Picked up the brand new 320 Ex Speedlite this weekend! I was surprised they were already shipping so I grabbed one as fast as I could.
This little unit is VERY important for one main reason:
It has a built in Constant LED light which is designed to be used for video shooting.
What this means is, instead of having to carry both a Speedlite AND a video light, such as a micro light panel, you can just carry the 320. While it isn’t quite as powerful as a 430, this is a very attractive feature to me, because I do a lot of video and am constantly looking for better solutions. (Less camera bag space too).
Other features include:
– Group Switch
– Channel Switch
– Manual Slave Switch
– Auto / Manual LED switch
There are no manual settings on the unit itself, but these can be set up in the Flash Portion of the Menu with certain cameras.
How about a dose of AWESOMENESS?
I’m still super excited about this freaking GREAT idea; a built in REMOTE (for your camera!!) If you have a compatible camera, (5Dii, 60D, Recent Rebels) that work with the RC-1, RC-5, you will be able to use your 320 as a remote to either trigger the camera, or trigger the 320 for exposure. This allows for many quick set ups without having to go back to the camera. LOVE IT!! (these remotes run about $30-40, so thats more savings there as well.)
Due to certain clues I picked up in the T3i Manual a few months ago, I would be willing to bet we will be seeing more of these Hybrid Video / Speedlites coming from Canon soon. Hoping for more surface area and more output power, but I think this is an enormous step in the right direction by Canon and am excited to see what is coming next.
You can get it now from BHPhoto- Canon 320 Speedlite / Video Hybrid Light on Bh Photo