NAB 2015: Rotolight Neo on camera light

By technical editor Matt Allard:

Newsshooter’s Rick Macomber talkes to Rotolight about their Neo on camera lighting solution. The Neo is targeted at ENG crews and Rotolight claim it is the brightest on camera light ever made, outputting 1077lux at 3ft. The Neo is fully dim-able and has a bi-colour output where you can set the colour temperature on an lcd display anywhere from 3150k up to 6300k.


The Neo is powered from 6 rechargable AA batteries that will keep the light going for up to 3.5 hours at full output. The light also has the ability to be power off either AC or a D-tap.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 8.47.31 AM

A fade to black function allows you to preset a time to enable the Neo to fade up or fade down from whatever output level you set. Other interesting features include the ability to tell the light what ISO and f stop your using on your camera and how far your subject is from the camera. The light then does the calculations for you and sets the output level to what it thinks is the correct level.

Another new feature of the Neo being shown at the show was what Rotolight are calling a “Cine SFX” mode where you can set the light to replicate lightning strikes, strobing and fire just to name a few. All of these effects are fully customizable and allow the operator to adjust the timing and strength of the effect chosen.

Screen Shot 2015-04-25 at 8.48.32 AM

The Neo is available for $399 US or also as a 3 light kit that features a hard flight case, barn doors and lighting stands for $1945 US.

The Neo was shortlisted in the ‘Acquisition and Production’ category as a “Finalist for the International Association of Broadcast Manufacturers (IABM) Game Changer Awards 2015”. Neo, set for shipping later this month, has been identified by the expert-judging panel as one of the most innovative new products to be exhibited at the NAB Show 2015.

For more information head over to the Rotolight website.

Subscribe to our newsletter