Nicefoto N-Flash RQ to offer TTL, HSS and iPhone control

Nicefoto's N-Flash RQ is a battery-powered studio flash with wireless TTL and high-speed sync.

Nicefoto N-Flash RQ

Chinese lighting manufacturer Nicefoto is set to introduce a new TTL flash for location photographers. The N-Flash RQ is a battery-powered monolight with a built-in radio and support for smartphone remote control.

Nice introduced one of the very first studio flash heads with a built-in battery, the N-Flash. CononMark — which is run by Nicefoto’s owner’s brother — brought out the first-ever studio flash with TTL and HSS in the Leopard K4T. Now Nicefoto is combining these features into a product that hopes to rival the Swedish-made Profoto B1 TTL flash.

The N-Flash series has steadily iterated from the original N-Flash 480A and subsequent updated versions. The RQ series will include Nicefoto’s tried-and-tested removable lithium battery, promising 680 full-power flashes from a single charge. It also features the latest 2-in-1 handle-mount-cum-tilt-bracket. The IGBT-type circuitry provides very fast flash durations at lower power levels, useful for action-freezing high-speed photography.

Nicefoto N-Flash RQ

Even the original N-Flash had built-in radio but the Nicefoto RQ is the first to offer remote control of power settings and to support TTL for Canon and Nikon. The RQ is controlled from a Commander/transmitter unit that sits in your camera’s hotshoe. The company has shown several different form factors for this, from an angled controller that looks a bit like the Profoto Air Remote, Nissin Air Commander 1 or Phottix Odin II (see pic below), to a boxier trigger with TTL pass-through more resembling a Pixel King Pro (above).

The system is designed to support three independent groups, A/B/C (with seven combinations) over 16 wireless channels.

Nicefoto N-Flash RQ

Thanks to the Bowens S-type accessory mount, you can use this TTL HSS flash with common light modifiers such as softboxes, beauty dishes and reflectors. There is a low-powered LED modelling lamp as well.

No word on pricing or an exact release date yet, but NiceFoto are exhibiting at the Photo & Imaging Shanghai 2015 trade fair from 2–5 July, on stand PD12. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s web site.

If you want TTL in a studio flash, there are already several solutions on the market now. We expect the RQ to offer a solution somewhat like the Profoto B1 but at a lower price point, and hopefully more widely available than the CononMk K4T. Other options are the Phottix Indra and the Yongnuo YN300W.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.