Nikon SB-900 vs. SB-910 Speedlight comparison

A quick comparison between the Nikon SB-900 and the new SB-910 Speedlight flashes. First the specs differences:

Nikon SB-900 Nikon SB-910
Dimensions 3.0x5.7x4.7in. (78.0x146.0x118.5mm) 3.1x5.7x4.4in. (78.5x145x113mm)
Weight 14.6 oz. (415g) 14.8 oz. (420g)
Other Available Functions AF-assist illuminator AF-assist illumination for multi-point AF
Ready Light Front, Back Front
Other Functions Thermal cut-out Improved Thermal Cut-out
Price $494.95 $549.95

On the back of the SB-910 a new menu button replaces the previous zoom button. In the press release Nikon mentioned only two SB-910 improvements over the SB-900:

  • the SB-910 provides more efficient battery usage as well as an enhanced Thermal Cut-Out function
  • the SB-910 uses new hard-type color compensation filters for fluorescent and incandescent color temperature balancing

Here is a list of the specs that are 100% identical in both SB-900 and SB-910 (based on the specs published on Nikon's website):

  • Guide Number
  • Lens Coverage
  • Bounce Function (Tilt)
  • Bounce Function (Rotate)
  • Commander Function
  • Remote Function
  • Electronic Construction
  • Flash Exposure Control
  • Illumination pattern
  • Minimum Recycling Time
  • Flash Duration
  • Required Power Source
  • Optional Power Supply
  • Flash-ready Indicator
  • Flash Compensation
  • Custom Setting
  • Minimum Number of Flashes / Recycling Time
  • Wireless Flash Modes
  • Wireless Communication Channels
  • Wireless Groups


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  • PeterO

    Simple – if no one buys the 910, the price will come down.

    • MB

      Not so sure about that, according to some decisions made by Nikon lately they will most likely raise the prices in an attempt to increase the profit (stupid people logic: I am selling 1 unit per month for 550, so I will double my profit by selling this same unit for 1100 right?).

    • Al Craig

      Is anyone really going to buy this? I already have the SB900 and use it for light enthusiast use – never had a problem with the over-heating. Can’t see any reason to change and feel this is a rather cynical attempt at a quick profit from a company to which I am wholly committed and otherwise respect greatly. I am disappointed, Nikon!

  • Arved

    Well, I’m glad to see the SB-910. For a while there, I thought they might come out with something really better. Like RF implementation of CLS/iTTL. Glad they fixed the thermal protection issue with the SB-900 – finally admitting it’s a problem? But no trade-in plan unless you’re Joe McNally, so the problem still remains in all those otherwise useful SB-900s out there. No firmware update – no service bulletin to replace defective design.

    At least now I don’t have anymore reservations going with Nissin Di866s. Nothing in the SB-910 that warrants a $200 premium over Nissin’s flagship.

  • C Grainge

    I am angered (as I am sure are many) by this – an admission that the thermal cut-out issue on SB-900 was definite hardware problem. So I have to spend another $500+ to be able to use a “flagship” flash that I 95% already own but is not useable for much of the type of work I do – unless I have two of them…

  • anon743

    Still no more support for film TTL.

    • Paulo Feitosa

      For film you can get the excellent SB600, still in stock at B&H.

  • Ric

    I’m really pissed. Just goes to show you that being a loyal customer is worth nothing. Nikon knew the 9oo was a piece of crap when they sold it to us, then claimed everything was fine and there was nothing wrong with the 900. I feel they could at least allow for trade in on the 910. Ever hear of a Recall….

  • Jerry

    I’ve never had a problem with my 900. I absolutely love the thing!

    • ET

      Same here !

  • shihwangti

    I shoot plenty of events including weddings nonstop 300-400 photos per session easily. NO problems with the Nikon SB900, great flash gun. Maybe just another marketing gimmicks to sell the SB910. Nikon should provide free upgrade services rather than trying to sell another version.

  • Paul Richards

    I didn’t read all the posts here, but I get the theme…I have burned a flash, mostly the lens, chasing down a postman in her truck(she needed light inside her truck) and all the flashes were f16 or more and I roll with a HV battery…I had turned off the protection. I am guessing Nikon has made things better on these issues.
    I am happy that the SB910 hard plastic color correction filters fit the SB900…that is the way it should be. $12 bucks each!!!!! There is no reason a pro should have a roll of scotch tape in his bag as the critical ingredient.

    Thank you Nikon for not re-inventing the shape of the SB910.

  • Rob Brown

    So I am a rookie straight up hobbyist. I wanted to pick up a flash for my d600. Is it worth shelling out for a sb910? Any flash suggestions?

    I was taking macro’s of some cool old hub caps I found and had to rig up a gizmo with a coat hanger and wax paper to tone down the built in flash.

    I knew I would need to get a flash eventually and was stalling after buying a few lens.

  • Harley Bonham

    I don’t know about all the fixes or anything. A couple years ago I had several different types of speedlights: 5 sb800s, 3 sb600, 1 sb700 and 4 Vivitar 283s. Since it was a nightmare to train new assistants on how each different light worked, I sold them all and went with 8 SB900s, purchased one at a time off EBay. I have had zero problems with thermal shutdown but I am usually at 1/8 power or lower. These speedlights have been virtually flawless and I produce killer images 200-300 times a year for paying clients. I also cut my own CTO gels and use velcro instead of the Nikon hard gels; this just works better for me because I can reposition the gels when I don’t need them; less stuff to keep track of. On rare occasions I use my big studio lights but these speedlights are 90% of my lighting. No complaints and I love my SB900s.

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