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If you are a professional photographer or on the way to becoming one, you know the importance of investing in a good flash for your camera. And among the top of the line are the Canon flash models.

In today's article we'll show you the main Canon flash models, and what factors you should take into consideration to buy the best model according to your goal.


  • The Canon flash is one of the best in its category and is essential for adding shade and volume to your photos.
  • Canon offers a wide range of flash models.
  • To buy the best Canon flash you need to consider compatibility with your camera and other technical information.

The Best Canon Flash: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Even though entry-level cameras come with a built-in flash, if you do or intend to do professional photography it is essential that you have a good external flash.

That's why Canon has invested heavily in this accessory. In this Buying Guide we'll explain everything about the Canon flash.

Pessoa usando câmera fotográfica com flash Canon.

The flash is an essential accessory for taking good pictures. (Source: Diermaier/

What makes the Canon flash different?

The flash is a light source used to illuminate dark areas and give fill to the photo, besides diminishing unwanted shadows.

The Canon flash is one of the top of the line as the brand has long tradition in manufacturing professional photography equipment, good reputation among users and a good technical support.

Did you know that Canon has been in Brazil since 1974?

In addition to flashes, the brand is a leading producer and seller of cameras, printers, digital camcorders and scanners

Another Canon flash differential is the variety of models offered by the brand. Nowadays it is possible to find Canon flashes to be used in different types of digital cameras and with different purposes as well.

Canon flash models vary in terms of size, speed and efficiency when it comes to emitting light in synchronicity with the camera.

Who is the Canon flash recommended for?

Whether you're shooting in a dark or low-light environment, highlighting your subject or even eliminating shadows, a Canon flash is an essential accessory for any photographer, but especially for professionals.

But the Canon flash is even more recommended for Canon camera owners. That's because, generally speaking, flashes feature technologies that are compatible with only certain camera models.

Therefore, the most important item when buying the best Canon flash is to consider the compatibility of the accessory with your camera.

Flash Canon com capa de proteção ao lado.

The Canon flash can be used by professional or amateur photographers. (Source: stevepb/

When you use a compatible Canon flash with your camera, the systems of the two operate in tandem, which allows you to use more advanced functions, including automatic ones.

For example, there are some types of Canon flash that, by communicating with the camera's metering system, are able to create an optimal light exposure automatically.

Can I use the Canon flash on cameras from another brand?

As we have seen, if you want to use the full functionality of a Canon flash, the most recommended thing is to use it on the Canon camera model that is compatible.

When using the Canon flash on another manufacturer's camera, the functionalities will be less.

The fact is that when using the Canon flash on another manufacturer's camera, the functionalities will be less and less efficient as the systems will not be compatible.

The same is true if you use a Canon camera with a flash from another brand. For example, some flash functions will have to be done manually.

But this does not mean that you are prevented from using the Canon flash on cameras from other brands. For example, nowadays there is another option that works well on Canon cameras which is the Yongnuo flash.

What are the main types of Canon flash?

There are two types of flash: internal and external. In general, the internal flash is present in compact, super zoom, mirrorless or DSLR cameras. Also, the light from the internal flash usually only reaches up to 4 metres.

Professional cameras, on the other hand, generally don't have internal flashes. So they require you to buy an external flash.

The traditional Canon external flash, which is attached on top of the camera, is called Speedlite and can also be used on tripods.

Besides this model, Canon also has a circular flash, used to photograph small objects.

But the fact is that Canon has a wide variety of flashes and each one has different characteristics and purposes. We have gathered in the table below the main Canon flash models. See:

Canon Flash Description and indication
Speedlite 600 EX-RT and RT II It has more adjustment options and swivel head. Ideal for DSLR and mirrorless cameras
Speedlite 430 EX II Has a smaller size, fewer adjustment options, a swivel head and fits DSLR, mirrorless and super zoom cameras
Speedlite 320 EX Smaller, it is ideal for DSLR, mirrorless and super zoom cameras
Speedlite 270EX II With a fixed head, it looks like the internal flash but has a longer range. Ideal for super zoom and compact cameras
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX II Circular flash for macro photography, ideal for DSLR cameras

How does technical support work for Canon flashes?

If your flash is faulty it is possible to contact Canon's technical support via the official website.

You can report any problem via chat, e-mail or telephone. It is also possible to follow up the equipment's repair on the website and get an online quote.

Buying Criteria: How to choose a Canon flash

Now that you've acquired a basic notion about the Canon flash, it's time to get down to the practical part and choose the best model. To do so, we recommend that you analyse the following items:

Below, we will explain in detail how you should consider these topics and buy the best Canon Flash.


As we have seen, there is a wide variation of flash models in Canon. Therefore, you should take into consideration, besides the compatibility of your camera, the type of photography you intend to do.

For example, if you choose a wireless Canon flash, it is important to know that this type of flash is suitable for photographers who want to control the direction of light in a more versatile way.

Homem com máquina fotográfica com flash Canon.

You should choose the model of Canon flash according to the type of photo. (Source: Tom Pumford/

Another model, as we've seen, is the circular Canon flash, which is attached to the camera lens and, as it illuminates more softly, is ideal for macro shots.

Either way, it's important to consider the type of photography you want to do to choose the ideal Canon flash model.

Guide number

Another factor that differentiates one Canon flash from another, and which is crucial that you consider when buying, is the guide number.

The guide number determines the maximum distance, in metres, that the light from the flash can reach with a specific lens aperture, relative to the ISO speed.

Therefore, the higher the guide number of the Canon flash, the greater the power of the light emitted. In practice this means you'll be able to shoot at greater distances.

Head and bounce

Next, we recommend that you also take into consideration the type of Canon flash head and whether or not the accessory has baffles.

Basically, you will find two types of flashes as far as the head is concerned: fixed or swivel head flashes.

Canon flash with fixed head is more recommended for super zoom and compact cameras.

Homem com máquina fotográfica e flash.

Flashes may have features that will facilitate the act of photography. (Source: awar kurdish/

The swivel head, on the other hand, makes the flash more versatile, as you can tilt it to reflect off the ceiling and also swivel it sideways.

With this, you get softer highlights and shadow effects, unlike a direct frontal light.

In addition, another feature you should note is that some flashes already have a beater, which also helps in varying lights, shadows and depth of photographs.

Minimum recycling time

This is another information that you cannot miss when choosing the best Canon flash.

The minimum recycling time expresses the seconds that the flash takes to recharge the internal circuit after a shot. In other words, this data determines the limit of photos you'll be able to take with the flash in a given amount of time.

Generally speaking, the shorter the recycling time of the Canon flash, the faster the flash is and the more photos you can capture.

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