Canon Speedlite 270EX, Shoe Mount Flash with Guide Number of 89 Feet / 27m at ISO 100 - USA

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About Canon 270-EX

The Canon Speedlite 270EX Flash 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.

The Canon 270-EX is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits and more.The Canon 270-EX is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 270-EX is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 270-EX: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Fast recycling time, Good exposure performance, Good power output, Lightweight, Quiet, Superior build quality and Versatile

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (29),Lightweight (28),Consistent output (21),Fast recycling (19),Good power output (16),Versatile (14),Durable (12),Good exposure performance (10),Quiet (9),Superior build quality (9),Fast recycling time (8)
Weak output (3)
Best Uses:
General purpose (20),Fill flash (19),Night photography (11),Portraits (10),Photojournalism (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (11),Enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (5),Casual photographer (4),Semi-professional (3)

Canon 270-EX Features

  • 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
  • Easy storage soft case
  • Powered using just 2 AA batteries

Canon 270-EX Specifications

Flash Type
Compatible Cameras
All Canon EOS cameras; PowerShot G-series cameras and select SX-series cameras
Guide Number
72 ft./22m (at ISO 100); flash head at 28mm zoom setting
89 ft./27m (at ISO 100); flash head at 50mm zoom setting
Recycling Time
Normal flash: Approx. 0.1 to 3.9 seconds; Quick flash: 0.1 to 2.6 seconds (AA-size Alkaline Batteries)
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
AF Assist Beam
Intermittent flash firing system
Effective range: At center: Approx. 13.1 ft./4m
Periphery: Approx. 11.5 ft./3.5m (in total darkness)
Bounce / Swivel
Up: 60°, 75°, 90°
Custom Functions
C.Fn-01: Auto power off (Enabled/Disabled)
C.Fn-06: Quick flash during continuous shooting (Enabled/Disabled)
Power Source
Two AA-size/LR6 Alkaline Batteries
2.5 x 2.6 x 3.0 in./64 x 65 x 76.5mm
5.1 oz./145g (without batteries)
Canon 1 year limited warranty
Mfr #

Canon 270-EX Reviews

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Compact Bounce flash, but no IR or red-eye?!

I own this flash. I DO recommend it as a compact lightweight bounce flash for inanimate objects. I don't think there is a better 2xAA flash compatible with Canon's menus. I bought it for my X2, X4, and 5D Mark ii. It is great to have a 2xAA flash I can keep in my pocket. I bought it primarily to help the cameras focus in very low light. This it does well on my X4 and 5D (not on the X2). Once the 5D Mark ii gets a focusing solution, the flash power goes off and I take the shot. (for this simpl...

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I own this flash. I DO recommend it as a compact lightweight bounce flash for inanimate objects. I don't think there is a better 2xAA flash compatible with Canon's menus. I bought it for my X2, X4, and 5D Mark ii. It is great to have a 2xAA flash I can keep in my pocket. I bought it primarily to help the cameras focus in very low light. This it does well on my X4 and 5D (not on the X2). Once the 5D Mark ii gets a focusing solution, the flash power goes off and I take the shot. (for this simple purpose an on-board flash would have worked fine, but 5D has none). However, I do not recommend this flash for shooting people for the obvious reason that there is no IR auto focus assist. Instead of IR, this flash uses full power strobing visible white light which annoys and temporarily blinds people. They close their eyes, squint, even turn away. I can't imagine why some Canon manager forced the engineers to remove the IR light from this flash design? So the 270 would not compete with the 430? Also, Canon did not program the visible strobe to be used before shutter for red-eye reduction. (another use for IR). If Canon included IR for AF and red-eye this would have been a classic piece of kit; a 5-star hit and a great value. As is, it is a serious compromise. I would have gladly payed more to have the IR onboard. I use 2,500 mah Lithium Ion rechargables. I don't know how many hundreds of shots I'd get because I re-charge them after a few days; but 2x modern rechargable batteries is plenty for this flash. I don't even carry spares. The old 220EX used IR, but had no bounce. This one has bounce but no IR. Canon, please release a 2xAA with both! You would have a classic pocket IR/AF/red-eye, bounce flash which would just be awesome. Canon has some of the lightest and most compact leading technology such as the relatively light 5D mark ii; I hope they keep it up with intelligent engineering decisions for accessories as well. Summary: It has no competition at this weight/size/cost; but add IR and it would be awesome.

Reviewed by 46 customers


270 EX Flash - Poor Quality


from Maynard, MA

This product was perfect for my needs up until the day it stopped working. The flash is a significant upgrade over the stock flash on the Canon Rebel T1i. I was able to take excellent pictures. After owning and using the flash for a couple years, it stopped working one day and would not turn on.


Works Well


from Virginia Beach, VA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Haven't had the flash very long but am pleased with the output. With additional items it works off-camera. For such a small flash it' very flexable. Nice unit.


Excellent Little Flash


from Union, NJ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I've got this flash with my G10. It takes the camera to the next level, especially with the omni-bounce diffuser. GO PRO! Get a Speedlight!!


Excellent accessory for my camera.


from New York  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this flash on my Canon SX30IS when I need more efficient lighting than the onboard flash works well. Also very useful in bounce mode for indirect flash on your subject.


love it


from New york, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

it never fails

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice, general purpose flash!


from W. Melbourne, FL  -  Casual Photographer

Good buy for general purpose use. Not a big flash user but desired something better than the camera flash for use when making group shots at short distances. Haven't used much yet but, like most Canon products, I find the flash to be high quality material. Easy to install and operate.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


A lot of light for the money


from Winston-Salem, NC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

A most useful compact flash for a compact camera such as the "G" series. I am using it on the G10 and appreciate the clean interface (controls) and the dedicated settings for my G10. Do I use it for night photography? No. Portraits? No. Without swivel it would create a challenge for Portraiture. Night photography typically requires a much greater output and the user should be aware that only certain flashes are suitable for that. For a general purpose, candid setting - this is a beautiful unit - quick recycle and consistent image to image.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


It works just fine so far


from Cedar Rapids, Iowa  -  Photo Enthusiast

I've only used this once for fill-in on a back lit day group shot.


Good Small Flash


from Petersburg, Va  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this with the Canon Powershot G12 and it works great. The right flash for this camera. Small, lightweight and has the ability to adjust amount of light.


Happy with this purchase!


from Long Island, NY.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I use this flash often when I need more illumination than the built-in flash provides. I am quite satisfied with the results I have gotten utilizing this flash.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
MARTIN D  Mistake, sent it back. Fires a test flash before the real flash. Obnoxious piece of equipment.
Shopper  I got Canon T3i, can this flash be compatible to the camera?
SHIKHARESH D  Yes absolutely it would.
Shopper  How well did it work? Were you happy with it?
ANDREW T  Its a great little flash. I bought it for travel. I didn't want to carry my 580 EX II and I didn't foresee needing that flash power. The 270 is compact, easy to mount quickly and the Canon cameras that I have recognize it immediately. It has four angles of adjustment (three for bounce) and manual adjustment for normal and zoom lenses. I use NiMH batteries and get excellent battery life while shooting.
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