Metz Mecablitz M400 compact flash officially announced

Metz has officially unveiled the Mecablitz M400, said to be "over 30 per cent more compact" than other flash units.

Metz Mecablitz M400

Metz has officially unveiled the Mecablitz M400, a camera flash said to be “over 30 per cent more compact compared with traditional flash units”. The M400 earlier appeared in a teaser by Metz and has now been officially unveiled at Photokina 2016.

Metz Mecablitz M400

Perhaps pitted against small-form-factor flashes such as the Nissin i60A, the Mecablitz M400 promises “high performance” for photographers and videographers, offering a flash with a GN of 40 (Iso-100, 105mm) and an LED video/modelling lamp rated 100 lux (1m).

Metz Mecablitz M400

The Metz M400 features automatic TTL metering, high-speed sync support, wireless optical master and slave modes, an optical slave and manual flash control (25 different levels). The flash head zooms from 24–105mm and has a built-in flip-down wide-angle diffuser. The LED is also adjustable with six different output levels. The whole unit is powered by four AA batteries. (This article previously stated that the flash takes AAA batteries. This was due to a mistake in Metz’s press release.)

It has an OLED control panel and a USB port for firmware updates.

Metz Mecablitz M400

Expect versions for Canon, Nikon and Sony by the end of September 2016, with Micro Four Thirds, Pentax and Fujifilm models to follow later. For more information, visit metz-mecatech.de.

David Selby
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