The Canon 80d is one of the most popular entry-level DSLR cameras on the market right now by a long shot and even though its successor, the Canon 90d is now available, the recent price reduction for the 80d is ensuring that it is still expanding its user base steadily. With it already having a large user base and the camera steadily growing in popularity, it is not surprising that we are seeing so many people reaching out and asking for advice on various camera accessories for the Canon 80d to help improve the image quality they can capture.
One of the more frequent questions that we are constantly seeing asked is based around the best flash for Canon 80d camera users. Due to a number of our readers owning the Canon 80d and a camera flash being a very popular camera accessory, we have decided to make this the subject of our article today. We are hoping that this article will be able to help as many of our readers as possible who are considering adding a camera flash their Canon 80d accessories.
Now, as we touched on, the 80d is a very budget-friendly, entry-level camera body so due to this, we have decided to feature what we feel is one of the best budget-friendly, entry-level camera flashes on the market right now, the Neewer NW-670. Our regular readers will likley have been expecting the NW-670 as our recommendation for the 80d as we really do feel that it is one of the best entry-level flash units on the market right now and it also has an excellent reputation amongst the community.
For its price point in the market, the NW-670 offers some of the best performance going by a long shot and can easily help to improve the image quality that you can achieve for your flash photography. On top of this, the flash is extremely user-friendly making it very easy to use and learn and Neewer has a great reputation for making sure that their products are as tough and robust as possible too! There are already a number of people already using the Neewer NW-670 with the Canon 80d too and reporting great performance, especially with its TTL functionality.
We know that some of our readers will be wanting to know as much as humanly possible about any new potential addition to their collection of camera accessories so we will be taking a more in-depth look at the Neewer NW-670 below. We will be going over its various features and benefits and why we feel that it is without a doubt the best option for your 80d by a long shot too.
Performance Of The Flash Unit
Although the Neewer NW-670 is a very cheap flash unit considering the amount of bang you are getting for your buck, some people unfortunately instantly dismiss it due to its low price tag instantly presuming that it is a low-quality flash unit. This couldn’t be further from the truth and on top of its outstanding performance relative to its price tag, the NW-670 is also extremely versatile allowing you to use it in a number of popular flash photography niches.
The flash offers an instant advantage over many of the compeating flash units compeating at its price point in the market due to it being able to support TTL, manual, multi, S1, and S2 flash modes right out of the box. It also boasts a wide range of manual mode flash output levels too supporting 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128 with ±0.3EV micro regulation if required too. Although many of the compeating flash units do support a combination of these flash modes, in our opinion, none come close to implementing them as well as Neewer has with their NW-670.
Another thing that helps to set the NW-670 apart from the compeating entry-level, budget-friendly flash units for your Canon 80d is it actually has overheating protection as standard. Even in this day and age, this is rare at this price point in the market but Neewer has added a basic overheating protection system to the NW-670 that has its own automatic temperature detection as well as power-saving modes too.
Although common amongst the flash units at this price point, the NW-670 also has a fixed three-second flash recycle time that also contributes to preventing the flash unit from overheating during use too. As the NW-670 is an entry-level, cheap flash unit, the last thing Neewer wanted people to be doing was to use a fast recycle time with a short, high power flash duration and burning the component parts of the flash.
A quick and easy workaround for this that all brands implement in their cheaper flash units these days is to just use a fixed recycle time. This ensures that you are not able to activate your flash multiple times per second so helps to allow the flash to dissipate the heat build-up during use. Although this can be considered to be a little restricting in some niches, it shouldn’t be an issue until you are at a professional level and are looking to purchase professional level flash units anyway.
The Neewer NW-670 takes four AA batteries supporting both alkaline and Ni-HM batteries without issue. We have seen people reporting that they get anywhere from one hundred to three hundred flash activations for each set of fully charged batteries with the flash unit. Now, this is common and is not an issue with the flash but the actual batteries that people use with it. In our opinion, for optimal performance and more flash activations per charge, you should always be looking to use a set of decent batteries with your NW-670.
If you don’t want to be using batteries with your flash unit then the Neewer NW-670 also supports a charging socket for an external power pack to ensure that you can always get all the content you require with your Canon 80d when capturing your photographers in low light conditions. Although the Neewer NW-670 is an entry-level flash unit, there are also some solid entry-level flash power packs on the market that you can pick up too if you prefer a power pack over batteries.
Although we have not experienced this ourselves, we have seen some reports that the wireless triggering on the Neewer NW-670 can be a pain but this does seem to be the minority of cases rather than commonplace. We have definatley seen many more reports of the wireless system performing well than reports of people having issues with it. Depending on what you are planning to do, this may not actually be an issue anyway as you may never be wanting to wirelessly trigger your flash unit during your flash photographer. If you do, the Neewer NW-670 supports a wireless triggering distance of up to twenty-five meters allowing you to remotely activate your flash trigger with ease.
The Neewer NW-670 has a 5600k color temperature and a 58m guide number to and it is not surprising that it has proven to be so popular with so many entry-level photographers or people working with a tight budget for their camera accessories. The performance offered for its price tag has ensured that the NW-670 has been able to dominate its price range with ease with many photographers choosing to publish their own third-party reviews sharing their experiences.
If you have the time then reading or even just skimming over some of those reviews can be worth the time as they offer some solid insight into the Neewer NW-670 and the performance that it offers. They really do show off why the community thing so highly of the Neewer NW-670 and make it obvious why it is our default recommendation for anyone wanting a flash unit for the Canon 80d.
User Interface And Control System
The Neewer NW-670 uses the standard flash control system of an LCD panel, a directional pad, and a few buttons to allow you to tweak the flash to meet the needs of your current flash photography situation. Very few flash manufacturers even try to deviate away from this standard design these days as it is so straight forward and so user-friendly that there is little to no point other than to make a few tweaks under the hood now and then.
If you are brand new to flash photography with your Canon 80d and have never used an external flash unit before then we are confident that the ease of use on the Neewer NW-670 will serve you well and ensure you can pick it up and use it effectively quickly. The actual navigation menu on the NW-670 is simple and straight forward to allowing you to quickly and easily cycle through the various options on the menu to get to the setting that you want to tweak as quickly and easily as possible.
Now we know that this is going to sound very simple but more and more flash manufacturers are starting to use an actual power on/off button rather than a switch. We usually have our own little mini-rant when it comes to the power button on flash units as we much rather they just stuck with the traditional power switch as it gives you the confidence that your flash unit is actually turned off correctly.
The flash units with the power button, especially in the entry-level price bracket have a high fail rate of letting you think that you have held the power button long enough to turn it off when you have not. This lets the flash run your battery dry and can potentially lead to problems if you get to your photography location with empty batteries in your flash unit. Thankfully, the Neewer NW-670 still uses the better power switch option rather than a power button helping it score some more points over some compeating units in our opinion.
Build Quality And Design
Neewer have done a great job of rightfully building up a great reputation for themselves when it comes to proving their customers the best possible performance and build quality in their products for the lowest possible price. Thankfully, the NW-670 is no different and its build quality is much better than some of the compeating flash units in its price range in our opinion.
One of the obvious things about the NW-670 is that its battery housing is a one by four configuration rather than a two by two configuration that some flash units still use today. The two by two configuration has a number of issues with the main one being that heat transference between the batteries in your flash unit is at its highers and prevents heat from dissipating. The one by four configurations used in flash units like the NW-670 allows heat build-up to naturally and easily dissipate into the atmosphere healing to keep your flash unit cooler for longer and prevent overheating.
The NW-670 also offers some solid tilting and panning for bouncing your flash if required. It supports a maximum tilt of ninety degrees and a maximum pan angle of two hundred and seventy degrees too. This is pretty standard on flash units in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket right now though but is still a nice feature to have on your flash.
The actual size and weight of the Neewer NW-670 is low too allowing you to quickly and easily add the flash unit to your bag of camera accessories without really noticing the increased weight or having to use up much space. Some flash units in the cheaper price brackets can actually be surprisingly heavy due to using lower quality, cheaper plastics but this is not an issue with the NW-670 thankfully.
Another common problem with the cheaper flash units can be that they might try to use a plastic hot shoe mount rather than a metal one that ends up causing you issues. As you may be able to guess, over time, a plastic hot shoe mount ends up warping in shape and can end up getting stuck on the hot shoe mount of your Canon 80d and be a real pain to remove. The NW-670 uses a metal mount that holds its shape much better and should prevent this problem from actually happening for you.
That brings our thoughts on the best flash for Canon 80d camera users to a close. In our opinion, there are few compeating flash units in the sub-one hundred dollar price bracket than even come close to what the Neewer NW-670 is able to offer you. It offers excellent performance ensuring that you get the best image quality possible and helps you get the best flash photography images you can.
As we mentioned earlier, a large number of photographers who have added the Neewer NW-670 to their camera accessories have published their reviews of the flash that you can read if you wish. If you are yet to make your mind up then reading over some of those reviews is well worth the time as they offer some great insight into just how good the flash can perform in pretty much every situation you may find yourself in.