Phottix reveals at Photokina its Odin Z Operating System, a new solution for the future that is available to all Phottix users through a firmware upgrade, making their products even better!
The new Juno TTL flash from Phottix takes the original Juno from the company and moves it to the next level, with everything you expect from a TTL hot shoe flash – a Guide Number of 60 with TTL, Manual and Stroboscopic modes, and an adjustable flash head that can zoom to 200mm. there is one thing more, though, and that’s very important: the Juno TTL is the first of Phottix’s new Odin Z Operating System products.
To fully understand the Phottix Juno TTL Transceiver Flash one has to first look at the new Odin Z Operating System, as some of the features present in the new flash have the Odin Z OS as origin. The new system, which Photokina visitors can see in action at Phottix’s booth, is the result of two years invested by the company’s team in developing the next generation of the Phottix products, with one goal in mind: simplicity. In fact, since day one that one of Phottix’s goals is to make working with light as simple and easy as possible for photographers at every level.
“Our team spent a lot of time working with photographers to learn what they needed most,” said Steve Peer, Phottix CEO, “The Odin Z system is the result. It brings some very amazing features to the table and lays a great foundation for Phottix’s future development.”
What is the Odin Z Operating System? Well, it is a solution that keeps the most-loved Phottix features and adds cutting-edge options and technologies. Best of all, it’s available to all Phottix users through a firmware upgrade. Yes, if you’ve any product that is compatible with the system that allows for an update, then you have access to the new functions. Steve Peer says this: “We believe in moving forward while leaving no one behind.”
So, whether you’ve a Juno Transceiver or the Mitros+ Transceiver flashes, the Ares II flash trigger or the Strato II Multi 5-in-1 trigger, you’ll have access to the Odin Z Operating System. Phottix has published a chart with the compatible products, where one also finds a new product not yet officially announced, the Odin Lite Flash Trigger, which looks like a simpler version of the Odin II Flash Trigger. Designed, apparently, to be uses in manual mode with compatible Phottix flashes, the new trigger will also work with the Indra studio lights from Phottix, as part of the concept behind the Odin Z Operating System.
Depending on price, the Odin Lite Flash Trigger may be something users not interested in TTL may want to acquire. Able to adjust power levels and even zoom on compatible flashes, the unit seems to offer the essential features photographers may need, except for TTL. There may be specific limitations with some combinations, but that’s something to explore when Phottix tells more about the unit.
The Odin Z Operating System as the following features:
- Auto-Switching – Every TTL system is built into every product. Products will automatically “switch” to the system being used by the photographer
- Auto-Metering – Use your flash as a light meter. Phottix products will tell you what manual power level to set
- Real-Time Displays – Power levels are displayed on both products and triggers
- Simplified – UI, software and hardware protocols have been upgraded and streamlined for easier use.
Now that the Odin Z Operating System is presented, it’s easier to understand where the new Phottix Juno TTL Transceiver Flash fits. The unit features All-in-one Auto-Switching, meaning it TTL systems for Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Pentax are built-in into every Juno TTL. The flash will automatically adjust to the system being used when compatible Phottix Odin II Transmitters are used. Offering Real-time manual power display , the unit can be used to control other compatible products in the Phottix ecosystem and features a built-in Elinchrom Skyport system receiver, meaning you can add the Juno TTL as a manual hot shoe flash to your Elinchrom system.
When Phottix introduced the first Juno Transceiver flash, the company presented it as offering the simplicity of manual control. Now, they introduce the Juno TTL Auto-Metering functions as something for those new to lighting, offering functions that make it super-easy to get started using flash. One thing is true: the Phottix Juno TTL Flash is a powerful partner for the professional photographer. Phottix also points to other aspects that some may want to explore; the company says that the Juno TTL is the perfect flash for wedding and event photographers that need the flexibility of Auto-Switching for second shooters using a different camera system, and that it is “also great for educators in a classroom setting.”
The Phottix Juno TTL Transceiver Flash for Canon will debut in October, followed by Sony and Nikon models in coming months. The Odin Z Operating System will be available for download in mid-October for Canon and Nikon compatible Phottix products.