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Best Wireless Flash Trigger [2021 Review]

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Published: 27/05/2021

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The ability to use your flashes off-camera presents you with ideal lighting conditions to capture well-lit subjects. When you get the best wireless flash trigger, you will be able to control multiple flashes simultaneously as you take photographs. It also allows you to be flexible on where you position your speedlight.

Our Top Wireless Flash Trigger Reviews

We take you through the main features of the best wireless flash triggers. What makes them outstanding, and address any concerns you may have concerning wireless flash triggers.

Brand
Best Overall
Pluto Trigger
Best for the Money
Godox XPro-C
Best Cheap Pick
YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3
Product
Pluto Trigger A Versatile Camera Trigger-Wireless...
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon...
YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3 Wireless Remote Flash...
Batteries Required
2 Lithium ion batteries
2 AA batteries
2 AAA batteries
Item Weight
1.23 ounces
5.3 ounces
3.68 ounces
Best Overall
Brand
Pluto Trigger
Product
Pluto Trigger A Versatile Camera Trigger-Wireless...
Batteries Required
2 Lithium ion batteries
Item Weight
1.23 ounces
Price
Best for the Money
Brand
Godox XPro-C
Product
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon...
Batteries Required
2 AA batteries
Item Weight
5.3 ounces
Price
Best Cheap Pick
Brand
YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3
Product
YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3 Wireless Remote Flash...
Batteries Required
2 AAA batteries
Item Weight
3.68 ounces
Price

Best Overall Wireless Flash Trigger: Pluto Trigger

Coming with a little bit of everything, the Pluto Trigger ensures it attends to numerous photography needs. Included are a charging plug, a laser trigger, a carrying pouch, multiple cords for different cameras, and a hot shoe mount.

Pluto Trigger A Versatile Camera Trigger-Wireless...

The trigger connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth, a feature you won’t enjoy with the Godox XPro-C wireless flash trigger. When you note the battery icon turning into a spinning icon, the connection is taking place. This process is pretty unintuitive if you don’t know what to check.

The trigger features 24 different modes. From the tap mode that offers instant trigger to time interval modes like the bulb mode, it provides you immense versatility when triggering your flash.

While it is the priciest trigger included, the numerous ways of triggering your flashes are what makes it our best wireless flash trigger.

Pros

  • The most triggering modes on the list to suit different photography needs
  • Customizable trigger duration and number of shots for flexibility

Cons

  • Almost thrice as expensive as the YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3
  • The phone app is slightly unintuitive, making the trigger more challenging to use than the Godox XPro-C
Pluto Trigger A Versatile Camera Trigger-Wireless...
  • 24 Modes; Controlled by Smartphone over Bluetooth; Compatible with iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3 or...
  • Remote Shutter Release and Intervalometer: Timelapse, HDR, Startrail, Video, Timer
  • High-speed Photography and Camera Trap: Sound, Light, Lightning, Infrared, Droplet, Aux, Fusion

Best Wireless Flash Trigger for the Money: Godox XPro-C

Built with a larger LCD than the Godox X1T-S, the Godox XPro-C TTL is a legible and easy-to-use flash trigger. Its menu is also less challenging to use than the more affordable X1T-S.

Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon...

Unlike the Godox X1TS, it has dedicated group buttons. This makes it a cinch to pick groups by pressing the buttons. Different from the other Godox flash triggers on review, you get 16 flash groups, an upgrade from the five the others can manage.

An exclusive feature you won’t find in the other Godox triggers on review is the TCM function. When using TTL mode, this feature allows you to determine your previous flash settings.

Our main complaints are the absence of Bluetooth connectivity and backlit buttons like the Godox X2T-S, hence less versatile in terms of usage.

Pros

  • Functions with up to 11 more flash groupings than the Godox X1T-S and X2T-S
  • Has the TCM button, unlike the other Godox triggers reviewed, for determination of used settings

Cons

  • No onboard hot shoes, unlike the other Godox flash triggers
  • It lacks Bluetooth support and backlit buttons, unlike the Godox X2T-S
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon...
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash,...
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Long Press TCM Button can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the...
  • 🌿 |Versatile Using Methods|: As a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/...

Best Cheap Wireless Flash Trigger: YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3

The YONGNUO RF-603C II is an upgrade from the version I that had fewer and inferior features to play around with during photoshoot sessions. 

YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3 Wireless Remote Flash...

Unlike the first version that had the buttons at the top, this unit has buttons on the side. It, therefore, allows you to turn the trigger on or off while attached to your camera, something that was challenging with its first version.

You can handle up to 16 channels which, though lower than the 32 you get with Godox XPro, is better than the eight channels the Vello FreeWave offers.

Its most notable difference is the 1/320 synchronization speed which is faster than other options on review, including the Godox triggers at 1/256. This feature allows you to shoot faster action with ease.

While having superb functionality, it does not support TTL mode like the Godox triggers, hence not the best when shooting moving subjects.

Pros

  • It offers more channels than the Vello FreeWave
  • Less challenging to use than its version I
  • A faster synchronization speed than the Godox trigger flashes reviewed

Con

  • Lacks TTL support, unlike triggers like the Godox XPro-C
  • Incompatible with Bluetooth, unlike the Pluto Trigger
YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3 Wireless Remote Flash...
  • Adding the locking rings
  • Max sync speed: 1/320 second
  • 3.100m transmission distance with 16 channels

Best Wireless Flash Trigger for Far-Distance Operation: Vello FreeWave

The Vello FreeWave wireless trigger offers flexibility in various ways like mounting options and distance of operation.

Vello FreeWave Wireless Flash Trigger LR and...

The trigger can function up to 600 feet away, which is far more than the 328 feet range you get with options like the GODOX triggers. This performance gives you more flexibility in flash placement and allows you to use it when shooting expansive spaces.

Something you’ll hardly get with other wireless triggers, including those on our list, are batteries. This set allows you to start using the four included batteries with no further costs to incur.

While this trigger performs well, it isn’t as excellent as the pluto trigger and may occasionally miss triggering your flash.

Pros

  • The most extensive trigger distance amongst our picks ideal for large indoor spaces
  • Includes four batteries, unlike our other selections

Con

  • Not as responsive as the Pluto Trigger and may occasionally fail to fire
  • No Bluetooth support, unlike our best overall pick
Vello FreeWave Wireless Flash Trigger LR and...
  • 2.4 GHz Frequency
  • Range: Up to 600'
  • Flash Sync Speed of Up to 1/250s; Eight Channels

Best Durable Wireless Flash Trigger: Godox X2T-S

While it resembles its less pricey predecessor, the X1T-S, the Godox X2T-S, includes additional features and slight design adjustments.

Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon,...

It features more buttons than the Godox X1T-S. Its dedicated buttons absent in the X1T-S make it a lot easier to control several flashes simultaneously.

As our best durable wireless flash trigger, Godox X2T-S has Bluetooth support which is absent in the X1T-S and XPro triggers. This feature allows you to operate the X2T-S and your flashes compatible with the Godox app without having to hold them.

While it offers some benefits unavailable in the XPro, you are still limited to five flash groupings like the X1T-S and no TCM to determine the used settings.

Pros

  • Bluetooth connectivity like the Pluto Trigger to enable controlling it with your phone
  • Dedicated group buttons, unlike the X1T-S, to ease multiple-flash control
  • A sturdier hot shoe than the Godox X1T-S and the XPro

Cons

  • Lacks TCM function, unlike the Godox XPro
  • Supports only five flash groupings unlike the Godox XPro that supports up to 16 groupings
Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon,...
  • 🌿 |Built-in Bluetooth for APP Control|: You Can Connect the X2T-C to Your Phone or Tablet via...
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash,...
  • 🌿|New User Interface, Easy to Operate|: LCD with Clear Display Effect, With 5 Group Setting...

Best Entry Level Wireless Flash Trigger: Godox X1T-S

The Godox X1T-S is a more affordable and easy-to-use selection if you want to enjoy most of the features the other Godox flash triggers offer.

Godox X1T-S 2.4G TTL Wireless Flash Trigger...

Inclusion on an onboard hot shoe is among the crucial features you will enjoy with this unit and miss out on the Godox XPro. With this hot shoe, you can attach your flash onto the trigger for more versatility.

Like the other Godox triggers, it allows operation up to 328.08 feet away from your flash. It is therefore convenient for outdoor photography and when dealing with multiple subjects spread over a large area.

We like its simplicity with a few buttons on it. The menu, however, has many functions making it a bit challenging to set up the unit.

As expected, for its affordable pricing, you’ll have to sacrifice the rear curtain sync present in the other Godox triggers. The LCD is the smallest amongst the Godox flashes on review and with a limited extent of controlling your flash output.

Pros

  • The second cheapest flash trigger reviewed
  • Includes an onboard hot shoe unlike the Godox XPro

Cons

  • It lacks rear curtain sync, unlike Godox X2 and XPro
  • No dedicated group and backlit buttons like the Godox X2T-S
Godox X1T-S 2.4G TTL Wireless Flash Trigger...
  • Built-in 2.4G wireless transmission, operating distance can reach up to 100 meters. Support GR group...
  • Applies to SONY DSLR Cameras with MI Shoe e.g. A77II, A7RII, A7R, A58, A99, ILCE6000L, etc. Support...
  • Fully Support TTL autoflash, 1/8000s High-speed Sync, Second Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure...

Conclusion

Two wireless flash triggers

The best wireless flash trigger should allow you to control your flashes from at least 328.08 feet. You should also consider its ability to separate your flashes into various groups to ease operation.

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