Nissin i60A £240/$340
a compact flash that packs serious punch
Most ‘compact’ flashguns have rudimentary features and controls, and limited power output, but the diminutive i60A boasts a power rating of Gn 60, an impressive 24-200mm zoom range, and runs off four (rather than two) AA batteries. It also offers a full 180 degrees of swivel both left and right, and is supplied with a diffusion dome.
Despite the compact design, Nissin has still made space for a constant LED light for video and close-range stills shooting. The i60A improves on Nissin’s own Di700A by incorporating a more comprehensive set of on-board controls, complete with a particularly good colour display screen. Wireless infrared and optical slave functions are built in, but the Air 1 Commander RF trigger is sold as an optional extra for about £50/$80.
Maximum power outputs match those of the Di700A throughout the zoom range, although recycling speed isn’t quite as fast. The i60A has slightly less of a tendency for TTL underexposure, and overall performance is superb.