Review: Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander and Receiver

When I was being briefed on the Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander for flashes before announcement, I couldn’t at all contain my glee. It meant a whole lot to me. It meant that Sony was going to take wireless flash control, strobists, and higher end photographers more seriously. They’re also only the second company to do so–following in the footsteps of Canon in a way. The flash commander also works as a camera remote. That part I didn’t totally understand but know that a whole lot of other units out there do the same thing. When I was working at B&H Photo, their Vello house brand did the same thing.

Overall, it seemed pretty positive. Seemed…

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Initial Thoughts: Sony FA-WRC1M and FA-WRR1 Radio Flash Transmitter/Receiver

During a recent Sony Press trip, I had the opportunity to test out the new Sony WRM1M and WRR1 Radio flash transmitter and receiver. The units were pre-production models and demonstrate that Sony is serious about the whole wireless flash game. Interestingly enough, Canon is the only other company to have developed their own radio flash system and many otherwise reach for those from third party companies.

The FA-WRC1M wireless radio commander as well as the FA-WRR1 wireless radio receiver are designed to work with Sony’s new multi-interface shoe (pretty much every camera since around 2011) and uses a 2.5GHz radio to communicate with one another. Together, they can control 15 flashes in five groups of flashes at a maximum range of 30 meters (or 98 feet). They can also do HSS, manual flash control, TTL, and is otherwise capable of syncing to 1/250th.

During my short time with them, I was both pleased and disappointed.

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