Sony has this week revealed plans to launch a wireless flash system to ‘meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers’. 

Designed for use with Sony interchangeable-lens cameras and flash units, the system will comprise a wireless radio commander, radio receiver and boast a range of up to 30m. Due for launch in the summer, the wireless set-up will be able to control a maximum of 15 flash units in up to five groups of flashguns. Sony is showcasing a prototype of the new system at the Wedding & Portrait Photographers International event in Las Vegas, USA. Sony’s UK office had yet to release a statement at the time of writing.

Press release, as published on PR newswire

LAS VEGAS, March 7, 2016
Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced plans to release a new wireless lighting control system to meet the growing demands of professional Sony photographers. 

Designed for compatibility with their a [Alpha] interchangeable cameras and external flash units, the new lighting system will include the FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver.  A prototype of the new system will be on display in Sony’s booth at WPPI 2016.

With a maximum range of 30m (approx. 98 feet), the new radio controlled system will allow for an extremely flexible wireless flash shooting experience with exceptional performance in all types of shooting conditions. In total, the system can control a maximum of 15 separate flash units in up to 5 groups of flashes.   While using the system, photographers have the ability to control the exposure of connected flash units either manually or automatically depending on preference.

Additionally, the new lighting control system will be capable of flash sync speeds of up to 1/250th of a second with high speed sync (HSS) available as well.

The new Wireless Lighting Control system will be available this summer at authorized retailers throughout the US and Canadian markets.  Pricing and detailed specifications will be released at a later date.