Initial review: Hands-on with the Rotolight Anova Pro 3

With great power comes great… weight. The Anova Pro 3 is Rotolight’s best light yet – powerful and versatile – although it is best suited to professional sets

Rotolight Anova Pro 3 LED light
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

The Rotolight Anova Pro 3 has blown me away with both its power and versatility, there seems to be very little this light can’t do, heck, the light is even waterproof. With an absolutely mammoth color temperature, as well as covering the entire color spectrum, works as a manual flash, and offers a huge range of special lighting effects. Unfortunately, there is no getting around that all this makes the Anova Pro 3 a big and heavy light compared to other options in the market, however, few offer as many features as this. The Rotolight Anova Pro 3 is probably the only light most professional sets will need (until the Pro 4 anyway).


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    Huge color temperature and 99+ CRI accuracy

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    Big range of lighting FX and strobe flash functionality

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    ‘Magic Eye’ can match light color to ambient light

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    Complete color spectrum

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    Very easy touch screen and wireless control


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    Very heavy

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LED lighting has come a very long way in a short space of time, first looked down upon by photographers and filmmakers alike for their weedy power and inconsistent results, LED lights have turned opinions, and are now becoming the gold standard for creatives.

Rotolight has been one of the companies pioneering LED lighting since its founding in 2009. Winning huge acclaim, Rotolight's Anova series has been a staple in the TV and film industry, finding its place in BBC productions and blockbuster movies such as Ghostbusters: Afterlife. But with this impressive reputation among professional filmmakers to maintain, the development of the Anova Pro 3 has spanned seven whole years, which reflects the commitment to preserving its illustrious legacy.

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Peak Output (Lux) at 1m>22,000 (continuous)
TLCI / CRI99 / 95
Weatherproof ratingIP65
Power consumption200W
Battery type2x V-Lock 14.4V
ConnectivityArtnet RJ45 / M/F 5pin XLR / CRMX Wireless DMX / Lumen Radio / RDM support
Wireless controlWiFi / Bluetooth / Lumenradio CRMX / App
Beam angle40 degrees
MountingTVMP bracket via yoke
Weight3.4 kg / 7 lbs

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.