Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

Photography equipment doesn’t reach goldfries’ lab that often but fortunately they still do come by from time to time. In my lab it he Pixel X800N, a budget flash that’s made for Nikon camera systems.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

Before I proceed, here are some details of the flash unit as seen on the official product page (There’s just too many images to link, you should take a look at the product page).

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Essentially it’s a flash that looks almost identical to Nikon’s SB-900. The plastic material seems to be of low-grade, not that I can complain about a flash unit that’s cheap and cheerful.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

I have a Yongnuo YN600EX-RT and in comparison to the Pixel X800N’s build quality the Yongnuo unit actually feels premium. 😀 However my Yongnuo unit was terrible, it has a broken battery door and it’s not covered in their warranty (WTH) and apparently it’s something not uncommon! Fortunately the Pixel X800N’s battery door seems to be of a much more robust build.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

The buttons and dials, they work fine and I have no problem navigating the menu. It feels cheap but overall it works fine.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

The LCD panel lights up in bright green all the time, that makes it a lot easier to view the details in dim lit areas.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

User Experience

The product page claimed many things, for example the 3-second cycle time. What I did was a 10 short burst test on my Nikon D750 and I could get only 3 flash out of 10 frames fired.

Notice how the copy says “less than 3 seconds” which could actually mean up to almost 3 seconds. 😀 That’s quite slow when you need to rapid fire at events.

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I did use the Pixel X800N on one wedding photography assignment – primarily for group photos and still-life and it worked fine.

Speaking of still-life, I also used the X800N for a food photography assignment and the photos turned out great, the lighting was consistent and I had no problem signalling it from my D750’s pop-up flash.

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash (for Nikon) Review

The Pixel X800N supports both manual and TTL modes, you will be able to control the flash power and group settings from your camera.

With my Sanyo Eneloop 2,000mAh batteries I was able to get 200 shots with the X800N firing at 1/8 and there was still plenty of charge left.

The Verdict

The Pixel X800N Speedlite / Flash retails at RM 499, the build quality isn’t great but what’s neat about this speedlite is that it is feature rich.

As a professional photographer, I would not use it for events photography that requires rapid fire unless I have no other option. As for flash units to be used in product photography, the X800N will do the job just fine.

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