Yongnuo YN560 III Speedlite Review

Yongnuo YN560 III Review

There is a newer version of this item, the YN560 IV Speedlite. The updated version can also act as an on-camera master. Apart from that there’s not much difference.

Yongnuo YN560-III front side view
Yongnuo YN560 III Speedlite


This model has now been replaced by the Yongnuo YN560 IV

Guide Price: approx £75 / US$63

* this older mark III version is still on sale at almost the same price as the updated mark IV version. I would definitely recommend buying the newer version

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The Yongnuo YN560 III 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-III rear view showing LCD display and controls


Maximum Guide Number 58m @ 105mm & ISO 100
Comparative Guide Number 39m @ 35mm & ISO 100

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 III front view

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

Up: 45, 60, 75 and 90°
Down: 7°
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

Flashgun rear view showing the LCD screen and control buttons

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF)
Transmitter maximum range approximately: up to 100m
No. of groups: 6 (A, B, C, D, E & F)
No. of channels: 7 channels
Master/Slave: This flash unit can only be used as a slave using radio wireless. The dedicated Yongnuo YN560 TX Transmitter can be used as an on-camera master. The newer updated version YN560 IV Speedlite can also act as an on-camera master.

Optical Wireless
No optical wireless

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

No AF assist beam

Other Features

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

YN560 III box

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
External power supply: Yes

Build Quality

Dust and water resistant: No
Mounting foot material: Metal
Size: 60×79×190mm (Extended state)
Weight: 350g (excluding batteries) (4xAA batteries adds 100g)

Compatible accessories: 


Yongnuo YN560 IV Speedlite – the only very slightly more expensive upgraded version includes the ability to act as a radio master.

Godox TT600 Speedlite – A manual speedlite with a great spec using the Godox X radio system. Added benefit of a 20-200mm zoom head.

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This page was last checked and updated on the 20 September 2020