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Welcome to Speedlite Review. This 100% independent website reviews more than 30 of the most popular speedlites and radio trigger systems on the market all of which are compatible with Canon DSLR cameras. We review not only those made by Canon but also by third parties such as Yongnuo and Godox.

Here at Speedlite Review we’ll show you the main features that you are likely to find on a speedlite such as manual flash power, E-TTL auto exposure mode, flash exposure compensation, flash zoom, high speed sync, guide numbers, and optical and radio wireless systems to name but a few. Knowing what all these things do will help you to choose the best speedlite to suit your needs and budget. Read more

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Canon Speedlites

Who are Canon?

Canon EL-1 Review (new)
Canon’s new flagship speedlite (pre-order only, due to be released at the end of February 2021)

Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT Review
This is Canon’s flagship speedlite. 2.4 GHz wireless radio communication, Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm, compatible with ST-E3 Speedlite transmitter. Released 2016.

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Review
2.4 GHz wireless radio communication, Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 43m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 24-105mm, compatible with ST-E3 Speedlite transmitter. Released 2015

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Review
The 470EX-AI is Canon’s latest offering released in February 2018. Auto intelligent bounce head, Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 47m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 24-105mm, optical wireless slave (no radio wireless). Released 2018.

Canon Triggers

Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Radio wireless controller for the Canon 600EX II-RT and the 430EX III-RT flashes. Supports E-TTL II, range up to 50m, compact design, 5 groups or 15 individual speedlites, easy to use controls. Released 2012.

Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 Review
Optical wireless controller (sends pulses of infrared light) for the Canon 580EX(II), 550EX, 430EX(II) and 420EX flashes. Supports E-TTL II, range up to 15m with direct line-of-sight, compact design, 3 groups, infrared autofocus assist lamp.

Canon Discontinued Products

Canon Speedlite 580EX ii Review
Optical wireless (master & slave), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 58m at ISO 100 and 105mm, zoom range 24-105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter. Released 2007.

Canon Speedlite 430EX ii Review
Optical wireless (slave only), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 43m at ISO 100 and 105mm, zoom range 24-105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter. Released 2008.

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Godox Speedlites

Who are Godox?

Godox Witstro AD360 II-C Review (released Oct 2015)
Powerful bare-bulb flash head, guide number of 80m at ISO 100 using standard reflector, E-TTL II, HSS, Godox X radio wireless (master and slave). External lithium-ion battery. Great for shooting outdoors in bright light. The AD360 and AD360 II-C are becoming a bit outdated and have now largely been replaced by the newer AD200, AD200/300/400/600 Pro range.

Godox AD300 Pro Review (released Apr 2020)
This flash looks more like a mini studio strobe than a regular speedlite but is does run off batteries and is still compact and lightweight enough to fit in a camera bag. It also delivers a very powerful 300Ws flash as well as having E-TTL and HSS. It is compatible with the Godox X-series of radio triggers.

Godox AD200 Review (released Apr 2017)
Powerful portable flash with interchangeable flash head (bare bulb or speedlite head). Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 using bare bulb with standard reflector, E-TTL II, HSS, Godox X radio wireless (slave only). Powered by a lithium-ion battery.

Godox AD200 Pro Review (released Apr 2019)
Pro-version of the popular Godox AD200 (reviewed above) which now includes a Colour Consistency Mode offering a variation of only +/- 100K across all flash power outputs making it particularly suitable for product/commercial photographers. There are also a couple of other improvements such as a slight increase in recycle time but generally very similar look and spec to the cheaper AD200.

Godox AD100 Pro Review (to be released soon)
Looking like a scaled down Godox AD300 Pro body but with a round Fresnel flash head similar to the Godox V1 this new addition to the Godox family is aimed at the highly portable off-camera flash market particularly suited to wedding / event photographers requiring a little extra power. Similar spec to the Godox V1 (reviewed below) but a tad more powerful and with a cooling fan to prevent overheating.

Godox V1 Review (released Apr 2019)
This is the new round-head flash from Godox which appears very similar in design and specification to the much more expensive Profoto A1 flash. It is power by a lithium ion battery for excellent recycle time. 28-105mm zoom head, E-TTL II and HSS. Uses the Godox X radio wireless communication system. Excellent build quality.

Godox V860 II Review (released 2016)
Similar to Canon’s 600EX II-RT but with Godox X radio wireless and uses a lithium ion battery for faster recycle time. Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm, E-TTL II and HSS.

Godox TT685C Review (released 2016)
Similar to Canon’s 600EX II-RT but with Godox X radio wireless. Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm, E-TTL II and HSS. Unlike the V860 II it runs off 4x AA batteries.

Godox TT600 Review (released 2016)
Basically a TT685C without the E-TTL functionality. It’s just a manual flash but still has HSS. Godox X radio wireless (master/slave). Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm. One of my favourite budget speedlites.

Godox TT350 Review (released 2017)
The Godox TT350 is the baby of the family and the smallest in the Godox speedlite range. It really is a pocketable flash requiring just two AA batteries. Guide number of 36m at ISO 100 at 105mm (compared to the typical 52m of most larger flashes). Features include a 24-105 zoom, E-TTL, HSS and built-in 2.4Ghz Godox X radio wireless (master/slave). Ideal for smaller mirrorless cameras.

Godox Radio Triggers

Godox XPro-C Transmitter Review
Top of the range controller for the Godox X radio system. Supports HSS and E-TTL II. Large display and easy to use with five individual group buttons. Up to 16 groups and 32 channels.

Godox X2T-C Transmitter Review
The Godox X2T-C is an updated version of the X1T-C with a better display, a more intuitive menu and easy access to wireless groups.

Godox X1T-C Transmitter Review
The most basic and cheapest of the Godox X transmitters/controllers. Supports HSS and E-TTL II. Small display and fiddly buttons. Up to 5 groups and 32 channels.

Godox XT32C Transmitter Review
Mid-range controller for the Godox X radio system. Manual flash only making an ideal partner for the Godox TT600 manual speedlite. Supports HSS and has built-in infra-red auto-focus assist beam. Adequate display and easy to use. Up to 16 groups and 32 channels.

Godox X1R-C Receiver Review
Radio X wireless receiver that can be attached to Canon speedlites such as the Canon 580EX II to enable it to be incorporated into the Godox radio system. Requires a Godox controller (see above).

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Yongnuo Speedlites

Who are Yongnuo?

Yongnuo Speedlite YN600EX-RT II Review
Almost identical to the Canon 600EX II-RT Speedlite and one of Yongnuo’s most popular speedlites. Canon RT 2.4 GHz wireless radio communication (master and slave), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm, compatible with Canon ST-E3 transmitter.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT Review
Similar to the YN600EX-RT II but with 20-105mm zoom head, slightly more powerful, and built-in LED light. Canon RT 2.4 GHz wireless radio communication (master and slave), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 105mm, zoom range 20-105mm, compatible with Canon ST-E3 transmitter.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN568EX III Review
Similar to the Canon 580EX II Speedlite. Optical wireless (master & slave), Canon E-TTL II, Guide number of 58m at ISO 100 and 105mm, zoom range 24-105mm, compatible with ST-E2 infrared transmitter.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN685 Review
Compatible with Canon cameras but uses Yongnuo’s proprietary 622C radio wireless system (slave only). Full Canon ETTL. Built-in radio receiver triggered by YN-622 transmitter. Guide number of 60m at ISO 100 and 200mm, zoom range 20-200mm.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 IV Review
Manual flash output with no ETTL. Built-in radio transceiver uses the RF-603 radio system triggered by YN560-TX(II) transmitter (master and slave).

Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 III Review
The same as the YN560 IV above but can only act as a slave.

Yongnuo Triggers

Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter YN-E3-RT II Review
Almost identical to the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter and updated version of the Yongnuo YN-E3-RT. Now works with more recently Canon cameras. Uses Canon RT radio wireless system. Supports E-TTL II, HSS.

Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter YN-E3-RT Review
Almost identical to the Canon ST-E3-RT Transmitter. Uses Canon RT radio wireless system. Supports E-TTL II, HSS. Has a few compatibility issues with newer Canon cameras.

Yongnuo Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2 Review
Almost identical to the Canon ST-E2 but with improved range and takes AA batteries. Wireless communication is by infra-red pulses requiring line-of-sight with the slave speedlite. Designed to work with the Canon optical EX wireless system.

Yongnuo YN-622C-TX Controller Review
E-TTL radio controller using Yongnuo’s 622C radio system. Can be used to control the YN685 speedlite or a YN-622C radio receiver, which in turn can be attached to a Canon 580EX or 430EX to add full radio wireless communication.

Yongnuo YN-622C II Trigger Kit Review
The trigger kit consists of 2x YN-622C II radio wireless transceivers. Each unit can act as a transmitter or a receiver that support E-TTL II using the Yongnuo 2.4GHz 622C radio system. Each unit can also be controlled by the YN-622C-TX controller.

Yongnuo YNE3-RX Receiver
E-TTL II radio receiver that uses the Canon 2.4GHz RT radio system. This unit allows older Canon EX Speedlites such as the 580EX II (that use optical wireless) to be added to a Canon radio system and to be controlled using a ST-E3-RT controller or any RT speedlite master.

Yongnuo RF-603C II Kit (manual transceivers)
A pair of RF 603 II transceivers which can be used as either a transmitter or receiver. These are simple manual transceivers and cannot communicate E-TTL information or change power settings. They use the Yongnuo RF 603C radio system.

Yongnuo YN560 TX II Transmitter Review
Updated version of the popular manual transmitter for the YN560 III & YN560 IV Speedlites. Compact body, better LCD layout and locking hotshoe clamp. Uses the RF603C radio system so can also be used to trigger the RF-603C transceiver mentioned above.

Yongnuo YN560 TX Transmitter Review
Transmitter for the YN560 III & YN560 IV Speedlites. Uses the RF603C radio system so can also be used to trigger the RF-603C transceiver mentioned above

Neewer Speedlites

Neewer  TT560 Review
This is one of the cheapest speedlites on the market and always appears near the top of the results when searching for speedlites on Amazon. It is a very basic “no frills” manual speedlite ideal for beginners. It’s easy to use but you’ll need to invest in a pair of radio triggers to get it off camera. Guide number of 33m at ISO 100 and 35mm. Very similar to the AmazonBasics Electronic Flash made for Amazon by Godox.

Neewer NW-561 Review
Coming soon

Neewer NW565EX Review
A great budget choice if you are looking for an on-camera flash with E-TTL auto exposure capabilities. It’s also a powerful flash (Guide number 58m @ 180mm & ISO 100) and has a very useful 18-180mm zoom. There’s no High Speed Sync but for this price it’s still excellent value.

Neewer NW-670 Review
Coming soon

Canon 600EX II-RT and the Canon 430EX III-RT
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