The 10 Best Wireless DSLR Flashes

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This wiki has been updated 23 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 selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. SB-5000 Speedlight

2. Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT

3. External Radio HVLF60RM

Editor's Notes

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three have a model on our list today, and why the old Sony on our previous list — which was intended for use with an outdated series of DSLRs — has been replaced with the company's top mirrorless flash.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.

4. Nissin MG10 Air10S

5. Panasonic Hybrid GN58

6. Olympus FL-900R

7. Speedlight SB-700

8. Speedlite 430EX III-RT

9. Neewer NW760 Remote TTL

10. Meike MK910 High Speed

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Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).

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