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CanonSpeedlite 320EX
 
4.6

(based on 101 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (92)
  • Versatile (61)
  • Fast recycling (58)
  • Lightweight (57)
  • Consistent output (55)

Cons

  • Weak output (6)
  • Slow recycling (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (80)
  • Fill flash (52)
  • Portraits (45)
  • Night photography (30)
  • Photojournalism (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (45), Semi-pro photographer (26), Casual photographer (18), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (85), Yes (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice affordable light

Flash is powerful and compares to higher end models in recovery and power.

The LED is exceptionally bright and is also a good powerful source for its size and price. Very...Read complete review

Flash is powerful and compares to higher end models in recovery and power.

The LED is exceptionally bright and is also a good powerful source for its size and price. Very convenient if you plan on switching from Still to Video or as a modeling light. Battery life seems to be excellent. Controls are limited but also add to the ease of use and forces me to use the camera to adjust Flash Exposure Compensation, which is a better practice anyway. I also tried it as a slave using a 580EX on camera and had no issues.
They use a new locking mechanism which works better than the previous dial models that would loosen up after a while.

Limitations you should be aware of. This flash does not have a power input for using with a battery pack. It also has two modes. Wide and Telephoto through the use of manually pulling the flash head in and out.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice little Speedlite for the price

For the price I just couldn't help giving this speedlite a try. I was really curious how good the LED would be for video with my 5D. I'm going to stick with my typical...Read complete review

For the price I just couldn't help giving this speedlite a try. I was really curious how good the LED would be for video with my 5D. I'm going to stick with my typical lighting... except for in a pinch maybe. A little under powered all around, for a speedlite, but I am accustomed to my 580EX's and 580 EX II's.

My biggest issue is that you need to pull out the flash head for zoom flash. I'm not impressed with that at all.

Although it cannot be used on the hotshoe as a Master to trigger other speedlites, it can be used to trigger compatible cameras. Kind of neat if you're experimenting with your lighting. Using the camera's timer function, there's a 2 or 10 second delay from when you point the flash at your camera and fire; giving you time to position the 320EX. So, if you *do* have another flash mounted to your hotshoe, and it is set to Master it will fire as well.

Personally, for my needs, I've resigned myself to the fact that is is a speedlite that I will only use as a slave.

Certainly not complicated, easy-to-use and much cheaper than other Canon speedlites. Suitable for an entry-level flash.

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5.0

Excellent compact flash

By Utah Photog

from Utah

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Recycling
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful Output
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Photojournalism
    • Portraits

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    I purchased this flash to go with a Canon G16 compact camera. It's a good size, provides plenty of light and bounce capability. Together they make an excellent travel package.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Great upgrade

    By Jody

    from Wall, NJ

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast Recycling
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use
      • Portraits

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

      Upgraded from a Rebel to the 5D and needed a flash. This came recommended for its versatility. Enjoying it!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love It!

      By MeMa

      from Virginia

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful Output
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Fill Flash
        • General Use

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

        Great external flash for my Canon Rebel. Versatile and easy to use.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        5.0

        Perfect for pictures and video

        By A dad

        from Las vegas

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

        Bought this for my son who does both video and pictures, he absolutly loves it.

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        4.0

        Nice Flash

        By Bill F.

        from Midwest

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

        Purchased this for my 6D. I photograph outdoors almost exclusively. Need a flash for occasional use and this will do nicely.

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        5.0

        A Happy Camper...

        By JohnnyB

        from central Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

            Product arrived ahead of the shipping date. Have already used it for a photo job, and all worked as promised although I should probably point out; I'm responding to a request for a review from B&H regardless of the fact that I've only owned the Speedlite 320EX for about a week, and used it just once. I have not tried using the LED light to shoot video yet.
            I think the real review should come a year from now. THEN I/we will know what kind of quality/value we've gotten.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Compact, just what I needed

            By Ron

            from Johnson City, N.Y.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful Output
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Night Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

              Small, light weight, just what I need

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              LED Light Works For Video

              By Iceman

              from Livermore, CA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Recycling
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Fill Flash
                • General Use
                • Night Photography

                Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                I bought this product primarily to provide filler light via the LED when I shoot videos with my DSLR. It works as advertised. In low light conditions, which is primarily what the LED is for, it provides ample lighting so as not to blind the subject, but just enough for a 2.8 apperture lens to capture a good clip. On the flash photography side, it is powerful enough for the type of photography I do, but not as powerful as my bigger Speedlite. At any rate, it is still a more compact device that provides ample flash when needed and an LED bright enough to capture videos in low light conditions.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Lovely product

                By Jace

                from New York

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                      I use this light for basic wedding shots and portraits it works well with my lighting system and is not overbearing. Great product for the right price!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good flash, great light for video

                      By SD Gundam

                      from Sunnyvale, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                            Flash quality is fairly good, but I am more happy about the LED light that provides light during video in the dark.

                            It doesn't seem to refresh as fast as 580EX, but that is to be expected.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent gift purchase

                            By Nando

                            from Western Massachusetts

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Output
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast Recycling
                            • Lightweight
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Fill Flash
                              • General Use
                              • Night Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                              Gift recipient reports ease of operation, excellent light and versatility. Nice feature is that the flash is compatible to several Canon EOS models for future camera upgrade.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              Just Right

                              By DarBev

                              from Washington, DC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Simple
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful Output
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Night Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                After watching a tutorial about this Flash, I knew it would be perfect for what I needed. It allowed me to take great shots in a very dim room. The pictures came out better then I imagined.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                5.0

                                Best Buy for the Buck..

                                By Old School

                                from Lancaster Pa

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Output
                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast Recycling
                                • Lightweight
                                • Powerful Output
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Fill Flash
                                  • General Use
                                  • Night Photography
                                  • Photojournalism

                                  Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                  Use it as a bounce and a slave..

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Flash for Amatuer Video and Print

                                  By Public Affairs Commander

                                  from Kandahar, Afghanistan

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photojournalism

                                    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                    I bought a Cannon 60D and realized I needed a flash that was flexible for both recording video and flash photography. Overall, the 320 was made for just that. I like it but I think if I had to do it again I would choose the 400 series.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Perfect for our needs

                                    By DSB

                                    from Tyler TX

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                      Wonderful product and easy to use

                                      • Was this a gift?:
                                      • No

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                                      4.0

                                      Great for the price

                                      By Sammy O

                                      from Maryland

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Easy To Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • General Use
                                        • Night Photography

                                        Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                        I just got this flash about a month ago, and i really like it. This flash is really simple to use and makes pictures really come to life. I do think another $100 will get you a much better flash; however, there is nothing wrong with this one.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Great as slave or back up

                                        By JDP

                                        from Missouri

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Pros

                                        • Consistent Output
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Fast Recycling
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Versatile

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Fill Flash
                                          • General Use

                                          Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                          This came as part of a package with my 7D. I already owned a 420EX and this made an excellent edition to my bag as a backup and slave unit. Lets me get fill light where I need it.

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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent budget friendly flash

                                          By REB

                                          from Coos Bay, OR

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Fast Recycling
                                          • Versatile

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Fill Flash
                                            • General Use
                                            • Portraits

                                            Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                            I use this as an off camera slave that you can position anywhere with my APS-C Canon T4i. Flash head tilts up and down vertically and side to side horizontally for maximum creative choices. Also use it as on camera flash with my Canon 5D Mark III. You can also adjust distance between short and long flash reach. Nice equipment for the price.

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                                            • No

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                                            5.0

                                            Just what I needed

                                            By CB

                                            from Daytona Beach

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Fast Recycling
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Fill Flash
                                              • General Use

                                              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                              Being new to DSLR's I wasn't sure if an upgraded flash would make a big difference in the quality of my pictures. But the Speedlite 320EX was a significant upgrade to the built-in flash on my EOS 3i, and the improvement in my low-light picture quality and color rendering has been astonishing. For my needs, the 320EX was exactly what I needed.

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                                              • No

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                                              (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Purchase of Canon Speedlite 320EX

                                              By izzyuno1

                                              from Dallas TX

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy To Use
                                              • Fast Recycling
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • General Use

                                                Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

                                                Just received the 320EX from B&H so haven't had a chance to use it that much, just a few test shots. However, I can say that it sure does beat the built-in flash of my T1i. I'm anxious to have the chance to use it more.

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                                                • No

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