ZOLAR Mild Overview – New Line of 1×1 LED Fixtures from the Makers of Z CAM

ZOLAR Light Review - New Line of 1x1 LED Fixtures from the Makers of Z CAM

Z CAM, recognized for his or her line of cinema cameras by the identical identify, has launched a line of LED fixtures with the space-age identify of ZOLAR. These lights vary from a finances bi-color model to an RGBAW colour model and they’re barely bigger than the 1×1 footprint we all know and have change into very aware of within the business. Let’s check out the our written ZOLAR mild assessment.

Editor’s notice: A extra detailed video assessment (together with mild measurements) for the ZOLAR Lights is within the making, however will solely be printed within the new yr.

Earlier than I get began with this assessment, watch our video protection from IBC concerning the ZOLAR lights, the place we talked to Z CAM / ZOLAR CEO Kinson Lavatory.

However now on to the precise ZOLAR Mild assessment: Let me begin by saying that I had a possibility to assessment the next fixtures as a part of the ZOLAR lineup:

It’s simple to focus this assessment totally on the formidable trying (when it comes to specs on the web page) ZOLAR Vega 30C RGBAW as a result of colour is revolutionizing how we work on set, however there’s a lot to debate relating to the opposite two Bi-Colour variations too. I’ll admit as extra 1×1-ish fixtures hit the market over time I discover myself turning into steadily extra vital of LED lights with these dimensions. On the identical time, we’re very fortunate to have so many selections lately as filmmakers, however the bar has to maneuver steadily larger as extra fixtures hit the market. On the threat of burying the lead, I’ll say that there’s extra to the ZOLAR line than first meets the attention, and it’s not all enterprise as regular with their characteristic set.

First impressions

All of those lights have a box-like design aesthetic that feels a bit out of a basic Fifties alien invasion flick like The Day the Earth Stood Nonetheless (which I like). Particularly, the Vega 30C RGBAW model and Toliman Bi-Colour each have a matte silver end damaged up solely by yellow (within the case of the colour model) or orange (within the case of the Bi-Colour variations) nook plastic protectors.

Every of those ZOLAR lighting packages weighs below 10 lbs for the lamp head, which isn’t significantly heavy and would make these good options for solo house owners/operators. You’ll even be wonderful utilizing a typical C-Stand or mild stand. Oddly, the ZOLAR staff has separated the facility provide from the lamp head of their delicate case included packaging and I a lot want case designs that embrace every thing in a single go.

Key options – differentiating issue to competitors

Plenty of the preliminary annoyances I’ve discovered these days throughout lighting critiques have principally been addressed right here out of the field. Let’s go forward and listing just some banner options that stood out for me:

  • A number of Selectable Fan Modes like Auto, Excessive, Mid, and Low (audio will thanks)
  • Multi-Mild Sync (generally referred to as Lead/Comply with by completely different producers)
  • Energy Loop Output (for stringing a number of lights collectively in a studio atmosphere)
  • Locking Connectors All through (Neutrik powerCon – not in 30S)
  • Twin V-Mount Battery Slots on the Energy Provide
  • A wide range of DMX (each wired and wi-fi in 30C variations) and Bluetooth/Wifi connectivity choices
  • 4 Dimming Curves and dimmable in 0.1% increments

Sadly, I’m a Gold Mount battery consumer and thus a heavy reliance on V-mount battery plates by the lighting business has been a troublesome one for me, however V-Mount customers might be pleased with the V-Mount plate possibility. You may, in fact, additionally use adapter plates as properly.

DMX customers will recognize the Artwork-Web 4, sACN, and 5-pin wired (with RDM) choices. Bluetooth customers can obtain the ZOLAR management app HERE. The app is fundamental, but it surely does the job of tackling a lot of the options you’ll need Bluetooth wi-fi entry to. It additionally connects shortly to every fixture.

I additionally discovered myself utilizing an included hand distant controller for every fixture very often when the lamp was located excessive off the bottom and I wanted to make fast adjustments in a pinch.

Using a flag "topper" on the Vega 30C
Utilizing a flag “topper” on the Vega 30C. Picture Credit score: Graham Sheldon/CineD

I used the ZOLAR line on just a few productions (principally scripted business interiors) over the course of a number of weeks and when it comes to simply pure utilization, I turned to the Vega 30C RGBAW most frequently for its versatility and stable colour rendition. However, I need to be clear that Bi-Colour nonetheless has a spot on most, if not all, of my shoots. How usually are you filming a mission with a colour aesthetic out of Bladerunnner? Most frequently I might guess you’ll end up residing in a spot the place daylight and Tungsten are nonetheless the secret and so the Toliman 30C and 30S will discover loads of use for you.

One of many extra spectacular design options of the ZOLAR fixtures is a flippable subtle entrance panel that adjustments the beam angle from 90 levels to 127 levels within the case of the Toliman 30C (identical for the Vega 30C) or from 40 levels to 88 levels with the Toliman 30S. Flipping the entrance panel takes simply seconds and I want extra panel-style lights did this — it’s simply so darn quick. Merely take away this panel (ZOLAR calls it a stylist) and also you get the widest attainable beam angle of round 25 levels.

One factor to contemplate is there’s at the moment a relative lack of equipment for the ZOLAR line. The producer does make an reasonably priced $49.00, 32×32 appropriate soft-box, however as of publishing time, I didn’t have entry to it for this assessment. A promised upcoming grid would even be a 100% wanted accent for me and I’d wish to see third events like DoPChoice undertake options for the ZOLAR line. To date, although, your accent choices are restricted — though this limitation is partially offset by the simply changeable beam angles.

ZOLAR Power Supply and power button
ZOLAR Energy Provide and energy button. Picture Credit score: Graham Sheldon/CineD

The construct high quality of each the facility provide and lamp heads are closely reliant on aluminum with plastic protectors. I did discover the yoke design (strikes a full 360-degrees) to be glorious and never susceptible in any respect to slipping.

Every mild contains the next:

  • 1x ZOLAR Fixture
  • 1x Yoke Mount
  • 1x Distant Controller
  • 1x AC DC Energy Adapter
  • 1x ZOLAR Stylist W 32×32
  • 1x AC Energy Cable
  • 1x Distant Connector Cable
  • 1x Fast Consumer Information

Variations Between ZOLAR Toliman 30S and ZOLAR Toliman 30C

When contemplating the $200 value distinction between the Bi-Colour ZOLAR Toliman 30S ($499) and Bi-Colour ZOLAR Toliman 30C ($699) we must always break down the important thing variations between these two fashions particularly:

  • DMX Help – Obtainable within the ZOLAR Toliman 30C, however not the 30S
  • powerCON Help/Cables – Included with the Toliman 30C, however not the 30S
  • The 200W Toliman 30C has a better powered PSU, in contrast with the 120W Toliman 30S
  • Improved energy provide and warmth dispatching system within the ZOLAR Toliman 30C, in contrast with the 30S

The Z Cam ZOLAR staff additionally examined the ZOLAR Toliman 30C for 4000 hours straight at full brightness working continuous and “there’s no brightness drop and colour degrading on all ZOLAR lights in our labs.” That is a formidable declare and never one which I’ll be capable of take a look at for fairly that length, however it’s clear that the producer has positioned a premium on high quality of sunshine.

The proper ZOLAR consumer?

I at all times wrestle with the query of the right consumer for particular person lighting merchandise as a result of I’ve been shocked earlier than by filmmakers considering exterior the field, however the ZOLAR line appears aimed toward proprietor/operators or small studio house owners. I’m basing that totally on the comparatively reasonably priced value and easy usability. That is additionally the right sequence for these trying to dip their toes into DMX management, both by 5-pin wired, sACN or Artwork-Web 4 (DMX not accessible within the ZOLAR Toliman 30S).

The RGBAW chips within the Vega 30C additionally do a terrific job creating these “center” colours between Purple, Inexperienced and Blue and I used to be particularly impressed by the standard of the wealthy “amber” colour.

I discovered ZOLARLink to even be particularly simple to make use of. Primarily you designate a lead lighting fixture and you may management as much as 50 fixtures in a bunch for a most of 16 teams — all throughout the lights themselves with out utilizing one other gadget. After all, I didn’t have 50 fixtures to check, however this characteristic labored nice with three.

Ultimate ideas on this ZOLAR Mild Overview

There’s a lot to love right here. Sturdy exterior construct combined with glorious colour, stable value level, and correct kelvin dealing with overcome a relative lack of at the moment accessible equipment and packaging that splits the facility provide from the lamp head.

I additionally don’t need to low cost the truth that the ZOLAR line of lights is coming from the well-established Z-Cam producer. That ought to give us some piece of thoughts that these fixtures are right here to remain and that servicing choices might be accessible properly into the longer term.

Please notice that we’re engaged on a video assessment of the ZOLAR lights, however it would solely be printed within the new yr. The video assessment can even embrace measurements for the lights.

What do you consider our ZOLAR Mild assessment? Will you be including the Z-CAM ZOLAR line of lights to your package? Tell us within the feedback beneath!

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