Canon EL-1 Speedlite Review

Canon EL-1 Review

The Canon EL-1 Speedlite was released at the end of February 2021.

Canon EL-1 Speedlite
Canon EL-1 Speedlite

Main Features

  • Guide Number 60m @ 200mm & ISO 100
  • E-TTL / Manual/ Multi / HSS
  • 0.9 seconds recycle time (full power) and 0.4 seconds using optional external battery pack
  • Zoom Range 24-200mm (14mm with flip-down panel)
  • 335 full power flashes from rechargable Li-ion battery
  • up to 170 full power flashes in a continuous burst
  • Fan-cooled to reduce overheating 
  • Compatible with Canon ST-E3-RT 2.4 GHz radio trigger
  • Dust and water resistant
  • Bi-colour LED modelling light
  • Improved 120° flash head tilt
  • Flash Exposure (FE) one-touch memory
Canon EL-1 back view showing improved interface and joystick
Canon EL-1 Speedlite – view of back control panel with improved interface and joystick


The Canon EL-1 Speedlite was announce in October 2020 and is likely to be released later in February 2021.

Guide Price

£1249 / US$1099 (updated 05 March 2021)

Wex (UK) / Amazon (UK) / B&H Photo (US) / Adorama (US) / Amazon (US)


The Canon EL-1 is compatible with all Canon cameras featuring ETTL / ETTL II.

Front view of the EL-1 Speedlite
Canon EL-1 Speedlite – front view. You can see the two Bi-colour LED modelling lamps in the flash head.

Canon EL-1 Specification


Maximum Guide Number 60m @ 200mm & ISO 100

Zoom Head

Zoom head: Yes
Focal length coverage: 24-200mm
Coverage with flip-down diffuser: 14mm
Auto zoom for sensor size: Yes
Flash bounce card: Yes

Side view of the speedlite

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

Up: 45, 60, 75, 90 and 120°
Down: 7° (for shooting close subjects in the range 0.5 to 2m)
Left: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°
Right: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°

Manual Exposure

Manual / output settings: Yes – 1/1,-1/8192
Manual steps: 1/3 stop intervals

ETTL Exposure

Canon E-TTL II with flash exposure compensation (FEC), flash exposure lock (FE lock) and flash exposure bracketing (FEB)

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) 2.4GHz
Uses Canon’s 2.4GHz RT radio system.
Transmitter maximum range approximately: up to 30m over 360 degree range
No. of groups: 5 (A, B, C, D & E)
No. of channels: 15 channels and 10,000 wireless IDs
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

Canon ST-E3-RT radio trigger
The Canon ST-E3-RT radio trigger can be used on-camera to control the Canon EL-1 Speedlite

Optical Wireless
Canon’s EX optical light pulse wireless system
Line-of-sight communication required.
Transmitter maximum range approximately: Indoors: 12-15m, Outdoors: 8-10m
No. of groups: 3 (A, B & C)
No. of channels: 4
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist

AF-assist beam: Yes
Number of AF points supported: 1 to 191
AF-assist beam type: Infra-red
Beam range: 0.6-10m at centre, 0.6 to 5m at periphery

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling lamp: Yes Bi-colour LED modelling light, 5 brightness settings
Modelling flash: Yes (fired with camera’s depth-of-field preview button)
Multi (stroboscopic) flash: Yes
Colour temperature info communication: Yes
Remote shutter release: Yes
Custom function: 14 (9 personal functions)
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): Yes
Optical slave capability (S1, S2): No
PC terminal: Yes
USB socket for firmware updates: No, there is no way to update the firmware
Overheating Protection: Active cooling fan allows you to shoot longer without overheating

The speedlite head include an active fan cooling system which allows up to 170 full power flashes in a continuous burst

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery LP-EL
Recycling time: Approx. 0.9 seconds at full power delivering up to 170 full power flashes in a burst. If using the optional CP-E4N battery pack the maximum recycle time reduces to 0.4 seconds and increases the number of full power flashes to approx. 680
Number of flashes (approx): up to 335 shots at full power
Flash duration: 1/890 to 1/34,000 sec
Flash Colour temperature: 5600K tbc
External power source socket: Yes, accepts Canon compact battery pack CP-E4N

Build Quality

Dust and water resistance: Yes
Mounting foot material: Metal
Size: 84.4 x 149 x 136.4 mm
Weight: 572g (excluding batteries), 687g (including battery)

Included Accessories

  • Battery Pack LP-EL
  • Battery charger
  • Speedlite case
  • Mini stand
  • Bounce adapter SBA-EL
  • Colour filter set SCF-ELOR1
  • Colour filter set SCF-ELOR2
  • Manual
Included in the box

Compatible accessories:

Canon EL-1 Speedlite Manual

Canon 600EX ii-RT manual download pdf format
The Canon EL-1 manual has not been released yet by Canon, We will include a link to it as soon as it’s available.

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Page last checked and updated: 05 March 2021