Elinchrom THREE review: Possibly the most versatile off-camera flash on the market

The Elinchrom THREE battery-powered monolight has everything you could want from a portable off-camera flash

5 Star Rating
Elinchrom THREE
(Image: © Kalum Carter)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Despite its compact and lightweight form factor, the Elinchrom THREE packs a real punch. It is an extremely versatile battery-powered light that performs effortlessly in an indoor studio setting and on location, providing consistent light in both environments. The THREE's recycle time was very fast and instilled confidence that no moment would be missed.


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    Compact and Lightweight

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    Bright Modeling Light

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    Great Light Quality

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    Intuitive Controls with Touch Screen


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    Only has HSS with the Transmiter Pro

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The Elinchrom THREE is an off-camera flash aimed at photographers who work in various locations and are often on the move. Located somewhere between the best flashguns and the best photography lighting kits, the Elinchrom THREE offers the best of both worlds, with studio power and quality in a compact and lightweight body that can be easily transported. 

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Output261 Ws
Flash modes Standard, HSS, TTL
Number of flashes 525 at full power
Weight 1.65 kg (3.6 lbs)
Recycling time min/max power 0.06s / 1.4s
Input USB-C
Battery Li-Ion – Built-in – 41.04Wh
Skyport 20 frequency channels, 4 Groups
Bluetooth Version 4.2 / Compatible Studio Software Win, Mac, iOS, Android
Dimensions 25.3 x 16.5 x 10.5 cm 10 x 6.5 x 4.1 inches
LED modes On/Off, free, proportional, VFC
LED color temperature Presets from 2700 K to 6500 K
Power range 6 F-Stops
Fan cooled Smart proactive cooling
Input USB-C
Protection class IP20
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FeaturesCouldn't ask for more from a light of this size★★★★★
DesignGreat build quality, intuitive menus, and easy to transport ★★★★★
PerformanceBeautiful light quality, didn't miss a shot and recycled extremely fast★★★★★
ValueTowards the higher end of the market - but worth it!★★★★★
Elinchrom ONE

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/elinchrom-one-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Elinchrom ONE is the smaller sibling to the THREE. Offering a power output of 131Ws, an even smaller body, an integrated li-on battery, and the same intuitive touch menu system as the THREE. It is the less powerful and more affordable option of the Elinchrom range, but that doesn't stop it from packing an almighty punch!

Elinchrom FIVE

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/elinchrom-five-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Elinchrom FIVE is the older sibling, offering a whopping 522W power output, providing consistently high-quality light. Unlike the ONE and the THREE, although battery-operated, it is external rather than integrated. This does mean that the overall size of the unit is larger, but it also means that batteries can be swapped to keep it shooting all night long 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 

Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.