Interfit Matinee LED 320
£165, $240 www.interfitphotographic.com
Despite being the second cheapest panel in the group, the Matinee boasts a fairly sizeable active surface area of 25x8cm. It’s still lightweight enough to be mounted in a hotshoe, and a mini ball head for this or tripod fitment is supplied. A mains power pack is also included. Alternatively, you can run the panel from a Li-ion camera-style battery, which can be bought separately complete with mains charger.
The maximum claimed output of 1900 Lux is impressive for a panel of this size, and dual-colour LEDs enable you to vary the colour temperature between 32005600K. Adjustments for this as well as output power are easily made using the two rotary knobs. In our tests, the maximum power in operation equated to a lens aperture of f/3.6.
Pros Fairly powerful yet light; variable colour temperature. Cons Can’t be powered from regular AA batteries. We say Large enough for soft lighting, and unbeatable value.
There are some neat extras in the kit, including a mini ball head and diffusion panel