Cactus RQ250 portable bare-bulb flash announced

Cactus Image, the company behind the V6-series radio triggers, has announced a new 'palm-sized' portable flash, the RQ250.

Cactus RQ250

Cactus Image, the company behind the V6-series radio triggers, has announced a new ‘palm-sized’ portable flash, the RQ250.

The unit appears to be pitched as an alternative to the Godox Witstro AD200 (Flashpoint eVolv 200) and the SMDV BRiHT-360 — both multi-purpose battery-powered flashes that lie somewhere in between a speedlight and a studio light.

The 250Ws Cactus RQ250 has a removable standard reflector with a frosted glass lens, designed to minimise hot spots. The unit runs on a removable lithium ion battery (up to 400 full-power flashes on a single charge) and has built-in 2.4 GHz wireless TTL support via the company’s V6 II and V6 IIs flash triggers.

RQ250 prototype dimensions

The unit is cooled by a fan, which comes on automatically when the body reaches a certain temperature, or when the LED modelling lamp is active. The uni-body design is a bit like the Godox Witstro AD200.

RQ250 prototype side - bare-bulb

Apart from the standard reflector, the RQ250 — unlike the Witstro and BRiHT series — doesn’t have a range of light-shapers that fit directly. According to the manufacturer, initial accessories will include a set of clip-on colour gels, a honeycomb grid and a snoot, which attach to the reflector. For everything else, a Bowens S-mount adapter will be available.

RQ250 prototype side - reflector

With built-in Cactus V6 II(s) capability, the RQ250 will support high-speed synchronisation and TTL with a wide range of camera systems.

Pricing has yet to be announced. The Cactus RQ250 is “scheduled to be available” in summer 2018.

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