Canon has also introduced the Speedlite 270EX entry-level flashgun, replacing the Speedlite 220EX with a smaller but more powerful unit. Unlike the 220EX, the new model features a 90 degrees tilting zoom head. It also offers a near-silent recycling in a time of just 3.9 seconds and a guide number of 27 meters. Powered by two AA batteries, this flashgun is compatible with all recent Canon cameras.

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Canon refreshes Flash range with the compact Speedlite 270EX

Amstelveen, the Netherlands, 25 March, 2009: Canon announces the launch of the entry level Speedlite 270EX, an enhanced flash designed for EOS and PowerShot users. Replacing the popular Speedlite 220EX, the Speedlite 270EX is aimed at photographers wanting to expand their flash photography beyond the built in flash and those who want a small: pocketable flash unit to complement their EOS-1D or EOS 5D series. The compact Speedlite 270EX builds on the success of its predecessor, with more power than usual for its class and size.

The Speedlite 270EX includes a host of new features not available with a built-in flash that push the boundaries for the entry level flash market. These include the addition of a zoom head, ensuring efficient light distribution and bounce flash head, enabling light from the flash to bounce off a ceiling to produce pictures with more flattering lighting with softer tones and depth. Improved circuitry offers near silent recharging and enables similar recharging times as its predecessor, despite being powered by just 2 AA batteries.

Key Features include:

  • High power flash with a maximum guide number 27 m
  • Fast, silent recycle times
  • Manual flash output (settable via camera menus)
  • Speedlite controllable with compatible camera's menu
  • Zoom head
  • Bounce flash head

Canon Speedlite 270EX specifications

Guide Number

• 27 max. (50mm)

Discharge Angles 0, 60, 75 and 90 degrees
Flash Modes • E-TTLII/E-TTL/TTL
• Hight Speed Sync
• M (Manual flash at full - 1/64)
AF Assit Beam Yes
Focal Length coverage

28, 50mm

Minimum Recycling Time Approx 3.9 sec
Power 2 x AA batteries
Weight (no batt) 145 g

Controller unit: 64 mm (W) x 65 mm (H) x 72 mm (D)

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