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Best Flash for Canon 80D [2021 Review]

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Published: 14/05/2021

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Like other inbuilt flashes, the Canon 80D’s pales compared to what an external flash can offer. Set at a Guide Number of 12m at ISO 100, it can’t meet your long-range lighting needs. Below are our reviews for the best flash for Canon 80D with carefully picked alternatives for optimal real estate illumination.

Our Top Flash for Canon 80D Reviews

Unable to control your flash position, let alone the harshness of the inbuilt flash, are things an excellent flash can eliminate to make your Canon 80D photos more enticing. Below is a comprehensive analysis of our carefully picked top flashes for Canon 80D.

Brand
Best Overall
Godox V1-C
Best for the Money
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI
Best Cheap Pick
Yongnuo YN560 IV
Product
Godox V1-C Flash with Godox AK-R1 Accessories Kit...
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash (International...
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
Batteries Required
1 Lithium ion battery
4 AA batteries
4 AA batteries
Item Weight
2.75 pounds
13.6 ounces
12.3 ounces
Best Overall
Brand
Godox V1-C
Product
Godox V1-C Flash with Godox AK-R1 Accessories Kit...
Batteries Required
1 Lithium ion battery
Item Weight
2.75 pounds
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI
Product
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash (International...
Batteries Required
4 AA batteries
Item Weight
13.6 ounces
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
Yongnuo YN560 IV
Product
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
Batteries Required
4 AA batteries
Item Weight
12.3 ounces
Price

Best Overall Flash for Canon 80D: Godox V1-C

One of Godox V1-C’s most outstanding features from the rest of our top flashes for Canon 80D is the building design. Unlike the rest of our options with a cuboid head, this unit has a cylindrical-shaped head. The circular lighting ensures soft illumination and minimizes undesirable shadows in your photos.

Godox V1-C Flash with Godox AK-R1 Accessories Kit...

You’ll rarely find a flash with a wireless channel scanner. With this function, the Godox V1-C helps you identify congestion and find the best channel to use.

Few flashes can supersede its degree of flexibility. Its vertical tilting is through zero to 120 degrees, while horizontal adjustability is up to 330 degrees. That way, you won’t have to turn the flash for bounce illumination.

It has a rechargeable lithium battery that should easily last you all day. Together with its powerful performance, TTL support, and 1.5 seconds recharge time at full power, the battery power makes it superb for quick extended action.

Coming at approximately a third the price of a new Canon 80D, this unit is a bit on the high end and not for a strict budget. However; its powerful illumination with a build quality to match are worth every penny.

Pros

  • Short recycle times
  • Wireless channel scanner for optimal selection
  • Extensive adjustability to ease bounce illumination

Con

  • Pretty expensive
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Best Flash for Canon 80d for the Money: Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI

The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI is a superb choice given the additional features you’ll hardly find in other flashes.

Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash (International...

With its automatic intelligence bounce mode, the unit quickly adjusts itself depending on your subject location. The sensor at the front of the flash head works hand-in-hand with this automation. It resets the unit to face the perfect position for ample subject illumination.

Thanks to the semi-auto mode, you can position the flash to your liking if you want control over the bounce illumination. There is also the off feature to eliminate any adjustability automation.

Its range of vertical tilting is similar to the Godox V1-C. Thanks to an extra 30 degrees in horizontal flexibility than our best flash for Canon 80D, it offers much more versatility for excellent bounce effects.

The higher GN of 47m at ISO 100 beats the Godoz V1-C by 19m. Add this capability to automated head adjustability, and its lighting performance at long distances is pretty undeniable.

Like the Godox V1-C, it also includes TTL that supports taking photos in quick succession. Given its auto bounce feature, you can move around your subject quickly while capturing well-lit images.

Pros

  • Auto intelligence bounce mode for superb positioning
  • Extended positioning flexibility
  • High GN for far subject illumination

Con

  • Not a budget flash
Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI Flash (International...
  • World's first flash equipped with an Ai bounce function*
  • Ai. B full-auto mode and AI. B semi-auto mode settings.
  • Maximum guide number of 47 (154 ft. /47M) at is 100.

Best Cheap Flash for Canon 80D: YONGNUO YN560 IV

The YONGNUO YN560 IV is quite a popular choice for several cameras besides the Canon 80D. Its affordable pricing is among the reasons this unit is a favorite among those looking for a manual flash.

YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...

The unit almost appears to be a Canon 560EX II flash knock-off. What is impressive, though, is it tends to be much easier to use. Unlike the Canon 560EX II, you don’t need to press the side button to tilt its head. You also get it at half-price, something many would appreciate.

It is not as flexible as our first two flashes for Canon 80D though still ideal for bounce illumination. Sideways tilting is through 0-270 degrees, whereas perpendicular tilting is through -7 to 90 degrees.

What we liked the most about the YONGNUO YN560 IV is that it has a much higher GN value than our first two flashes. Able to illuminate 58m at ISO 100, this unit may be more suitable to capture images with restricted movement around the subject.

You get slightly slower performance when it comes to recycling time. The flash takes three seconds to recharge at peak power, though this level is still ideal for still shoots like real estate. If you don't mind going off-brand, this Yongnuo is a great Canon flash option.

Pros

  • High GN value supports far lighting
  • Affordable pricing

Con

  • Quite heavy
  • Lacks TTL support
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
  • YN560 IV=YN560III+YN560-TX, Supports Wireless Master Function.
  • Supports Wireless Slave Function, fully supports YN560-TX, RF-603 II RF-602 Wireless Transmitter.
  • Supports Multiple Trigger Synchronous Mode. Endure the battery is fully changed.

Best Long-Range Flash for Canon 80D: GODOX Thinklite TT685C

The GODOX Thinklite TT685C is a much more affordable option with many features you get to enjoy with our top two premium picks. Its most significant advantage is how it can illuminate objects much further. Able to light up scenes 60m away at ISO 100, the unit might be your perfect option to capture subjects at a long distance.

GODOX Thinklite TT685C TTL Camera Flash Speedlight...

The range of adjustability is insane too. It can rotate all around sideways. Vertical flexibility through -7 to 90 degrees isn’t our largest range in this buying guide, though it should be fine for convenient bounce lighting.

Like most of our choices for the Canon 80D, this one includes TTL mode. You can let it automatically decide the illumination for you, a superb feature for newbies and fast activity capturing.

At peak performance, the GODOX Thinklite TT685C has a recycle duration of 2.6 seconds. While not the fastest on our list, it is much better than the Canon 270EX II and functions well for real estate and landscape scenarios.

Its build quality is excellent. The battery compartment has a spring hinge design that feels more solid than a design like YONGNUO YN560 IV.

Pros

  • High GN to light far scenes
  • Very flexible position
  • TTL mode for automated lighting intensity

Con

  • Slightly lengthy recycle time
GODOX Thinklite TT685C TTL Camera Flash Speedlight...
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  • Flash duration:1/300 to 1/20000 seconds. Exposure control system: E-TTL II auto flash and manual...

Best Compact Flash for Canon 80D: Canon 270EX II

Though it resembles a pop-up flash, the Canon 270EX II comes with slightly more upgrades to make the experience better than Canon 80D’s inbuilt flash.

Canon 270EX II Speedlite Flash for Canon SLR...

We especially liked how small the unit is at 2.6 by 2.6 by 3 inches. Being our most compact flash for Canon 80D, you can slide it into your pockets without taking much space.

It also is our lightest top pick with its weight at only 155g. Barely will you feel the difference it adds to your Canon 80D, and it’s great for lengthy sessions of handheld photography.

The rest of the specifications are pretty commonplace. It has the smallest Guide Number on our list at ISO 100 of 27 meters and may not be superb for illuminating subjects at great lengths.

It can only vertically tilt through 90 degrees, limiting the surfaces you can bounce light. Its recycle duration of four seconds at peak performance is the longest in our review. This flash may not be an excellent choice to capture quick action but suitable for real estate and landscape images.

If you are looking for a compact, light, and affordable manual flash, the Canon 270EX II is a good choice. You should, however, expect lower performance than the rest of our top flashes.

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Light to avoid fatigue

Cons

  • Extended recycle duration
  • No TTL and HSS capabilities
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Canon 270EX II Speedlite Flash for Canon SLR...
  • Ultra compact, ultra lightweight, high performance flash unit
  • Vertical bounce capability up to 90 degrees provides a wide range of picture taking options
  • Slave function allows the flash to be triggered wirelessly

Conclusion

Three camera flashes lined up in a table

Even with a unit like the Canon 270EX II, you still can enjoy better illumination than what Canon 80D’s inbuilt flash delivers. More adjustability, higher GNs, smoother lighting, and other exciting features like auto intelligence bounce illumination from our top picks will improve your Canon 80D experience.

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