Best Shoe-Mount Flashes in 2020



Godox TT600 Camera Flash Speedlite Master Slave GN60 Built-in 2.4G Wireless X System Transmission Compatible for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and Other DSLR Camera with Standard Hotshoe&USB LED Review:


I wasn't expecting much for $60+ even after reading a lot of the reviews here but was pleasantly surprised when I started using this flash. I shoot manual flash mode, so this model was fine for me. The attached photo is with a 26" octabox and was shot at about 1/8 power I think (flash used for fill and catchlight). Powerful enough for outdoor fill and works great in modifiers. The only negative is that the AA batteries get very hot if shooting in quick succession and the flash may stop firing for a bit. I took about 50 quick succession photos and at the end of those, the flash was misfiring about 25% of the time. I stopped for about 5 minutes and it was fine after that. I've seen this behavior twice now, and just use it to take a break and drop in new batteries (even though they weren't completely depleted). Overall, an excellent flash for the price and if it holds out for a year or two, I will be happy.



Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Olympus Pentax,ESDDI Cameras Flash,LCD Display,Multi,DSLR and Digital Cameras with Standard Hot Shoe Review:


My honest review (got this model from Seller to test the functionality):

This flash is a bare minimum unit, where we cannot zoom or attach any external power source, etc. This unit works fine for small areas and with limited distance between the subject and camera. The guide number is low, but for that price it is good. It works fine. I'll post some pictures when I get chance. I tried in a big restaurant with high ceiling and orange color walls, outside on the street in the dark and they came out pretty good. I used D750 and tried on camera and also tried off camera as a slave for hair light. The color temperature was consistent, I still need to test under various conditions.

This one was able to hold Magmod's bounce and sphere pretty good even at an inclined angle than other brand units I have. Overall I recommend this if you are a beginner or want to have some basic one as a kicker or for hair light. Even as a main this is a good unit for a small room and price is pretty affordable. Full power flash recharge cycle is bit slow. Material built is better than other similar affordable brand models.

Cons:
cannot attach any external power source.



Neewer NW-670 TTL Flash Speedlite with LCD Display for Canon 7D Mark II, 5D Mark II III, IV,1300D, 1200D, 1100D, 750D, 700D, 650D, 600D, 550D, 500D, 100D, 80D, 70D, 60D and Other Canon DSLR Cameras Review:


This is a very nice speedlite! It's E-TTL 2 compatible. I have been using it in fully automatic mode and it gets the job done beautifully. It's very simple and easy to use in that mode. I have experimented with continuous shooting with flash and the flash works very well in that mode. Once or twice it wouldn't turn on and I simply opened and firmly closed the battery compartment to fix the situation with no further problem. It can focus in the dark with the built in infrared emitter focus assist...my T6i cannot focus in near total darkness on it's own. As for Flash Exposure Bracketing, like AEB but the flash is doing the f-stop flash exposure adjustments rather than the camera setting the camera exposures, I get mixed results on that. Sometimes it "seems" as though it actually works and other times it's obvious it didn't. When I set FEB it doesn't actually show up in the settings that I actually made a flash setting on FEB, even though sometimes it "seems" like the 3 flashes are correctly set for -1, 0, +1 EV exposures. I'm not done experimenting in this area so these results are inconclusive at this time.

Continuous flash also works quit well giving a stroboscopic effect to continuous shots. The built in clear plastic light diffusion does a decent job of softening the light on the subject. I like the auto zoom feature which adjusts as you zoom the camera lens in and out. It helps keep the most light where it is most needed and also gives the speedlite a greater flash to subject distance it can be effectively used.

It comes with a simple black nylon bag with drawstring. I don't use it. I bought a 3 pack of neoprene lens carrying pouches. The middle size pouch is for my lens, the smaller for my Movo external mic, the larger size fits this speedlite perfectly.

Looking at the bottom of the hot shoe, all the pins are present and in the correct configuration for the Rebel T6i. I like the great cost-to-quality ratio...low cost-high quality. Love the low price compared to an actual Canon speedlite. Overall I really like this flash and am very pleased with it, glad I got it because it has been doing a great job for me. No real problems that I've experienced with it so far. I would definitely recommend this item to anyone looking for a good low cost speedlite to add to their photo accessories.



Neewer 750II TTL Flash Speedlite with LCD Display for Nikon D7200 D7100 D7000 D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D3000 D700 D600 D500 D90 D80 D70 D60 D50 and Other Nikon DSLR Cameras Review:


I think this is a must-have for the value.
It does NOT have High Speed Sync - which was a disappointment, but I've found it to still be a 5 star value.
What I love most about this is the exposures - the power seems to be consistent and it works well with a diffuser.
Exposures seem to always be accurate without needing compensation! wow
I love using this for a bounce - others I've found just don't have quite the consistency I've come to love and rely on from this one.

The zoom range is from 18-180, but I don't think it is actually as wide as 18 and the 180 might be slightly overstated also.

In my humble opinion, this is simply a reliable workhorse of a speedlite that nobody should overlook at this price!



Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Panasonic Olympus Pentax and Other DSLR Cameras,Digital Cameras with Standard Hot Shoe Review:


I purchased this speedlight because I had an event coming up that I was the only photographer for. I have never used one of these and didn’t even get to try it at home before the night of the event. I did watch a couple YouTube videos just to get the concept down. I can definitively say this is easy to use and well worth the money. It definitely upped my photo game and I’m extremely happy with it. No one should be using built in flash ever, this is what you need.

Pros:
Built in bounce card (which I believe is standard, but it works well for what it is)
360 degree angles
Lasted as long as I needed it (2hrs and still had battery left)
Easy to use: on/off button, mode button and a plus/minus to adjust brightness.

Cons:
*i only have one gripe*
Takes 4 AA batteries, I wish it was rechargeable or at least took a small battery I could remove and charge. Also, there’s no way of knowing how much battery you have left, as there’s no indicator light/levels.

*possible cons*
I’m an intermediate photographer, I know what I’m doing and take great photos, but I’m not a professional and my equipment is entry level. The videos I watched on YouTube showed speedlights that had more settings and control over the light, with a small lcd digital display etc. so if that’s something you need, this may not be for you. However, if you’ve never used one, I absolutely recommend this.



Altura Photo Professional Flash Kit for NIKON DSLR - Includes: I-TTL Flash (AP-N1001), Wireless Flash Trigger Set and Accessories Review:


I love learning photography and thought of doing some experiments with high speed exposure photography. So wanted to get myself a wireless flasher with i-TTL functionality supporting my Nikon D7100.

According to most Amazon reviews Altura Photo Pro Flash Kit AP-N1001 seemed a good choice. Another reason why I choose AP-N1001 was cos it came with wireless (and wired) trigger mode. In high exposure photography I knew it’d come handy.

So, in short:

Pros:
- Works well as described
- I even tried S1, S2 modes which also works well (In S2 mode you can use the wireless trigger to trigger the shutter of the camera & the camera’s flash will trigger the AP-N1001’s flasher)
- Great wireless trigger when connected to the camera
- Good battery life
- Comes with the batteries for the wireless trigger set (but doesn’t incl. the batteries for the flasher: 4x AA)

Cons:
- None I can think of

The manual this comes with is short but gives you all the necessary details in diagrams etc. If you’re even little bit tech savvy there wouldn’t be any issue of configuring as you need.

I used regular Duracells and found can take hundreds of shots without needing to replaced. (I did shoot at lower flasher powers cos I was taking high speed expos. Most of the time I set around 1/32 or 1/64 power).

It does take few seconds (didn’t measure but the description says 4secs, which I’d think accurate) to recycle and ready for the next shot. But never found it an issue.

I’m very happy with the wireless trigger too, cos I can use it to trigger the camera (especially when I set the AP-N1001 flasher to S2 mode (slave) so it’ll go off as soon as it detects the camera’s (Nikon D7100 in my case) flash goes on. I have a very cheap wireless IR trigger I bought for the D7100 but it’s not very reliable, sometimes it’ll shoot as soon as I press it, but sometimes I need to press multiple times.
But this wireless trigger (when connected to the camera) triggers as soon as I press it. Also this has the soft touch to auto-focus and hard press to take pic (just a shooting button in a camera).

The pouch is a nice addition to take all the stuff with you. (Wireless trigger doesn’t fit in that though).

High speed expos require lot of fine tuning of settings through experimenting at a certain environment and this flasher has all the configs I wanted.
I’ve added a couple of pics I took using this and a cheap Neewer 24x36in reflector set.

I’m fully satisfied with this flasher.

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AmazonBasics Electronic Flash for DSLR Cameras (Canon, Nikon) Review:


Fantastic way to experiment with off-camera flash. Fully manual control - but easily adjustable in from 1/128 power to 1/1 power in 1 F-stop increments. It's not clear in the description, but this flash is triggered optically, not "wirelessly" - there is no radio control and it does not connect to your DSLR or any other camera except when mounted directly in the hotshoe. Even then, this connection only tells the flash when to fire. There is no TTL (Through The Lens) metering. In S1 and S2 mode, this flash will only fire in sync with your on-camera flash. There is no guide number or sync speed listed, but from my tests it is quite powerful. The power, together with the ability to remote fire, rotate, bounce and diffuse the flash is a great upgrade over any built-in flash.

Included stand has a tripod mount which is very useful.

Optical trigger is very sensitive and has a wide catchment area, meaning the flash does not have to be line-of-sight with the flash on your camera to trigger. You can turn down your on-camera flash or diffuse it heavily and this unit will still fire.

The only downside to this unit is it's lack of TTL metering (meaning it has to be manually adjusted) and radio wireless control (meaning you have to fire your on-camera flash to trigger it remotely). However no flash at this price point has those features. This is unbeatable for the money.



Altura Photo AP-UNV1 Bundle DSLR Camera Flash Speedlite for Canon Nikon Sony Review:


I was simply looking for an inexpensive flash that would work attached to a Canon Rebel T5i, and this totally exceeded expectations. The flash works great. It can be adjusted to change the flash output, and it can be aimed 360. The highest flash is very bright, and the lowest flash is a nice subtle light. It is perfectly compatible with the Canon camera.The nicest surprise is it can be used as a wireless flash off the camera... in other words, an inexpensive way to have a portrait studio, or to work with side lighting. And wait, that's not all! It comes with a remote for your camera! Granted, the remote is pretty inexpensive and is simply a button that acts as the shutter release.... but it does work, and was a bonus as I wasn't really looking at that when deciding whether to purchase! The diffuser is inexpensive plastic, but it does the job and that's all you really need. Be prepared to find a you tube video by others who had used it or something similar as the manual didn't translate very well. It has my full stamp of approval.