The 10 Best Wireless DSLR Flashes
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in October of 2016. Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, there will be times when you need to position your flash somewhere that isn't on top of your DSLR. This could be as simple as a portrait lit from the side or as complex as having multiple elements in the frame illuminated individually. Whatever your needs are, these wireless flashes are a simple way to take that first leap out of your hot shoe. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
August 14, 2019:
The biggest change you might notice from the last round of ranking to this one is a result of the continued rise of the mirrorless camera, particularly those by companies not called Nikon or Canon. As companies like Sony, Olympus, and Panasonic have developed incredibly competitive mirrorless bodies, the wireless flashes they offer have developed in-step. That's why all three have a model on our list today, and why the old Sony on our previous list — which was intended for use with an outdated series of DSLRs — has been replaced with the company's top mirrorless flash. The influx of high-end models from recognizable names forced a number of third-party products off our list, though Neewer retained a spot with a recent addition to the market.
In ordering the ranking we weighted things like recycle time, maximum power, and zoom flexibility over less important features, but tried to take things like tilt range and battery life into account, as well. Flashes with radio-controlled master and slave modes took precedence over those reliant on line-of-sight triggering.