Why every popup flash doesn't utilize this method as Sony?

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Re: Good idea, but not powerful enough

Smaug01 wrote:

I've noticed that DPRs camera reviews of cameras with built-in flashes often comment on whether the built-in flash is bounce-able.

As others have said, to really be useful as a bounce flash, it needs to have much more power. The light needs to get up to the ceiling, where it gets diffused in the reflection process, then back down. It's more of a gimmick for special situations, I think.

I WOULD like to see more powerful built-in flashes in bridge cameras, even if they make the camera bigger, so that a built-in bounce flash could truly be used as such.

I agree but the flash (capacitor) would have to be considerably bigger to really make bounce truly useful.

So again we are back to compromises and there are already complaints about the larger size of cameras like the FZ1000 and RX10xx.  And of course, a larger flash would totally blow the "small" size advantage of the RX100xx.

Personally, I want a "shorter" pulse width strobe, (maybe up to GN-200), to be able to take full advantage of the "leaf" shutters ability to flash-sync @ 1/4000s & f/2.8, (for longer range fill-flash in SUN-light).

One of my first purchases in the past was a good bounce flash for my cameras. There are times when bumping ISO through the moon is not practical (too much noise or subjects in motion). Direct on-camera flash usually has "that look" which is not attractive.

But bounce is not always best either since it leaves shadows in eyes and under noses/hats.

A combination is often best.  My Metz 60CT4 has both a small forward head but "big" one that can swivel to bounce, (and GN-200).

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