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Best Flash for Real Estate Photography [2021 Review]

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Published: 18/02/2021

Adding the best flash for real estate photography in your arsenal will drastically change the way you light a property, allowing you to brighten rooms and areas that should be highlighted, even if they’re too dark.

Our Top Flash For Real Estate Reviews 

After plenty of research, we’ve found the following camera flashes to be the best for real estate photography.

Brand
Best Overall
Yongnuo YN560 IV
Best Canon Flash
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
Best for Beginners
Godox V850II
Product
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
Godox V850II Ving GN60 2.4G 1/8000s HSS Camera...
Special Features
controls up to 3 groups of speedlights
Zoom flash head covers a range of 24-105mm
Built-in 2.4 G wireless transmission
Item Dimensions
2.36 x 7.48 x 3.07 inches
4.1 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches
9 x 8.1 x 3.1 inches
Rating
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Best Overall
Brand
Yongnuo YN560 IV
Product
YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...
Special Features
controls up to 3 groups of speedlights
Item Dimensions
2.36 x 7.48 x 3.07 inches
Rating
-
Price
Best Canon Flash
Brand
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
Product
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
Special Features
Zoom flash head covers a range of 24-105mm
Item Dimensions
4.1 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches
Rating
-
Price
Best for Beginners
Brand
Godox V850II
Product
Godox V850II Ving GN60 2.4G 1/8000s HSS Camera...
Special Features
Built-in 2.4 G wireless transmission
Item Dimensions
9 x 8.1 x 3.1 inches
Rating
-
Price

Best Overall Flash for Real Estate Photography: Yongnuo YN560 IV

If you are looking for a flash that is compatible with most cameras, has a flexible design with a variety of smart functions, the Yongnuo YN560 IV will be a great pick. The flash has a zoom range of 24 mm to 105mm. This is vital if you want to capture a vast area in a property without moving around. 

YONGNUO YN560 IV Wireless Flash Speedlite Master +...

The Yongnuo YN560 IV also gives you an excellent recycling rate of 3 seconds. Although this is longer than Godox V850II’s 1.5 seconds, it is still pretty impressive. At this rate, you’ll be able to take several photos of your properties in a short time

It also has a  strong flash output, measured by guide number. The flash comes with a guide number of 190' for 105mm at ISO 100. This is good enough for photographers who want to shoot items from a distance.

What We Like 

  • Compatible with most camera brands 
  • Flash bounce card included
  • Up to 11 custom Functions 
  • Supports Wireless Master Function 

What We Don't Like 

  • Purely Manual 
  • No Auto Zoom For Sensor Size 
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 Canon Flash for Real Estate Photography: Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash is great for budget-conscious real estate photographers. Although it is more expensive than both the Yongnuo YN560 IV and Godox V850II, it is pretty affordable when compared to other Canon flash models. 

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash gives you a 90o vertical spin. It also has a 330o horizontal spin allowing you to capture every property's angle as you wish. You can do it all by simply pushing the bounce back release button.  

The flash has both manual and TTL modes that allow you to take automatic flash photographs. Through the Lens (TTL)  is a function that enables real estate photographers to take perfect lit shots without adjusting the photos too much. 

Finally, if you are using it on a Canon camera, the device will automatically determine your lens's focal length and adjust the flash accordingly. However, if you are using other camera models, you will need to manually set the focal size. 

What We Like 

  • Compact Body For Portability And Style 
  • Built-in Catchlight Panel 
  • Dot-matrix LCD And Multi Dial 

What We Don't Like 

  • No Weather Sealing 
  • Limited Zoom Range 
Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash
  • Compact body for space efficiency and style
  • Zoom flash head covers a range of 24-105mm; maximum guide number 141ft./43m at ISO 100
  • Convenient controls include a built-in Catch light Panel to help enhance the subject's facial...

Best Flash for Real Estate Photography for Beginners: Godox V850II

The Godox V850II has a number of features that make it user-friendly hence great for beginners. For starters, the LCD display and control panel has simple to use commands. The flash is also compatible with multiple camera brands such as Nikon, Canon, Pentax, and Olympus which means you won’t have to shop for a new camera. 

Godox V850II Ving GN60 2.4G 1/8000s HSS Camera...

The device has a recycling time of 1.5 seconds which is faster than that of both the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT and Yongnuo YN560 IV. It also has a guide number of 197' at ISO 100 and 200mm, enabling you to get as many pictures as possible in a short time. 

This flash comes with a 20mm to 200mm adjustable zoom range with the ability to accommodate different lenses. Godox V850II tilts vertically between -7 to 90o and horizontally rotates at 360O. With these features, you’ll be able to illuminate every angle of the house, including the darkest places.

 What We Like 

  • High-speed sync 
  • Master and slave functions 
  • Long-lasting battery 
  • Short recycling time

What We Don't Like

  • A poor navigation menu 
Godox V850II Ving GN60 2.4G 1/8000s HSS Camera...
  • GN60 (m ISO 100,@200mm).Adjust from 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3rd stops
  • Built-in 2.4 G wireless transmission to support transmitting and receiving
  • High speed sync,wireless remote control,multi flash and manual focus assist

Features to Consider for Flash for Real Estate Photography

When buying a flash for real estate photography, you need to factor in features such as compatibility with different cameras, recycling speed, and flash zoom. 

Let’s look at some of these features and why they are important for your specific needs. 

Recycling Speed 

Recycling speed is the duration of time the flash needs to attain full power after being fired. A flash with a faster recycling speed will allow you to make those shots in the quickest time possible.

The Godox V850II has the shortest recycle time of 1.5 seconds while the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT and Yongnuo YN560 IV have recycle speeds of about 3 seconds. 

Flashpoint and Speedlite with a Canon camera

Compatibility 

The flash you buy has to be compatible with the brand of camera you have. This is especially important if you use different cameras for your real estate photography. If you already have a camera and are just looking for a new flash, make sure that you buy one that works well with that camera. 

We found the Yongnuo YN560 IV to be the most compatible since it can be used with cameras from such brands as Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Fujifilm, and Pentax. 

However, we find that buying a flash from the same brand as your camera is the best option when it comes to compatibility. For instance, If you use the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash on a Canon camera, it will adjust accordingly depending on your camera’s focal length.

Flash Zoom 

Flash zoom refers to the amount of area that your flash covers when taking photos. As a real estate photographer, you need to be precise with what you capture. This means that you need to be able to direct and focus the light on specific areas you want lit. 

Therefore, you need flashes with precise zoom settings. This way, you can widely cast the light to the sides on a wide-angle photos and narrow the light in on specific items with telephoto settings. 

The Godox V850II has the biggest zoom range of 20mm to 200mm. 

Conclusion  

Getting a flash for your camera is a good investment if you want to improve the quality of your real estate images. Whether you use a flash on or off your camera, even adding one to the scene can help create more depth in your photos.

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