New generation of system flash units – Metz M400

Metz M400

Photo and Video Light specialist Metz is set to unveil a new generation of compact system flash units at photokina 2016 with the new Metz mecablitz M400.

Zirndorf- Metz launches the mecablitz M400, a system flash unit with a compact build. The M400 is over 30 per cent more compact compared with traditional flash units. The specially developed M400 is well-suited to photographers and videographers who expect high performance  from their flash units. This reliable, high-performance flash appeals to all photographers – from amateurs to enthusiasts to professionals. Metz M400

M400 is powerful, with a guide number of 40 (ISO 100/21°, 105mm), to cope with almost any shooting scenario. The M400 features AUTO TTL (the camera controls the flash unit automatically) making it perfect for flash novices. Depending on the camera, the M400 also offers wireless TTL flash as either master or slave. This allows the flash unit to be controlled and triggered off-camera via optical signals. The M400 comes with an adjustable LED video light for video usage and/or as a modelling light. M400 adds more flexibility in light control with the swivel reflector, integrated reflector card and wide-angle diffuser.

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Uncompromisingly compact high performance

The Metz mecatech development team has succeeded in developing a system flash unit that is more compact. Mr Jouhki, CEO of Metz mecatech GmbH emphasizes: “The camera body is generally more compact with mirrorless cameras. Hence the demand we’re seeing for a compact flash unit that has an attractive design but does not compromise on performance and features.”

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High Speed Synchronization (HSS and FP)

With high speed synchronization, photographers can use flash with shutter speeds that are faster than the native flash sync of the camera. The result: flash photos with large apertures are possible in high ambient light levels, for example in order to limit the depth of field in portrait shots.

Unique operating concept

The new Metz M400 uses a clear, well-organized user interface with an innovative OLED display, which provides a clear view of all relevant information, such as flash settings.

Fully compatible

Like all Metz system flash units, this new flash is perfectly tailored to digital cameras made by leading manufacturers. Versions are available for Canon, Nikon, Olympus/Panasonic/Leica, Pentax, Sony and Fujifilm.

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Ready for the future

To ensure that your flash is always up to date, software updates can be conveniently installed from your personal computer via the micro USB interface. Therefore, the Metz M400 will remain compatible with any new camera models launched onto the market.

“Made in Germany”, of course.

The Metz M400 has been developed and manufactured exclusively in Germany, continuing the tradition of sturdy build quality and robust materials.

Technical specifications

Flash output

• Maximum Guide Number of 40 at ISO100 and 105 mm


• unique operating concept with OLED display

• Swivel reflector

• Reflector card

• Integrated wide-angle diffuser for 12 mm illumination

• Motorised zoom for 24 – 105 mm illumination

• Modelling light (permanent light for checking shadows)

• Metal base* with quick lock

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Video light

• High-performance LED video light

• 100 Lux / 1 m

• Adjustable in 6 levels

Flash functions

• TTL-flash mode (digital only)

• Manual flash mode with 25 partial lighting levels

• Master and Slave Wireless Mode

• Servo flash mode with learning function

• HSS – high speed synchronization**

• 1st and 2nd shutter curtain synchronization**

• Automatic fill-in flash

• Pre-flash for red-eye reduction**

Power supply

• 4 x AA alkaline-magnesium or lithium batteries

• 4 x AA NiMH rechargeable batteries


Available in stores from the end of September (Versions: Canon, Nikon, Sony). The versions for Olympus/Panasonic, Pentax, Fujifilm will follow.

* Not for version Sony Multi Interface

** Dependent on camera function

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About Metz mecatech GmbH

Metz – the traditional brand stands for high-class products, excellent service and trendsetting innovations. Under new management, the company extends its business continually at the ancestral location in Zirndorf. For more than 75 years now, we have been developing and producing in Germany. This central point of all our activities is the philosophy which has made Metz strong: Made in Germany.

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