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The FlashQ System Shrinks Wireless Flash Triggering Tech for Mirrorless Cameras

When it comes to choosing wireless flash trigger systems, there’s no shortage of options. From PocketWizards to cheap, $20 systems on Amazon and Ebay, there seems to be one for each and every situation and price point. However, despite all of the options, there is one thing that every single one of them has in common: they’re all pretty big.

Of course, when shooting in a studio with a DSLR a PocketWizard doesn’t seem that beastly. But when you’re wanting to trigger a flash with a small mirrorless camera or compact camera, none of the options out there right now will allow you to do so without making your camera look like the attachment rather than the trigger. That’s where FlashQ comes in.

FlashQTriggerSystem_1

Currently being crowdfunded on IndieGoGo, the FlashQ is an incredibly small and cost-effective flash trigger that will allow you to make use of a wireless flash on small camera bodies. Able to control up to eight receivers with one trigger at a distance of 20 meters, the FlashQ goes to show that good things can come in small packages.

FlashQTriggerSystem_2

As is to be expected with such a small size though, there are some pitfalls: besides the range being only 20 meters, the maximum sync speed is limited to 1/250th, and the FlashQ doesn’t offer TTL functionality.

Taking into account the fact that you’ll likely be using this in combination with a smaller camera though, many of these downfalls might not be as dramatic as they may seem.

FlashQTriggerSystem_3

If funded, you will be able to pick up a trigger/receiver set for only $39, with early-bird funders getting in on the action for only $30. However, that’s where a slight issue comes in — it’s only 20% funded with 24 days left to go.

Believers in this idea might wanna head over and show them some love or else the FlashQ might end up as nothing more than a headline on a bunch of photography websites.

FlashQTriggerSystem_4

Check out the video at the top to learn more and then head on over to the IndieGoGo campaign if you’d like to help this little flash trigger cube become a reality.


 
  • andrewccm

    I placed an order/fund for a set.Should be nice on my mirrorless bodies. Hope it gets fully funded.

  • Rob Elliott

    … lots of triggers already work. they are small and all but not like they are needed.

  • Renato Murakami

    So… something like this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/PT-16NE-16-channel-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-Transmitter-Receiver-Umbrella-Hole-/400588682560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d44f23540

    Or this:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/YONGNUO-CTR-301P-Wireless-Flash-Trigger-1-x-Transmitter-Receiver-for-Cameras-/400592640539?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d452e9a1b

    …repackaged and a bit smaller? Not to go against the IndieGogo project there, they look way cuter and fitting for… well, at least that particular Panasonic Lumix GF1 white body, but the specs are pretty much the same. Those FlashQ are indeed smaller, but I dunno if I’d say the eBay options are “pretty big”. Plus, of course, they are cheaper and readily available.

  • michael_visser

    My Yongnuo units are not much bigger than this and cost $28 for the pair. These are cute but I’m not sure I see the point…

  • Cynical Bloke

    So 5 or so times the size is ‘not much bigger’

  • TSY87

    meh, I can get cheaper stuff on ebay that works just as well, maybe better (the range is great on my ebay triggers)

  • yopyop

    5 times ? We’re not talking about the same yongnuo triggers. Maybe twice or three times, but AAA batteries instead of mercury batteries is also a nice plus.

  • Don Tusk

    Which one do you use or recommend ?

  • Konrad Sarnowski

    1/250… so sad – I can sync to 1/4000 on my x100s, so it seems Yongnuo stays in my bag.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I personally prioritize function over form, but I must admit that this could look swell on a colorful Pentax Q.

  • http://www.emmanuelcanaan.com Emmanuel Canaan

    Very cool! However, they had me up until the coin battery part. If they had rechargeable coin batteries it would be another story, but as is, that’s really keeping me on the fence.

  • worker88

    Seems like a cool product. Although as with a lot of the low cost triggers, how will they hold up long term?

    On a side note – I forgot how good the GF1 looked in white.

  • Brendan

    I use a Yongnuo 602 transmitter and a 560III flash. The transmitter is not much bigger than this and the flash has a receiver built in. It works great on both my 6D and X100.

  • James Donahue

    I use the built in flash on my fuji x100s to fire two speedlights, I have no reason to be shooting something 20 meters away although when the rain stops today I try and see if my lights fire from 20 meters away.

  • James Donahue

    What is the model # of your yongnuo triggers/receivers

  • sascharheker

    There is no Mercury in Lithium-Button-Cells!

  • sascharheker

    Just ordered two sets. A really great idea to be used with a small camera and a small flash to give me a lot of possibilities. And the price is quite al right, too. Especailly as it includes world wide shipping.

    And the batteries should last quite a while, just like the button cell in my PW TT1.

  • Konrad Sarnowski

    622C – but to be clear: I can sync with them wirelessly to 1/2000s, but camera itself is capable to sync with 1/4000s (by wire). I was writing while walking, so sorry for this shortcut ;)

  • yopyop

    You’re right, thanks for the correction.