Nissin i60A £240/$340

a com­pact flash that packs se­ri­ous punch

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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.

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