Sony Announces a New Wireless Flash Control System with High Speed Sync Support

Sony has just announced a new Wireless Lighting Control System that allows Sony interchangeable lens camera owners to control compatible Sony external flash devices at a range of up to 30m (approx. 98 feet). It also allows a very fast 1/250 flash sync speed, despite the potential processing and transmission delay between a camera and remote flash, with even more impressive high speed sync (HSS) support, allowing a flash to pulse lighting with cameras using much faster shutter speeds.

This new lighting control system is composed of a new transmitter that is mounted in a camera's hotshoe, which transmits lighting control information to a remote receiver with a Sony flash model attached.

We'll have to wait a little longer for more details, along with pricing and availability. But, Sony is indicating that a new FA-WRC1M wireless transmitter acting as a commander module will communicate with new FA-WRRI wireless radio receivers, with demonstrations at this month's WDDI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) conference to demonstrate how well this system can work for photographers that want to expand their lighting capability for better photos.

See the Press Release below for more information:


Sony Announces Development of New Wireless Lighting Control System at WPPI 2016

LAS VEGAS, March 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced plans to release a new wireless lighting control system to meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers.

Designed for compatibility with their a interchangeable cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver. A prototype of the new system will be on display in Sony's booth at WPPI 2016.

With a maximum range of 30m (approx. 98 feet), the new radio controlled system will allow for an extremely flexible wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance in all types of shooting conditions. In total, the system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups of flashes. While using the system, photographers have the ability to control the exposure of connected flash units either manually or automatically depending on preference. Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second with high speed sync (HSS) available as well.

The new Wireless Lighting Control system will be available this summer at authorized retailers throughout the US and Canadian markets. Pricing and detailed specifications will be released at a later date.

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