MeiKe MK930: Yongnuo YN-560 rival?

Hong Kong company MeiKe have introduced a new flash, the MK930. It offers electronic zoom, high voltage battery support, an optical slave, and power down to 1/128.

MeiKe MK930

MeiKe MK930

Hong Kong: Following the demonstration of their FN-920 and FN-950 prototypes at Photokina, photographic supplier MeiKe have released a manual flash, the MK930, to the market. Armed to the teeth with manual modes, optical slaves and power zoom, it sits next to the YN-560 for Strobist-friendly features, but at the slightly lower price point of US$69.99 shipped. Yongnuo’s YN speedlight range has now been improved with metal feet and increased reliability. Can MeiKe compete with their first venture into off-camera flash? Or will it turn out merely to be a poor imitation?


  • Full, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128 power, plus “fine tuning”
  • Electronic zoom: 24/28/35/50/70/85/105mm
  • Prontor/Compur (PC) synchronisation port
  • Two optical slave modes (claimed range 15m outdoors, 30m indoors)
  • Supports 8 fps continuous shooting when set below 1/8 power
  • Compatible with Nikon SD-8A type external battery packs
  • Overheating protection
  • Power saving mode
  • Plastic flash foot with locking ring
  • Looks like a Nikon SB-900 to the untrained eye

It is worth noting that the YN-560 takes Canon-type battery packs, whereas the MK-930 takes Nikon ones. Yongnuo YN-560s numbered YN12840000 onwards have metal hotshoe feet, whereas the MK930’s feet appear to be made of plastic.


Guide Number 58 (105mm)
Power levels Full – 1/128
Modes Manual, S1, S2
Swivel 0 – 270°
Tilt 0 – 90°
Batteries 4 * AAs
Colour 5600K
Flash Duration 1/200~1/2000 sec
Recycle speed ~3 sec
Guide Number 58
Dimensions 200 * 75 * 57mm
Net weight 340g

Where to buy

The MeiKe MK930 costs US$69.99 shipped and is available now on eBay, or you can get it for $59.00 plus postage from LinkDelight’s online store.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.