Godox SLIII series LEDs finally gain app control

Mar 2, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Godox SLIII series LEDs finally gain app control

Mar 2, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The Godox SL series LEDs have been Godox’s entry-level continuous lights for several years now. They’re a fantastic series of lights for when you’re on a low budget but still want good quality. I own a few of them myself and, the one big drawback that I and others have spoken about them is that there’s no remote app control. It’s all manual knobs and dials on the back of the light unit itself.

This makes it difficult when you’re using multiple lights and want to reconfigure several of them. Well, that all changes now, as Godox announces the new Godox SLIII series continuous LEDs. The new SLIII lights offer everything we’ve come to know and love from the SLII series, but also provide remote control through the Godox Light app for iOS and Android. All lights are available in both Daylight and Bi-colour.

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The entire range hasn’t been updated to SLIII status just yet, but we have got the SL150III, SL200III and SL300II, each in both daylight and bi-colour flavours. The SL60 daylight and bicolour lights still sit firmly in SLII territory. If and when we might see an update to those is unknown, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything. I doubt we will, though, as the SL60II appears to support the Godox Light app already.

The SL150III, SL200III, SL300III and their bi-colour equivalents appear to be largely identical to their predecessors announced in 2020, the SLII series. The difference between the SLIII and SLII is actually pretty tiny If you don’t need wireless control, you might be better seeing if you can find some SLII units on sale as retailers rush to empty the shelves and replace them with SLIIIs. According to the Godox website, the only change is literally the addition of compatibility with the Godox Light app.

While Godox keeps pursuing progress, the SL series has evolved to provide a more convenient and efficient experience. Inheriting the excellent quality and performance of the predecessor, now the SLIII (SL150III / SL150IIIBi / SL200III / SL200IIIBi / SL300III / SL300IIIBi) comes with the added Godox Light App control, offering you mor eflexibility on set. It’s an ideal solution for live streaming, broadcasting, and other video applications.

If you’ve already got a set of SLIIs that you’re happy with, then stick with them. But if you’ve got a hankering for remote control with your Godox LED lights, here’s your answer.

The Godox SL150III ($339), SL150IIIBi ($409), SL200III ($439), SL200IIIBi ($459), SL300III ($499), and SL300IIIBi ($589) are available to buy now and are already shipping.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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