Neewer TT560 Flash Review
Neewer is a Chinese brand that is known for their well priced camera accessories. But not only that, they are also known for their fantastic quality. Which makes them the best brand to check out when you are on a budget. And we all know how expensive camera accessories can really get. So it’s great to have a company that has not only affordable but also high quality devices.
Today we are going to review the Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlight. It’s an affordable budget flash that’s compatible with Canon, Nikon, Pentax DSLRs and even most Sony mirrorless cameras. It’s also one of the most bought flashes currently on Amazon, which is also one of the main reasons why we decided to review it. So let’s take a look if this model is really worth buying!
- Dimensions: 190×75×55 mm / 7.5×2.9×2.2″
- Weight: 286 g / 10 oz
- Modes: M, S1, S2
- Vertical rotation: 0° – 90°
- Horizontal rotation: 0° – 270°
- Color temperature: 5600K
- Flash duration: 1/300 s – 1/20,000 s
- Compatibility: Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, Pentax, Sony
- Battery: 4x AA
In The Box
- Neewer TT560 flash
- Plastic hot shoe stand
Design & Compatibility
What I like about the Neewer TT560 is that it doesn’t come with a fancy design. We often see companies going crazy and trying to make their cheaper end models look all kind of modern and what not. But that’s not the case here. The TT560 is a simple flash that doesn’t stand out. Instead, they have put all their effort in making it as high quality as possible. The model is made out of a hard plastic that can definitely out last all of us. The overall body is solid, it doesn’t bend anywhere it shouldn’t. So I’m really happy with not only the design but also the build quality.
The flash can also be rotated and pointed towards where you want. It’s vertical rotation angle is anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees. Horizontally, you can rotate it between 0 and 270 degrees. This opens up some versatility to your shooting.
The TT560 does also come with a control panel from where you can adjust some of the settings. You’ll find them on the back side of the flash. It has buttons for changing the mode, controlling the brightness of the flash, powering it on/off and even testing the flash. There are also LED lights that indicate everything. Can’t really expect it to have a LCD screen considering the price. The overall quality is really nice here as well. The buttons have a nice click to them so that’s how I know that they are good.
Now the Neewer TT560 is compatible with all Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Panasonic and Olympus DSLR cameras that have a standard hot shoe. It can also be used with the Sony mirrorless cameras, such as the A7, A7II, A7S, A7SII, A7R, A7RII, A6500, A6300 and A6000.
The first thing I want to point out that the TT560 is a pretty basic flash, you can’t expect any insane or advanced features from it. However, it has all of the basic features and functions that are required from a flash. And that’s what makes it so good for beginners in my opinion. Everything about it needs to be manually adjusted, so you’ll learn the basics pretty fast. But it’s not too complicated either. The only adjustments that you can really make are the angles and the amount of light you want the flash to output. The rear LED indicators make it easier as well.
Now as far as the overall performance goes, I’m actually pretty happy and surprised how well the Neewer TT560 performs. Like I said it’s highly adjustable so the end result depends completely on how good you are. The flash it self is really quick and there’s barely any lag. At least nothing noticeable. It’s definitely fast enough for a beginner or an amateur photographer.
You don’t need to worry about outgrowing it either. The TT560 can also be used as a slave flash. It comes with a plastic leg/stand that you can use to keep it steady. The Slave flash feature means that you can later on pair it up with a better, more expensive master flash. This way you can use multiple flashes at once if you need to.
The only downside is that it doesn’t come with a rechargeable battery. Instead you’ll need to either buy plain 4x AA batteries or invest in rechargeable AA batteries. I recommend the latter if you plan on taking it seriously or if you need to use flash often. The model does apparently have a built-in power saving function but it can get quite expensive if you need to keep buying batteries.
I can definitely recommend buying the Neewer TT560 if you are looking for a basic flash. Yeah it doesn’t come with any advanced features and the design is pretty basic, but it works really well and I don’t have any complaints with the performance. It’s a budget flash and that’s exactly how you should view it. And in it’s price category, it’s definitely the best model you can get. It offers so much for it’s value. Plus again, the overall quality is really impressive.
A solid budget flash that performs better than most pricier models