Two new bi-color LED lights will be released by Aputure at the end of April, one again in credit card size, but brighter than before (MX), the other (F7) completely dimmable and with an extended colour temperature range. In both cases the CRI and TLCI values are above 95.
The Amaran MX is a micro-LED of the M9, but more massive constructed and about 3x brighter -- a new boost mode should be able to increase the brightness even more by 30% for max. 60s. The maximum illuminance is then 1200 lux at a distance of 0.5m or 3200 lux at 0.3m. 128 SMD LEDs with 120° beam angle are used.
The colour temperature should be adjustable in five steps between 2800-6500K, the luminosity can also be adjusted in steps. The MX is powered by a built-in battery, which is charged via USB Type-C and should last about one hour at full -- and allegedly constant -- light output. The light weighs 278g, a 1/4" thread and a cold shoe connection is available. The Amaran MX will cost 149 dollars (the M9 remains in the program).
Also new is the larger Amaran F7. It is narrower than its predecessor (198c) and with its 256 LEDs offers a maximum power of 14000 lux at 0.3m. The beam angle here is 45°. As a special feature, the F7 has a new, infinitely variable dimming function to 1% power (8 lux @ 0.5m, 3200K).
The F7 offers a particularly wide range of colour temperatures, from 3200K to 9500K. This allows a high daylight luminous intensity to be achieved even at 5600K. The power supply can now be done in several ways, via a Sony NP-F battery or -- completely new -- via a D-Tap connector, e.g. a large V-Mount battery in the camera rig. Power can also be supplied via USB Type-C. A small display shows the charge level as well as brightness and temperature values.
The Amaran F7 weighs 260g and costs 98 dollars; available from the end of April.
Still in development is as news shooter reports an RGB panel light, Aputures first. It should be equipped with a color picker to imitate any color temperature as much as possible, for example when rotating with different lights. It should also be possible to record and reproduce light effects in the environment (such as TV flickering) or temporal sequences (sunsets) via the picker -- sounds like a very interesting feature.