PlaZma Light

Update: December 6, 2013

After 2 years of development, Zacuto has decided not to pursue the release of the PlaZma light. There are a couple of reasons for this decision. First, in the two years of development, other technologies in lighting have been introduced that we think deliver comparable quality and more output of soft light then the PlaZma does today. Second, this plasma technology does not lend itself to being powered by reasonable industry standard batteries. And lastly, along the way, the cost basis of the light kept rising making the technology too expensive. As always, Zacuto’s policy is to not release a product that does not perform to our high standards and better than the competition. To that end, we have decided to stick with our core specialties of optical viewfinders, EVF’s, camera support & accessories, which are our expertise. We know that this may come as a disappointment to some but when creating products, especially new technologies, sometimes they just don’t reach the bench mark to see the light of day.



The new Zacuto PlaZma Light, with over 30 patents on Micro Plasma Technology, will change the way you light. It has already received a “Best Innovation” award from the BCPVA at the NAB 2012 and was one of the most talked about products on the exhibition floor! Thousands of filmmakers, photographers, news channels and other professionals stopped by Zacuto’s booth at NAB, some repeatedly, all amazed by the sheer amount of light coming from such a small, flat source.

PlaZma Light by Zacuto

Zacuto PlaZma Light -- Coming Spring 2013

Above: Side, Front & Back View of the Zacuto PlaZma Light

Steve and Jens, in their quest for perfection, are working on increasing the already high output level, CRI and conducting intensive testing to make sure the PlaZma Light is at the Zacuto standards level. 4th generation production models are being tested daily at Zacuto. Several units have run at full power for 60 days without interruption, drop testing & accessory testing is also being conducted. Make sure you sign up to our mailing list for updates!

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Change the Way You Light with PlaZma Light

Unlike a LED light, the Zacuto PlaZma Light is a super soft light source much like a Chimera soft box, yet extremely bright when needed. It is production grade quality, dimmable, thin, light and portable. Measuring less than an inch think, they can fit into extremely small spaces. Zacuto PlaZma Lights will be available in many sizes and shapes. The PlaZma Light is environmentally friendly, no mercury or lead used and is made in the USA.

Key features of the Zacuto PlaZma Light:

  • Puts out an impressive 2000 lumens versus other industry 1×1 LED panels at 1200 lumens and 777 lumens on side lit reflected LEDS.
  • Has a characteristic incandescent curve unlike LEDS that can have a nasty green spike and don’t mix well with practical or tungsten lights.
  • The daylight balanced curve is unwavering at 5800K and mix well with HMIs.
  • Just like traditional soft lights, the PlaZma Light has a wide light pattern as opposed to the spotty nature of an LED. But unlike traditional soft lights, the PlaZma Light has a huge throw.
  • The soft nature of the PlaZma Light enables actors to look directly into it (from 5 inches) without squinting. The light fills the face with beautiful soft light unlike existing lights, including LEDs, which force you to lose light output as they need to be diffused, bounced or have an umbrella attached to it.

The PlaZma Lights will be available in a 1×1 Tungsten or Daylight. We are also working on making different sizes as well as accessories such as barndoors and expandable snoot. The lights are powered by 110-240V 50-60 Hz AC or 11-18V DC with a 3 Stud Anton Bauer like battery or a Sony V-Lock battery. The power box also has the dimmer. The control box connects to the light via weather proof 10 or 25 foot head cable or and be placed on the ground or mounted on the light stand.

If you are looking for a small, portable AC/DC soft light, that is less expensive then LED hard lighting, the PlaZma Light is the choice for you!

Zacuto PlaZma Light Comparison Chart

How does the Zacuto PlaZma Light stack up against LitePanels, Lowel, DeoLight and Rosco? Click to find out!

Zacuto PlaZma Light Comparison Chart

PlaZma Light Wins Best Innovation Award From BCPVA At NAB 2012

The Zacuto PlaZma Light was one of the most talked about innovations at the NAB 2012 conference, winning the Best Innovation award from the BCPVA and wowing thousands of filmmakers and photographers who stopped by the Zacuto booth. In this video live from NAB 2012, Robin Peters explains the capabilities of the PlaZma Light and shows how it compares to a standard LED light.

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39 Responses to “PlaZma Light”

  1. Greg Kubik on June 6th, 2012 10:27 am

    Will CTBs and CTOs work with these lights?

  2. Zacuto on June 6th, 2012 12:33 pm

    Yes, they will.

    – Rachel

  3. Paul Distefano on August 31st, 2012 12:41 pm

    Photometric data?

  4. Lee Dashiell on September 16th, 2012 7:46 pm

    I’m ready for a few of these Plazma Lights whenever they’re avaialble.

  5. Lee Dashiell on September 16th, 2012 7:46 pm

    I’m ready for a few of these Plazma Lights whenever they’re avaialble.

  6. Lee Dashiell on September 16th, 2012 7:47 pm

    I’m ready for a few of these Plazma Lights whenever they’re avaialble.

  7. Mandy on September 17th, 2012 2:41 pm

    We are working very hard on them and we are almost there! Hopefully a late October release. 

  8. ed on March 22nd, 2013 8:57 pm

    what is the price?

  9. Sara DePasquale on March 25th, 2013 9:39 am


    The Plazma Light isn’t out yet so the price is still TBD.

  10. John Twigt on April 1st, 2013 12:04 pm

    You guys must be kidding, a late summer 2013 release? If you keep postponing this any longer, it will be obsolete when it finally (if ever) will hit the market. I have been waiting several months for this now, jeeez. I will now buy something else, what a huge disappointment!

  11. Sara DePasquale on April 1st, 2013 12:56 pm

    We apologize for the delay of the PlaZma light, but due to it’s cutting edge, never before attempted technology for lighting, we will not put out for sale a unit until we feel we have done everything we can to make it to Zacuto standards and perform above customer expectations. To rush and deliver anything else would be irresponsible. Please bear with us, it will be worth it.

  12. ospreyhd on April 21st, 2013 10:33 am

    I’m bearing with you….still ready.

  13. Pat on July 11th, 2013 10:30 am

    Any updates on availability??

  14. Sara DePasquale on July 11th, 2013 11:04 am

    It is still in the works for Fall 2013.

  15. TJ on July 20th, 2013 3:44 am

    I’m renting LEDs till these are available. Hopefully they release by the end of 2013!

  16. ospreyhd on July 23rd, 2013 5:40 am

    It’s been a long wait but they are perfect for me. I’ll take 3 when they are ready.

  17. Jesse Higginson on September 3rd, 2013 7:33 pm

    It seems like a really cool unit, but I think that comparison chart just sold me a Rosco. In an era of efficient LED lighting, it’s a little disappointing to see that it uses five times as much power as its competitors.

  18. ospreyhd on September 5th, 2013 6:28 am

    This has been a long wait. Fall is near, hope this doesn’t get pushed again.

  19. ospreyhd on October 12th, 2013 8:50 pm


  20. Bud Thorpe on October 23rd, 2013 4:14 pm

    Any updates?

  21. on November 4th, 2013 1:13 pm

    It’s November 4th, well into fall….any updates? could really use a few of these

  22. Red Sea Visuals (@RedSeaVisuals) on November 4th, 2013 9:55 pm

    Will it be cheaper than the BBS Area48?

  23. ospreyhd on November 12th, 2013 5:52 am

    Are you all still working on producing these?? All I here are the crickets.

  24. Gregory David on November 14th, 2013 2:16 pm

    Good thing I was not holding my breath

  25. Sara DePasquale on November 14th, 2013 2:24 pm

    Sorry for the silence folks. We should have a solid announcement about the PlaZma Light soon.

  26. Patiently Waiting... on November 18th, 2013 3:44 pm

    “Winter Specials” and still no Plasma Lights for the “Fall”

  27. Gregory David on November 19th, 2013 8:33 am

    Why don’t you tell us what’s going on with these lights please?

  28. Sara DePasquale on November 19th, 2013 9:24 am

    We’re talking with our partner company and should have a statement soon. Please be patient. This has been a rough ride and as soon as we have some real information we’ll let you all know.

    – Zacuto

  29. David on November 22nd, 2013 9:19 am

    Shame that Fuji does not make every camera equipment – even lights. They really are the best right now at giving customers everything they can. If they tell that it will be announced in November it is actually announced at that time. Zacuto is just another company promising, but not delivering. Thank you, but will rather buy another lights EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT AS GOOD as yours, because your attitude.

  30. ospreyhd on November 22nd, 2013 9:31 am

    “Attitude”….Really? The last two responses didn’t appear to have any attitude, if anything it sounds like this has been a pretty difficult task. I do think that all of these equipment companies should market the gear when it’s ready but that’s typically a lesson learned over time. When you have it ready to sell, that’s the time to sell it. Other than that, it’s all hype. It’s pretty frustrating from a buyers perspective and does very little to build confidence in companies that do this.

  31. avkermit on November 22nd, 2013 10:56 am

    To be honest, it’s worrisome that they have no ‘real’ information on this. I’ve been planning this purchase since I learned of the lights earlier this year. But, I’m about to go elsewhere and buy someone else’s setup because I need to spend some money and keep it out of Uncle Sam’s hands. I know I’m not the only one. Zacuto needs to dole out some real, but more importantly, truthful information about the status of this lighting system. I’m trying to be patient, but there has been no confirmation that they will be actually releasing the product soon – the last info from them is cryptic and alludes to rough waters, it’s not a comforting sign.

  32. ospreyhd on November 22nd, 2013 11:03 am

    Like I said, selling from an empty cart never pays off.

  33. Red Sea Visuals (@RedSeaVisuals) on November 28th, 2013 11:50 am

    I heard there were inconsistencies in the quality of light on panels in the first batch. Zacuto is NOT known for shipping things that are not to they are trying to track down the issue and get it resolved (if it can be resolved?) before any units go out into the wild. They would not even let me “beta” one for an afternoon. It’s just a quality of service thing.. Zacuto has very high standards.

  34. Jesse A. on December 6th, 2013 11:23 am

    So whats the story on these? I’ve been waiting for months now?

  35. Disappointed to say the least on December 7th, 2013 12:53 pm

    You’ve been waiting month’s… In three weeks I’ll have been waiting years!
    How do you win a black diamond award in 2012 and still have nothing available for for the video/film makers?

  36. Rachel Kenton on December 10th, 2013 11:50 am

    We’ve come to a sad decision. Unfortunately, we will not be releasing the PlaZma light. We’re all disappointed after so much hard work, but have had to end this project for many reasons. You can see the official statement from Steve and Jens at the top of this article. We’re sorry to let you down, but hope the new, innovative products we’ve released this year (like the Z-Drive and foldable run’n’gun kits) show you we’re still working hard to create accessories we can all be proud to use and own.

    – Zacuto

  37. dbridgett on December 16th, 2013 10:28 pm

    Disappointing for sure. You say that there are other technologies in last 2 years that offer comparable quality and more light output. Can you give us a hint? LED? Something else? Was excited about this light because of color issues with LED. Has that been fixed?

  38. Rachel Kenton on December 17th, 2013 10:55 am

    Check out Cineo Lighting:

    – Zacuto

  39. Cliff on December 24th, 2013 4:15 am

    Wow… what a disappointment. Clearly Zacuto was A LOT further from making these a reality than they’ve been leading us to believe over the past 20 months. Might I suggest that the next time you guys have a product to release, you don’t hype it up for nearly 2 years? Just announce it when you’re ready to ship it. If it’s a worthwhile, solid product, people will still buy it without having to be strung along like junkies to get them excited. This whole “event” has really soured me on Zacuto.