Today we had a gorgous delivery of the new pixapro's pika200 ttl. And what else but to show you an unboxing vid..........
Or not. Think we can all find one of those on the Internet and it never really tells you anything about first impressions of the product. So we have decided to give an initial review into this compact system.
Let's start on the outside. The pika200 comes with its own hardshell protective case that holds all the flash's bits including the charger. I love this, and yes alot of you may ask what's the deal with the fuss? After having the Godox ad360 which didn't come with a case it was a bind to carry all components and feel that it was safe. In the end we had a case that had to be custom fitted with padding to hold it and carry it onto shoot locations. So having this case resolves any safety issues for the flash and it is compact enough just to put into your camera bag.
The flash it's self feels sturdy, its not a light unit but thats not a bad thing, the plastics feel well formed and it really does not feel cheep. The switches that release the battery and the interchangeable flash heads are easy to use and feel quite sturdy. This flash does feel that it is built with quality in mind. The switches on the back of the unit are firm which can be fiddly when it comes wheel, but there is a benefit to this, its not going to get accidentally knocked and throw setting out, so I like it as I'm incredibly clumsy.
Last item I would like to comment about is the battery charger. Do you have like us have many chargers that when you plug them in you don't know how much powers left, or what the LED means, green= charged or charging. We always have the charger debate the night before a shoot. "That little red light, does that mean its charged?" on this charger it tells you when it is charged and if not how charged it actually is. Its a nice little bonus.
So first impressions are good, now all we have to do is use it with intent to blind and let you guys know how we get on.