Canon Speedlite 320EX Flash Review

The new Canon 320EX is the first of a new type of speedlites offering lighting for picture and movie capturing. And given the huge benefits this has it won’t be the last of this category. In this in-depth evaluation the Canon AF speedlite 320 EX gets to be able to confirm its worth as a picture display in a set of assessments, e.g. for the real outcome / information number, and the display recycle time. It’s not quite as innovative as the recognized mid-range display 430EX II which will certainly stay in the lineup: it does not have a cruising display go with super extensive position choice, the red AF support ray, there’s also no LCD display, and it has less highest possible power.

Canon Speedlite 320EX
Canon Speedlite 320EX

On the other side, the 320 EX still provides what the regular beginner photographer needs to generate good looking light: a point and rotating display go for non-direct (not so ugly-looking) lighting, plus the wi-fi servant function to use it distant, outside you equipment shoes. And it’s a about $50 less costly than the rather costly 430 Mark II. In the cost variety of about $250 for this new display (May 2011, check e.g. amazon), there are a couple of options to consider while you shop for an outside display. Just keep in mind that none of them has videos clip mild. In inclusion to the 430EX II described previously you might also want to consider the entry-level 270EX II speedlite from Canon.

Canon Speedlite 320EX Highlights

  • first photo flash with additional continuous light for video shooting
  • use video LED as alternative modeling light (in addition to conventional flash burst)
  • fully fledged wireless slave mode with 3 groups / 4 channels
  • good maximum power between 24mm and 50mm
  • swivel and tilt flash head for indirect lighting
  • camera remote control feature
  • small and light weight

320EX Movie LED Light

320EX individual LED video mild closeupThe single-LED video mild does not make an impression on actually from the specifications: the 75 Lux outcome is not a lot – according to the Sekonic transformation desk this is equal to approximately EV 5. Which indicates it’s about as shiny as a road lantern at evening. That’s why Canon also declares a useful variety of only 1 gauge for f5.6 and at ISO 3200 on the training manual’s requirements web page. But when you first use it you’ll figure out that it’s a fantastic function, and the other photons do have a good effect on your videos. There are also some other prospective use cases.

Canon Speedlite 320EX Review
Canon Speedlite 320EX Review

The LED can be used as the primary mild for capturing, but it’s incredibly underpowered in comparison to the display tube: in the remaining image below, the Insurgent could take the taken with IS 400 and 1/200 a few moments at f29 with the 320EX set to complete energy (in guide mode); in the right image it LED introduced you to all of its boundaries with ISO 3200 and 1/8 a few moments at f5.6.

Distant Management Mode

320EX remote launch buttonAnother unique feature (actually distributed with the also-new 270EX II) is the remote control capturing method. To use it just press on the discharge button on the side of the display – seems like pushing on a shutter launch button.

Canon Speedlite 320EX Features
Canon Speedlite 320EX Features

Remote method can serve two purposes:

  • use it as a simple digicam remote control – works with any Canon whole body suitable with RC-1, RC-5, RC-6 remotes (using infra-red light; receiving indication through indicator included in the digicam body’s hand grip)
  • can be used as an online display induce together with a master-enabled whole body (60D, 600D, 7D as of Apr 2011) or a wi-fi operator in the digicam hot shoes (580EX (II), 550EX, Canon ST-E2, 3rd party quick flashes with wi-fi expert mode)

It’s worth noting that the 320EX is not a wi-fi expert itself. In situation (2) it can be set to fireside off as a servant together with other servant quick flashes when set to “SLAVE”. If you only want to use it as a induce but not to fireside in that case leave it in the “ON” position.

320EX As Wi-fi Flash

  • 320EX team and route choice distant servant flashThere’s no expert method developed into the 320EX, but it is intended to perform as an online servant in Canon’s wireless E-TTL (II) program.
  • It’s actually the simplest speedlite from Canon when it comes to establishing as a stereo slave: everything’s done with difficult changes, it doesn’t get any simpler or any quicker than that. Mild indicator is on the top part side which is not the best place, but that’s where it rests on all Canon quick flashes typically.
  • Using the 320EX with easy stereo centered display activates such as Yongnuo RF-602, RF-602 or the V3 or V5 activates from Exotic does not create much sense: due to the absence of a manageable guide method, it will always flame at complete energy so you have no management.
  • Everything should perform OK with the (more) costly TTL-enabled stereo activates – both ETTL and guide method display management (to be confirmed).

Energy Supply

Canon’s new 320-EX operates on AA 4 battery power power (alkaline or NiMH can be used) which provide up to 4 hours of video mild or 180 full-power quick flashes according to the requirements from Canon. Battery managing is easy: glide down battery power protect which then instantly shifts open sustained by a springtime packed procedure similar to the 580EX II. There’s a tag with large polarity symbols in the section, and each of the tissues has it’s own port. The whole development is of top quality and very simple to use which makes modifying battery power power really a wind.

Canon Speedlite 320EX Battry
Canon Speedlite 320EX Energy Supply


  • Canon 320EX evaluation in E-TTL modeETTL (II) is Canon’s conventional display visibility method. This will depend on the digicam whether the gen 1 ETTL or the present ETTL-II gets used, this can’t be set by the consumer. However, you can modify the attribute of ETTL II through the camera’s exterior display configurations selection.
  • ETTL (II) provides complete incorporation between the digicam and the display so that you don’t have to do anything yourself: the digicam chooses – based on the normal mild – if additional display is needed for appropriate visibility. If that is the case, it shoots the display at the appropriate outcome stage and shutter rate / f-stop configurations.
  • If you want some stage of control you can do some modification yourself: there’s a display visibility settlement to increase or limit the degree of display, and you can modify the display synchronize method from 1st or 2nd layer synchronize. The high-speed synchronize option emerged as well.

Develop Quality

With the 320EX Canon have launched a second mid-range display, placed below the 430EX II when it comes to its picture functions. I don’t think that the construction of the 430EX II is exceptional, and therefore had some issues about the new.


Model Information
Brand Canon
Model 320EX
First introduction 2011
Successor none yet
Output Specs
Guide number spec
(35mm, ISO 100, in meters)
Guide number test result 27.9
Manual power settings no manual mode
Flash duration (full power) unspecified
Recycle time spec
(at full power)
2.3 sec
Recycle time test result 3.3 sec alkaline, 2.3 sec NiMH
Flash foot material, type metal, standard ISO (Canon)
PC Sync Port no
Optical Slave no
Other Trigger wireless TTL slave mode
Trigger Voltage 4.45 V
Standby Mode configurable (C.Fn-01)
Flash Head Features
Swivel -180 to +90 degrees
Tilt 0 to +90 degrees
Manual Zoom Head 24 + 50
Auto Zoom 24 + 50 (no auto zoom)
Bounce card / 2nd reflector no / no
LCD Display no
Power Supply
Batteries Used 4 x AA
External Power Source no
Nikon TTL
D-TTL na
i-TTL na
CLS Wireless Slave na
CLS Wireless Master na
Canon TTL
E-TTL(II) yes
E-TTL(II) wireless slave yes
E-TTL(II) wireless master no
Other Flash Modes
Stroboscopic Mode no
Auto Mode no
TTL Features
AF Assist Light yes (flash tube / LED in live view)
Exposure Compensation in TTL Mode on the Flash unit no
Rear Curtain Synchronization yes
High Speed Synchronization yes
Sensor Size Detection (DX, FX, etc) no
Modeling Light yes