The X900 do not just blindly follow previous Lithium-ion powered speedlites though, Pixel have added some interesting innovations.
Firstly the X900 can be powered by either a proprietary Lithium-ion battery, providing 1.5 second full power recycle times, and 700 full power pop capacity.
Or they can be powered by 6 regular AA batteries instead!
So even when powered by AA batteries the X900 can still provide fast 1.5 second full power recycle times, and increased shots available over most regular 4 AA powered speedlites.
And unlike the popular Godox flashes which pioneered Lithium-ion powered speedlites, the X900 also provide an external HV battery port in the same flash.
So the option of sub one second full power recycle times should be possible with the right external HV battery packs connected.
Though also along with the X900 flashes, Pixel have announced their own very compact TD-386 Lithium-ion powered external HV battery pack.
The TD-386 still only provide similar 1.5 second recycle times to the X900’s on-board battery, though capacity is extended from 700 to around 1000 full power shots.
Interestingly though the TD-386 also provide a separate 5 volt power supply, which is used to power the flashes interface, without any batteries required in the flash itself.
And the X900 are therefore the first non bare bulb hotshoe flashes capable of running with just an external battery pack, and no batteries needed inside the flash.
So the X900 can effectively go from one of the heavier speedlites available, when loaded with AA batteries, to one of the lightest full powered speedlites, with no batteries inside at all.
Which may be a good advantage when mounting the flash on smaller cameras for example.
- GN 60m (ISO 100 / 200mm)
- HSS to 1/8000th
- Flash Mode – ETTL /M / Multi
- 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
- FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 stops)
- Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (1/3rd increments)
- 20-200mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
- Pixel 2.4GHz RF Radio Master and Slave Modes (Compatible with King Pro)
- Master and Slave Modes for Canon or Nikon Optic Wireless System
- S1 & S2 Basic Optic Slave Modes
- 7.3V 3200mAh Lithium-ion Battery
- Or 6 AA Batteries
- Full Power Recycle – Less Than 1.5 Seconds
- Flash Groups – 3, A/B/C
- Radio Channels – 4
- Optic Channels – 4
- Custom Functions
- Sound Prompt
- Heat Protection
- AF Assist Light
- Full 360 Degree Swivel and Tilt Head (With Locking Button)
- Large Clear High Resolution Dot Matrix LCD Screen
- Fast Clamping Metal Foot with Locking Pin
- Long Life Flash Tube
- External HV Battery Port
- USB Port for Firmware Updates
- PC Sync Port
As well as providing full on-camera TTL and HSS for respective Canon or Nikon cameras, the X900 also provide 2.4GHz radio Master and Slave modes, compatible with respective Pixel King Pro and King X transceivers for Canon or Nikon.
The Canon version X900C flashes radio Master interface appears to follow the Canon ratio system, which unfortunately does not allow TTL and Remote manual groups to be mixed, or individual groups to be turned on and off easily.
Where the Nikon version fortunately follows Nikon’s more versatile groups style master interface.
Both provide 3 remote groups – A / B / C.
As first seen on Pixel’s original Mago speedlight, the X900 also provide a 4 watt LED video or modelling light, supplied with removable diffuser cover.
Now also providing a dedicated and easy to access ON / OFF button located on the side of the flash body.
Also as with previous Pixel speedlites, the X900 provide a PC sync port, external high voltage battery port, and a USB port for firmware updates.
PIXEL X900C SPECS
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Price and availability for the Pixel X900C for Canon, and X900N for Nikon, have not been specified just yet.
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