Nikon has announced the new SB-500 Speedlight flash that incorporates LED illumination, providing extra light when recording videos with a Nikon camera.
As previously rumored by an insider, Nikon has taken the wraps off of the SB-500 Speedlight, a new entry-level flash gun that replaces the already-discontinued SB-400.
This is very compact and lightweight Speedlight with a simple mode of operation, but one which will offer advanced features. At the same time, it has become the first Nikon flash gun with a built-in LED light that will illuminate the surroundings when capturing videos.
Nikon introduces SB-500 AF Speedlight with integrated LED light for illuminating videos
The Nikon SB-500 Speedlight flash has been launched as a reminder that lighting is the key in photography. Setting the proper exposure is one of the first things to learn when taking photos. However, as you get better, you realize that shadows can add a little extra something to your shots.
This new flash will allow users to control the lighting conditions during a photo shoot. Moreover, Nikon has decided to add an LED illumination system into this product, allowing videographers to light up their videos.
The embedded LED offers an intensity of about 100 lux, albeit the power output can be set to a quarter or to half the maximum performance. The LED is optimized to provide daylight illumination and will exchange color details with DSLR cameras, such as the D750 and the D810, so that the white balance will be properly set.
A compact and lightweight solution for all photographers and videographers, the SB-500 Speedlight measures 67 x 114.5 x 79.8mm / 2.6 x 4.5 x 2.8-inches and weighs 226 grams.
Nikon SB-500 Speedlight flash set to be released by the end of the month
Nikon has decided to keep the design of the flash into the minimal department. There are only a few buttons on the Nikon SB-500 Speedlight, so users will not have any issues in learning how to operate this product.
Its specifications list includes a coverage of 24mm, when used with a full frame camera, and 16mm, when used with a DX-format camera, respectively. The flash will provide a guide number of 24 in meters or 78.7 in feet.
This entry-level Speedlight has a swiveling head, which rotates 180 degrees to the right and to the left, while also being capable of tilting upwards by 90 degrees in order to bounce light off the ceiling.
The Nikon SB-500 Speedlight comes with i-TTL technology support and will be released this September for a price of $249.95. As expected, it is already listed for pre-order at Amazon.