Aputure kicks off its new Pro LED Panel range with the Nova P300c RGBWW Softlight

Jul 23, 2020

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Aputure kicks off its new Pro LED Panel range with the Nova P300c RGBWW Softlight

Jul 23, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Taking a little break from the Bowens mount LED lights that Aputure’s become famous for, the start of their new professional line of LED panels is finally available. They’ve kicked the line off with the Aputure Nova P300c, a 300W RGBWW LED panel designed to produce a softer light without modifiers (although, there is a softbox available, too).

The P300c was actually first debuted at NAB 2018, and it’s taken the last two years to take the feedback on board and implement the necessary changes to bring it to release. Compared with the original design, it has a higher range of white balance from 2,000K up to 10,000K with CRI and TLCI of 95+, an internal ballast and a stronger mount.

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The light actually went up for pre-order last month, but as of today, it’s available and shipping. Priced at $1,699, this isn’t an inexpensive light by any means. But coming from Aputure, at this price point, you know it’s probably going to be pretty kick-ass – and even the demo samples they were showing off two years ago was already quite impressive, and it has some pretty decent output, too.

Colour TempDistance1m3m5m
2700KLux7,450890350
2700KFootcandles6928333
3200KLux8,200960370
3200KFootcandles7628934
4300KLux8,6001,000395
4300KFootcandles7999337
5500KLux9,0001,100430
5500KFootcandles83610240
6500KLux8,5501,020400
6500KFootcandles7959537

One of the biggest changes to come with the release of the Aputure Nova P300c is the move from an external ballast, which sat on the back of the unit, to an internal ballast, reducing the overall weight and size. But this is still a pretty heavy-duty light, so the fixture now utilises a dual mount that increases the sturdiness of the light and allows it to be mounted to C Stands and Combo stands.

The light can be controlled via the supplied control box, which can be mounted to the light out of the way when not in use, or you can use DMX control. You can even use the Sidus Link app, incorporating the Sidus Mesh technology that’s become popular with the Aputure MC, 300D II and 300X LED lights and it has that wireless control straight out of the box – nothing extra to buy.

Colour Temp Range2,000-10,000K
Colour modesHSI, RGB, XY, Gels
CRI95+ (2,500-10,000K)
TLCI95+ (2,500-10,000K)
Native beam angle120°
Operating temp-10 to 45°C
Power supply100-240VAC 50/60Hz
Operating current4 Amps
Power input360W Max
Power output360W Max
Control methodsOn-board, Siodus Link (Sidus Mesh), 5-pin DMX512
Battery operating voltageDC 24-48V (4-pin XLR)
Cooling methodActive cooling
Accessory MountNova P300c Drop-in accessory slot
Mount16mm / 28mm | 5/8″ (Baby Pin) / 1 1/4″ (Junior pin)
Dimensions56.19 x 45.7 x 17.2cm (22.12 x 17.99 x 6.77″)
Weight10.35kg (22.818lbs)

Despite being a soft light source by itself with that large front panel, there is a softbox available to go along with the P300c. The Nova P300c Softbox was designed to fit directly into the Nova P300c’s accessory slot and is a separate $149 purchase. It helps to increase the size of the light source a little, providing further softening and more control with the 40° grid.

The Aputure Nova P300c is available to buy now for $1,699 and is now shipping. The Aputure Nova P300c Softbox is also available to buy now for $149.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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