Camera Flash / Speedlight: Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun REVIEW

Model Name: Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun specifications.
Image:Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun
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Release DateNovember 2012
Strenght / Power
Guide Number (ISO100, meters) Flash Specs 196.85' (60m); ISO100 at 105mm Position
Power Level Switching (Vari-power Range)1/1 - 1/256
Head & Coverage
Bounce (Up-Down) Head Movement10 to -150°
Swivel (Rotation) Head movement180°
Focal Length Coverage Flash Specs 84° - 23.3° 15 - 105mm (Full Frame)
Auto Zoom Head Flash Specs 24 - 105 mm
Flash Related Functions
Flash Durations Flash Specs 4.5 Milliseconds at Full Power
Flash Modes(TTL) Flash Specs Sony ADI / P-TTL
Flash Exposure Compensation / Correction Flash Specs -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 and 1/2 EV steps)
Secondary Illumination Flash Specs
Wireles Flash
Wireless Operation Flash Specs Optical pulse
Wireless Groups Flash Specs 3
Wireless Channels4
Remote Timing Modes
Other Features
MountHot-shoe mount flash
Off Camera Terminal / External ConnectorsProprietary
Included Accessories
Other Functions
Power Source & Recycle Time
Power Source - Batterry4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries
External Power
Minimum Recycle Time (Charging time between shooting) Flash Specs Approximately 0.1 - 3.5s
Battery Life Flash SpecsNumber of flashes: 220 full-power (flashes per set of batteries)
Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions(W x H x D): 80.0 x 150.0 x 102.0mm
Weight450 g w/o batteries
The Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun, launched in November 2012, serves as a versatile and dependable lighting tool for photographers. It features a Guide Number of 196.85' (60m); ISO100 at 105mm Position, ensuring robust illumination. The flash unit features a coverage angle or a focal length of 84° - 23.3° 15 - 105mm (Full Frame). Its Hot-shoe mount allows for easy attachment to cameras, providing stability during shooting.
A notable feature is its Flash Duration capability of 4.5 Milliseconds at Full Power. This wide range enhances adaptability across various lighting conditions, catering to both static scenes and fast-paced action photography.
The Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun is powered by using 4x AA Alkaline, Rechargeable NiMH Batteries, with an estimated battery life of Number of flashes: 220 full-power (flashes per set of batteries), ensuring sustained performance during extended photo sessions.
The Minimum Recycle Time, Approximately 0.1 - 3.5s, emphasizes efficiency, enabling photographers to capture successive shots seamlessly, especially in dynamic shooting scenarios.
In addition, the Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit Flashgun is compact and portable, the flash unit measures (W x H x D): 80.0 x 150.0 x 102.0mm and weighs 450 g w/o batteries. This review aims to assist you in determining if this flash suits your specific needs.
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There are three ways to trigger off-camera flash units wirelessly: via infrared, radio signals or a hybrid method that involves both infrared and radio. The infrared system works like the TV remote; there need to be a direct line of sight for the signal to reach the destination. The radio signal has no line-of-sight limitations, but comes at a rather high cost. The hybrid system simply takes the infrared signal from the commander, converts it over to radio and then converts it back to infrared on slave units.

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