I’m really excited about the Rotolight NEO 3 coming out next year. A powerful small LED that can run off the standard Sony NP-F type battery is something that interests me.
Side note, according to the company, it is not recommended to use the flash mode with non Rotolight batteries as the draw on the battery may cause issues. Non Rotolight batteries are fine in continuous mode.
The issue I have with my Westcott Icelight is swapping out the internal battery when it no longer holds a charge. It seems like a complex thing to do that will involve getting parts shipped from the manufacturer.
And being able to swap batteries to maintain a lighting setup is very important to any professional assignment. Messing about with a piece of lighting equipment that has run out of juice is never a good look.
The price and weight of the NEO 3 is also much lower than my Profoto B10 lights. Three of these lights are about the same cost as one B10 and my back will thank me too. The NEO 3 weighing in at 354g compared to 1.5kg.
Another advantage of the NEO 3 over both the Icelight and the B10 is being able to change colour without the need to place gels in front of the light.
I’m not one of the Kickstarter backers, so I won’t be one of the first to get my hands on the NEO 3 but I do hope to be able to get it as soon as I can.