ZOLAR Vega and Toliman 1×1 LED Light Panels Review – With Video! | Incubator Tech

ZOLAR is a sibling firm of cinema digital camera producer Z CAM and a brand new participant within the lighting world. Their first mild sequence is made up of three 1×1 LED panels (ZOLAR Vega 30C, Toliman 30C and Toliman 30S) and guarantees to supply excessive coloration accuracy at an accessible worth. However how do these lights carry out within the discipline? Let’s discover out!

ZOLAR moved its first steps within the lighting market again at IBC 2022 when this new child model launched three 1×1 LED panels, particularly the Vega 30C RGBAW, the Toliman 30C bi-color and the Toliman 30S bi-color fixtures.

My colleague Graham had the prospect to take these lights out for a spin. He summed up his ideas in a earlier article, which is now being complemented by a video evaluation and his impartial photometric measurements. So let’s do a fast recap on the brand new ZOLAR LED panels!

ZOLAR Vega and Toliman LED panels. Image credit: CineD
ZOLAR Vega and Toliman LED panels. Picture credit score: CineD

ZOLAR Vega and Toliman 1×1 LED panels – abstract

The ZOLAR lighting ecosystem at present consists of three LED panels which can be barely bigger than the usual 1×1’ measurement. Specifically:

  • the Vega 30C options an RGBAW coloration engine and provides an especially vast coloration temperature vary, spanning from 2,000 as much as 20,000K (CCT Mode);
  • the Toliman 30C is a bi-color fixture with a extra normal CCT vary of three,200-5,600K;
  • the Toliman 30S is the “entry-level” mannequin. It shares the identical CCT vary because the Toliman 30C, however primarily lacks DMX management and gives a decrease mild output.
ZOLAR Vega 30C. Image credit: CineD
ZOLAR Vega 30C LED panel. Picture credit score: CineD

Regardless of being a newcomer on this discipline, ZOLAR is driving on Z CAM’s good popularity and experience. You may already inform they did a exceptional job in designing their first mild sequence simply by wanting on the strong matte gray aluminum alloy defending the LED panels. This additionally integrates a type of color-coding conference. Certainly, the 2 bi-color fashions function orange nook plastic components, which can be yellow on the RGBAW variant.

The ZOLAR Vega 30C has yellow corner plastic protectors. Image credit: CineD
The ZOLAR Vega 30C has yellow nook plastic protectors. Picture credit score: CineD

Every lamp weighs lower than 4.5kg/10lbs and integrates a handy diffusion system, referred to as ZOLAR Stylist. This consists of a double-sided panel that may be simply eliminated and flipped to the opposite face with a purpose to modify the sunshine’s beam angle. Nonetheless, it’s not arduous to foresee that ZOLAR may increase this answer sooner or later.

The ZOLAR Stylist diffusion system. Image credit: CineD
The ZOLAR Stylist diffusion system. Picture credit score: CineD

ZOLAR LED panels – energy and management

The three lights differ of their energy draw. The Toliman 30S is the least power-hungry mannequin (round 120W) and may draw juice from DC energy or a single V-mount battery that may be connected on to the again of the sunshine physique. Then again, the Vega 30C and Toliman 30C include a devoted energy provide unit with sturdy Neutrik energy connectors however require two V-mount bricks if you wish to depend on battery energy.

ZOLAR Vega 30C's Neutrik power connectors. Image credit: CineD
ZOLAR Vega 30C’s Neutrik energy connectors. Picture credit score: CineD

Total, the ZOLAR mild panels provide an excellent quantity of flexibility in the case of controlling the fixtures. All fashions function onboard controls, include an included distant controller and will be related to good units through Bluetooth utilizing the ZOLAR App (iOS/Android).

ZOLAR Toliman 30C vs Toliman 30S. Image credit: CineD
ZOLAR Toliman 30C and Toliman 30S LED panels. Picture credit score: CineD

Moreover, a proprietary ZolarLink protocol permits a number of items to be synced collectively. And lastly, the “C” fashions combine wired and wi-fi DMX management capabilities with assist to Artwork-Internet and sACN protocols, whereas the Toliman 30S lacks this chance.

ZOLAR control app. Image credit: CineD
ZOLAR management app. Picture credit score: CineD

Photometrics and coloration accuracy

The panels will be dimmed from 0 as much as 100% of their depth in exact 0.1% increments utilizing 4 totally different dimming curves. Furthermore, the corporate claims they didn’t discover any vital change in depth or coloration after leaving the panels working at full punch for about 1.5 years.

Whereas it is a daring assertion, Graham used his Sekonic C-700-U spectrometer to conduct some impartial measurements utilizing the Vega 30C. As marketed, the fixture truly scored an total CRI ranking of 97+ (97.6 to be precise) and the measured coloration temperature was fairly near the chosen goal:

Goal Measured
5,600K 5,486K
4,700K 4,650K
3,200K 3,241K

Additionally, he measured the next mild outputs when positioning the spectrometer at a distance of three ft from the sunshine supply:

Coloration temperature Output
5,600K 7,820 lux
4,700K 9,930 lux
3,200K 9,330 lux

What’s within the field mushy circumstances?

Whereas the Toliman 30S mannequin will be saved in a single mushy case, the main design disadvantage of the Vega 30C and Toliman 30C is that their components come cut up into two totally different luggage, one for the LED panel and the opposite for the ability provide unit. Nonetheless, right here’s a full record of included equipment:

  • ZOLAR LED panel
  • Yoke mount
  • Distant controller
  • AC/DC energy adapter
  • ZOLAR Stylist W panel
  • AC energy cable
  • Distant connector cable
The ZOLAR led panels come in soft cases. Image credit: CineD
The ZOLAR led panels are available mushy circumstances. Picture credit score: CineD

Worth and availability

Total, the ZOLAR Vega 30C, Toliman 30C and Toliman 30S mild panels appear to be an amazing possibility for small-sized studios or one-man-band eventualities. The lights can be found to order from B&H and CVP. The Vega 30C at present retails for $799, the Toliman 30C for $699, and the Tolicam 30S for $499, respectively, whereas a 32×32 softbox can be accessible for $49.

For extra data, please go to Z CAM’s web site right here.

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ZOLAR Vega and Toliman 1×1 LED Light Panels Review – With Video!