The much anticipated SMDV BRiHT-360, TTL and HSS enabled cordless bare bulb strobe first announced late last year, are expected to be available around the end of May 2016. UPDATE – Due early July in the USA from SMDV USA.
Compatible 2.4GHz FlashWave 5 transmitter units for both Canon and Nikon should be available as well.
The SMDV BRiHT-360 are fully cordless 360Ws strobes. Powered by a 14.4v, 2500mAh, Lithium-ion battery, capable of providing up to 300 full power flashes. All in a simple compact package weighing just 1kg.
SMDV, who also market the Godox Witstro AD360 under the SMDV brand, have developed the new BRiHT-360 as a smaller, lighter, and more convenient, dedicated off camera flash alternative, to the Witstro and similar strobes.
Unlike the current Witstro, the BRiHT-360 also provide a built in 7W LED modelling lamp, which wraps neatly around the outside of the flash bulb without obstruction.
The BRiHT-360 also feature a large clear full color LCD interface, nicely recessed into the strobes rear panel.
SMDV FlashWave 5, 2.4GHz radio receivers are also conveniently built into the flash.
New TTL and HSS enabled FlashWave 5 transmitter units for Canon and Nikon, also provide a large clear LCD display interface. With fast group selection buttons for 4 individual Groups, A / B / C /D.
Separate FlashWave 5 receiver units will also allow other TTL speedlites, and manual studio strobes etc, to be combined in use with the BRiHT-360.
SMDV BRiHT-360 FEATURES
- GN 72M (ISO 100) (BR-120 Reflector)
- 7W LED Modelling Light (Full / Auto / AF Assist Modes)
- Integrated Lightweight Modifier Mount
- Built in (Removable) 14.4V / 2500mAh Lithium-ion Battery
- Flash Modes – ETTL / ITTL / M / Multi
- HSS to 1/8000th
- FEC (± 0.1-4 Stops)
- Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output (1/10th Increments)
- SMDV 2.4GHz FlashWave Radio System
- ETTL & ITTL Radio Slave Modes
- Range – 70m with FlashWave-5 Transmitter
- Groups – A / B / C / D
- 80 Channels
- Supports FlashWave-5 / 4 / 3, Transmitters
- S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
- Up to 300 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
- 0.05 – 3.9 Seconds Recycle Time
- Flash Duration – 1/200s－1/10000s
- Color Temperature – 5600K +/-200K
- Large Color LCD Display
- Auto Memory Function
- Firing Count Memory
- Sound Prompt
- Overheat Display
- Battery Level Display
- Removable Handle / Swivel Mount
- Battery recharge in aprox. 1 hour 40 minutes
- Mini USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
- 3.5mm Sync Port
The BRiHT-360 provide their own miniature Bowens style accessory mount, which helps to keep the strobe smaller, and dedicated modifiers lighter weight.
Though an additional standard Bowen’s mount adapter should also be available in time as well.
The Speedboxe’s unique speedring design makes them one of the easiest multi rib softboxes to open quickly on location.
Though they are also exceptionally light weight. No doubt making an ideal, fast, and easily manageable, combination with compact BRiHT-360 strobes.
Other dedicated accessories currently include – a snoot with grid, standard 12cm reflector, a handy long throw zoom reflector (pictured at the top of the post), and a 30cm beauty dish (with diffuser cover).
The BRiHT-360’s removable 14.4V, 2500mAh Lithium-ion battery provides up to 300 full power pops.
And a remaining charge level % is even displayed on an LCD screen built into the battery case.
The BRiHT-360’s batteries also fully recharge fairly quickly, in approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.
So if used near mains power, a second battery can be charging while the other is in use.
Another welcome feature of the BRiHT-360 is the built in 7W LED modelling light.
Three modes are provide – Full Power, Auto Power (adjusts with the strobes power level), and an Auto Focus Assist Mode.
The BRiHT-360’s combined handle and light stand swivel is also quickly removable.
So that the strobe can be mounted directly on a monopod or tripod, or any base with a standard 1/4″ screw thread.
The BRiHT-360 are also supplied with a nice padded case with space for charger and accessories, which is always helpful.
SMDV have had their own FlashWave radio system for a number of years now. And although using 2.4GHz frequency these are not directly compatible with Canon or Nikon’s own RT radio systems.
FlashWave 5 receiver units will be available though. So Canon and Nikon TTL speedlites can be mounted on those, and controlled with the FlashWave 5 transmitter unit, alongside BRiHT-360 strobes.
There is currently no option to allow a speedlite mounted on the camera hotshoe, to act as a master control unit to the BRiHT-360 off camera though.
And that may be an important consideration for many wedding and event photographers, who the BRiHT-360 are otherwise very much aimed towards.
SMDV BRiHT-360 SPECS
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The SMDV BRiHT-360 TTL strobes, and FlashWave 5 transmitter units for Canon and Nikon, are expected to be available from SMDV USA (UPDATE) early 2017.
SMDV – Website
SMDV – USA