COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS

We'd like all of our potential customer to have the opportunity to review ours and our competitors products.  We believe that you'll agree with us that the Lightning Bug™ is by far the best value, and the best product on the market today.  All of the data below is current as of December 2013.  If you find any errors or corrections, please let us know, we'll be happy to update our charts. 

We've taken the liberty to highlight what we consider critical differences in our products.  We believe that these items in particular are worthy of review prior to investing in a lightning activated trigger.  Typical costs listed are based on the unit, a cable to fit a typical Nikon camera, and shipping.

Lightning Bug™ vs STEPPING STONES Lightning Trigger

Model Lightning Bug™ LT3 LT-IV
Retail Price $179.00 $329.00 $369.00
First Camera Cable Cost FREE up to $150.00 up to $150.00
Extra Cable Cost $16.50 up to $150.00 up to $150.00
Standard Shipping Cost (to USA) $9.50 $17.75 $17.75
Standard US Shipping Method USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail
Typical Cost $188.50 $413.75 $453.75
Lead Time After Order 1-2 DAYS 4-5 weeks 4-5 weeks
Battery Type 9V Cell 9V Cell 9V Cell
Camera Interface* 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket
On/Off Switch Type Soft-Touch Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch
Sealed Switches YES No No
Size (w/o Hotshoe) 4.25"x2.6"x1.3" 4.95"x2.75"x1.38" 4.95"x2.75"x1.38"
Battery Compartment Rear Top Top
Hotshoe Location Rear Middle Middle
Hotshoe Material Metal and Plastic Metal and Plastic Metal and Plastic
Overhangs Viewfinder NO Yes Yes
Analog/Digital Circuit Digital Analog Analog
FCC Certified** Yes No No
Firmware Updateable*** YES No No
Response Time 0.04 milliseconds 1 millisecond 1 millisecond
Sensitivity Control Soft-Touch Switches Not Applicable Not Applicable
Sensitivity Display 10 LED Bargraph Not Applicable Not Applicable
Self-Test Function YES No No
Meter Control USER CONTROLLED Always Off Always Off
Shutter Hammering**** No No No
Adjustable Frames per Second YES - 1 to 10 No No
Warranty 3 Years / Lifetime***** 15 Years 15 Years
Return Policy 30 Days None None
Water Resistant YES No No
Manufacuring Location USA USA USA
Ships From USA USA USA

Lightning Bug™ vs AEO Lightning Strike

Model Lightning Bug™ Micro Micro Pro Micro MT Pro
Retail Price $179.00 $137.00 $237.00 $365.00
First Camera Cable Cost Free Free Free Free
Extra Cable Cost $16.50 $22.50 $22.50 $22.50
Standard Shipping Cost (to USA) $9.50 Free Free Free
Standard US Shipping Method USPS Priority Mail Not Specified Not Specified Not Specified
Typical Cost $188.50 $159.50 $259.50 $387.5
Lead Time After Order 1-2 days 7-10 days 7-10 days 7-10 days
Battery Type 9V CELL (2) 1/2 Size AA (2) 1/2 Size AA (2) 1/2 Size AA
Camera Interface* 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket
On/Off Switch Type Soft-Touch Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch
Sealed Switches YES No No No
Size (w/o Hotshoe) 4.25"x2.6"x1.3" 2.25"x2.75"x.75" 2.25"x2.75"x.75" 2.25"x2.75"x.75"
Battery Compartment Rear Bottom Bottom Bottom
Hotshoe Location Rear Middle Middle Middle
Hotshoe Material Metal and Plastic Plastic Metal and Plastic Metal and Plastic
Overhangs Viewfinder NO Yes Yes Yes
Analog/Digital Circuit Digital Analog Analog Analog
FCC Certified** Yes No No No
Firmware Updateable*** YES No No No
Response Time 0.04 milliseconds 0.1 milliseconds 0.1 milliseconds 0.1 milliseconds
Sensitivity Control Soft-Touch Switches None Thumbwheel Thumbwheel
Sensitivity Display 10 LED Bargraph None None None
Self-Test Function YES No No No
Meter Control USER CONTROLLED Always Off Always Off Always Off
Shutter Hammering**** NO Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Frames per Second YES - 1 to 10 No No No
Warranty 3 Years / Lifetime***** 5 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Return Policy 30 Days None None None
Water Resistant YES No No No
Manufacuring Location USA USA USA USA
Ships From USA USA USA USA

Lightning Bug™ vs NERO Trigger

Model Lightning Bug™ Nero Trigger
Retail Price $179.00 $199.00
First Camera Cable Cost Free Free
Extra Cable Cost $16.50 $20.00
Standard Shipping Cost (to USA) $9.50 Free
Standard US Shipping Method USPS Priority Mail DHL
Typical Cost $188.50 $219.00
Lead Time After Order 1-2 days 2 days
Battery Compartment 9V Cell (2) AAA
Camera Interface* 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket
On/Off Switch Type Soft-Touch Switch Soft-Touch Switch
Sealed Switches Yes Yes
Size (w/o Hotshoe) 4.25"x2.6"x1.3" 3.34"x2.36"x1.18"
Battery Compartment Rear Bottom
Hotshoe Location Rear Middle
Hotshoe Material Metal and Plastic Unknown
Overhangs Viewfinder NO Yes
Analog/Digital Circuit Digital Digital
FCC Certified** YES No
Firmware Updateable*** YES Unknown
Response Time 0.04 milliseconds Not Specified
Sensitivity Control Soft-Touch Switches Soft-Touch Switches
Sensitivity Display 10 LED Bargraph LCD Display
Self-Test Function YES No
Meter Control USER CONTROLLED Always Off
Shutter Hammering**** NO Yes
Adjustable Frames per Second YES - 1 to 10 No
Warranty 3 Years / Lifetime***** Unknown
Return Policy 30 Days None
Water Resistant YES No
Manufacuring Location USA Turkey
Ships From USA USA and Turkey

Lightning Bug™ vs UBERTRONIX Strike Finder

Model Lightning Bug™ Standard Pro Pro II Elite
Retail Price $179.00 $109.00 $169.00 $219.00 $299.00
First Camera Cable Cost Free Free Free Free Free
Extra Cable Cost $16.50 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99 $17.99
Standard Shipping Cost (to USA) $9.50 $25.00 $25.00 $25.00 $25.00
Standard US Shipping Method USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail USPS Priority Mail
Typical Cost $188.50 $134.00 $194.00 $244.00 $324.00
Lead Time After Order 1-2 days 11-15 days 11-15 days 11-15 days 11-15 days
Battery Type 9V Cell 9V Cell 9V Cell 9V Cell 9V Cell
Camera Interface* 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket 2.5mm Female Socket
On/Off Switch Type Soft-Touch Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch Slide Switch
Sealed Switches YES No No No No
Size (w/o Hotshoe) 4.25"x2.6"x1.3" 4.8"x2.6"x1.0" 4.8"x2.6"x1.0" 4.8"x2.6"x1.0" 4.8"x2.6"x1.0"
Battery Compartment Rear Bottom Bottom Bottom Bottom
Hotshoe Location Rear Middle Middle Middle Middle
Hotshoe Material Metal and Plastic Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Overhangs Viewfinder NO Yes Yes Yes Yes
Analog/Digital Circuit Digital Digital Digital Digital Digital
FCC Certified** YES No No No No
Firmware Updateable*** YES Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Response Time 0.04 milliseconds 1.0 milliseconds 1.0 milliseconds 1.0 milliseconds 1.0 milliseconds
Sensitivity Control Soft-Touch Switches Thumbwheel Thumbwheel Thumbwheel Thumbwheel
Sensitivity Display 10 LED Bargraph None None None None
Self-Test Function YES No No No No
Meter Control USER CONTROLLED Always Off Always Off Always Off Always Off
Shutter Hammering**** NO Yes Yes Yes Yes
Adjustable Frames per Second YES - 1 to 10 No No No No
Firmware Updateable YES Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Warranty 3 Years / Lifetime***** Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Return Policy 30 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days 90 Days
Water Resistant YES No No No No
Manufacuring Location USA USA USA USA USA
Ships From USA USA USA USA USA

* Camera Interface:  While all units shown use a 2.5mm stereo female connector, not all meet the de facto industry standard pinouts (tip = shutter, ring = meter, barrel = common).  Our cables are compatible with all such industry standard cables (for example, cables for the Pocket Wizard).

** FCC Certified:  US laws requires that ALL electronic devices using digital circuitry to be tested and comply with FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Class B to insure that government guidelines are met, and to help insure that unwanted interference with other electronics is reduced or eliminated.  Digital devices that have not been tested and certified are illegal to sell, distribute, and operate in the US.  Analog devices are not required by law to be certified, however we feel that any device attached to your digital camera should meet this criteria to reduce the potential for electrical noise that could adversely impact your camera circuitry.  The Lightning Bug™ is the ONLY product on the market today that has been certified to meet this standard.

*** Firmware Updateable:  Digital units, such as the Lightning Bug™, incorporate a microprocessor that is programmed at the factory.  A distinct advantage is that changes and updates can be made to previously purchased units at little or no cost to the consumer, protecting your initial investment.  MK Controls, Inc. offers free updates whenever firmware releases are available simply by returning your unit to our factory.  Your only expense is the initial shipping cost to return the unit.

**** Shutter Hammering:  Shutter hammering occurs when a triggering device attempts to trigger the electronic shutter release in excess of  your camera capabilities.  This has not been proven to cause harm or wear in any DSLR, however it can easily lead to missed shots.

***** Warranty:  MK Controls, Inc. is proud to offer the ONLY Lifetime Replacement Policy amongst our competition - see our warranty information for full details.

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