The Panasonic DMW-FL360L flash is the MFT prosumer camera Lumix DMC-GH3 natural flash. This new flash is now better known thanks to the Japanese website DCWatch which reveales a few technical specs about the first wireless controlled flash in Panasonic’s range. It offers a rather average guide number of 36 at ISO 100 and the flash head can rotate at a 360° angle horizontaly and 97° up to bounce the light towards a ceiling and therefore improve the light’s softness. The flash natural covering can be enhanced to 8mm with the nuilt-in wide-angle diffuser. That leads to a 35mm equivalent coverage of 16mm, more than enough if you use your GH3 with the 12-24mm X lens. The Panaosnic GH3 is the sucessor to the GH2 which was THE Micro 4:3 camera aimed towards videgraphers. Therefore, this new flash has a second light source (continuous light), for video lighting purpose, from a LED ramp. The Panasonic DMW-FL360L flash works with 4 AA batteries, either alkaline batteries (250 shots battery life) or NimH (350 shots battery life).
In Japan, still according to DCWatch, the Panasonic DMW-FL360L will be sold Y30,000 which makes around $350 / €300. If you are already equipped with Micro 4:3 mirrorless cameras, this new flash is a great addition to the accessory range as it should work with both Olympus and Panasonic MFT cameras. But if you follow the MFT news, you prbably remember the Olympus FL-600R flash announced along with the OM-D E-M5 announcement. Guide number of 36, articulated flash head, wireless, flash + LED…. both flashes really do seem similar… don’t they ?
Last week, I also wrote about the first touchscreen controlled external flash, designed and produced by Metz in Germany, the more powerful Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1.