SmallRig RM120 RGB Video Light review

This highly portable yet powerful LED will cast a wide range of colours and animated effects on your still and video subjects

5 Star Rating
SmallRig RM120 RGB Video Light
(Image: © George Cairns / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This LED may be palm-sized but it’s eye-squintingly bright at arm's length. It’s perfect for adding a key light to portraits and you’ll be inspired to get more creative using a spectrum of mood-changing colors. Video makers will enjoy the animated output of the FX mode too and product photographers can dial in a range of looks without the hassle of swapping colored gels. Highly recommended.


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    Adjustable colour temperature

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    Wide range of colours

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    Metal casing

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    Color LCD screen

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    Long lasting battery

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    High TLCI and CRI ratings


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    The diffuser can drop the output by a stop or so

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Lighting can make or break an image. Sometimes there’s not enough light, leading to high ISO-induced noisy stills and clips. At other times the available light source may be in the wrong place, which limits our compositional choices. We don’t always have the time or the patience to lug a bulky professional lighting kit around with us which is why the SmallRig RM120 RGB Video Light could be the solution to many photographers and videographer's lighting requirements, especially when it comes to portrait photography.  

Featuring 120 LED beads this palm-sized panel kicks out an impressive 1580Lux (which you can dial down to avoid blinding your subject).  If you’re shooting with a group then you can promote a friend to the role of ‘light stand’ and get them to position the light to illuminate your subject while you focus on directing and composition. We had fun testing the RM120 on a long photography walk through London, but we’ll talk about that in detail in this review's performance section. 

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George Cairns

George has been freelancing as a photo fixing and creative tutorial writer since 2002, working for award winning titles such as Digital Camera, PhotoPlus, N-Photo and Practical Photoshop. He's expert in communicating the ins and outs of Photoshop and Lightroom, as well as producing video production tutorials on Final Cut Pro and iMovie for magazines such as iCreate and Mac Format. He also produces regular and exclusive Photoshop CC tutorials for his YouTube channel.