Sony has started releasing cameras and flashes with hot shoes that abandon the previous proprietary Minolta-style hot shoe which means the Sony HVL-F60 pairs well with the NEX line, the RX line, and the A99. This is also our first flash gun that is suitable for both photographers and videographers thanks to the inclusion of a mini LED panel on the flash head.
- Versatility. Even if you aren’t a videographer, the LED option is neat. It can replicate small window light and is easy enough for a complete lighting neophyte.
- Menus are bright and easy to navigate/read.
- Accepts an off-camera cable and external battery pack.
- Built-in bounce, high-speed sync option (up to 1/2000th), TTL.
- Can be optically fired from your camera’s built in flash and the HVL-F60M can, in turn, fire other flashes.
- No PC sync cable port.
- It’s kind of huge.
- The tilting is in clicks of 90º, 60º, 45º, and 30º and not in between.
- Can’t be used on your older Minolta-style hot shoes unless you have an adapter. Check this compatibility chart for more info.
- The off-camera cable and external battery pack ports are only compatible with Sony’s FA-CC1AM and FA-EB1AM, respectively.
We’d recommend this flash for any Sony user, especially if you have been looking for something powerful for the little NEX or RX cameras. For the video users, the specs on the LED indicate that you can light your subject at about 6′ away on ISO 3200 and f/5.6. Just how WELL it lights your subject at that distance is uncertain and probably up to personal taste/artistic vision. Rent it and tell us your findings!