Nissin i40 review

The Nissin i40 is amazingly powerful and full-featured for such a compact and lightweight flashgun

Nissin i40
(Image: © Nissin Digital)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Small, lightweight flashguns are typically short on features and have rather modest maximum power ratings. The Nissin i40 is a notable exception, with a full-power output that puts many bigger flashguns in the shade, and a host of features that include a bounce and swivel head, motorized zoom facility and even a secondary LED light for short-range stills and video capture, all at a very affordable purchase price.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Plentiful dedication options

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    Secondary LED light


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    No rear display screen

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    Audible recycling

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    Slow recycling after full-power flash

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The Nissin i40 bucks a trend. You’re usually forced down one of two paths when choosing a flashgun. You can either go for a pocket-sized flash that’s convenient but lacks any real power, or you can get a full-sized flashgun with sufficient output for bounce and tilt operation. Available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, MFT dedicated versions, the Nissin i40 aims to give you the best of both worlds.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.