Unlike the J1, the more "pro" V1 do not come with a built in flash; to provide extra illumination you have to purchase the tiny SB-N5 Speedlight.
At NZ$328.00 a pop, that is a lot of money for very little light! You have no other alternative either, because the "hot shoe" on this camera only accept this itsy bitsy flash! Not that it is all bad... the combo look really neat!
Other advantage of the V1 only design is the quick release in mounting and dismounting the flash from the proprietary "hot shoe".
The tiny flash draw it's power from the camera battery, the flash can double as a continuous light source illuminating for six seconds during both Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector modes. I am concern how much power is drawn if the flash is use continuously!
What about the light output from this tiny flash unit?
With a guide number of 8.5m, the mini SB-N5 is far less powerful than the Sunpak RD2000 for my G12, the Sunpak which cost NZ$198.00 pump out a whopping guide number of 20.0m!
What about the ability to bounce the light output? Thought you never ask! If you read my previous post, you would realise that if possible; I always try to bounce my flash for softer, more even result.
The SB-N5 excels in bouncing with multi rotating flash head. The Sunpak can only bend upwards and bounce in a single direction!
|The SB-N5 bouncing side way.|
|The SB-N5 bouncing it's output backwards.|
|Mirror mirror on the wall... watch me bounce the Speedlight :)|
|Ming -N getting ready to serve the roast vegetables for our New Year Day dinner. The bounced light compliment the soft late evening sun from the kitchen window.|
|Meng, explaining the shooting menu on the Canon S90 to our friend Ken; looking on is Evelyn. The Speedlight was turned side way, left; to direct the diffused light on the subjects.|
|The scrumptious honey mustard glazed ham that Ming-N prepared. A straight forward bounce off the ceiling.|
|Jeff carving the ham for our New Year Day dinner.|
|This deep fried NZ blue cod in sweet and sour sauce was shot at our dinner last night. The SB-N5 was bounced off the restaurant's ceiling. ISO800 and f5.6 were used.|
The tiny SB-N5 Speedlight is a versatile flash unit with a weak output. Personally I feel Nikon should have made the flash slightly larger (own batteries) for higher light output, as it is; the miserable guide number of 8.0m made most bounce result none effective!
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