PIXEL – X-650 – ETTL Flash Now Available

The Canon ETTL version of Pixel’s first flash unit, the Pixel X-650, are now available. And prices appears to be around a low $88, though you can currently pick them up for just $68.61 from EachShot.com with the FlashHavoc discount.

UPDATE 5-June-1024 – This flash still need considerable refinements so I would not purchase at this time.

If you’re thinking that sounds awfully cheap for a high end TTL flash with HSS, you’d be right. Because unfortunately the X-650 does not appear to have HSS enabled at this point. There doesn’t appear to be a Canon Optic Wireless Master or Slave mode, or regular optic slave included either.

Other than that, the X-650 offers most of the features you would expect in a high end TTL flash. Full power – Guide Number 60 (ISO 100, 105mm), 24-200mm zoom, full tilt & 360 degree swivel head, external battery port, high definition dot matrix LCD screen, USB port for firmware updates etc.

UPDATE – There is still an X-600 version flash with HSS function in development.

 

Pixel X-650

 

Features and Specs -

  • Flash Index – 60M@ISO 100/105mm
  • Flash Mode – TTL /M / Multi
  • Auto Zoom
  • Manual Zoom: 20 – 200 mm
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd increments (±3 stops)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (1/3rd increments)
  • AF-Assist Light
  • 2W LED Light
  • Sound Prompt
  • High Definition Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • USB Port – Firmware Upgradable
  • External Power Pack Input
  • PC Sync Port
  • Flash Tilt & Swivel – UP/Down: -7/90 degree  Left/Right: 180/180 degree

 

  • Flash Recycle Time – about 4 sec (1/1 full power output)
  • Internal Power Source – 4 x AA size batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are available)
  • Flash Times – 150 times (1/1 flash output, with Sanyo Eneloop batteries)
  • Overheating Warning – multi dot-matrix temperature control, battery tube overheat warning.
  • Dimensions: 196.5 x 80.7 x 64.4 mm
  • Weight: 452g

Pixel X-650

A distinctive feature of the new Pixel flash unit is the 2Watt LED video / modelling light, which comes with a clip on while diffuser panel, and possibly an orange tungsten filter.

 

PIXEL FLASH

 

A USB port for firmware updates, cleverly located in the battery compartment –

 

PIXEL FLASH

 

And PC sync port, and external HV battery port –

 

PIXEL FLASH

 

The new Pixel X-650, being a non HSS enabled TTL flash at this point, would be most comparable to the YongNuo 565EX II. With the YN-565EX II priced from around $105 the Pixel X-650 is not only cheaper, but offers a number of significant added features –

  • 20-200mm zoom (compared to 24-105mm)
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • LED Video Light
  • High Definition Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • Quick Lock Foot
  • Large easy to adjust interface with Keylock
  • LCD backlight can be kept on

 

PIXEL FLASH

Price and Availability -

 

UPDATE 5-June-1024 – I received one of the X-650 flashes and it still needs considerable refinements. And others have reported similar results. I would not currently purchase this flash as I’m not sure that firmware updates will resolve this issues. Pixel are currently only selling this flash in China.

 

The Pixel X-650 ETTL flashes for Canon are available now from Eachshot for $68.61 with FlashHavoc discount.

Or on Ebay from around $88.

(If you don’t see the EachShot discount price, try refreshing the page, or enter the code – FlashHavoc!22960 at checkout).

I should note that this is Pixels first flash model, and I have not tried these yet. Though firmware is updatable though, and pixel have experience with updates with the King TTL triggers.

Pixel – Website

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40 Comments
  1. Brian Hursey 3 years ago

    Well I guess I did not get picked for the beta test then. HAHAHAHA

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Brian,

      That is for the X-600 model with HSS. Those are still in development so I don’t think they have contacted anyone for testing yet.

      I don’t have an X-650 from Pixel either, but I’ll grab one from EachShot to try.

    • Shadow Lurker 3 years ago

      Don’t worry, you may get to be. I was contacted this morning asking for my shipping info.

  2. Brian Hursey 3 years ago

    Ahhh, ok.. I just send them another email for to add the V6 review to my list of reviews. LOL

  3. Lukasz 3 years ago

    Any idea if it’s compatible with yn622 for manual power control?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Lukasz,

      I’m not sure yet. It should at least be a safer option than the YongNuo flashes for Pixel King / Pro owners though. Thanks.

      Edit / Update – Actually I’m not sure about King / Pro compatibility either now, at least with remote manual control. As some early reports appear to be saying there is no control through the camera flash menu with the X-650 flash. And the Kings rely on this MK II style control for remote manual power setting. So I’m not too sure at this point.

      • Gusti 3 years ago

        I had a nightmare pairing Yongnuo YN568C flash with pixel king pro.
        Randomly, it makes the flash to stuck in ETTL mode and could not be returned to manual mode; via the transmitter nor on the flash itself, making it unable to fire flash at all.
        I have 3 YN568C unit, and all of them behave like this when paired to king pro. Whilst I don’t have this problem with the YN622C trigger.
        I guess there are incompatibilities between YN568C HSS flash with king pro (even on the newest firmware).
        Currently i change my flash to Godox V860C and are happy with it.

        GN60 & TTL of this Pixel flash seems like a deal breaker for me at this price. I’m waiting forward for your review lightingrumours :)

    • Simon 3 years ago

      Lukasz,
      I don’t have one but I got the information from the chinese forums.

      Yes, it’s compatible with yn622C for TTL and manual power control.

      Most of the users complained about the transformer noise.

      It’s a little bigger than 580EXII.(almost same size)

      This is a super cheap TTL flash, the market price is the same as YN560II(not III) in China.

      ——
      I think it would be a good buy to work with the TTL remote triggers.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        Thanks Simon.

        Would you have a link the to the Chinese discussion? Thanks.

        • Simon 3 years ago

          Here you are.
          http://bbs.shanke001.com/thread-19040-1-1.html
          http://bbs.shanke001.com/thread-19029-1-1.html

          You have to login to see the pictures.

          It’s pre-order and ship on May 20, so most of the related posts are just unboxing.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 3 years ago

            Thanks Simon,

            I found another Chinese review here as well. Though that has been removed from the front page of the blog already. I’m guessing that may be likely because Pixel are probably working on firmware revisions to rectify some of the exposure issues etc already found.

            The fact that reports are saying there is no camera menu control of the flash is a little concerning though. Because as you mention there may be no remote manual power control available even with the Pixel Kings / Pro, as they require MK II style flashes with camera menu control for remote manual functions.

      • Simon 3 years ago

        Update:
        It might have the compatibility issue with yn622C for the manual power control sometimes.

        —————-
        The YN560 and TX might be your another choice for the manual power control.

        YongNuo announced YN560-TX yesterday on the offical WEIBO.

        YN560-TX: 6 groups power and zoom control

  4. Ahmed 3 years ago

    do you know if this would be compatible with the phottix odin trigger (ettl, remote power)?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Ahmed,

      I’m really not sure as yet. It looks like they are still working through issues getting the exposures etc stable on camera at the moment.

      From the Chinese reviews etc it looks like the X-650 does not have control through the cameras flash control menu (like a MKII Canon flash). So the Odin may actually be the only TTL trigger which will allow remote manual power control, instead of just TTL. That is provided they are compatible at all.

      I have one on the way to try from EachShot.com to try.

  5. Gazzer 3 years ago

    I read the article and ordered one with the FH discount. I paid 10 dollars for 3 day postage and it arrived very quick.

    In the : sessions of abt 30 mins total I have tried it, I’ve probably fired it around 200 times. I’d say 60-70% of the time it fails to fire despite beeps confirming it is charged. Sometimes it doesn’t fire for maybe 10-12 shots in a row and I have to turn if off and back on.

    Around 20-30% of Ettl shots are massively overexposed.

    Not done proper tests but full power manual seems very powerful.

    Build quality seems good , feels solid and had some good featured.

    Waiting to hear back from seller re misfires & over exposures

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Gazzer,

      Thanks for that, mine actually arrive this afternoon as well.

      I was actually getting very good results earlier this afternoon, but the one major problem was the constant whine of the capacitor. Its really not that loud, but after half an hour with the flash on camera it gave me quite a headache.

      Tonight I started testing again and had an experience much like yours. I was getting random misfires and about 20% overexposure as you mention. Ironically the capacitor was whining much less, but after some heavy use it did do the continual whine for a while as well.

      A lot can likely be done with firmware updates, but I’m really not sure with this one. There is some movement in the camera hotshoe, so I don’t know how much that could be contributing.

      Yes I think this flash is a bit of a mixed bag. There are some great features, like the LCD interface, and the AF light is much better than YongNuo’s. The flash head tilt and swivel feels cheap and clunky though. Overall the quality seems fairly decent.

      There is control through the camera menu, I’m not sure why others reported that was not there.

      So at this stage I’m not too sure if firmware will fix the misfires. My impression is you may have to return the flash. So for anyone else considering these now its probably worth waiting to see hoe this plays out first.

      I’ll see what I can find out from Pixel. Thanks.

  6. Gazzer 3 years ago

    No response from EachShot yet, not a good sign

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Gazzer,

      I’ve sent them an email, hopefully we can get this sorted out quickly.

  7. morow 3 years ago

    Hi guys, just asking for opinion would you prefer as off camera manual flashes
    Pixel X-650 with YongNuo YN-622C or Yongnuo YN-560 III with YONGNUO YN560-TX ?

    • eshifri 3 years ago

      I got X-650 yesterday and it worked reasonably well on camera. It worked in E-TTL with YN-622C, but in manual mode there is a problem: it can be switched from E-TTL into manual from camera flash menu, focus distance can be also changed, but flash power cannot be changed by YN-622C.
      So until the problem is fixed (in FW) this is not a good remote flash.

      • Strober 3 years ago

        However, with Pixel King triggers (old ones) it seems to work better. It transfers zoom and power level values quite stable. So it can be used as remote manual flash with Kings at least.

        But ETTL performance is still rather poor, both on camera or via Kings. Misfires and overexposure are quite often on my 5DII, and on top of my 5DIII it does not work at all.

        Also with 300mm lens it automatically sets 44mm zoom, though 250mm lens results in correct 200mm flash zoom, which is strange.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Thanks for the feedback guys.

          I think this flash is really still in early development, and I don’t think a firmware update will fix all of the issues.

          Pixel are trying to rectify these before the higher end X-600 HSS version of the flash is available.

          So wouldn’t purchase the X-650 at this point, and the people that have already will likely need to return them unfortunately.

          If anyone who purchased from Eachshot.com through my discount link has any issues returning the flash, please let me know and I’ll try and sort it out as soon a possible. Thanks.

      • Lukasz 3 years ago

        I can confirm this: manual power control doesn’t work currently with Pixel X-650 and YN-622C.

        I hope it can be fixed by fw update and I hope Pixel will be willing to fix it. Otherwise this is fine flash for the price, but transformer noise may be annoying.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi Lukasz,

          I’d be a little wary of relying on Pixel for firmware updates for this flash, especially for issues with YongNuo triggers.

          I think this flash has just been a trial run for the coming X-600 HSS version. And I’d say that will get most of the attention regarding firmware updates etc.

          So if you’re not happy with the X-650 they way it is, I would suggest returning it.

          I wouldn’t recommend anyone to purchase this flash at the moment now either. Its best to wait for the X-600. Thanks.

          • Lukasz 3 years ago

            Also, FWIW, this flash can be reliably controlled with camera menus when on camera, so I suppose there is specific yn-622c compatibility issue, which Pixel will not have much incentive to fix, considering it works well with Pixel’s own triggers.

  8. morow 3 years ago

    I got two Pixel X650 and they working fine with YN622C and 5D Mark 3. TTL is working just fine, and in manual mode I can control power, zoom without any issues.

  9. morow 3 years ago

    I did an outdoor test (on camera), the result was poor. I had lots of misfires and the exposures were all over the place. Sold both of the flashes.

  10. Gazzer 3 years ago

    Just to keep you updated. The speedlight was returned to Eachshot’s UK warehouse on 19th June.

    Have received no update since.

  11. Simon 3 years ago

    I have two X650C since two weeks ago.
    (The X650C is almost the same as X650. And it has the HSS, master and slave functions.)
    It’s not compatible with YN-622C on the recent firmware.
    (The Pixel guy told me it’s compatible with YN-622C before I ordered.)
    —————–
    I think Pixel is the worst company to design a product.

    It seemed that they never verified the basic functions of this flash. I found so many obvious bugs on it. The TTL exposure is under about 2 EV. The master mode was not ready and the slave mode was buggy. ………etc.
    The good one is it’s compatible with YN-622C except the manual mode.

    —-
    The new firmware is available two days ago.
    Some bugs are fixed and the master mode is enabled. However it’s not compatible with YN-622C on the this firmware now.

    • canisopen 3 years ago

      I have contacted the store pixels and support from my answer pixelhk.com but they can not get the firmware because I do not support the territory of China. I have doubts about the scam: the pixel does not have any update. This flash is bad.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        Hi canisopen,

        Pixel only intended this flash to be sold in China, obviously as some sort of a test run. They really shouldn’t be selling a flash in that condition at all. You would be best to return it for a refund. And as I keep saying to anyone else interested don’t buy this flash for now.

        The HSS version X-600 Magoo is going out to beta testers soon. So hopefully this flash will be much better tested before being released.

  12. Gazzer 3 years ago

    I have finally received a repalcement for the faulty X-650. (minus the foot stand)

    On my initial testing it seems to have fired OK on every shot and ETTL has worked on every shot with no overexposures. Great.

    However, there is an error message on the back of the screen “Warning: Motor Error”. As the instruction manual is in Chinese I have emailed Pixel direct.

    I note on their website that there is no trace of the X-650 now and it seems to have been replaced by the “Mago” which seems to be identical except for added HSS and wireless control.
    The QR code for the X-650 manual goes straight to the Mago page on the Pixel site.

    Eachshot seem to be still selling the X-650.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Gary,

      EachShot only told me a couple of days ago that they sent you another X-650. I nearly had a seizure, but they said they would refund your money with shipping if you weren’t happy this time.

      Pixel operate in very strange ways, I’ve dealt with them from their very first products, and this doesn’t seem to change. The X-650 seems to be some type of trial run, and the Mago (x-600) will likely be the main flash.

      Again, for anyone else considering this, don’t buy the current X-650. The Mago (or X-600) should be ok after it goes through testing etc.

  13. Gazzer 3 years ago

    I had a response from Pixel this morning, they say the warning message means the flash is faulty. They also say they do not sell the X-650 outside China and stongly advise their resellers not to do so either, though EachShot stil have it on their English language website.

    They confirm that their export version will be the X-650 ‘Mago’ which will be “released very soon” (it does appear for sale on ebay from a China reseller currently).

    I will return the fash to EachShot. Such a shame, I really wanted to like this item. Hopefully the 600 will be better prepared.

    (haven’t they got their product numbers the wrong way round since the 650 has a guide no. of 60 and the 600 has a guide no. of 65??)

  14. Marco 3 years ago

    Hey there,

    I read those lines here about the X-650.
    I got the X-600 for review and can tell whether the new X-600 still got those issues or not.

    About the Capacitor Noise. No, there is none at all. I’d also say very fast recycling time.

    I didn’t have any misfires either.

    Overexposure or misexposure in TTL? Didn’t see any of those. But no in-depth testing here.

    Canon Camera Menu Control works perfect. Also when the flash has its LED-Mode on you cannot change settings on the flash itself but over the Canon Menu it is still possible.

    My review in german:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCERu1i5Exc

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Great, thanks for the feedback Marco.

      My Mago (X-600) just arrived today as well.

  15. Arthur 3 years ago

    bad news! I contacted both yongnuo and pixel about the compatibility issues between 622 and Magos.

    Yongnuo: Hi dear user,

    Thanks for contacting us!
    At present, all the YONGNUO products are mainly designed and developed for Canon and Nikon. For we don’t have a Pixel Mago flash to be tested with our products, we are not sure if it’s compatible with our products. If possible, we kindly suggest you to take your device to a physical store to test with our products to avoid purchasing a wrong device.

    Thank you very much for your attention to YONGNUO products! If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us again.

    Best regards,

    YONGNUO

    Pixel: “Yes, we did found this issue. But our Mago can work with original flash. If not, we will develop new firmware to correct it.

    Since there are so many flashes on the market, so cannot make sure every flash can work with the Mago.

    Anyway, thanks for your support.

    Good day!”

    • Arthur 3 years ago

      seems like Pixel wants Magos to be used with Kings and Yongnuo is afraid of Magos. too bad for strobists :(

      pixel almos ignored the issue and just said “we did found this issue” about the 622 and no more words about it.

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