June 17, 2013
This is a cheaply-made flash. The battery-door cover, fell off of mine and I have had to use duct tape to close it. I got it for free during an Olympus promotion last year.
While it is better than the flash that ships with the camera, it is not something you can rely on to perform when you need it. When I travel and shoot photos all day, I have to carry 3 extra sets of batteries for the flash, to make sure the flash will not go dead.
Worse still, is that it takes a long time for the flash to recycle. I miss a lot of shots while I am waiting for the flash to refresh itself.There is some hope: I just ordered the FL - 600F Wireless Electronic Flash for my OM-D. I am hoping it will do a better job.
April 22, 2012
The Olympus FL-300R flash effectively meets my requirements and exceeds my expectations. It provides all the application angles (full, fill, bounce, close macro) and power capabilities (from light shadow fill to illuminating a room) that one would expect of a standard external flash unit mountable on a hot shoe, but at the size and design weight to not overload or unbalance a compact system camera like the slim XZ-1. It additionally can operate mounted as TTL-Auto, or work by wireless remote to supplement the pop-up flash of the Olympus XZ-1 and certain Olympus PEN and other cameras. Photographs taken with this flash have far exceeded my expectations for quality from such a small unit. I bought this flash for its size and compatibility with my camera, and am fully satisfied by what it brings to the total package.