Sony HVL-F20AM Compact External Flash with Bounce Flash, Guide No. 20

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About the Sony HVL-F20AM

The Sony HVL-F20AM compact external flash expands your creativity. It extends illumination range beyond the camera's built-in flash. Bounce flash enables shadow-less indirect lighting while TTL (through the lens) flash exposure is automatically controlled by your a DSLR for easy and intuitive operation-all in an ultra-compact design which folds flat when not in use.

The Sony HVL-F20AM is commonly used for Fill flash, General purpose, Portraits and more.The Sony HVL-F20AM is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Sony HVL-F20AM: Consistent output, Durable, Easy to use, Fast recycling, Lightweight and Versatile.

Sony HVL-F20AM Includes

  • Sony Soft Carrying Case
  • Sony Warranty

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (7) , Lightweight (7) , Consistent output (6) , Versatile (6) , Durable (5) , Fast recycling (5)
Best Uses:
General purpose (6) , Fill flash (5) , Portraits (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3) , Casual photographer (2) , Semi-pro photographer (2)

Sony HVL-F20AM Features

  • Extends flash range beyond camera's built-in flash: Though compact and lightweight, the HVL-F20AM has a maximum range twice that of the built-in flash units on a230, a330 and a380 cameras. This is represented as the guide number (GN) of 20 with a 50mm focal distance at ISO 100
  • Bounce flash enables shadowless indirect lighting: When set to 'indoor' shooting mode, the flash points up to bounce light off the ceiling for shadowless illumination of your subject. When set to the 'outdoor' shooting mode, the flash directs light directly at your subject
  • Built-in diffuser for wide & telephoto shooting: With the built-in diffuser the flash illumination covers an angle of view of 27mm at the default Standard Position setting. If users want to shoot at a greater distance, they can rotate the dial on the side of the flash unit to the 'Tele' Position
  • Easy intuitive operation: Unlike most external flash units, the HVL-F20AM has no dedicated ON/OFF switch. Instead, power is automatically switched on simply by raising the flash unit into the shooting position
  • Light (90g / 3.2oz), slim (24mm / 1") ultra-compact design: With a weight of only 90g (approx.) and a thickness of only 24mm (1 inch), the HVL-F20AM is so compact it can simply be folded down and left mounted on the camera when it is not in use, or detached and carried in a shirt pocket
  • Elegant and attractive styling: Viewed from any angle, the HVL-F20AM's revolutionary body is sleek, slim and virtually protrusion-free. The new design also eliminates the LCD display panel found on many conventional flash units, further contributing to easy-use simplicity and stylish design
  • ADI Flash Metering System: The ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) flash metering system offers the optimum flash metering and automatic white-balance compensation regardless of the background conditions or the subject's reflectance
  • Wireless flash trigger function (DSLR-A900 only): When teamed with the a900, the HVL-F20AM can also be used to trigger wireless flash setups. Please note, however, that this functionality is only available with DSLR-A900 and does not include luminosity ratio control

Sony HVL-F20AM Specifications

Type Hotshoe Mount
Guide No. 20 (at 50mm/ISO 100)
Angle of Coverage 50mm (27mm with wide panel attachment)
TTL Dedication Yes (with select Sony cameras)
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head No
Zoom Head No
Off Camera Terminal No
Power Source 2x AA Batteries
Dimensions 3.75 x 2.5 x 1" (94 x 62 x 24mm)
Weight 3.2 oz (90g) without batteries
Warranty Sony warranty
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