Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard Panel: First Look Ultra bright 2X1 focused panel

Earlier this week Litepanels introduced a new super powerful 2×1 LED RGBWW panel – the Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard. This new panel can push up to 23,000 lux at 3m and should be ideal for when you need a lot of focused light.

Expending the Hard series

Last September we published our extensive review of the Litepanels Gemini 1×1 Hard – one of the most powerful 1×1 RGBWW LED panels available on the market today. This panel packs a very impressive output in a very compact form factor with the option to be used as a hard light source or be diffused by its light dome and other accessories.

The new Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard expends the hard line into the high-end ultra-powerful segment with 500W of output. Those looking for even more punch might find this unit worth checking out especially given its very high output of 23,000 lux at 3m (the Litepanels Gemini 1×1 Hard has 29200 Lux at 1m just to get a perspective).

Special capabilities

The Gemini 2×1 Hard is able to achieve its extreme power by a combination of efficient LEDs and a 20-degree beam angle (significantly narrower than the already narrow Gemini 1×1 Hard).  The consequence of this choice is that you will be able to use the light to get more light much further away but it’s not the right tool if you are trying to light a larger area.

In the video published by Litepanels about the light, you can see a unit being carried under a large drone. This is a very interesting demo of some of the special capabilities of the new light.

A Gemini 2×1 Hard under a drone

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The first thing which is quite obvious is the ability to carry the light under the drone. Litepanels designed the light without ballast and with a weight of about 11.5kg with the ability to be powered by dual 26V batteries (although at slightly lower output).

Another aspect of the drone demo is the wireless control of the light. It includes Integrated DMX and CRMX that allows the operator to control the light in a complex setup from a distance.

Gemini 2×1 Hard video with drone demo

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Gemini 2×1 Hard: Main specs

Here are the main specs of the Gemini 2×1 Hard:

  • 500W RGWW LED panel.
  • CRI 95
  • TLCI 97
  • 20-degree beam angle.
  • Color temprature range – 2700K-10,000K
  • Over 23000 lux at 3m (5600K).
  • 0.1 – 100% automatic flicker-free dimming at any frame rate/shutter angle
  • Optional battery power (optional dual 26V 240Wh can power the panel at 85%).
  • 11.5KG/25.3 lbs.

Pricing and availability

The new Litepanels Gemini 2×1 Hard is already available for pre-order for just under $6000 on B&H.

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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