NICEFOTO – RQ-600 – TTL & HSS Li-ion Strobe Announced

NiceFoto RQ-600

 

Chinese lighting manufacturer NiceFoto have announced the RQ-400 and RQ-600 TTL and HSS enabled, all in one Lithium-ion powered portable strobes.

NiceFoto where originally in the process of developing the first of their portable studio strobes to feature Remote Manual Power Control, in the much anticipated TR-600 model. Though the TR series have now been replaced by the more advanced TTL and HSS enabled RQ series strobes instead.

The RQ-400 and RQ-600 are now expected to be available from around the end of July (2015), and compatible with Canon and Nikon DSLR systems.

 

NiceFoto RQ-600

 

NiceFoto flash units are fast and convenient, fully cordless portable IGBT strobes, with removable Lithium-Ion battery packs which clip neatly into the top of the flash.

And with 2.4GHz radio transceiver conveniently built inside the flash as well.

 

The RQ-600’s new camera hotshoe mounted TTL and HSS enabled radio transmitter unit resembles the Canon ST-E3-RT design and interface (though not directly compatible with the Canon RT radio system).

And the RQ-600 can also be fully remote controlled through a free smartphone APP.

 

NiceFoto RQ-600

 

NICEFOTO RQ-600 FEATURES

 

  • Fully Cordless – Built-in Lithium-ion Battery
  • Built-in 2.4GHz Radio Transceiver
  • TTL, Manual, Multi Modes
  • HSS 1/8000s – at any power level (1/128 – 1/1)
  • 1st and 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FP Mode for fast durations – 1/15000s ~ 1/11000s
  • Free Smartphone APP
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Bowens S-Type Mount
  • Strong Alloy Casing
  • Combined Swivel Mount and Handle
  • Long Life Hyman Flash Tube

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

MODEL : RQ-400C/N RQ-600C/N
POWER OUTPUT : 400ws 600ws
GN : 56 68
LI-ION BATTERY : 14.8v – 6600mAh
FLASH TIMES : 800 Times 560 Times
RECYCLE : 0.1 – 3.5s 0.1 – 5s
CHARGE TIME : 6 hours
POWER RANGE : 8 f-stops (1/128 – 1/1) Manual & Remote Adjustment
MAX SYNC : 1/8000s
POWER SOURCE : Interchangeable & Memoryless Battery (14.8v)
PROTECTION : Auto Overheat Protection
TRIGGERING : 100m range, 2.4GHz, 1/8000s Remote Control
MODELLING : LED 5W
BUZZING : Yes (ON/OFF)
COLOR TEMP : 5500K ± 200K
PACKAGE : 61 x 43 x 65cm, Personal Aluminum Case

 

 

NiceFoto are also releasing a 2.4GHz TTL Radio Speedlight System (and regular readers may notice the similarities with another recent Chinese brand).

As well as some interesting products like the Speedlight Partner, which are a speedlite battery pack and base stand, with TTL or Manual radio receiver built inside as well.

Its not clear which, or if any of these TTL sytems will be compatible with the RQ-600’s radio system though (or each other). So this something I have explained to NiceFoto will be important to try and clarify.

 

NiceFoto 2.4GHz Speedlite

 

The Nicefoto Speedlight Partners are a speedlite base stand with Lithium-ion battery pack and 2.4GHz radio receiver built inside. And there are TTL and Manual versions available.

 

NiceFoto Speedlite Partner

 

Although being one of the first manufactures in the world to develop all in one portable Lithium-ion flash units, and being well established tried and tested for a number of years in the Chinese domestic market, NiceFoto strobes have not really ventured too far into international markets.

With the high demand for Remote Manual, TTL, and HSS enabled portable strobes though, the TR-600 may well be the flash which is about to change that.

The TR-600 may be one of the main players slugging it out against other Chinese TTL strobes like Phottix Indra 500, CononMk K4T Leopard, and Remote Manual / High Shutter speed enabled strobes like the Jinbei HD600 II / FlashPoint Rovelight, and smaller Godox AD360 Witstro.

The TR-600 will likely be the only all in one TTL enabled strobe (with integrated battery pack), currently available from a Chinese manufacture though. The considerably higher priced Swedish Profoto B1 being the main alternative.

(Or the German made Priolite MBX 500 currently providing High Shutter Speeds only, no TTL as yet).

So the TR-600 are likely to be a significant development for NiceFoto, and for the many photographers waiting on a strobe with these features and relatively affordable price level.

 

The NiceFoto QR-600, new TTL Radio Speedlite system, and Speedlite Partners, are being shown in the NiceFoto stand (PD-12) at the Photo & Imaging Shanghai 2015 trade show from 2 – 5 July 2015.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The NiceFoto RQ-400 and RQ-600 strobes are expected to be available around the end of July 2015.

There will be Canon and Nikon compatible versions available (possibly just the transmitter unit which varies).

Specific pricing has not been stated as yet.

 

NiceFoto – Website.

 

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30 Comments
  1. JL Williams 2 years ago

    Somebody needs to introduce these manufacturers to the concept of a logically organized product LINE, rather than a random agglomeration of individual items.

    Some of these NiceFoto units sound as if they might be useful, but I can’t be sure because I’m totally confused!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi JL,

      The NiceFoto product manager is currently away at the Shanghai trade expo. When he gets back next week I will try to find out more of what products are compatible with each other, and particularly with the new RQ series strobes.

      The N-Flash are good strobes, its just that they haven’t developed any remote power control until now.

      I think NiceFoto will get the message pretty quickly now that people are only interested in products which integrate nicely into a system.

      From the look of the speedlites and the QR transmitter unit it appears they are collaborating with Shanny, so they should be able to put a nicely integrated system together even with what is already available.

  2. Bill Walters 2 years ago

    This looks like an excellent attempt. Would really like to get my hands on one of these to try them out. Hope the speedlights are able to seamlessly integrate with this monolight. The big question is what may the price point be? Anyone care to guess?

    Not quite Profoto B1 or Phottix Indra 500 but there are those who may look upon this as a good first foray into location strobes.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Bill,

      The CononMK K4T Leopard were release at around $800 – $900, so that may be some indication to initial prices. Though I will try and get a better idea from NiceFoto.

      As TTL and HSS becomes more common place with these larger strobes though you can be sure to see the prices come down.

      The Rovelights have been a big hit, and they are still waiting on a decent transmitter unit, let alone their own transmitter which provides the HSS signal. So there’s no doubt there will be a lot of interest in the QR-600 with TTL as well if NiceFoto can get these right.

      • Craig 2 years ago

        Any word if a new transmitter is in the works for the Rovelight? The existing one sucks so bad!

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          Hi Craig,

          Yes they are definitely working on one. I’ll try and see if I can get an update.

  3. Ken 2 years ago

    Still no love for Sony. How sad!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Ken,

      The CononMk K4T currently work with Sony quite well.

      And although I don’t think its official, Phottix should be adding Sony compatibility to the Indra at some stage.

      I could be wrong, though the QR-600 look to use a variation of the Shanny RF TTL system and transmitter, and Shanny only have Canon and Nikon support at this stage. So I wouldn’t expect Sony compatibility at this point for the QR-600 unfortunately.

      • Ken 2 years ago

        But there’s no way to get the K4T here in the state. I wonder Sony’s getting some noise these days but most of the third party manufacturers leave almost untouched markets and got into the crowded ones.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          You should be able to to purchase them directly if you’re keen. I can get you in touch with CononMK if you’re interested.

          Otherwise Phottix have a local US distributor, though I don’t know how long it may be for the Sony Indra compatibility.

  4. Russ 2 years ago

    Hi, Novice question:- You say that “though not directly compatible with the Canon RT radio system” so does this mean that you need yet another TX to fire this strobe?
    Only ask as I have Yungnuo version YN-E3-RT for use with speedlights so if I wanted to mix and match?
    Thank You
    Russ

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Russ,

      Yes unfortunately you would need another transmitter. The RQ strobe may be a stand alone unit at this stage, we don’t know if there is any easy way to combine other lights yet.

      As I mentioned further above, and Alexander mentions below, the NiceFoto transmitter and their radio speedlites look very much like a collaboration with Shanny. And if anything that would be with their RF system.

      So Shanny already have stand alone receiver units to fire and control other ETTL speedlites, and they even have the master speedlite with radio transmitter built in. So it may not be much of a stretch before Nicefoto could possibly put a more complete system together incorporating speedlites .

      I will try and find out more through the week. But there is no mention of RT compatibility anywhere, so at best it will mean external receivers for your current speedlites, or NiceFoto / Shanny speedlites instead.

      • Russ 2 years ago

        Thank you for the information.
        I wonder then if something like the Cactus V6 may solve the problem because have enough trouble carrying the gear I have without having to add more.
        Thanks
        Russ

  5. Alexander 2 years ago

    My opinion:
    I still can’t shake the idea that new Speedlite NE6** by NiceFoto it’s a actually SHANNY flash.. also, in the picture we see a new transmitter SHANNY RF.

    NiceFoto explicitly use a products by SHANNY, It’s either a brain drain or cooperation.
    🙂

  6. the flasher 2 years ago

    Ohhhhhhh I want one of these!!!!!!!! Looks promising…. I hope the pricing is affordable.

  7. Donald 2 years ago

    Hi Flash, I am interested in getting the K4T… may you get me in touch with them?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Donald,

      Ok I have forwarded your details to Tony at CononMK. He’s been at the trade show in Shanghai, so may take a little time to get back and up to speed there. Thanks.

      • Donald 2 years ago

        Thanks Flash. Looking fwd to his reply

  8. Chris 2 years ago

    I’m looking forward to this flash as a more powerful solution for location shoots and travel kit where I need much more grunt then speedlites or new barebulb style speedlites. I like having the battery built into the head to keep the setup as simple as possible in the field which would have made the Profoto B1’s perfect if it was more affordable. The Phottix Indra would have been the next choice but external battery pack for me adds even more risks on location shoots especially shooting around the beach or near water. Any info on the weight of the unit?

  9. Jesse Patterson 2 years ago

    I can’t wait to hear more about this flash myself. Thanks Elvis for getting me in touch with a ConnonMk rep!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      No problem, thank Jesse.

  10. Donald 2 years ago

    Any updates on this?

  11. Craig 2 years ago

    If these are for real then I’m very interesting in finding out the price and availability.
    Are there any dealers in either Canada, USA or Europe?

  12. nixland 2 years ago

    So, what is the differences between this one and Nicefoto TR600 and Q6. All have 600ws version and all can do HSS.

    • Craig 2 years ago

      RQ-600 adds TTL and a new trigger

  13. nixland 2 years ago

    So confusing 🙂

  14. Artserj 2 years ago

    Looks interesting, are they planning Sony version ?

  15. Dan 2 years ago

    Some of these things are like cliffhangers. They’ll soon announce a new improved model that will replace this model, that has never been released.

  16. raj 2 years ago

    When is this coming out ? if ever.

  17. Mark 2 years ago

    Interesting that the NICEFOTO – RQ-600 has not been released.

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