Put simply, the Lupo Smartpanel takes Lupo's powerful LED panels and shrinks it right down to an on-camera light. Now on-camera lights can be uncomfortable for subjects at times, so it's probably not a good idea to shoot this at full brightness as it's that bright. In daylight, we found the light to measure nearly 4500 lux at 1m, which is incredible for an on-camera light. That's brighter than a lot of full-sized LED panels.
Now, like with any of Lupo's high output lights (except the soft versions of their lights), you wouldn't want to shine this directly at your subject, as you'll get multiple shadows due to the LED's being exposed on the front of the light. The real benefit of this light comes from being able to bounce or shoot it through some diffusion to create a larger source, and therefore a much softer light.
If you need to travel super light, it's possible that you could get away with one of these lights and a reflector if you absolutely needed to. The Smartpanel also makes a great backlight, it's super light so you don't need to worry too much about mounting it, in fact, this lightweight boom arm from E-Image is a perfect pairing.
One thing to note about the Smartpanel is that it has quite a narrow beam angle (around 40 degrees), thanks to the lenses in front of the LED's which give it its high output.
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