Lightpix Labs has announced the latest generation of their tiny wireless flashguns. The X20 is a diminutive unit designed for use with mirrorless and compact cameras. Like the FlashQ Q20 II, it detaches from the hotshoe adapter, which doubles as a flash trigger, giving remote adjustment of power levels. The front of the fresnel has space for colour effect gels, which are included.
New for the X20 is an LCD screen (rather than blinky LED lights to indicate settings), Sony TTL support (including wireless TTL) and adjustable colour temperature on the front-facing LED video lamp. There is a built-in lithium ion battery that recharges via USB.
The price is $149, which is twice as much as the Q20II, so if don’t need wireless Sony TTL support, bi-colour or a screen then the older version might be better bang for your buck. The X20 is backwards compatible with the FlashQ 2.4GHz triggering system.
- Guide Number 20 (at ISO 100)
- Focal length coverage: 32mm (on 35mm format)
- Manual flash power ratio control from 1/1 to 1/64
(further supports 1/3 EV steps setting from 1/1 to 1/16)
- LED video light (both brightness and color temperature adjustable,
Max. 60 lux output at 1 meter)
- 2.4GHz low-power digital radio, 10 meters wireless operating range
- Tilt-capable flash head, up to 90° and with click-stops at 0°, 45°, 60°, 75°, 90°
- Other functions: S1 / S2 optical slave, modeling light (LED)
- Transmitter per charge : 30 hours operation and 120 days standby
- Two AA-size alkaline / rechargeable Ni-MH batteries for X20 main body
- Recycling time (1/1 full power output) : 5 sec. by Ni-MH batteries /
6 sec. by fresh alkaline batteries
- Number of flashes : 100 – 2000 flashes
- LED lighting time: approx. 1 hour (at full power LED output and by Ni-MH batteries)
- Flash color temperature : 5600K±200K (same as daylight)
- LED color temperature : 3000~5500K adjustable, tolerance ±300K, CRI 90
- Dedicated socket for FlashQ transmitter attachment
- Dimensions : 59(W) x 101(H) x 30(D) mm (with FlashQ transmitter attached)
- Weight : 120g (without battery)
I’ve been using the Q20 and Q20 II for years now and they are probably my favourite flashes: one of the most neatly-designed, handy flash systems out there, especially for non-professional use where ‘the best flash is the one that’s with you’. The range of features in the Q-series models has wide appeal. The X20 targets Sony users more specifically, potentially limiting appeal in some ways, but by offering TTL it opens up the series to those users who may not like the iterative nature of manual power control.
For more information and to buy directly, visit the manufacturer’s web site.