Expand your creativity with this flagship external flash. It features a built-in LED light, high-illumination output, and patented Quick Shift Bounce for lighting freedom
Superior lighting solution for working photographers and videographers
Special attention was paid to its subtle design and faster operation that now includes the Quick Navi interface found in Sony Alpha camera bodies so flash and lighting settings can be quickly and easily adjusted and optimized
Quick Shift Bounce design found in this unit makes shifting between horizontal and vertical shooting a snap without compromising on light output
With the built-in LED video light, this external flash can also be used under various movies shooting situations
Delivers high-illumination output in a compact, lightweight body, with an effective range of more than 90 feet (28m) and guide number 60. (Guide number measures the illumination capability of the flash; the higher the number, the higher the light output. Tested at ISO100, 105mm)
Quick Navi and Large Dot Matrix LCD:
Quick Navi control is the intuitive User Interface from Sony Alpha camera bodies that make it a snap to locate and change settings
A large dot matrix LCD display is easy-to see and intuitive button layout makes it easy to configure the HVL-F60M for a variety of shooting needs
Modeling light Capability:
Modeling light capability allows the HVL-F60M to pulse, helping photographers determine where shadows will fall before taking the picture, so they can alter lighting or subject positioning as necessary
Other flashes only work well at shutter speeds synchronized from the camera (example: from 1/125 to 1/250 of a second)
The Sony HVL-F60M Flash Unit provides a High Speed Synchronization mode (HSS) that enables the flash to sync with shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1/4000 of a second to catch fast-moving subjects
Color Conversion Filter for LED Light, Built-in Diffuser for LED Light:
Using a built-in diffuser reduces glare and softens light
It can also lessen unnatural multiple shadows
Using a color conversion filter lets you change the color temperature to about 3,200K (at maximum brightness)
The HVL-F60M comes with a mini-stand that can stand on its own or be mounted to a tripod or lighting stand for increased wireless freedom
Folds up for easy storage
LED video light:
With the built-in LED video light it has never been easier to switch between stills and movie shooting even in low-light conditions
LED enables checking and setting the light and shadow conditions before shooting still image or movie with live view function of EVF equipped camera
Maximum luminance of 1200 lux/(0.5m), with illuminating distance of approximately 6-1/2 feet (2m) at ISO3200 / F5.6
Wireless Ratio Control:
Allows customers to wirelessly control up to three groups of flashes, as well as specify the luminosity ratio for each group, so they can enjoy multiple-flash lighting techniques without the need for special equipment or tedious exposure settings
Stroboscopic lighting control:
Stroboscopic lighting control lets the HVL-F60M fire multiple times during a single exposure, allowing customers to capture stroboscopic images where moving subjects are frozen several times in the frame
Automatic focal-length adjustments:
The HVL-F60M automatically adjusts flash for focal-length settings from 24mm to 105mm, and a built-in, slide-out wide-angle panel increases wide-angle coverage to 15mm
Slide-out bounce sheet:
The HVL-F60M features a slide-out bounce sheet built into the flash head, and can be used in portraits and other bounced light shots to direct light at a subject's pupils to deliver more lively expression
Dust and moisture resistant design:
Sealing materials are set at joints of outer materials (body, LCD panel, Mounting Foot etc.) and around movement/ operating parts thereby increasing the life of the flash unit
Quick Shift Bounce:
Sony's patented "Quick Shift Bounce" system allows the HVL-F60M to quickly orbit 90 degrees left and right, allowing you to maintain horizontal light distribution even when shooting vertically
In addition to pivoting side-to-side, the flash unit can also tilt down 10 degrees or back 150 degrees, ensuring customers the lighting freedom they need to capture that perfect shot
Auto White Balance compensation:
Allows for more accurate white balance in flash photography sending color temperature information from the HVL-F60M to the camera, where it is incorporated into the camera's white balance settings
Advanced Distance Integration (ADI):
ADI (Advanced Distance Integration) metering enables the HVL-F60M to work more effectively with lenses equipped with distance encoders -- combining TTL (through-the-lens) flash metering with guide number control are calculated automatically according to the distance to the subject, the ambient light and the pre-flash reflectivity of the subject
Flash compensation operation:
As a feature, the flash compensation settings can be operated with flash in addition to the settings made with camera body ( note: only with SLT-A99V and NEX-6 camera bodies)
Large Dot Matrix LCD:
The large, easy-to-see LCD display and intuitive button layout make it easy to configure the HVL-F60M for a variety of shooting needs
Flash Modes: Control: Bounce angles: Upward - 90 degrees; Downward - minus 10 degrees; Left/ Right (Front/Back) - 180 degrees;Automatic Light Control
Flash Coverage: GN60 = up to 28 meters (91 ft) at ISO100 with 105mm lens
Rated 1 out of
Expect more than 20 shots over 5 minutes? Don't!Despite all the good aspects and features, it is all moot due to the significant thermal design flaw. Either this flash was not designed to disperse any amount of heat or the heat sensor is much too sensitive (perhaps both).
I own two of these flashes and they both exhibit the same problem. After a low number of shots (approx 20), this flash shuts down and will not operate for another 5 to 10 minutes. When I say 20 shots, I don't mean 20 fires in under a minute, I've experienced this when the shots were spread out over 5 minutes of shooting!
I've never experienced this with any flash from Canon. Unless Sony issues a fix (highly unlikely) or at least admits there is a problem worth looking into, stay away from this junk (unless you only need to take a couple of shots an hour).
Date published: 2013-06-14
Rated 1 out of
Sony HVLF60M Flashworst $550 I ever spent in my Life.. First I would Love to talk to the brilliant person in R&D that decided to remove ability to bounce off side walls..It is such a normal feature of even the lowest price flash out there that you expect it to be on High end unit...Sure nice video light if you are to cheep to buy the proper one for video.. But i almost never point flash direct at subject unless I have absolutely no way to bounce it back. Bounce is an expected feature... Sure i can tilt head left or right.. Um.... still pointing direct at subject.. overall control of power of Light is same as any standard Flash. I don't rant often, but this is like buying a car with no steering wheel. I have to go off Camera to bounce flash. Not Good Sony....
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 1 out of
Waste of Money & Regretting the SwitchThe HVL-F60M won't even stand up to occasional firing let alone any rapid fire use. Each time I have used this flash it has failed me after about twenty shots in both direct and bounce modes. I definitely should have read the reviews before I fell for this one. The camera used is a A7R and I have used alkaline and rechargeable batteries. Both failures occurred in temperature controlled rooms 75 degrees in both. I miss my Canon gear badly right now.
Date published: 2014-08-02
Rated 3 out of
Overheats quicklyI purchased recently the HVL-F60m flash for my A77. I already have the F43 flash, but I was attracted to buy the F60 because of its higher range and video light.
Like most of the reviews, this flash heats quickly and even though I checked on Sony support website, there is no tips on how to prevent this issue. 10mins to wait for cooling down, is probably a bit slow, so not convenient for event shooting
Date published: 2013-06-19
Rated 1 out of
Overheating is huge issueThere is no way to use this. In even common situations you are overheated before you can get the job done. I have used other flashes all day without even one incident. 200 shots in a row. This one even at lower power overheats in just 40 shots. This is of course of known by Sony. Before they even tell you how to use the mode, they tell you what the overheat symbol is. The cost on this is stunning. It is not radio wireless, just normal flash wireless. 60 dollar flashes do the same thing this does without overheating. Standard hotshoe? uh no. This only works in an adapter, or on the A99. Nothing standard about the very odd, weak and flimsy copper pins on the front of the show. This will not be a flash to last. This is simply not something that is going to cut it. Again, Sony. Just hang in there. Your innovations are great. Just take a breath. 1. Build quality, 2. Usability 3. Features. keep that in that order and you can own this industry. Your cameras have doubled in usability each build. Just apply that to more than theory.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 2 out of
Over HeatsI am not to happy about this flash it has a major defect an over heats even when on 1/2 power shooting with higher ISO it can not keep up with my older HVL-43am flash Sony needs to do something quick about this problem! So frustrated with Sony...
Date published: 2013-04-23
Rated 1 out of
Sony HVL F60 Overheats Useless for ProfessionalI am a professional Photographer, using the Sony A77 Camera. I just sent in a HVL F58 into Sony for repairs, and was informed that Sony did not repair the Flash, and I was offered an exchange price on the HVL F60 flash. when I received it I Googled HVL F60 to see if their were any advanced Ideas about the use of the flash. I was totally surprised by the numerous comments about the flash over heating and shutting down after as few as 20 full power flashes in a normal time period. I tested my flash and had the same problem with less then 25 exposures with the flash shutting down, (As a professional I would shoot as many as 400 images in a 2 hour period) trying to get the problem resolved I spent many hours and numerous useless transfers and disconnects trying to return the flash and getting a refund From Sony. This is the worst service that I have ever received in my 20 years as a professional photographer. This is very sad as the HVL F58 did not have that problem, and the Sony A77 is a spectacular camera. I resolved my refund problem with Sony and was able to find two new HVL F58 flash's at a Denver camera store. These were the last two they still had in stock. I hope that Sony will take these problem seriously before professional's quit buying their camera's due to the flash problem.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 2 out of
Good Flash With A Significant Design FlawThe F60 flash is the successor to the F58, using Sony's new version of the "standard" ISO flash shoe (a questionable change that I won't go into other than to note that the shoe seems a bit delicate in design). It carries over the very flexible and unique flash head movements from the F58, and improves on the previous flash's menu system with a new system that is easier to access and understand. It adds a video light that is useless for me.
The big problem with the flash is that it overheats far too quickly. This problem did not exist with the F58 flash. It does not take much to overheat the flash, which can occur in normal shooting situations that would not tax the F58. The flash isn't even warm when the overheat symbol gives the bad news. You can sometimes clear the thermal warning by turning the flash off and on. If that fails, try opening the door to the battery compartment, let the batteries slide partway out, then put them back in and close the door. This usually works, but it does interrupt your photo shoot. Also, the thermal protection circuit may re-engage fairly quickly depending on your situation.
I saw Katie's June 14, 2013 reply, from Sony Electronics, to an earlier criticism of the overheating problem, and it is laughable. As another reviewer noted, there is no information about this on Sony's support website. It's a problem that should not exist in the first place. Whatever workaround may be possible means you have to take time away from photographing. This is not acceptable if you are shooting a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, portrait session or other event.
The problem is a clear design flaw in the flash and Sony should be far more responsive to what is a frequent and common complaint. Just read all the reviews.