Dracast LED Panel Review

Dracast LED Panel Review

I was lucky enough to get a Dracast LED panel to evaluate and I was extremely pleased with the build quality and results of the light. In this post I’ll be reviewing color temperature, build quality and run time. Read on to see the results and my overall thoughts of the light panel.

Build Quality

One of the things I was most impressed with about Dracast was the build quality of the light. At 5.5lbs, this light can easily be mounted to a ceiling or end of a C-Stand but still has a robust build. The aluminum frame and mounting yoke will insure this is going to last a long time and can handle onset abuse. I would also feel ok sending this out with other crews as a rental. Although not important for everyone, this is a big consideration for me when buying gear.

panel closed

The barn doors are also well built. They can easily be taken off or put back on which makes this light even more flexible. Too many times I’ve dealt with flimsy barn doors that won’t hold their spot and need constant adjusting. I was very happy it wasn’t the case with Dracast. These are very similar to those found on the Arri hotlights.

back of dracast panel

Light Quality

The Dracast 1000 LED Daylight balanced light has a 120 FC (foot candle) reading at 12ft and 1800 FC at 3ft. The CRI is rated at 95. I was impressed with the punch and yet how soft the light is. Unlike most lights, when you dim this LED the color balance does not change. This is a great feature and allows you to perfectly dial in how much brightness you need. This is especially helpful when doing interviews and need to adapt to different skin tones without taking too much time to adjust.

Below is a whiteboard test shot from the Canon 7D. I found the 5200k and 5000k to be the most accurate. Even though this is a daylight balanced light, 5600k had too much yellow for my liking.

White board comparrison

You can also purchase various filters and softboxes to add flexibility to your lighting setups.

Even though the whiteboard test showed 5600K being too warm/yellow, when used on a recent corporate shoot (unfortunately I can’t share any screen shots) 5600k was the best setting on my C300 when shooting broll.

Battery Run Time

I let the light run on a 90w vmount battery and I was able to run for 1 hour and 9 minutes at 100% brightness. At 50% brightness, a 90w vmount battery ran for 2 hours and 45 minutes. Be sure to test out with your own batteries so you know how many you will need on set to run all day.

panel turned on

Overall Thoughts

This is a great light that can be used on a wide range of applications and trusted to deliver a quality light source while handling daily abuse. You can find out more on this lights and other Dracast products on the Dracast website.

2 Comments

  1. Timur civan
    August 23, 2015

    Thanks. Thinking of picking up a set of these.

    Reply
  2. John
    July 28, 2016

    Rob,

    Nice review TY. We’ve used the Pro series and loved the high CRI.
    We recently picked up the new line of Sliver series LED’s from Dracast.
    Little more run and gun, lighter but still has that great CRI.

    Check them out!

    Keep up the good work!

    Reply

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