Leaked pics show Olympus FL-LM3 flash – with rotating head?

The next flash to be bundled with Olympus mirrorless cameras may have a tilting and swivelling head for bounce lighting.

Olympus FL-LM3 on E-M5II

The rumoured Olympus E-M5II compact system camera is likely to be released alongside accessories including a tilting flashgun, leaked pictures suggest. The upcoming FL-LM3 flash, shown in the photo below, looks to have a head that will tilt and even swivel, unlike most built-in or bundled camera flashes.

Olympus FL-LM3 on E-M5II

Its predecessor, the FL-LM2, comes bundled with the Olympus E-M5 and PEN series cameras, has a “dustproof and splash-proof construction” and can work as a master flash for an advanced wireless system, but does not rotate except to fold away. If the FL-LM3 takes batteries rather than being powered from the camera accessory port, it would be a major step up in terms of power and versatility — though might also make it less likely to be bundled for free with the camera.

The leak comes around the same time as the release of the Metz 26 AF-1, a compact flash designed as an upgrade for mirrorless cameras that don’t have user-orientable flashes on board.

Via PhotoRumors

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