NICEFOTO – RQ800C – TTL, HSS, 2.4GHz, Li-ion Strobe (Now Available)

NiceFoto RQ600C TTL

 

Portable lighting manufacturer NiceFoto have announced the RQ400, RQ600, and RQ800, all in one Lithium-ion powered strobes, with TTL and HSS compatibility for Canon DSLR’s.

Apart from a larger 14.8 volt, 6800mAh battery, and larger shapely new case design, the RQ series strobes have most of the same specifications as the smaller TTL-480C and TTL-680C.

Which they will be released alongside in January 2016 (the 800Ws RQ800 will be available later in 2016).

 

NiceFoto RQ600C

 

Like the TTL-480C and TT-680C, the RQ series TTL strobes will share the new 2.4GHz TX-C01 radio transmitter units, communicating with the strobes built in radio receiver modules.

The TX-C01 provide control for up to 3 groups of lights, in TTL, or via remote manual power control.

Groups can be turned on and off, by choosing one of 7 combinations of groups to remain on: A, B, C, AB, AC, BC, or ABC.

TTL and  Manual Groups can not be mixed together at the same time at this stage though.

NiceFoto_TT680C_i640

 

 

NICEFOTO RQ6800C FEATURES

 

  • 800Ws
  • GN 78 (m, ISO 100)
  • Canon ETTL and HSS Compatibility.
  • Built in (Removable) 14.8V / 6800mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Up to 410 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
  • Optional AC Power Adapter Available
  • Flash Modes – ETTL / M / Multi / FP
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Second Curtain Sync (SCS)
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • FP – Short Duration Flash Mode for Freezing Action
  • NiceFoto 2.4GHz Radio System & TX-C01 Transmitter
  • Canon Radio Slave Mode
  • Range – to 100m
  • Groups – A / B / C
  • 16 Channels
  • Transmitter USB Port
  • S1 Optic Slave Mode
  • 0.1 – 6.5 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Duration – down to 1/20,000s (t0.5)
  • Color Temperature 5500K +/- 200K
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Recycle Tone Indicator
  • Overheat Protection
  • 5W LED Modelling Light (Manually Adjustable 20% – 100% in 10% increments)
  • 3.5mm Sync Port
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • AC Power Port
  • Bowens Accessory Mount
  • Strong Impact Resistant Standard Reflector

 

NiceFoto RQ600C

 

 

The RQ800C provide a Bowens mount with built in reflector and 5Watt LED modelling light.

The swivel mount doubles as a hand grip for hand holding the strobe.

The supplied metal reflector is designed to be especially durable, to help avoid any deformation from knocks and impact etc.

NiceFoto RQ600C

 

 

A USB port is provided for firmware updates, as well as a 3.5MM sync port.

The RQ’s large 14.8V / 6800mAh Lithium-ion battery clips neatly into the top of the flash, and provides up to 410 full power pops with the 800Ws strobe, and 500 pops with the 600Ws strobe.

Optional AC power adapters will also be available for the RQ series strobes.

 

NICEFOTO RQ SPECS

 

NiceFoto RQ600C

 

The weight of the largest 800Ws option RQ800C, with battery and reflector, is just 2.4kg.

 

NiceFoto RQ800C_

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Nicefoto RQ800C for Canon are available now from around $660 with transmitter –

Ebay, Amazon, UK

 

Nicefoto – Website

Nicefoto – TTL Series TTL Strobes

 

 

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34 Comments
  1. nixland 2 years ago

    Longer recycle time and dimmer LED could be a deal breaker.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi nixland,

      As mentioned recently in the CononMK comments, I’m a little wary of judging the recycle times unless we know how the power output really compares as well. Comparing strobes set to the same output could show a different story.

      Even LED output can be different at times to what the specs would suggest.

    • Mark 2 years ago

      The LED modeling lights sound nice but as far as I can see they would only provide a focusing aid rather than any useful light info. These are primarily location lights and tend to be used in fairly bright ambient lighting where modeling lights really need to be bright to be useful.

  2. JL Williams 2 years ago

    So they are introducing five different units with two different body shapes and presumably differently-shaped battery packs, but otherwise similar specs? I am already confused! What on earth were they thinking?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi JL,

      Yes, I had a bit of a hard time getting my head around this initially as well.

      I think part of the reason is that the original strobe body and battery are smaller in the TTL-480 / 680 strobes. Where the new RQ body and battery are designed to fit accommodate the hardware for a full 800Ws.

      And if people want to have a variety of strobes 400, 600, and/or 800Ws etc, then they can stick with the one style of strobe with the same battery. Owners of previous N-flash units may want to stay with the same battery as they already have, so the TTL TTL-480 / 680 would be more convenient.

      I’ve added to the post the The weight of the 800Ws RQ800C, with battery and reflector is just 2.4kg. Compared to 1.8kg for the TTL-680C.

      Their both lighter weight then than most alternatives, so it will be interesting to see how they actually compare for light output.

  3. Darryl 2 years ago

    Lots of TTL & HSS strobes coming out in early 2016 to choose from.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Daryl,

      There sure are! And more options means they will need to be good to compete.

      The premium pricing for TTL strobes will likely come down quicker with more competition as well.

      • JL Williams 2 years ago

        I just hope increased competition also means support beyond Canon, Nikon, and occasionally Sony.

        I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t help thinking that Pentax plus Fuji plus Micro Four Thirds would make up a big enough chunk of business to be worth pursuing for SOME vendor… especially since the only engineering required would be transmitters customized to work with their existing radio control system.

        • Sam 2 years ago

          I wonder if there would be any “potential TTL bliss” in using the new RoboSHOOT Serene Automation radio triggers for Fuji X on a Fuji X camera and the Nikon TTL version of this strobe? Or for that matter – using the RoboSHOOT Serene Automation TTL radio triggers for Fuji X with any of the Nikon TTL versions of the other half dozen or so Li-Ion TTL strobes recently released or about to be released.

          http://flashhavoc.com/roboshoot-ttl-triggers-for-fuji-x-announced/

      • Prince 2 years ago

        Good news for photographers

  4. Dan 2 years ago

    Isn’t this the same flash they announced earlier that was supposed to come out in July? I just bought the Jenbei HD 600 V because I got tired of waiting for an alternative to the higher priced battery powered units. I could care less about TTL but it would be nice to have HSS incorporated into one reliable trigger that has an LCD. I am strongly considering the Godox AD600 but I am intrigued by these as well. I’m not holding my breath for Nikon versions however.

  5. Niels Gram 2 years ago

    Even if you factor in variation in light output between different 600Ws strobes a recycle time of 5 sec makes this strobe utterly unattractive to me.

    And as I’ve stated previously – we do not need more proprietary and incompatible radio trigger systems.

    I’ve noticed that the LCD reads “zoom 105 mm” in the upper right corner below the battery indicator. I can’t find zoom anywhere in the spec/description. As far as I know strobes don’t normally support zoom.

  6. Moise 2 years ago

    Canon only ttl transmitters?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Moise,

      Nikon transmitters will also be coming, possibly after the Chinese new year.

      No plans for Sony at this stage.

      • Andy Schulz 2 years ago

        Hello , can you explain please why there is no support after 3 years of Sony arrival of Sony A7xxx System no supplier is capable of delivering a HSS , TTL Studio light transmitter receiver solution? Not Phottix only for Mitros +Speedlights, not Rovelight, Profoto , Elinchrom, Godox, Nissin. Nobody ? Any Clue why there is not support? Best Regards Andy

        • Ulysses 2 years ago

          Andy: The Sony A7x system was introduced in October 2013, just a little over two years ago. Sony has certainly made big waves in that particular niche mirrorless market, and interest in their products is definitely growing. But to put things in perspective, we need to look not only at the relatively recent factor of only two years ago since the A7x introduction, but we also have to remember how accessory manufacturers (such as lighting companies like Phottix, Godox, CononMK, and others) look at things. Before they start research, development, design, and production, they need to consider if they’ll actually make enough money off of it to be worth the investment of limited resources. They constantly consider at what point is their break-even point. Or they consider if including more than Canon/Nikon support will give them an advantage over competitors (of course, Sony photographers will feel such a company has an obvious advantage, but that’s not the way the manufacturer might see their bottom line).

          Globally, mirrorless cameras make up less than 10% of the total digital camera sales. Sony owns a large chunk of that 10%, but you can see how the relatively low-ish numbers might be connected to the slow introduction of Sony TTL and HSS support. Manufacturers have been waiting to see if the growth is real and if it will continue into the future for their work to be profitable. It seems some companies, such as Phottix, CononMK, and Godox are banking that Sony will maintain their position of growth. Stay tuned!

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 2 years ago

            Sony are on fire with the A7 series, and the third party manufacturers are well aware of it.

            Mirrorless may still only be a smaller segment of the total market, though a lot of the DSLR market is made up of people who are not as interested in more serious off camera flash and lighting solutions. Where the A7 customers in the majority are pretty serious, and willing to pay for good solutions.

            Ironically I think Canon RT compatibility is actually getting overlooked now in the race for Sony, and that is likely out of proportion to demand.

            • Ulysses 2 years ago

              Indeed, the current situation is complex. The number of Sony A7x users, while relatively small, are quite supportive and vocal. THAT is what I believe makes them stand out a bit more than the users of other mirrorless solutions.

              Panasonic mirrorless pretty much rules the market for video (at the moment, although this is probably going to shift with the A7S and A7S II); Olympus has arguably the best and most complete glass lineup for a mirrorless camera; and Fuji has a very devoted and happy following. But most professional photographers who might be interested in looking to add or replace a DSLR system are indeed looking at full-frame solutions. The number of these pros is very few in the total market, but they are definitely growing.

              I completely agree, the demand is very low right now, but it’s hard for lighting manufacturers to ignore them. It’s as if consumers are waiting for all of the right solutions to finally come together.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          Hi Andy,

          Did you see the CononMk i6T EX. The K4T has also been available for almost a year now with Sony TTL and HSS support.

          Phottix and Godox are also both working on Sony support at the moment.

  7. Ulysses 2 years ago

    Are these five new Nicefoto strobes actually built by Jinbei? Are they the next progression of the RoveLight?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Ulysses,

      No the Nicefoto strobes are not made by Jinbei. NiceFoto were actually the company that first developed the all in one Lithium-ion powered strobes a number of years ago.

      If you like some background trivia, NiceFoto was founded by the brother of the CononMK founder, who went his separate ways to develop the all in one strobe. Ironically CononMK have moved towards the same direction with the i6T EX now anyway.

      • Ulysses 2 years ago

        That trivia is actually very fascinating on a number of different levels! Thanks!

  8. Jason 2 years ago

    Has Nicefoto actually released anything yet? I only hear announcements…….for a couple years now.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Jason,

      Actually the real announcement here is the RQ800C. Considering what you mentioned I was reluctant to call that the announcement when the RQ600C and TTL-680C are about to be released for real this time (and the RQ800 will be available some months after).

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see NiceFoto still have some refinement to do in the TTL side of things though even once they are available. I could be wrong but I get the impression they don’t want to be left out when everyone else is releasing TTL strobes at the moment.

  9. Motti 2 years ago

    One thing all Chinese manufacturers keep missing is a trigger than can have an on camera flash mount on it. Many of us use strobes in events and an on camera flash is a must.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Motti,

      I’ve mentioned this before, though Profoto have set the low bar here to some degree with the B1, and given the Chinese manufacturers a nice stepping stone to emulate and get started with TTL strobes.

      They are well aware a large (if not larger) segment of this marked often require a master flash on camera at times. Phottix and Godox are already trying to address that though, and no doubt other manufacturers will expand into this area as well.

      There is certainly some refinement still to do though.

      • Mark 2 years ago

        I agree. But also I keep an eye on the entire system.

        For me Godox currently has the greatest range of strobes that are supported by their triggers. They integrate well and can control power.
        I used to use Yongnuo triggers that allowed me to mount a flash on top but they are a hassle to use with cords and batteries that can(and do) fail.
        I use my stuff on location of course but I have given more thought to using battery powered strobes in studio as it eliminates the cord mess that can happen. As I don’t use modeling lights or TTL these new units have promise.

  10. Cameron 2 years ago

    Not sure if this is the unit for me, please advise.

    I’m currently ganging 5 YN-600ex rt’s in a softbox in order to shoot at HSS (1/8000) at f1.4 in TTL mode. Had thought about the B1, but from what I have read the power is almost non-existent at 1/8000. I would like to get even more power out of something like a RQ800C. I need TTL at the same time shooting wide open at 1/8000. Is there a self powered monoblock that does this? I owned two Adorama RL600’s, bought modifiers, triggers, etc and sold it all because it wasn’t consistent and didn’t have TTL. Thanks in advance!

    Cameron

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Cameron,

      I’m not really sure, though I’d be keen to compare them once they are available to find out. The weight of the unit suggest they are probably not going to be considerably more powerful than the alternatives, though you never know until its actually been tried.

      You may want to look at the Godox AD600 and AD600B as well. They are very nice lights with TTL and HSS, though from what I can see they are around a stop less powerful than the RoveLight in HSS, though much more even across the frame. They have a “1200ws” remote head available as well which allows you to join 2 strobes to the one head.

      It will be interesting to see what sort of power the RQ800C may have to offer though. As mentioned they are not really any heavier than the alternatives.

  11. Anna-Lena 1 year ago

    I would like to share my experiences of NiceFotos TTL 680C which I have the oppertunity to receiv a unit of. I live in Sweden and NiceFotos strobes is new on the Swedish market. I recived the strobe in the beginning of January. I shoot a lot of action sports and the built in battery is very important for my. At the period when I recived the TTL-680C we got very cold weather here in Sweden, up to -26 degrees and it is surprising that the strobe has manage the bitter cold. There were no problem with the battery and the cold temperature – it was me who could not stay out longer in the the cold weather. I have taken pictures with TTL and High Speed Sync and the result of the exposures is perfect. The contact with the transmitter and strob have also worked well. Overall, I can say that I am impressed of the Nice Photo TTL – 680C and I am sure the other Swedish photographers will welcome NiceFoto to the Swedish market.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Anna-Lena,

      Thanks for the feedback that’s great news. I have a sample of the NiceFoto TTL-680C arriving any day now as well, so I’m looking forward to trying them as well. Its good to hear the TTL exposures are working well already, that’s a great start.

      Nicefoto have been around for a few years now, and they were one of the first (if no the first) with the all in one cordless strobes. Its just that most people have been waiting for versions with remote power control, and preferably HSS as well. Now there is that and TTL thrown in as well, I’m sure we will hear a lot more about Nicefoto strobes.

  12. Markdoxie 1 year ago

    Zoom 105mm?
    Looks like a complete carry-over of the controls forma speed light.

  13. One more brand to choose from for me. Jinbei vs Godox vs Nicefoto. It is getting harder :). Does anybody know if HSS is based on one long impulse as well as Jinbei and Godox?

  14. Demos 6 months ago

    Does anyone know if this strobe will fire with the fuji xt-2? i know i won’t be able to get hss or ttl but will it work in full manual mode? also is anyone aware if there are triggers to get hss or ttl to work with it?

    many thanks and keep up this great website!

    Demos

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