After publishing a few other posts based around the Godox flash unit range we have decided to eventually work our way through as many of their camera flashes as possible. Today is the turn of our Godox TT350S review as we feel the flash is without a doubt one of, if not the best budget-friendly flash for Sony cameras on the market right now.
With Godox producing some excellent quality flash units that offer some great performance without the high price tags of some of the other brands, it is no surprise that the TT350S is proving to be very popular with the photography community. Many people who use the TT350S as their go-to camera flash of choice have posted their own independent reviews online (click here to read some of them) over the years. Being the Sony variant of the TT350 flash series, it is always a good idea to get the opinion of some external, independent photographers as well as their views on how the flash has performed for them.
User Interface And Control System
As you would expect for an entry-level flash unit, both the user interface and user control systems on the Godox TT350S are pretty basic but in all honesty, it still offers a great amount of customization in an easy to use format. The control system is based around the six buttons and a rotary dial as seen in the image above that allow you to quickly and easily work the navigation menu as required. The navigation menu itself is very easy to pick up and we feel that the vast majority of people will be able to find their way around it without issue after playing with the flash unit for a short amount of time.
The backlit LED screen on the flash unit ensures that you are able to see the navigation menu, options, and settings in low light conditions without issue without blurring the text displayed on the screen too. Both the buttons and the rotary dial are also responsive even in wet and cold conditions too ensuring you can tweak your flash settings no matter what.
If you have used any other modern Godox flash units then the navigation menu should be pretty familiar to what you have used previously. It has been specifically designed to try and ensure that the most need settings will be easier to navigate too in the shorted time period possible. This prevents you from having to waste time mid-shoot when you may have a model or a client with you helping the session flow smoothly.
Additionally, the mode button on the control system of the TT350S allows you to quickly switch between the various flash modes such as TTL flash mode, manual flash mode, and guide number.
Performance And Functionality
As we mentioned earlier in the article, we feel that for its price tag, the TT350S actually provides a ton of functionality as well as some of the best performance available for a Sony compatible flash unit helping it stand out from the crowd. Here is a list of the key features the TT350S boasts that we feel will be the most commonly used ones by our readers:-
- 2.4G wireless flash transmission
- Full TTL functions
- Supports HSS (max. 1 / 8000s)
- Front & rear curtain sync
- Manual flash
- GN60 (m ISO 100, @ 105mm)
- Master and Slave modes
- 22 stages of power output (1 / 1-1 / 128)
- 0.1-2.2 second recycle time
- 210 full power activations per full charge
As you can see, for its low price tag it actually offers a fair amount of features. We would like to point out that the flash settings, the recycle time, in particular, are going to have a large effect on the number of flash activations you are able to get per full set of batteries. A quicker recycle time will drain your batteries much quicker than a slower time frame so keep this in mind. We would always recommend you use a set of high-quality, budget-friendly rechargeable AA batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) with the TT350S for the best possible performance.
We are actually impressed with the build quality of the TT350S and definitely underestimated it. We have seen a few brands trying to lower the quality of parts of their budget flash units to try and save cash to the level of even using plastic hot shoe mounts but thankfully this is not the case with the TT350S. It is made out of a surprisingly high-quality plastic too that is lightweight while also ensures that the flash is robust and can take its fair share of knocks without issue.
As the TT350S only takes two AA batteries it has the default battery hold of two linear batteries helping to prevent overheating issues rather than the four battery flash units that have two rows of two and can quickly overheat. Although the flash unit is small in size, its design also helps to quickly dissipate any heat generated to keep the flash unit as cool as possible for as long as possible too.
The rotary joint that has been used to connect the flash body to the flash head is also solid and very sturdy. This ensures that the head of the flash unit is not going to come off in your hands when you are adjusting it for bouncing your flash off walls and such.
That concludes our Godox tt350s review and we really do think that it is the best entry-level or budget-friendly flash option out there for Sony cameras. We feel that it will make a great addition to your camera accessories while helping to improve the image quality that you are able to achieve when taking part in flash photography.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Godox TT350S to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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