Buried among its new full-frame mirrorless system and new lenses, Canon also snuck out a new external flash: the Speedlite EL-100. This compact flash, which weighs just 190g (6.7oz) has plenty of power, with a guide number of 26m (85ft) at ISO 100. The EL-100 runs on two AA batteries and has a minimum recycling time of 5.8 seconds.

The flash can be tilted both horizontally and vertically for bounce capability, and it also has a manual zoom head. In addition to a 'set it and forget it' Auto mode, stroboscopic and 2nd-curtain options are also available. Despite its $199 price tag, the EL-100 is able to serve as both an optical transmitter and receiver, supporting 3 groups and 4 channels.

As mentioned above, Canon's latest Speedlite will cost $199 when it ships in October.

Press Release:

New Speedlite Series

Canon is also introducing a new compact and lightweight Speedlite, the EL-100. Designed for photographers who are just beginning to use an external flash or are in need of a secondary unit, the new Speedlite delivers both soft and natural lighting reproduction. In addition, the EL-100 can rotate upwards and to the left and right enabling photographers to bounce the flash off of nearby ceilings, walls or surfaces.

Additional Features of the Canon Speedlite EL-100 include:

  • Maximum Guide Number of Approx. 85 ft./26m at ISO 100
  • 24mm Wide-angle Coverage
  • Optical Wireless Flash Function (Sender and Receiver)
  • Flash Exposure Control Including Support for Stroboscopic Flash and Continuous Shooting Camera-linked Functions Including Interlocked External Flash Power On/Off
  • Mode Dial with AUTO Position

The Canon Speedlite EL-100 will be available for purchase in October 2018 for an estimated retail price of $199.99.