Jinbei announces new TTL HSS flash head, HD610

Jinbei has announced an updated battery-powered studio flash with TTL and high-speed sync support.

As a successor to the popular HD600-series flashes, Jinbei has announced that they will be introducing a new battery-powered studio head with TTL and HSS.

The original HD600 was quite popular because it was a very affordable high powered strobe that used a slightly different high-speed sync (HSS) method which allowed it to be more efficient when shooting at high shutter speeds. Compared to the new strobe, named the HD610, there are a things that the older HD600 shares with its newer brother, such as the 600Ws power and the integrated head and pack form factor.

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Jinbei has indicated that initially the TTL function will only support Canon and Nikon cameras, but they have already hinted that others may follow. Since the HD610 has a USB port, new firmware could be released that support other brands as well.

Unlike the HD600, the HD610 now uses pulsing HSS (like speedlights) instead of the long flash duration HSS (which was like PocketWizard’s HyperSync) when operating in TTL mode. This is required for TTL since it allows better control over the power output, but it reduces the efficiency of the HSS function since the strobe has to pulse. Fortunately it seems(?) that in manual power mode the flash can switch to voltage-controlled flash instead of IGBT, which results in the same long tail HSS with the associated performance as the HD600 had.

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The form factor of the HD610 is similar to the HD600, although Jinbei has updated the design in order to make it appear more refined and modern. One could say that Jinbei has tried to imitate the Profoto B1 with their design. On the back of the HD610 we find a full colour LCD screen and a simple user interface that should allow users to make fast and easy adjustments to the flash settings.

Besides the new design, the HD610 has also some significant new features over the older HD600. The new strobe features a better recycle time at full power (2.5 seconds instead of 3.5 seconds) and the LED modelling light is now 20 Watts. Also new with the HD610 is the freeze mode. By activating this mode the flash duration is significantly reduced, down to 1/19000s, matching the specifications of the Profoto B1.

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It is expected that the HD610 will start to ship in September 2016. The price has not been announced yet, but rumours indicate that the flash will cost approxmately $749 (US). It will be available through various retailers, such as Foto-Morgen which serve the European market.

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What do you think of the development of the Jinbei HD610? Would you be interested in buying one or you prefer a different brand? Let us know in the comments!

  • Jos

    I think it is best to just wait a year or so. Cause GREAT stuff is getting released.
    These look awesome. Very B1 like.

  • Well done Jinbei!

  • Wintermute

    Oh! Look! A Chinese Profoto copy!

    Also… Please keep in mind, that Jinbei usually lies, when it comes to specifications.

    • Graham Houston

      Nonsense!

    • Theodore

      Wintermute> Each time I bought a Jinbei product, the specifications was matching.

      • Wintermute

        They are constantly off with their claimed flash duration.

        • Beth

          I have bought…5…6.. wait, how many? jinbei strobes, I am sure to say I have NEVER EVER see the problems you said, the flash duration was accurate. I’m afraid you have mixed up the concept of t0.1 and t0.5?

    • Beth

      Then please be kindly give us an example?

  • jorgen

    I would like to see comparsion Jinbei HD 610 vs. Interfit S1. I am afraid that such doesnt exist… Does anybody have any experience?

  • Shaun Thomas

    Looking forward to a set of these . . . I have 4 Jinbei lights already without a day of problems. I have a friend who also has a set of Jinbei’s and he had an international photographer come out here and was working with them. The international photographer was all about big name brand lights and was going on about how consistent the light output and colour temp would be in comparison to Jinbei . . . which he had never heard of before . . . in an attempt to prove his point he took out his colour temp meter and took several readings . . . He swallowed his words very quickly after confessing that they were the most consistent lights he’d worked with outside of the big brands (Hensels and Elinchroms).

    Value for money and as good as the best

  • Beth

    Both Interfit S1 and Jinbei HD-610 are AC/DC powered monolight with high speed sync and TTL for Canon and Nikon cameras. Some comparison are as bellow
    Maximum Watt/Seconds: 500Ws (Interfit S1) , 600Ws(Jinbei)
    Flash Power Range: 7Stops (2.0 – 8.0) 9 Stops (4.0-9.0)
    Flash Duration: 1/1,000 – 1/9,000 1/800s – 1/19000s
    Colour Temperature: 5700k +/- 100k 5500k +/- 150k
    Modeling Lamp: 10w LED (off, 50%, 100%) 20W LED (off,proportion,independent)
    Recycle Time: 3 s 0.01 – 2.5 s
    DC Battery Type: 4500mAh Li-Ion 6000mAh Li-Ion
    Battery Life: 350 full power flashes 450 full power flashes