Nikon’s SU-800 Gets a Chinese Knockoff With More Features and a Cheaper Price



Nikon has always had a speedlight transmitter in the form of the SU-800. This commander does infrared transmission. But a new Chinese company is deciding to create the same product for cheaper and add in more features. The new Debao SU800 transmitter has more transmission power, and can control flashes away from a further distance (20m vs 35m), has a further AF assist range, and it supports continuous shooting. Of course, that distance still depends on various factors, such as the sun.

And the killer part: it comes in both Canon and Nikon versions–and is significantly more affordable than the Canon and Nikon equivalents.

Tech Specs and a comparison are after the jump.

Via Nikon Rumors

Tech Specs


Nikon SU800 Debao SU800
Transmission mode Infrared Communication Infrared Communication
Transmission power 13W 20W
Wireless control distance 20M 35M
Wireless communication channels and wireless groups Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4 ChannelsThree: A, B and C Four: 1, 2, 3 and 4 ChannelsThree: A, B and C
Display LCD, Ready-light LCD, Ready-light
Supports CLS Yes Yes
Supports HHS Yes Yes
Supports RPT Yes Yes
Supports AF assists Yes10m Yes 15m
Horizontal rotation angle Don’t Support -130 ~ 130 degrees
Recycle time 0-4S 0-2S
Supports continuous shoot No Yes
Required power source One 3V CR123A lithium battery 2 x AA battery
Supports for manual flash No S1 Model manual flash



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