts the light output from 16.8 to 25 watts, which I would expect would equate to around 2/3rds of a stop of extra light.
The Manfrotto Maxima Hybrid LED lights in comparison boost the output 4 times (or 2 stops) in flash mode, but then they have a lower continuous light output to start with.
The DL-913 has a regular 3.5mm sync socket to trigger the flash mode, but also a 2.4GHz Pixel King Pro compatible receiver built in. So no external receiver or sync cord is needed if you already use the King Pro triggers.
Though I don’t expect there would be any remote power control of the DL-913 with the King Pro transmitter, just a simple fire signal. There is no mention of Canon or Nikon compatible versions either, so I would expect both Canon and Nikon King Pro transmitters should be able to fire the DL-913’s flash mode.
The Pixel Sonnon series LED panels also feature a 2.4GHz radio transceiver system used to group them together, so that power levels of a whole group of panels can be changed from just the one unit (with 28 increments of fine adjustment on the power dial).
The is mainly designed so that a number of panels can be joined together into a larger light source. You only have to adjust the power level of one panel then, instead of individually adjusting all the panels in the group. And there are 3 separate groups available.
Although this is generally designed for the panels to be stacked right next to each other, the 2.4GHz radio is actually capable of 100 Meter + range. There is no separate remote transmitter unit available, though you can use one light close by to adjust the others remotely.
Power options include 8 AA batteries, or the more likely option of 2 standard 7.2 volt Sony NP-F570 etc Lithium-Ion video batteries.
And there is also a 9V-14V DC socket for mains power. Though the power supply cord/adapter would be optional.
Unlike the previous smaller Sonnor LED panels, the new DL-913 now has barn doors available. Though theses may be an optional extra.
A neutral diffuser panel, and tungsten color correction panel are included.
The DL-913 is looking like a very interesting light, particularity for those that use the Pixel King Pro already.
I have a coupe of the smaller 108 LED Sonnon DL-912 and often use them as small modelling lights. They’re fairly bright, and the DL-913 should be around 3 times as bright, and then with another boost again in flash mode. That should make them quite usable as combined flash and video lights.
And at around just $85 each you can afford to stack a few together for a larger light source and more light output.
Price and Availability –
The Pixel Sonnon DL-913 are available from around $80.
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