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CanonSpeedlite 320EX
 
4.6

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (101)
  • Versatile (66)
  • Lightweight (62)
  • Fast recycling (61)
  • Consistent output (58)

Cons

  • Weak output (7)
  • Slow recycling (5)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • General purpose (89)
  • Fill flash (58)
  • Portraits (49)
  • Night photography (32)
  • Photojournalism (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (49), Semi-pro photographer (29), Casual photographer (21), Pro photographer (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (94), Yes (9)

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

 

Good budget Flash

The canon 320ex is a great flash for beginners, decently accurate and easy to use.
If you are a beginner shooting in TTL mode, you can use flash compensation easily through your...Read complete review

The canon 320ex is a great flash for beginners, decently accurate and easy to use.
If you are a beginner shooting in TTL mode, you can use flash compensation easily through your camera.
This flash has a huge benefit as it can also be used wirelessly.
For the price you pay you get great options, like the LED light that can be used as a model light.
The only way I would recommend this flash to someone is if you are a beginner starting out and don't have the money to dish out on an expensive flash.

On the negative side of things, all the manual controls are menu based and can only be accessed through the camera itself, there are NO manual controls on the back of the flash, which to me is a huge inconvenience.
The wireless flash is not RF and is subject to misfires when using your on camera flash as the master.

Its a good starting flash, but when it comes down to it, I wouldn't recommend this flash to an experienced photographer. But is still a good flash for TTL or a quick wireless off camera flash setup.

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4.0

Havent really messed with it as much but it seems to work gf

By Photowl

from Kansas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Fill Flash

Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

The fact that it uses 4 AA battery kinda makes it irritating but it does work good so I can't complain about it.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Does everything it made to do

By Mark

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Fill Flash
    • General Use
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    Works well
    The focus light is actually bright enough to use, unlike the twin head mmacro flash.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Will shop this site.

    By DeesFord

    from Kennesaw Ga

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    Great price, good service !!

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    5.0

    Great!

    By Ja

    from New York

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    The man I spoke to was extremely helpful and it was super easy to get information about the product. It is exactly what I was looking for.

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    5.0

    Works great

    By Emmily

    from Great Falls, MT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • General Use

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    The flash works exactly like I need it to to provide light inside with taking photos for birthdays or other events. My only complaint is that it's slightly heavy... all together the camera, lens, and flash is going to be heavy but you get used to it for better results

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great CS

    By Caitlin

    from Pittsburgh

    Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

    I had a great experience with CS and would Order again !!

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    5.0

    User friendly!

    By KP

    from Honolulu, HI

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

      I needed an affordable, easy to use flash for a small indoor wedding. The Speedlite 320EX was perfect. Very user friendly and fun to work with. Highly recommended for beginners.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Powerful enough flash - LED light adds versitility

      By FrameShot

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Lack Of Af Assist Beam
      • Lack Of Manual Control

      Best Uses

      • Fill Flash
      • General Use

      Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

      I believe the 320EX is best for photographers who need to carry minimal equipment yet require some versatility.

      Doing event photography, I sometimes need to carry minimal equipment to shoot in crowded spaces. I needed a smaller flash that had more power than my Canon Speedlite 270EX, and decided to give the 320EX a try. I found my results to comparable to using the 430EX, although the lack of an AF assist beam is quite noticeable when using auto-focus. The LED light to be good for close-in videos, and can be used for fill-in light when videoing subjects up to 12 to 15 feet away.

      A manual control for the flash output would be helpful. I haven't tried the built-in slave flash sync yet.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Good budget Flash

      By Terence

      from Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Portraits

        Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

        The canon 320ex is a great flash for beginners, decently accurate and easy to use.
        If you are a beginner shooting in TTL mode, you can use flash compensation easily through your camera.
        This flash has a huge benefit as it can also be used wirelessly.
        For the price you pay you get great options, like the LED light that can be used as a model light.
        The only way I would recommend this flash to someone is if you are a beginner starting out and don't have the money to dish out on an expensive flash.

        On the negative side of things, all the manual controls are menu based and can only be accessed through the camera itself, there are NO manual controls on the back of the flash, which to me is a huge inconvenience.
        The wireless flash is not RF and is subject to misfires when using your on camera flash as the master.

        Its a good starting flash, but when it comes down to it, I wouldn't recommend this flash to an experienced photographer. But is still a good flash for TTL or a quick wireless off camera flash setup.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Versatile Speedlight

        By tmwag

        from Kansas City Mo

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast Recycling
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Fill Flash
          • General Use
          • Night Photography
          • Photojournalism
          • Portraits

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

          Bought this as a refurbished unit for half the price of new. One year Canon warranty, manual, mini stand, and case. Meets my needs perfectly. Video light and the remote feature are very handy. I don't hear much talk about the remote firing capability but I think it opens up all kinds of possibilities.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Fantastic

          By VANOM

          from CA

          Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

          Great led light. Not to heavy, not to big. Great with G1X Mark II.

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          5.0

          Great purchase!

          By Jessica W

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful Output
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use

            Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

            I'm just starting up a photography business so I'm not a beginner, but I still have a lot to learn and this is the perfect flash for me. It has everything I need to learn the ropes with flash photography, but didn't break the bank.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            Good Product

            By Dave the Sheepdog

            from Metro NY area

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

              This a good lightweight external flash that is earning it's keep in my bag. Great for the amateur photgrapher who needs the use of an external flash. I have only had it for a little more then month, but so far it does the job. Lightwieght and does not take up a lot of room in my bag at a great price. So far nothing negative to say, but if anything changes, I will update my review.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Good but not perfect

              By Sguandal

              from Flossmoor, IL

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

              If you are like me, a photo enthusiast who is pretty advanced with many DSLR features but quite ignorant about proper use of flashguns, you'll find this unit quite apt to the job. It is extremely user-friendly and gets the job done in most circumstance. The only reason I won't rate it as. 5 stars is that it seems to me somewhat underpowered. I mean, occasionally I find some photos to be almost identical at the end whether I have fired it or not, with my 5D Mk II having chosen (with a fixed aperture) the same settings for shutter speed and ISO. Other than that, a good choice for those like me, again unwilling to go the extra step needed to learn more sophisticated flash light techniques.

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              4.0

              Underpowered but Capable

              By j024h8

              from MN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Masterslave
              • Versatile
              • Wireless

              Cons

              • Slow Recycling
              • Weak Output

              Best Uses

              • Fill Flash
              • General Use
              • Portraits

              Comments about Canon Speedlite 320EX:

              This was my first Speedlite flash. I found it very capable, but somewhat underpowered. I say capable because there are a number of features that I was very (pleasantly) surprised by that make up somewhat for the flash being underpowered. I think this is a great flash to "get your feet wet", but it seemed a bit pricy for what it delivers.

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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.

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                • 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!

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                  • No

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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