First look at the Godox Knowled P600Bi LED panel

Apr 25, 2023

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.

First look at the Godox Knowled P600Bi LED panel

Apr 25, 2023

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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Godox has announced a few new products at NAB 2023, including their new range of Knowled flexible panels. But they’ve also released a new hard panel, too. It’s called the Knowled P600Bi Hard, and it packs the power of the Knowled M600Bi (buy here) into panel form. We stopped by the Godox booth to have a chat with Godox Marketing Supervisor, Kylie Wang, to learn more about it.

Despite the name, the Godox Knowled P600Bi puts out 650 Watts of light in a compact 1×1 foot panel form factor. But unlike many LED panels, this isn’t just bare LED beads sitting on a flat plane. The LEDs here go through a mirror array and focusing lenses to project a very long throw with a fairly tight 40-degree beam to help intensify it and maximise that power output.

Godox Knowled P600Bi – Designed for high end

As part of the Godox Knowled series, the P600Bi Hard LED panel is designed to be used on higher-end sets. The entire Knowled series, Godox says, are “professional grade” products, built for the film and broadcast industries, offering high output, consistent power and accurate colour.

It has a colour temperature range from 2,800K to 6,500K with a CRI of 96+ and a full 650 Watt output throughout the temperature range. Its power is smoothly adjustable from 0-100% with a maximum output of 5600 lux at 1 metre.

Multiple Mounting Options

The Godox Knowled P600Bi comes with a bracket for mounting the panel to a standard C stand, Baby Pin or similar light stand. But it also features four heavy-duty hooks – one on each back corner – for mounting the light overhead of your subjects. Very handy if you want to simulate something like the look of a street light in your film.

Godox has also released a couple of frames that let you gang multiple lights together to create a larger light source. The frames available currently hold either two or four Knowled P600Bi panels to have them act as one. Unfortunately, Godox didn’t have any of these on shot at NAB, so as much as we’d like to show them to you this powerful combination of lights, we can’t right now.

Improved Cooling

With a light that puts out 650 Watts, you’re going to generate a lot of heat. There’s just no way around that. Godox says they’ve improved the heat dissipation system of the P600Bi with “advanced air duct design”. This helps to take the warm air away from the light with the assistance of three fans. Two handles allow you to easily manoeuvre the light on the stand, reducing the risk of burning yourself when it’s been running at full power all day.

Price and availability

Godox has not yet released a price for the unit, although a listing on the website of EU distributor, Disnet, shows a price of €1,499. How accurate this will be once it hits the market is unknown. They’ve also not yet announced a release date for the light yet, although it may come before the end of May. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

DIYP’s coverage of NAB 2023 is sponsored by Sennheiser, Zhiyun, B&H, and SmallRig

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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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