SMDV BRiHT-360 – TTL Cordless Strobe Now Available

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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

 

SMDV BRiHT-360 FEATURES

 

  • 360Ws
  • 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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

Korean manufacturer SMDV (also available in the USA) are also creators of the very clever and convenient Speedbox, pop open, parabolic softboxes.

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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).

SMDV BRiHT-360

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

BRiGHT-360
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.

 

BRiGHT-360

 

The BRiHT-360 are also supplied with a nice padded case with space for charger and accessories, which is always helpful.

 

SMDV BRiHT-360

 

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.

 

BRiGHT-360

 

 

SMDV BRiHT-360 SPECS

BRiHT-360

 

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

 

 

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18 Comments
  1. JL Williams 1 year ago

    At about US$ 550 without transmitter, potentially a tough sell against the Godox/Flashpoint 600? The Godox has more power, faster full-power recycle, and the option of a Bowens mount. The SMDV is substantially smaller and lighter, but that advantage will become less significant if carrying two or three units plus accessories.

    On the upside: I notice that the photo of the rear LCD shows a Sony indicator as well as those for Canon and Nikon; presumably this means Sony TTL compatibility will happen once there is a Sony-format transmitter. Still no joy for Micro Four Thirds, Fuji, or Pentax users, though…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi JL,

      I don’t think these are competing so much against the AD600, and more so with the AD360II.

      There can be a really big difference between a small lightweight light like the 360, and the bigger AD600. Over the last few years I know a lot of wedding photographers have traded their larger monolights in favor of the AD360’s. Most people were feeling there way though with the new options becoming available, and a lot settled on the 360’s.

      It would always be nice to have more power available, though if the 360’s can do the job most of the time, the size, weight, and manageability wins for a lot of people.

      I really can’t imagine anyone hand holding the AD600 for any long period of time for example (even with the shoulder case and remote head), where the BRiHT (particularly with a lightweight SMDV Speedbox) you could literally easily carry around all day. Quickly pop close the softbox when needed and throw it all over your shoulder without any issue at all.

      And your point about multiple lights, I would think exactly the opposite applies at times. That’s also part of the big advantage, that you can pack 2 or 3 of these in place of just one larger light.

      Of course this all really depends on what you’re doing. The SMDV gear is aimed very much at wedding photographers, where I think they are getting this pretty right. Though a flash like the AD360 has also become quite popular right across the spectrum, a midway solution between speedlites and larger studio lights.
      .

      Having said all that, an AD360B would really be ideal for people who want to mix and match with the larger AD600B as well. Having both options available for when you need them is really more of an ideal overall solution.

      Strangely an AD360B has not been on Godox’s agenda for the near future though. And I’m not really sure why when it would more than likely be their most popular selling strobe. Ironically just about every other mains powered strobe they release (like the QT600II etc) have a smaller version which have very little appeal at all compared to their biger brother. If done right I’m sure an AD360B would be extremely popular though.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 1 year ago

        I should add, the SMDV Speedboxes are fairly pricey (though you can also get licensed lower priced Glow versions), so most people familiar with these were expecting the BRiHT-360 would likely be pretty pricey as well.

        So I’m not sure what the price from SMDV USA will actually be just yet, though if they do come in under $600, that will be fairly comparable to the Godox AD360II.

        UPDATE – The MSRP for the flash unit with one battery from SMDV USA is going to be $750.

      • Ricardo Gomez 1 year ago

        I agree. Hand-holding something like the AD600 would be too much especially for a wedding. And really, it’s way over-kill especially if you have HSS at your disposal. If you’re doing a big group shot, better to have an AD360 on each side of the group. The AD360 should be able to handle anything you throw at it from a wedding perspective.

        I was looking at the AD360 instead of a typical speedlite just so I wouldn’t have to change batteries on those especially bright days on longer location shoots. It’s pretty funny when shooting full-power and you start to notice the recycle times taking longer and longer…

        • Jim Williams 1 year ago

          Okay, I agree that for hand-holding, the SMDV unit definitely would be better than an AD600. (Godox has shown pictures of the AD600 with a handgrip on the extension head and the main unit in a shoulder bag, but that seems kind of silly.) And the fact that the SMDV’s stand mount doubles as a handle would make it handier than a Witstro for the flash-in-hand user. It really does seem like a good concept for the wedding/event shooter.

          I was thinking more in terms of portable studio applications, which would be my intended use. By the time you’ve loaded up light stands, modifiers, etc., the 1kg-per-unit weight advantage of the SMDV vs. the AD600 would get lost in the shuffle. Still, very interesting units and I’ll look forward to an eventual review.

  2. Ricardo Gomez 1 year ago

    Overall, I like the unit. Looks solid with good functionality. I especially like the display. LCD is usually sufficient but for usability and ease, the color really makes a difference as seen with other units. The price is right too.

    Too bad SMDV isn’t further along in their offerings. But they are off to a great start. Their Speedbox softboxes look very interesting and I’ll be looking into them for sure.

  3. Jacques Cornell 1 year ago

    Available for “both Canon and Nikon”.
    As if those are the only two choices in the world.
    Yawn.

    • Jim Williams 1 year ago

      The photo of the back LCD also shows a “Sony” indicator. I wonder if that means a Sony-compatible transmitter might appear eventually, or if it just means there’s a Sony optical slave mode…?

      Not that any of those would help me, since I’m a Fuji and Olympus user. Poo. 🙁

  4. PeterA 1 year ago

    As more Indra and Wistro clones like this come into the market wouldn’t it be awesome if they had a plug-in capability to accept Odin II and/or X1 radio signals? The AD360 II already has an Odin compatible hot shoe. How about some kind of connector for hotshoes for other E/I TTL monolights? RP has the three contact pin 1/8 plug TTL, what would be so difficult? That way you could also be more flexible adding on and keep your main trigger of choice. Just a thought…

  5. PeterA 1 year ago

    Oops, the RP 1/8″ three pin plug is remote power ONLY. But still only one or two contact points is needed somehow for TTL. 🙂

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Peter,

      Interestingly SMDV actually have their own clip on radio receiver unit compatible with the Godox AD360 (which SMDV actually sell as the PS-360 as well). You can see that FLashWave RX3 receiver near the bottom of the page here.

      So I was curious as to how this may play out regarding possible inter-compatibility with the new BRiHT-360, FlashWave 5 transmitter, and the Godox AD360 / PS-360. Though the table here (although in Chinese) appears to indicate there is no compatibility between the PS-360 strobe and FlashWave 5 transmitter unfortunately.

      So its interesting you mention radio receiver ports, as that was something Godox actually did with their previous radio system. Though they are likely a thing of the past now, with regards to any new features being added anyway.
      .

      The TTL hotshoe is a good idea, and I’ve mentioned that to manufacturers a number of times. Though the issue with that is that third party gear is constantly changing with new firmware. Today the AD360II and Odin are compatible, tomorrow with new firmware the may not be functioning well together at all anymore.

      Although not exactly a household name, SMDV already have the FlashWave radio system in the market for a number of years now. Though this issue of numerous isolated radio systems is likely going to be just as much an issue for new brands and products trying to get started now, as it is a problem for consumers trying to piece together multiple isolated products.

      I think the main good options for new products getting started would be to either –

      A – Stick with direct Canon RT or Nikon RT etc radio protocol (difficult to engineer).

      B – Join forces with other companies on common radio protocol, like Phottix & Elinchrom announced previously.

      A common communication port would mostly be irrelevant when most of the radio modules are bring built-in now, and common protocols would still be needed anyway.

  6. Author
    Flash Havoc 1 year ago

    UPDATE – The MSRP for the flash unit with one battery from SMDV USA is actually going to be $750.

    There have been some delays with continued beta testing, and availability in the US is expected to be around early July 2016 now.

  7. Craig 1 year ago

    Looks great but more expensive than I was hoping. I especially like the removable mount with 1/4″ thread. I’d much rather use these than the AD360 type lights.

  8. Pedro 8 months ago

    Any news on this?

  9. Harvey 6 months ago

    Are the published flash duration times, of 1/200 – 1/10,000 the t.1 or t.5 standard? If t.5, that is rather slow at full power.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Hi Harvey,

      I don’t know at this stage, though SMDV / Rimelite are pretty experienced with strobes and I doubt they would release something too slow at full power.

      Its annoying that t.1 or t.5 is still often not specified. It used to be standard to assume they are t.5 unless otherwise stated, though that’s not really been the case recently with emerging Chinese lights etc.

  10. Craig 5 months ago

    What ever happened with these? They have a lot of features I like in a light, but very little info out there and the distribution in the US is a joke. SMDV has all these warnings that the warranty is only good if you buy from legiophoto.com who charges $700 and has a joke of a website. The SMDV site itself hardly has any info on the Briht-360. And the only Youtube videos I could find on the unit are all in Spanish. I think these would have been a compelling option if they were closer to $400 and advertised better!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 5 months ago

      Hi Craig,

      They were only trying to get them out sometime this January, I didn’t even realize they had been listed on sale already. It looks like they may only have limited initial stock.

      As far as I understand the price was originally going to be around $1000, so its likely not been easy to reach $700 as it is now ($729 with transmitter).

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