Nikon today announced the availability of a small Speedlight, the SB-300. The diminutive flash measures 2.3 x 2.6 x 2.5 inches and weighs 4.2 ounces with two AAA batteries. The flash head tilts up to 120 degrees, so it’s easy to bounce the flash. Although small, the flash has a reach of about 59 feet and is iTTL compatible. Manual control is available with compatible cameras and, while it doesn’t function as a Master, its intensity can be adjusted and used to trigger other Speedlights. Like its higher-end siblings, the SB-300 features thermal cut-out protection, but our guess is that you’re unlikely to trigger the cut-out if you use it with a compact Nikon camera.
Coverage is 18mm in DX and 27mm in FX but it will certainly be dwarfed by Nikon FX cameras like the D4 and D800. On the other hand, a Speedlight that can fit in your pocket, and costs only around $150, looks like a good option for compact cameras like the Nikon Coolpix A or the Nikon Coolpix P7700.
The Nikon SB-300 will retail for $150 and is scheduled to ship in August.