Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 IV Review

Yongnuo YN560 IV Review

Yongnuo YN560 IV front side view
Yongnuo Speedlite YN560 IV

Introduction

The Yongnuo YN560 IV is a very popular manual flash with integrated radio wireless (but not compatible with Canon’s RT radio wireless system). The Yongnuo YN560 IV is an improved version of the YN560 III speedlite and now has the ability to act as a radio wireless master as well as a radio slave. The YN560 III could only act as a radio slave. When being used as a slave flash you will need to buy a YN560-TX II transmitter to go on your camera’s hotshoe acting as a master. This allows you to remotely control the flash power. A Yongnuo RF-603C II transceiver fitted in the camera’s hotshoe could also be used to control the speedlite but without the ability to change the power output.

Guide Price: approx £68 / US$85

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Compatibility

The Yongnuo YN560 IV is a fully manual flash and has just 1-pin in the metal foot plate. It can therefore be used universally with all of the main brands of camera including Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Olympus etc.

If you want to be able to control the flash power output from your camera you’ll need to buy a YN560-TX II Transmitter (recommended) to place in the camera’s hotshoe. Alternatively you could use the cheaper and more basic Yongnuo RF-603C II radio trigger but this not allow you to control the flash output – to increase or decrease the flash power out put you’ll have to walk over to the speedlite and do this manually on the back of the speedlite.

Yongnuo YN560 IV back view showing display and controls

Power

Maximum Guide Number 58m @ 105mm & ISO 100
Comparative Guide Number 39m @ 35mm & ISO 100
Speedlite power is given as a Guide Number (GN) and can be shown as a distance either in metres (m) or feet (ft or ‘). Manufacturers typically give the Guide Number when the flash is zoomed at it’s maximum focal length (mm), in the case of the YN560 IV this is 105mm. If you plan to compare the power of various speedlites then it is standard practice to compare the GN when measured at ISO 100 and using a focal length of 35mm.

Zoom Head

Zoom head: Yes
Focal length coverage: 24-105mm
Coverage with flip-down diffuser: 18mm
Auto zoom for sensor size: No
Flash bounce card: Yes

Yongnuo YN560 IV rear view with the flash head pointing upwards

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

Up: 45, 60, 75 and 90°
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- 1/128
Manual steps: 1/3 stop intervals

ETTL Exposure

This speedlite is fully manual and does not have an auto ETTL exposure mode

Rear view of speedlite wit the battery panel open

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) 2.4GHz
Transmitter maximum range approximately: up to 100m
No. of groups: 6 (A, B, C, D, E & F)
No. of channels: 7 channels
Master/Slave: In RX mode this speedlite can act as a slave using radio wireless. The dedicated Yongnuo YN560 TX II Transmitter can be used as an on-camera master. This flash will also support the RF-603 triggers although power output cannot be changed. In TX mode it can also be used as an on-camera master flash to control other YN560 IV or YN560 III Speedlites.

Optical Wireless
No optical wireless

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

No AF assist beam

Yongnuo YN560 IV package includes flashgun, soft pouch, mini stand and manual

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): No
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling flash: No
Multi (stroboscopic) flash: Yes
Colour temperature info communication: No
Remote shutter release: No
Custom function: 11
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): No
Optical slave capability (S1, S2): Yes
Overheat protection: Yes
PC terminal: Yes
USB socket for firmware updates: No

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: 4 x AA batteries (alkaline or rechargeable Ni-MH. Lithium not recommended)
Recycling time: Approx. 0.1 to 3 seconds
Number of flashes (approx): 100-1500
Flash duration: 1/200 – 1/20,000 sec
Flash Colour temperature: 5600K
Optional external power supply: Yes Yongnuo SF-18C or SF-17C

Build Quality

Dust and water resistant: No
Mounting foot material: Metal foot plate with plastic locking wheel
Size: 60×79×190mm (Extended state)
Weight: 370g (excluding batteries) (4xAA batteries adds 100g)

Compatible accessories: 

Alternatives

Yongnuo YN560 III Speedlite – The previous version of the 560 IV is cheaper, just as powerful and offers the same functionality apart from the fact that it can’t act as a radio master. For most people this isn’t a problem as, when using it off-camera, you can just use it as a radio slave and buy a much smaller and lighter YN560-TX II transmitter to go on the camera hotshoe to act as a master controller.

Godox TT600 Speedlite – If you prefer the Godox wireless system then the TT600 is an option to consider. This fully manual flashgun with a 20-200mm zoom has an in-built radio receiver that is compatible with the Godox X trigger system (as used by the Godox AD360II-C, AD200-C, TT685-C)

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This page was checked and updated on the 19 September 2020