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Rotolight NEO 3 Review – Newsshooter

The NEO 3 is the third iteration of Rotolight’s compact, versatile on-camera, LED light. While the NEO 2 was a mild upgrade over the original, the NEO 3 features an entirely new operating system and it now has full RGB capabilities.

Please note that this review is of an early pre-production version NEO 3 that was actually 3D printed and it wasn’t running the final firmware that will be found in the production units. While I do expect that some additional functionality will be added, for the most part, this review should give you a pretty good idea of what to expect.

So what’s new?

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As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. However, as technology evolves you need to constantly update your product lineup otherwise your competition can quickly get the jump on you. Although the NEO 3 features a similar exterior design and shape to its predecessors, under the hood is where most of the new changes can be found.

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The light has full RGBWW capabilities and it is Kelvin color adjustable from 3000-10,000K. It also features an easy-to-use and intuitive touchscreen display which is essentially very similar to the system used on the Titan X1 and Titan X2.

Rotolight is claiming that the NEO 3 is the brightest on-camera LED light ever produced. Rotolight told me that the claimed output of the NEO 3 was 4541 lx continuous, and 10,700 lx flash. What you need to keep in mind is that the NEO 3 has quite a narrow beam angle of 50 degrees.

Just like the NEO2, the NEO 3 can be used as a continuous lighting source as well as having the capability to be used as a High-Speed Sync flash. As the NEO 3 features full RGBWW compatibility you can flash in any one of 16.7 million colors or 2,500 digital filters.

Weight & Size

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The NEO 3 weighs 354 g / 12.48 oz which is exactly the same as the original NEO and NEO 2 models (354 g / 12.48 oz).

So how does this weight compare to some other small-sized RGBW lights? Below you can see:

As you can see, the weight of the NEO 3 is pretty low, considering its size and capabilities.

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However, once you add a battery and the optional diffusion dome, that weight goes up to around 700 g / 24.69 oz.

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If you are using a battery and the diffusion dome it may not make it suitable for use as an on-camera light with mirrorless hybrids and some smaller-sized digital cinema cameras.

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