External Flash (270EX) for a G15 and SX50

Started Feb 28, 2013 | Discussions
Gimble Regular Member • Posts: 175
External Flash (270EX) for a G15 and SX50

I have a G15 and have just ordered an SX50.

I was wondering how much of an advantage an external flash would be for these cameras - probably the Canon 270EX.

Most of the shots that I currently take are portraits of the family and children - with a high percentage being indoor. Generally my subjects are not more than about 12 feet away. When shooting outdoor portraits I usually use flash for fill in. My only experience of an external flash is on my Nikon DSLR (D5100) where I use Nikon's equivalent to the 270EX - the SB400. It has the same tilt but not swivel mechanism. I probably never use the flash off the camera.

With the SX50 I assume that I will take more long range shots and video. (I have never had a super zoom bridge camera before.) However, I probably won't take both cameras out with me at the same time so will be taking some portraits with the SX50 too.

I have been pleased with how the G15 has worked with its on-board flash (sometimes dialled down a bit) but wondered how much better an external flash would be.

Can anyone here comment on how much better flash shots are using an 270EX with a G15 and/or SX50 compared to the onboard flash?

Canon PowerShot G15
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FJG3 Senior Member • Posts: 1,034
Re: External Flash (270EX) for a G15 and SX50

I own both the SX50HS and the G15 along with the 270EX flash. The built in flash is good on each camera but the 270EX has a better range and the 270EX head is movable from horizontal to vertical for bounce flashes. I think the 270EX is a worthwhile purchase especially when it will work with both cameras.

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wndrch Junior Member • Posts: 29
Re: External Flash (270EX) for a G15 and SX50

I just bought a G15 and love it.

I have tried my 270EX on it and I think its totally worth it for indoor shots. Being able to bounc the flash off the ceiling makes a huge difference in even lighting (and avoiding red eye and shiny foreheads, etc) for the scene but I agree that the G15 flash works well when dialed back a few steps.

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