Canon Speedlite 270EX

Canon Speedlite 270EX is a powerful flash guide number of 72 ft./22m (at ISO 100); flash head at 28mm zoom setting with a fast recycling time in a Normal flash: Approx. 0.1 to 3.9 seconds; Quick flash: 0.1 to 2.6 seconds. It features E-TTL II, E-TTL for compatible All Canon EOS cameras; PowerShot G-series cameras and select SX-series cameras, Flash Range (At ISO 100, with EF 50mm f/1.4), For normal (28mm): 2.3-51.5 ft./0.7-15.7m, For tele end (50mm): 2.3-63.3 ft./0.7-19.3m, For high sync speed (at 1/250 second): Approx. 2.3-24.9 ft./0.7-7.6m; Bounce / Swivel Up: 60°, 75°, 90°. The Canon Speedlite 270EX measures 2.5 x 2.6 x 3.0 in./64 x 65 x 76.5mm and weighs 5.1 oz./145g (without batteries).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Canon Speedlite 270EX Expert Reviews

Whatdigitalcamera reviews the Canon Speedlite 270EX and writes;
“Arguably its most impressive feature is its bounce flash head, which tilts through a 90° axis for bouncing light off a ceiling or wall, for example. The unit conforms to the ETTL-II algorithm, which uses distance information from certain lenses to optimise flash output, and in its default position offers a guide number of 22m @ ISO 100, with coverage to 28mm in equivalent terms. When pulled out this increases to 27m @ ISO 100 at a 50mm coverage.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Thedigitalstory reviews the Canon Speedlite 270EX and writes;
“The 270EX uses an intermittent flash firing system for autofocusing assist and exposure evaluation, regardless of the head position. This system worked fine on the T1i, but it isn’t supported on the G9. As for the exposures themselves, I rate the 270EX as excellent on newer cameras. I’m especially impressed with the bounce flash exposures on the T1i.”
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Photonotes reviews the Canon Speedlite 270EX and writes;
“Surprisingly the 270EX supports certain other features, including the ability to transmit colour temperature data to compatible bodies, and support for modelling flash when the depth of field button is pressed. As noted above, it supports first and second curtain sync, and FP mode flash can also be enabled, but only with later EOS digital cameras. Unsurprisingly, though sadly, it lacks wireless E-TTL slave support. A shame, as a tiny E-TTL slave would be a great tool for creative lighting, much like Nikon’s SB-R200 units.”
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The-digital-picture reviews the Canon Speedlite 270EX and writes;
“All of the above-compared Canon flashes have an AF assist beam for enabling autofocus in very dark or low-contrast situations. With exception of the 50D and the Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash, Canon Speedlite flashes project a visible red grid pattern (yielding both light and contrast) for the camera’s AF to lock onto. This beam typically offers coverage for up to a specific number of AF points.”
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User Opinions

Canon Speedlite 270EX User Reviews

Excellent off-shoe for macro, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The 270ex has a fast recycle time (remember to use rechargeable NiMH batteries), a good reach and easy to use settings menu on the screen of the camera (another plus since I use it off-shoe and would have a hard time reaching buttons and reading an LCD on the flash itself).” – By D. Motti

Resurrected my Rebel XT | Rating: ★★★★★
“Having taken a few test shots, I find my 270EX with a customer DIY bouncer/diffuser (picture attached) to be more than sufficient for fill flash. It may not be powerful enough for bouncing off walls if they are very high wide apart, or if there is very poor lighting. As long as you use this flash appropriately, it can replace the 580EX in several situations…” – By Mr. Vijay Venkataraman

Great little light for little cameras, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I actually worked two events just with this kit. The optics won’t give you what an “L” series lens will, but everything else is manna from heaven. The speedlight takes a ton of images on just two AA lithiums and recharges quickly. It packs very small and light and the head has two bounce positions.” – By BigLew1957

Perfect compannion for G10 and G11, | Rating: ★★★★★
“It will help you avoid undesired shadows in portraits, group portraits, iluminating backgrounds and best of all it is the perfect fill flash for outdoors, you will even be able to shoot people in between the sun and the camera, it will light them and avoid shadows. This unit has the ability to be set in 1/3 increments when used in manual mode, it has flash exposure compensation, it doesnt have focus assist but you are ok with the in camera focus beam.” – By Andres Cordon

I can’t imagine not using an external flash now., | Rating: ★★★★★
“This flash works perfectly on my Canon Powershot SX20 IS. The quality of my indoor pictures has vastly improved. No more blind people and pets! I just added some pictures of the 270EX on my camera, with more details in the captions and notes. Comparison shots to come – trying to think of something that really shows what big a difference is made.” – By Stuntman Mike

seems perfect for the amateur, like me, | Rating: ★★★★★
“this flash is perfect for me because there’s no setting on the camera – just attach it and use the camera as always, and the camera figures out how to use the flash. the angling of the flash to bounce off the ceiling is exactly what i was looking for – it lights up the subject and the background so you can’t tell it was shot with a flash. and it’s very small so easy to fit in my camera bag.” – By T. Taylor

Great color, | Rating: ★★★★★
“One of the aspects of this flash I liked was that the color was spot-on white. The other aspects I liked: It’s simple and yet you can choose to cover the viewing angle of a 24 or a 50mm lens by just pulling on the front. That’s intuitive. The flash can be pointed to the ceiling, in a simple way. Its recycle time is short and I dont hear any hiss. It only takes two AA batteries. It’s very small. “ – By M. Henri De Feraudy

Great for beginners in photography, | Rating: ★★★★★
“The Speedlite 270 is just the flash I needed for indoor pictures. I’ve only had it for two days and am still learning a lot about it but just within the short time I’ve had it I’ve really considered just how much light impacts photography. You learn how to bounce the light and begin to understand that you need walls and ceilings to bounce it off of. You get what you pay for and for $143 this flash was worth it.” – By Katie-Bell

270EX Flash perfect for SX20 Canon, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This flash unit does not provide the flash power of a full size unit, but it is an improvement over the built in flash unit. I also added a diffuser. It’s lightweight and the perfect addition to the Canon SX20 or any other smaller camera that needs a boost when flash is required, with minimal additional weight.” – By C. Peterson


Canon Speedlite 270EX User Manual

– Download Canon Speedlite 270EX User Manual (PDF – 777kb)

Features & Specifications

Canon Speedlite 270EX Features & Specifications

Perfect for expanding your creative options on compact cameras and entry-level EOS DSLRs, the Canon 270EX Speedlite adds power and flexibility for enhanced flash photography anywhere. Light, compact and small enough to fit in your pocket, Speedlite 270EX features 2-step coverage for 28mm and 50mm focal lengths, plus a highly useful bounce-flash function for amazingly easy, polished results. Powered by 2 AA batteries (not included), Speedlite 270EX is easily set-up and controlled through your camera’s menu system (with select models), communicates color temperature information with your camera for optimal white balance and recharges silently in less than 4 seconds. An indispensable complement to your Canon camera, Speedlite 270EX is a perfect extension of your photographic genius.

* Compact, lightweight design – ideal for compact PowerShot cameras (G-series and select SX-series) and EOS Rebel class cameras
* 28mm and 50mm. 2-step Coverage Angle Selection
* Bounce feature for an even greater range of picture-taking options
* Simple set-up using the camera’s rear monitor
* Color temperature communication
* Optimized recycling time (approx. 0.1 to 3.9 seconds)
* Quieter charging
* Powered using just 2 AA batteries

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