PIXEL – SONNON DL-914 LED & Flash Panel Released

PIXEL DL-914

 

Pixel have release the Sonnon DL-914, a 900 LED light panel, also incorporating a flash mode with 2.4GHz Pixel King Pro compatible radio receiver built inside.

The Sonnon DL-914 now feature a full alloy case and metal swivel bracket.

 

PIXEL DL-914

 

The DL-914 also feature a large LCD display interface, with wireless output control for 3 slave groups, and 30 levels of power adjustment.

An AC power supply (110v – 240V) is also now included, and attaches neatly to the back of the panel.

 

Pixel DL-914

 

DL-914 FEATURES

 

  • 900 LED Panel
  • 4100 Lumen Maximum Output
  • CRI > 85
  • Color Temp 5600K +/- 200K
  • Wireless Power Control
  • 3 Groups A / B / C
  • 30 Levels of Digital Power Adjustment
  • Large LCD Display Interface
  • Flash Mode – Pixel King Pro Compatible
  • Sync Port – (Use a Sync Cord, or Other Radio Triggers)
  • Radio Slave Mode – (One Panel Fires The Others)
  • Full Alloy Metal Case
  • Metal Tilt Bracket
  • Diffusion Panel Included
  • AC Power Supply Included
  • Barn Doors Available (may be optional)

 

 

The DL-914 now feature a nice large LCD display interface. No need to guess the power level settings anymore, as the power level is clearly displayed in Lumens, as well as a simple % off the full power output.

And the output display changes instantly as you adjust the main power dial.

Color temperature is also displayed, though this is not adjustable with the DL-914 (possibly a hint to future models coming).

 

Pixel DL-914

 

Like previous and smaller Pixel Light Panels, the DL-914 provide 2.4GHz wireless power and group control for 3 remote groups of light panels (positioned up to 50 meters away).

This is a simple and effective system for adjusting a number of panels through any one panel set to Master (or TX) while its being used as the transmitter interface.

The group function also works for turning remote lights on and off in the flash mode discussed below.

 

PIXEL SONNON DL-914

 

A unique feature of the DL-914, and the previous smaller DL-913 (reviewed here), is a flash mode for still photos.

And the DL-914 also have a Pixel King Pro compatible radio receiver built inside (which simply fires the DL-914, no remote control or TTL etc).

The DL-914’s flash mode appears to be very similar to the DL-913, in that it unfortunately disables the continuous light while in use. And there is no output adjustment, only full power available.

So while a little limited, this flash mode is still likely to become of more interest with the added power of the larger DL-914.

This is simply because the light panel could be used closer to subjects for softer portraits etc at full power in flash mode, where it would otherwise blind people in continuous mode.

 

Pixel DL-914

 

 

The DL-914 provide a standard 3.5mm sync port for the flash mode. So a sync cord, or alternative radio triggers, can also be used to sync the DL-914 with the camera.

And the DL-914 also have a radio slave function built in which will fire other DL-914 lights.

So the sync cord (or radio triggers) only need to be connected to the closest light panel, and any other DL-914 panels can then be fired via their own built in radio trigger system.

 

Pixel DL-914

 

 

The DL-914 come standard with a detachable frosted diffusion cover. (Color correction gels may be optional).

 

PIXEL SONNON DL-914

 

And Barn Doors are also available, though they may be optional.

 

Pixel_DL-914

 

Pixel also appear to be indicating the main power control dial modules have been upgraded to higher quality components. As previous dials where know for not always being as responsive and consistent as they could be.

 

Pixel DL-914

 

 

DL-914 SPECIFICATIONS

 

Pixel_DL-914

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Pixel Sonnon DL-914 should be making their way to Ebay and the usual dealers soon.

Suggested retail price is not stated as yet.

The smaller 300 LED DL-913 sell from around $85.

 

Pixel – Website

Pixel – DL-913 Review

 

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9 Comments
  1. Amir 2 years ago

    Looks like a solid capable unit. Thanks for posting.

  2. Apostolos 2 years ago

    As someone who shoots both stills and video, I’m noticing a couple of important features missing, that the newer low-cost LED panels for video, like the Aputure 672, have.
    a) High CRI LEDs, 95 or higher
    b) Power option by Sony NPF-style batteries.

    Granted, the larger panels, 900 LEDs or larger are not powered by NPF-style batteries, but by V-mount batteries, but for me, as both a stills and video shooter these two features (high CRI, batteries) would be critical towards a future purchase.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Apostolos,

      Thanks for that. I’m not familiar with the V-mount batteries, though I get the impression this would actually be the V-mount included? (when you remove the AC adapter).

      Regarding the CRI, Aputure are pretty inexpensive gear as well, so I would be pretty wary of comparing stated figures, as some may simply be more optimistic than others.

      If you know better from user feedback or independent tests etc disregard the above. I’m not really that familiar with them to know either way at this stage.

  3. Apostolos 2 years ago

    Yes, that looks like a V-mount but it was not in the original pictures, nor mentioned in the specs. So, is it included or not? . Aputure are inexpensive lights indeed, but so is almost every Chinese-made light, compared to European or American-made lights. But 95 from 85 CRI is significant and I don’t think they would make that claim if it could be proved otherwise easily.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Yes the V-mount is definitely there when you remove the AC power supply box. As you mention Pixel have not provided any information on the compatible batteries which is why I didn’t mention battery power. But I’d be very surprised if they are not compatible with the regular V-mount batteries though.

      I wouldn’t be the slightest bit surprised if the two panels had similar CRI regardless of the figures stated. I don’t really want to get too much into LED lights though until I can get something to measure the color correctly.

  4. Apostolos 2 years ago

    Yes, it looks like a standard V-mount. The marketing department of this company must now that the competition is already advertising LEDs with 95 CRI or higher, so, it doesn’t make sense that they would not include it in their specs, if theirs were 95 CRI.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      They are stated as “above” 85. Other companies may be a little more optimistic with their minimum spec.

      From what I can see there appears to be some room for interpretation in CRI readings. You would think flash guide numbers would be pretty black and white, though even Canon and Nikon manage to overstate their guide number by a stop.

      The specs have always been full of figures, some more optimistic than others, whether its output, flash duration, color consistency, trigger range etc.

  5. kcvb 2 years ago

    if use as flash, how power of fire if compare to speedlite? how much for this?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi kcvb,

      These are only equivalent to around minimum power on a speedlight, 1/128 to 1/64.

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