Jinbei Discovery pack quietly updated with LCD screen, built-in radio

Jinbei seems to have updated its Discovery lighting system with a new case, different controls and a built-in 2.4GHz receiver.

Jinbei Discovery DC-1200

Jinbei, the Shanghai-based lighting manufacturer, seems to have updated its popular Discovery portable lighting system, Lighting Rumours has learnt.

Will Gregory, a photographer in Beijing, says he recently bought a Jinbei DC-1200 from Chinese internet retailer Taobao and made a discovery about his Discovery: the pack he received has extra features in it and “seems to be an updated version of the existing model”. The changes include:

  • Soft carrying case instead of silver hard case
  • Integrated wireless receiver (manual claims it is compatible with TRS 2.4 Ghz transmitter)
  • Yellowish backlit LCD display with selectable items via the push/rotary knob instead of big red LEDs
  • Adjustable items are: slow/fast charging, wireless receiver channel, modelling lights on/off and timer

The manufacturer’s official web site, however, still shows pictures and specifications of the old model and no announcement has been made. If confirmed, it will demonstrate that the company is moving towards building radio control into many of its lights, following the example of rival Godox.

The Jinbei Discovery (DC) is a battery-powered pack-and-head flash system designed for use on professional location photo-shoots. You can read our full review of the Jinbei DC-600 here.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.