Strobe, flash, speedlight and monolight?

What is the difference between a strobe, flash, speedlight and monolight?

What's all this talk about strobes, flashes, speedlights and monolights and I don't know what else. Aren't they all the same thing?

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The word “strobe” in photography is really a misnomer. “Strobe” is a shortening of “stroboscope” – a device that gives off repeated flashes of light and used to stop cyclic motion. But a some photographers use the word “strobe” as a synonym for “flash”.

A “flash”, in photography, is any device that produces a very short burst of light for taking a still photograph. There are different types of flashes.

A small and portable battery powered flash unit that is designed to be mounted in the camera's hot-shoe is sometimes referred to as a “camera flash” or “speedlight”. Nikon call their camera flashes “Speedlights”, while Canon refer to theirs as “Speedlites”.

A large flash unit, designed to be used in a studio, are called a “studio flash” or “monolight”. This type is usually mains powered, but can be used in external locations with an external battery pack. These are transportable rather than portable.

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finally my doubts have been answered..

thanks now i fully understood the differences

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