FLASHQ – Super Compact Funky Flash Trigger

HK based LightPix Labs have created the super small FlashQ radio flash trigger for mirrorless and compact DSLR cameras. And they are now crowd sourcing funds to help produce these great little cubes.

There are plenty of manual radio triggers available now, though surprisingly little designed specifically to compliment the ever growing range of compact mirrorless cameras. And very few triggers created with slick design in mind, while the FlashQ are fine and funky design in miniature.

 

FlashQ

 

Mounted on the camera hotshoe the FlashQ hardly add any size or weight to the camera, while most current radio transmitters are very much out of scale with these small cameras.

 

FlashQ

 

The FlashQ are all manual 2,4GHz triggers with very simple operation. There is an On and Off button, a Test Fire button, and 3 color LED on both transmitter and receiver. Auto channel selection helps to choose a clean channel, and up to 8 receivers can be paired to a transmitter unit.

Range is stated as 20 meters, which is shorter than many current 2.4GHz manual triggers. This is no surprise as it would be hard to fit any larger antenna inside such a small unit. Though 20 meters should be fine for most general use.

And the FlashQ should work with any camera that has a standard ISO hotshoe, so you can use them on a number of cameras, as well as your DSLR etc  –

 

FlashQ Hot Shoe List

 

Due to the ultra small size of the FlashQ there would be no choice but to use Lithium-Ion button cell batteries in both transmitter and receiver.

And as much as we talk about professional flash triggers requiring standard AA or AAA batteries, I think the use of button cell batteries would actually be one of the best features of the FlashQ triggers for occasional use.

This is because you won’t have to worry about constantly taking out and putting batteries back in all the time. The FlashQ could be left in your camera bag always ready to go. With Alkaline AA’s it means constantly removing batteries so they don’t leak, and replacing them for new ones much more often as well. The little CR2302 coin batteries have 180 days standby time (or 100,000 flash pops)!

 

FlashQ

 

The basic FlashQ Transmitter and Receiver kit comes with 2 batteries, and a clip-on coldshoe / 1/4″ 20 threaded mount for the receiver. And even a small PC sync cord is included.

 

FlashQ

 

There are also 4 funky colors to choose from –

 

FlashQ

 

So even if you have other radio triggers already, a set of FlashQ may still be ideal to leave in your mirrorless camera bag. Taking up next to no space, and always ready to go for walking around or travel etc. They would be the perfect compliment to the new compact Nissin i40 flash as well.

The FlashQ Indegogo crowd sourcing campaign is just about on track to making the $25,000 goal. Though they are not quite there yet, and it would be a huge shame if the FlashQ did not reach the target having come this far already.

So if you’re interested in a well considered compact flash trigger, be sure to head over to Indegogo and help the FlashQ get over the line. If you don’t mind pink, you can still pick up a set for just $30.

 

 

Technical Specifications –

  • Size: 25 x 25 x 15 mm
  • 2.4GHz low-power digital radio
  • 160 radio channels
  • 20M operating range
  • No TTL, up to 1/250 sync speed*
  • Max. 900us X-sync latency (by FlashQ system)
  • Tolerate Max. 300V port sync voltage (on FlashQ receiver)
  • 3V voltage present on male hot shoe centre pin (on FlashQ transmitter)
  • PC Sync cable (via Func. port) for studio strobes
  • More than 100K fires for a battery life
  • 6 months battery standby time
  • LED indication: Green – operating; Red – triggering; Blue – pairing

 

Price and Availability –

 

The FlashQ are available for pre-order for a limited time on Indegogo.

If you’re quick (and like pink) there are still a few sets available for just $30. Otherwise the Tx – Rx set starts from a very reasonable $39.

LightPix Labs – Website

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11 Comments
  1. SithTracy 5 years ago

    Do not like those wafer batteries. I like the size. My suggestion. Make them cheap (the current price point is not bad), make them chargeable with integrated batteries that can be recharged via a standard micro USB cable/cell phone charger. Folks would buy more of them and use have them in their bags. Also, the receivers need mounting options.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 years ago

      Hi Sith,

      I have the Pixel Soldiers with the button cell in the transmitter, and they have been brilliant. I’ve changed the battery once in about 4 years. And a spare battery or two are inexpensive and take up no room or weight to keep on hand.

      If the receivers had the button cell as well, of all the tons of triggers I have here now they would be the ones I would grab first, because they are always ready to go. You hardly ever need to worry about the batteries, and I’d much prefer that than recharging them.

      The Cybersyncs are another transmitter with button cell.

      The recent darn Duracell AA / AAA’s with the silver Duraloc line around them seem to leak very easily now if left in a battery compartment. Even within a week or so. So all of those batteries have to come out all the time after every use now.

    • Pontiaku 5 years ago

      You can buy button and coin batteries in bulk on ebay cheap.
      You can get 50 batteries for what 2 or 3 cost at the store.
      Photographers can’t sit around waiting for devices to charge.
      They have got to have swappable batteries to keep shooting.

  2. rmrpictures 5 years ago

    Shooting with a Fuji XE-1 + Cheetah 850V + FlashQ = winning combination. They need to make a lanyard ring on the Cheetah trigger though, but I’m sure I can rig something…

    • Ian Cheung 5 years ago

      I’m putting the RF602 transmitter on my X100s and then the V850 transmitter into the 602 receiver. The transmitter is small enough but crucially I have it and don’t have to wait for it to be built and released. 🙂 There’s also a small hole for a lanyard in the receiver foot.

      • rmrpictures 5 years ago

        Great tip Ian thanks. Ordered a 602 for the time being, but do like the size and profile of these. As soon as I hear some customer feedback I’ll get a set if it’s favorable.

  3. Ian Cheung 5 years ago

    I should mention that the sync speed goes down a bit with the RF602 in the midddle. With the Godox TX directly in the hotshoe I get around 1/1000, with the RF602/Godox combo it goes down to 1/250.

    It shouldn’t be a concern for the XE-1 with its FP shutter and for me it is still ok as I mainly use flash with the X100s indoors and dragging the shutter to 1/15-1/60 for the ambient to register.

  4. Jennfier 5 years ago

    Apple Airport Mini!

  5. Craig 4 years ago

    Received my FlashQ in the mail the other day. Pretty cool little unit and even syncs with my X100 at 1/1000.

    Now I just need to find a compact flash for it that has manual power control. The Nissin i40 looks nice, but $270 is kind of ridiculous. Any ideas? I’d use my Canon 270EX, but it doesn’t have manual power control.

  6. elliot 4 years ago

    I have just received my FlashQ and was wondering what everyones experience has been since they were first shipped. I am setting up several portable studio applications for indoor and outdoor use. Has anyone else done this??

  7. elliot 4 years ago

    I should mention as well that I have several Pocket Wizard 3’s but would like to carry smaller and faster to set up. I also use the Fuji Xt1.

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