External TTL for Premium Compacts?

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Nathan Chao Regular Member • Posts: 141
External TTL for Premium Compacts?

As a recent DP review article highlights, that TTL flash adds much to a photographers toolbox for both casual to more serious users.
Unfortuately, premium compacts today like LX10 and RX100V have no provisions for controlling external flash.
Earlier Sony and Panasonic compacts had hotshoes that permitted TTL on lessor sensors. Now with the 1" sensors used by all the better compacts, the hot shoe is gone.
I can understand in the push for smaller size, the hotshoe takes up too much space on the top panel which has to include anemic built in flash, knobs and sometimes a viewfinder.
A separate flash unit of decent capability is often bigger that the compact camera itself so attaching one need a robust mount.
A possible solution is that all compacts have a tripod provision. If the manufacturers can provide a multiwire mini terminal, a side handle type cold shoe attached to the tripod socket can be used by flashes designed to accept a cable to the provided flash terminal to communicate with the camera for TTL flash exposures.
This flash terminal should be part of a capable compact that lacks a hotshoe.
Another solution might be a Bluetooth wireless type of flash capability built into modern compacts to allow TTL flashes.

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