Having a flash on camera is great, but having the flash off camera is better. Wireless makes things simple, but most brands out there are big and cumbersome, especially on that small mirrorless camera you've got hanging from you neck. Wouldn't it be great if there was a solution that is barely there? Enter the FlashQ. a tiny wireless transmitter-receiver solution for off camera flash on the streets.
The FlashQ will come in 4 colors, Midnight Black, Snow White, Macaron Pink and Knight Blue, but they all essentially do the same thing, trigger your flash. What is included in the box is a USB cable to sync connector, the trigger and receiver and a sheet of paper with the instructions needed to operate this simple trigger.
How small is this? Using a 50 cent coin as a reference and compared to my own flash trigger, the result is in the picture. The amount of space one of my transceiver takes can hold both the trigger and receiver.
The battery type is a coin type, a CR2032 to be specific. Used in both the transmitter and receiver. The standby time in specifications is said to last 6 months and the number of flashes that can be triggered is said to be more than 100,000 times.
On the side of the transmitter and the receiver, there is a USB port to plug in the included USB to sync connector cable. In the picture below, it is show to attach to an SB800 via the sync connector though it has a hotshoe, but it's to be used with cameras without a hotshoe or if your hotshoe connector is damaged, it's good to know there's an alternative
I've tried connecting the cable to the trigger and connecting it to my light meter to get wireless trigger upon metering, it doesn't work and according to instructions, it doesn't do anything at the moment.
According to specifications, there are 160 radio channels utilizing a 2.4GHz low-power digital radio (There could have been a typo in the specs, 160 channels is a lot!). The only form of knowing the operational status is via the LED indication light which shows green, red and blue. It is also worth nothing that the operating range is 10M, though through a short trial, it is reliable within a 4-5 meter radius.
It may seem disappointing, but considering the size of the unit and the battery that's used, it's ok. Also, one of the intended use is for handheld flash photography on the streets though you could probably use it in a studio situation, but I don't see anyone going beyond a 5 meter radius. From the video, the target market would most likely be street photographers, so it's unlikely one would need a huge operating range.