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.
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.
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 –
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)!
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.
There are also 4 funky colors to choose from –
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.
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