PHOTTIX ODIN Z Operating System – Announced

Phottix ODIN Z


Phottix have announced the new Odin Z Operating System, which will take over as the protocol for Phottix’s primary TTL, HSS, and Remote Manual enabled radio flash system.

The Odin Z Operating System will be available as firmware updates for current compatible products, as well as coming pre-installed in new product releases.


Significant Odin Z Features Include –

  • AUTO SWITCHING – TTL receiver modes for Canon, Nikon, Sony, & Pentax
  • AUTO METERING – A form of Hybrid TTL to Manual conversion
  • REAL TIME DISPLAY – Power levels displayed on transmitter & lights
  • SIMPLIFIED UI – Upgraded and streamlined for easier use


Phottix ODIN Z


The Odin II radio system, integrated into lights like the Indra 500 and 360, has been known for its reliability and build quality.

Though one of the main limitations has been the way the Odin protocol has previously dealt with Remote Manual power level control, basically using the TTL system to form Manual power levels. Which resulted in unnecessary delay and pre-flashes even while only using Manual power levels.

The new Odin Z Operating System appears to have rectified this, now providing direct Manual power levels, which are displayed in real time on both transmitters and lights.

And although not mentioned as yet, this should then allow for easier light meter use, as well as a possible future version of the Sekonic light meters, or radio modules, providing full remote power control with the Odin Z system.

On the negative side though, it appears the dream of having one simple common protocol shared between Phottix and Elinchrom has still unfortunately not really eventuated, as the Skyport Receiver mode still needs to be selected separately within Odin Z gear.

(Let alone the dream of one open source protocol other third parties could join into).

While there may possibly be a good reason for not adopting the Skyport protocol, Phottix have also intentionally and very frustratingly made their manual Ares II transceivers to have a different radio protocol. Still compatible with the Odin Z system, though again only if you select the separate Ares II receiver mode (losing any Odin functionality).


Phottix ODIN Z



All Odin Z compatible products will now have radio receiver modes built-in for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax, TTL systems.

Which allows multiple photographers and camera systems to use the same set of remote lights at the same time.




Auto Metering is Phottix’s version of hybrid TTL, where you can take an initial image metered automatically with TTL, and the corresponding flash output is displayed as a Manual power level on the transmitter and lights.




Direct Manual power levels are now set and displayed in real time on both transmitters and lights.






The Odin Z Operating System will be available for download in mid-October for Canon and Nikon compatible Phottix products.

And new Phottix products featuring the Odin Z Operating System will be on display at Photokina 2018 at the Phottix booth.


Phottix – Website


  1. Seth M 3 years ago

    Any new info or reports of this update in the wild?

    And what about compatibility? Will this update go for the original Odin TCU and receivers as well?

  2. Klaas Norg 3 years ago

    Well the new Z system is out and… It doesn’t work on my Indra 500. Updated Odin 2 Tx and the Indra500 and now I want to roll back to the previous version and… there is no previous version of the Canon Odin 2 Tx firmware so my complete system is rendered useless!! Thanks Phottix.

  3. Andy schulz 3 years ago

    Hi Elvis,
    Long time no questioning from my side :))
    Okay I going to start now:
    1. I have the Odin 1 Transmitter System and the

    Odin Receiver. 2.
    The Odin 2 Transmitter was released couple of time ago .
    Is there any receiver for Odin Z available now for flashing for example a studio flash with a long flash duration t0.1 time like 1/300 sec
    The Z Odin is not compatible with sony apparently for now right ?

  4. Jaron Horst 3 years ago

    I have a mix of Indra500, Odin II transmitters, and Odin I receivers so I asked Phottix about their support for Odin I (specifically the ability for Z OS to trigger Odin I receivers). They flat out told me “Odin 1 products are not supported under the Odin Z Operating System.” So much for their statement “Best of all, it’s available to all Phottix users through a firmware upgrade. We believe in moving forward while leaving no one behind.” as they are leaving everyone who uses Odin I’s behind!

    Probably not the best move on their part. They are already behind Godox in terms of mind-share just now and their prices are sky high in comparison as well (I can by 2.5 Godox receivers [$40/ea] for the price of one Oden II receiver! [$105/ea]). They may be loosing some long-time clients (such as myself) to more competitive options unless they can start justifying their premium costs.

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