Litepanels has pioneered the way for LED panels to be used for film. What used to be about hot lights, heat-resistant gloves, and bulky form factors, is now about lightweight versatility. LED lights have made film lighting 10x easier and as technology advances, innovative solutions have only expanded. Now, Litepanels has released a new light, Litepanels Gemini 1x1 Hard.
If you aren’t familiar with Litepanels Gemini series, there are 2 other Gemini lights. One is the Gemini 1x1 Soft and the other is the Gemini 2x1 Soft. Both lights are highly regarded in their ease of use and convenient capabilities but the Gemini Hard 1x1 may be the best light Litepanels has created yet.
The Gemini Hard 1x1 claims to deliver a light output of 3000 lux at 5600K (daylight) at up to 10ft/3M, making it one of the brightest LED panels out currently. The light is RGBWW which means it has a 5 in 1 LED chip that contains Red, Green, Blue, White, and Warm White. The light produces colors that are accurate and has a CRI rating of 98. The light gives you full control over 300 different gels and countless colors. It also has many cinematic effects.
The Gemini Hard 1x1 was made to be punchier than the previous Gemini models. It does so at a cost. The Gemini Hard 1x1 has a beam angle of 46 degrees but a diffuser or softbox can increase the tight beam angle tenfold and the high light output allows the user to use a range of diffusers without sacrificing too much light.
The Gemini Hard 1x1 draws 200W but it also can be powered by batteries. Litepanels has a single battery plate that attaches to the yoke of the light for $380. Their website provides a chart detailing the runtime of an Anton Bauer Dionic XT Series battery for the Gemini.
The Gemini Hard 1x1 has no flicker at any camera frame rate, shutter angle, or light intensity. Ultra-light and Domed Diffusers are supplied with the fixture. The light also has wired or wireless DMX as well as Bluetooth remote control features.
The battery power seems to be more trouble than it’s worth and the 46-degree beam angle is tight but the Gemini Hard 1x1 may be the most impressive light in the Gemini series. The range of diffusion that can be used with the Gemini Hard, at its high output, makes it that much more of an appealing light. The Gemini Hard 1x1 is priced at $2,250 and will be available at the end of April 2021. You can learn more about the Gemini Hard 1x1 on the Litepanels website.