On May 1, Nissin Digital unveiled its new MG80 Pro hot shoe flash with integrated Nissin Air System (NAS) radio commander and slave modes, support for multiple battery types, and a built-in color LCD. The GN60/83Ws flash packs a Quartz flash tube, heat-resistant head, 8W LED modelling light, removable Fresnel lens, and compatibility with both standard AA NiMH and Lithium-ion (Type 14500) batteries.

When used with four Li-ion Type 14500 batteries, the flash offers a 1.5s recycling time, which increases to 3.8s when used with four rechargeable AA batteries. Users can expect around 280 flashes when using four 650mAh Li-ion batteries, or around 320 flashes when using four 2450mAh rechargeable batteries.

The MG80 Pro supports TTL, manual control, and HSS, has a transmission range up to 100m (328ft), and a zoom mode covering focal length options from 24mm to 200mm. Other specs include a metal shoe with ring lock, tilt/swivel head, support for micro SD and SDHC cards for firmware updates, and a weight, without batteries, of 520g (18oz).

The flash will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic and Olympus cameras. According to Flash Havoc, Nissin plans to release the MG80 Pro in 'late May,' but a price has not been revealed.