Phottix Mitros: first Chinese flash with full features of a flagship

It was known as the Foton, the "game-changer" and the Zeus, but now Phottix's long-delayed speedlight has finally been announced, named the Mitros.

Phottix Mitros

It was known as the Foton, the “game-changer” and the Zeus, but now Phottix’s long-delayed speedlight has finally been announced, named the Mitros. The hotshoe flashgun will come in Nikon, Canon and Sony variants late this year and in early 2013. Was it worth the wait or have other manufacturers, such as Yongnuo, stolen the lead?

Phottix Mitros

The Phottix Mitros really does break new ground, doing “everything you expect a top-of-the-line TTL flash to do”, which makes it the first speedlight in China to include TTL, high speed sync (HSS) and wireless functionality all in one unit. Yongnuo’s flagship YN-568EX, by contrast, lacks wireless commander mode.

With a guide number of 58, a tilty-swivelly zooming flash head and external power input, the Mitros has most of the features a professional could expect. With TTL we can also expect it to be compatible with Phottix’s renowned Odin Wireless TTL Trigger receivers.

Phottix Mitros LCD control panel

The specified five-second recycle time seems rather disappointingly sluggish, though it can be sped up to 2.5 seconds in “Fast Flash Mode”. The LCD control panel is also rather uninspiring, more reminiscent of the impenetrable menus of last generation’s Canon Speedlites than the easy-to-use big-screened Nikon SB-910 and new Canon 600EX.

Still, all these points depend on the price. If it is really cheap — and the build quality stands the test of time — then people will be willing to sacrifice a nicer display for a third-party offering such as this.

Forward-looking photographers will appreciate the inclusion of a USB port for firmware updates and a 3.5mm sync port, which is more dependable than the old-fashioned Prontor-Compur connector seen on other Chinese flashguns.

Phottix Mitros, left and right views

Pricing has yet to be announced, but all three models will be available at the end of 2012 or first quarter of 2013. Canon’s will probably come first, followed by Nikon and then Sony. Upon release, you will be able to order the Mitros from the Phottix Store or your local distributor.

How much would you pay for a Phottix Mitros? Let us know in the comments below.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
  • Heinmcleodimaging

    If this flash has a built in Rx for the Odin system then I will sell all my Nikon flashes for this system!

    • David A. Selby

      Sadly not: you’ll need to buy an Odin receiver for each flash.

  • starship

    what´s “game changing” with this flash? an old fashioned “infrared-wireless-master”-function? isn´t it just a canon 580ex II clone? thats so 2002…

    • David A. Selby

      Ahead of its time for 2002, considering the 580EX II came out in 2007…

    • Lawliet

      The IR-master is indeed surprising – being able to work as Odin/Strato-RX would be a more relevant feature, given the prevalence of mastering popup flashes and the benefits of radio control.
      Well, no need to worry about compatibility, thats a point of sale if one wants to use the Odin system. 600EX and most likely the next 430 aren’t the ideal choice for usage with 3rd party triggers, and RT dropped the independent mode for some reason…

  • zubpho

    to be a `game changer` it has to be less than $200 otherwise its game over before even starting for phottix flash

  • Frank

    zubpho, would it be a game changer for you if your clients pay you less than $200 for their weddings?

    Under $300.00 would be a great buy.
    Think of the iPad, made & built in China for USA. Apple slapped their logo on and the world rush into the front doors.
    Think of the Hasselblad HD, the owner was Shirro, China. A $40,000 camera set!

    David, some questions for you.
    1. Comes in Sony as in Sony A99 and NEX-VG900?
    2. Does it has Auto Sensor Modes? Most third parties do not have it.
    3. Will it be compatible with Pixel King and Yongnuo YN-622c?
    4. Has thermal cutoff?

    Always wonderful to read your & your staff write-ups.

  • Let’s hope the price will be as low as yongnuo equivalent

  • Grant

    For $200 and good build quality I would sell my Nissin (Nikon) Di866 II’s (no HSS with the Odin system, otherwise excellent) and go with these, despite that menu looking vastly inferior to the Nissin’s simple, bright, colour menu.
    At $150 that Mitros menu would start looking fabulous….

  • One of the things I like about this flash is that it has a feature that is notably absent from my speedlights: a battery level indicator. Why can’t all manufacturers do that?

    • Frank

      If you have a ATG Elite Gold, Quantum Turbo or HV power pack, it will show the battery level indicator.

      This won’t hurt your flash like using just 4AA batteries.

  • Frank


    Will this be fully compatible with King, Odin and 622?

    Anyway of you testing it out with these wireless radio trigger?

  • Takeeta

    $220 at the most, I just want to use a battery pack on it especially with using hss, if its more then that, I’ll just load up on batteries and grab the 568ex

  • We are on 2013 already… Any news about avaiability?

  • jmartin4020

    will this flash come out this year or it is just a dream?
    for like a whole year they were talking about it and people keep talking about it ……
    or maybe phottix would like to see peoples reaction on it? come on there are several flash gun out there …