Canon has introduced its 430EX III-RT midrange Speedlite. This is the company's second flash to support radio-based wireless TTL (the 600EX-RT being the other), which Canon says offer longer ranges, more flexible positioning, and no line-of-sight requirement like traditional optical wireless flash systems. The flash can be a transmitter or slave when using the RT system, but only a slave when using optical.

The 430EX III-RT is faster, smaller, and lighter than its predecessor. Other new features include refined rear controls, which include a larger LCD and new scroll wheel. In addition to tilting upward 90 degrees the flash can also rotate 150 degrees left and 180 degrees right. A catchlight panel is also included. There are now 10 custom as well as 8 personal functions. 

The 430EX III-RT has the same guide number (43m at ISO 100) and zoom flash head range (24-105mm) as its predecessor.

The Canon 430EX III-RT will be available in September for $299. A color filter, bounce adapter, and two cases will be bundled with the flash.


 Press release:

Canon U.S.A. Adds To Flash Lineup With Speedlite 430EX III-RT

New External Flash Unit Features Wireless Flash Shooting and Compact Size

MELVILLE, N.Y., July 8, 2015 - Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT external flash unit featuring - for the first time in the Canon 430EX series - radio-controlled wireless flash shooting capabilities designed to make creative light control more manageable and versatile for photographers of all levels. This third generation Speedlite is a perfect primary flash unit for amateur and advanced amateur photographers looking to create beautiful portraits with Canon digital cameras such as the EOS Rebel T6i, as well as professional photographers looking for a small and lightweight secondary flash.

"Canon is proud to offer outstanding photographic accessories that help enhance a photographer's overall creative experience when shooting with our EOS DSLR cameras," said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "The new Speedlite 430EX III-RT provides photographers with a very responsive flash unit having new wireless capabilities that enable users to create more professional lighting effects than if they were to rely on their camera's pop-up flash alone."

Featuring enhanced functionality and operability over its predecessor (the Canon Speedlite 430EX II), the new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT features wireless flash shooting via optical or radio transmission (similar to the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with master and slave functions in radio mode but slave function only in optical transmission), now with shorter recycling time and quicker firing. This multi-functional flash unit makes more advanced flash shooting easy for any photographer with its intuitive, user-friendly operation, abundant bounce and swivel shooting functions and advanced features including a maximum Guide Number of 43/141 at ISO 100 in meters/feet, auto zooming from 24-105mm, Hi-Speed Sync and Second-curtain Sync.  In addition, the Speedlite 430EX III-RT has been reduced in size and weight compared to its predecessor. 

Featuring another first for the 430EX series of flash units, the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT also includes an SCF-E2 Color Filter which helps balance color temperature when shooting in incandescent lighting, an SBA-E2 Bounce Adapter that helps soften light while helping suppress shadows, a built-in Catchlight panel, illuminated dot-matrix LCD, new control dial, light distribution options, multi-camera sync shooting, and remote shutter release. Enhanced functions include broader bounce angle range and flash exposure compensation via the new control dial. Also included are two cases - one for the flash and one for the filter and adapter.

Pricing and Availability

The new Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT flash is scheduled to be available in September 2015 for an estimated retail price of $299.99*. For more information please visit: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/speedlite_flash_lineup/speedlite_430ex_iii_rt


Specifications

General
Power output / Guide number43m/141ft at ISO 100
Coverage24–105 mm
Bounce tilt90.00°
Bounce rotate330.00°
Bounce rotate - notesThe flash can rotate up t0 150 degrees to the left and 180 degrees to the right
Minimum number of flashes (with AA alkaline batteries)180
Recycle time (with alkaline batteries)4 sec
Power source4 AA Batteries
Dimensions2.8 x 4.5 x 3.9 (71 x 114 x 99 mm)
Weight10.40 oz (295 g)