Viltrox have released the FC-210C ETTL transceivers, and they are available now from around just $49 a pair.
Unlike the recently mentioned $49 Rikon Meyin RF-624, the Viltrox triggers will actually allow control through the Canon flash control menu. This provides full functions like remote manual power control and TTL ratios, very similar to the YongNuo YN-622C and original Pixel Kings.
On first impression I thought the Viltrox FC-210C were another trigger likely built on generic TTL software which has been produced by reverse engineering the YongNuo YN-622C.
But on closer inspection of earlier images and marketing material, the tell-tail signs of a collaboration with Pixel HK are there once again. I can see the early Pixel locking ring, very similar hotshoe, and the graphics on the marketing material are again at least done by the same company as Pixel uses (if not done in-house).
Banners on the Chinese Viltrox website also show there is a Nikon ITTL version FC-210N coming as well.
Though as we have seen from other Nikon TTL triggers without their own interface built in, function is very limited to mainly just one group in TTL, with no ratios or likely any remote manual power control. So once again the Canon version FC-210 will provide the most bang for buck.
You could also compare the FC-210C with the Pixel Kings, but the lower priced $85 YongNuo YN-622C are really what most people considering an inexpensive trigger like Viltrox will likely be deciding between.
Advantage FC-210C –
- Group and Channel Buttons won’t get accidentally changed
- More convenient Test Fire Button
- Shutter Release Function
- Also compatible with Viltrox, YongNuo and some other flash units
- Better access to flash locking ring
- Comes with Shutter Release Cords included
Advantage YN-622C –
- 3 Channels instead of just 2
- Auto Focus Assist Light
- Constant expansion and development with YN-622-TX etc coming
- Larger user base and knowledge pool
So it may sound like the FC-210C actually offer a cheaper and better option than the YN-622C. But if you’re an enthusiast looking to grow and expand an off camera system into the future, the YN-622C are definitely still a more suitable option, as YongNuo are fairly switched on now and constantly refining and expanding the systems.
If you’re just after some inexpensive TTL triggers to start experimenting with off camera flash though, the FC-210C will likely offer a fairly solid option for the very low price.
Neither trigger have a USB port for firmware updates, though Viltrox state the 5D III and 600EX-RT are compatible. No mention of the 1Dx though.
Compatibility with the Viltrox flashes has been added, which means other inexpensive Chinese brand flashes using similar generic TTL sofware may have more of chance of working than on the YN-622C.
Canon MK II style flashes will still be required for remote manual power control and TTL ratios though through the Canon cameras flash control menu. (All YongNuo TTL flashes are MK II / flash menu compatible).
- 2.4GHz, 100m Range
- Remote Manual Power Control in 3 groups from the camera menu
- ETTL Ratios and FEC set from the camera menu (ALL/ A:B/ A:B C)
- Pass Through Hotshoe allows Flash On Camera in ETTL or Manual
- HSS (FP high speed sync) up to 1/8000th (with compatible flashes)
- FEL (flash exposure lock)
- FEC Flash Exposure Compensation in TTL
- FEB Flash Exposure Bracketing
- Second Curtain Sync
- Remote Flash Zoom Setting from camera
- Test Fire Button on TX – Should allow light meter use in remote manual
- Sync port for studio lights
- LCD Live view triggering
- Transceivers means there are back up transmitter units
- Supports single contact flash triggering
- A number of inexpensive compatible flash options
- Regular AA batteries
- Comes with both Canon shutter release cords.
The Groups and Channel button on the back of the case will be a big improvement over the YN-622C, which is very easy to knock the Channel button off channel while pressing the Test Fire button.
The FC-210C only has 2 Channel options available, but that is generally enough for most people.
“Flash” Sync port for studio lights is the regular PC sync type. A 2.5mm (or better still 3.5mm) mini-phone socket like the “Camera” or shutter release socket would have been better for both.
Batteries are standard AA, and slide in from the side. Which must leave it pretty tight inside the case to fit the circuit board.
The case is recycled from Viltrox JY-2410 fully manual transceivers released a couple of years ago now. But loosing the 1/4″ 20 threaded mounting hole on the side (which was likely pretty useless anyway).
Provided the Viltrox FC-210C are derived from the Pixel King and King Pro they should be a lot of bang for buck for a minimum priced TTL trigger. A few people have confirmed they do appear to be working as expected.
If you only need a simple TTL trigger, no ratios or remote manual, the Rikon Meyin RF-624 (also a Pixel derived transceiver) offer twice the range for the same base price.
If you’re a bit more serious, and sure to grow and expand the system, the YongNuo YN-622C would be a more suitable place to start, and for not too much more expense.
Price and Availability –
Viltrox FC-210C ETTL transceivers are available now from around $49 a pair.
Viltrox – Website