Pixel releases $88 E-TTL flashgun with modelling lamp

A new flashgun has been launched for photographers seeking automatic lighting on a budget.

Pixel Mago

A new flashgun has been launched for photographers seeking automatic lighting on a budget. The Pixel X-650 offers E-TTL metering, manual power control, an autofocus assist lamp and an electronic zoom head.

Where this unit differs from the countless other cheap flashes on the market already is in its front-facing LED modelling light. This lamp, which also has removable plastic filters for colour correction, can be used as a makeshift video light or help you compose and focus your shot in dark studio environments.

Pixel Mago 600

The Pixel X-650, priced $88 on eBay, also supports external battery packs and sync cords by way of a series of ports on the side. For now there is only a Canon E-TTL version, but you have the expected range of manual control down to 1/128 of full power, plus a bonus stroboscopic function. There is no optical slave or advanced wireless tech, though.

Pixel Mago 600

This is not the same flash as the “Mago” X-600, which will include high-speed sync (HSS) functionality in the same form factor and is still in development. For more information, visit the manufacturer’s product page.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
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