In this article, we will be taking a look at what we feel are the best external flashes for Canon 60d cameras currently available on the market right now. Out of all the camera flashes that we shortlisted for our article, we eventually settled on two flash units with one being a premium flash and one being a more budget-friendly flash. Our hope is that doing it this way will help ensure we have an option for all of our readers no matter their budget.
Although the Canon 60d comes with a built-in flash, it is not the best and can be massively outperformed by even an entry-level external flash unit. We feel that both of the flash units that we will be covering offer our readers great performance and functionality relative to their price points in the market and will definitely help improve your flash photography.
The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT
The flash unit has been designed to be as compact as possible (4.1 x 4.2 x 2.9 inches) to allow it to quickly and easily be placed into your photography kit bag and transported around without it taking up much space. In addition to this, the flash unit is also very light coming it at only 10.4 ounces allowing you to travel with the flash without it taking up much of your baggage allowance. The lightweight of the flash also helps when you have it mounted on your Canon 60d and use it for extended periods of time without feeling the discomfort you may feel with a heavier camera flash.
The image to the left shows the interface and control system for the Canon 430EX III-RT flash. As you can see, it is fairly simple while still offering all of the core functionality that you would expect from a premium level camera flash.
The simplicity of the control system allows you to quickly and easily navigate the flash unit settings to quickly and easily tweak settings on the fly as required. Additionally, if you are one of our less confident readers when it comes to technology then this flash unit is perfect due to how easy it is to use.
The interface will quickly become second nature for you and once you have set the flash settings up as required, you simply mount it onto your 430EX III-RT’s hot shoe mount and you are good to go.
All in all, we would highly recommend that any of our readers who own a Canon 60D check out the 430EX III-RT’s if they are looking for a flash unit to improve their flash photography. It really is an excellent camera flash but on the flip side, it comes with the price tag to match the functionality and performance the unit offers.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
The Neewer NW680
The Neewer NW680 also comes with the ability to set up various flash modes and include custom TTL, Manual, and Guide Number setups that many other budget flash units simply don’t offer. In addition to this, you are able to change the recycle time of the flash between one and five seconds to get the best performance out of the flash while also being able to balance its battery life.
The image to the right shows the control and interface system for the Neewer NW680. As you can see, it is basic but also a little difficult to navigate, especially in a hurry but it also allows you to pick up the system quickly and learn your way around it.
The buttons on the control system also feel a little cheap and can be a little difficult to press sometimes but this is to be expected due to the lower price of the flash. Once set up you simply mount it to your hot shoe mount on your Canon 60D and you are good to go.
Depending on your photography niche, you may also want to look into picking up the Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as it offers various wireless functionality and multi-flash support to your rig allowing you to trigger a number of flashes at the same time.
If you own a Canon 60D and are on a tight budget while looking for a camera flash then the Neewer NW680 is probably the ideal flash unit for you. It has an excellent reputation amongst the photography community and will serve you well while meeting the vast majority of your needs without issue.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Neewer NW680 to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.