Yongnuo 560 III flash and Sony a7

by | Oct 17, 2014 | Gear, Review, Sony Camera

Can I use the Yongnuo 560 III or IV flash with my Sony a7 camera? Yes!

I have been a Canon user for many years. I thought it would never change. It did 🙂

Was’nt really looking for another still camera, but for a camera for my video business. Wanted to find something smaller than my “old” workhorse, the Sony FS100.

Then Sony came out with the a7S, which quickly proved to be a solid video camera. And it turned out to be a good still camera as well.

So does it work with the Sony a7 series? The short answer to this is YES!

The YN-560 III and IV are a single firing pin flashes and are compatible with most cameras having a standard hotshoe when mounted directly on the camera .

Off camera, and using the YN-560 III/IV built in radio receiver, compatibility will depend on the transmitter unit used. Most cameras with a standard hotshoe can be used with the YN560-TX (which I do) and the RF-603 II transmitter units. The latter also seems to work, but I havent tested it.

Virtually any camera with a sync connection or standard hotshoe could be used if using some other form of radio triggers to fire the flash off camera.

6 different groups with separate power settings

The 560-TX allows you to fire 6 groups of flashes, all with separate power settings. Every group is remotely controlled via the 560-TX. This is very handy when the flashes are on stands. You wont have to adjust every flash. It’s all done on the 560-TX on your camera. Very nice.

Here is my a7R with my two Yongnuo 560III/IV flashes and the 560-TX trigger:

Why get the 560 III/IV and 560-TX?


  • Built in radio trigger – no need for extra gizmos (560 III)
  • Up to 100 meters range (560 III and 560-TX)
  • 6 groups and 16 channels (560 III and 560-TX)
  • External power port (560 III)
  • PC sync socket(560 III)
  • Easy setup and use (560 III and 560-TX)
  • Inxpensive (560 III and 560-TX)
  • Very good quality (560 III and 560-TX)

What you need to know before buying 560 III/IV and 560-TX

They dont support TTL and HSS (High speed flash sync) – the flash is all manual.

YN560 III / IV Features

  • Circuit design – Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT)
  • Guide No. – 58 (ISO 100, 105mm)
  • Flash mode – M, Multi
  • Trigger Mode – On-camera, S1, S2 pre-flash-cancelled, RX 2.4GHz radio receiver
  • Wireless triggering distance – 100m(2.4G wireless), Optic 20~25m indoor, 10~15m outdoor
  • Channels – 16
  • Zoom range – auto, 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105mm
  • Vertical rotation angle –  -7~90 degrees
  • Horizontal rotation angle –  0~270 degrees
  • Power supply – 4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH are usable)
  • Lighting times – 100~1500 times (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Recycle time – approx 3s (AA alkaline cell used)
  • Color temperature – 5600k
  • Flash time – 1/200s~1/20000s
  • Flash control – 8 levels of output control (1/128~1/1), 29 levels of fine tuning
  • External interface – hot shoe, PC port port, HV battery port
  • Additional features – electronic flash head zooming, manual zoom, sound prompt, advanced setting, automatically saving setting, PC port, power saving mode and over heat protection.
  • Dimensions – 60×73×190mm (Extended state)
  • Net weight – 350g
  • Accessories Flash light (1), protecting bag (1), mini stand (1) and manual (1)

YN560-TX Features

  • 6 Groups
  • Remote Manual Power Control
  • Zoom Head Control
  • Remote Multi (Stroboscopic) Setting
  • Large Clear LCD Screen
  • Fast Setting Interface
  • 16 Channels
  • 2,4GHz 100M Range
  • AA batteries x 2
  • Compatible with RF-602/RF-603/RF-603II
  • Supports RF-603 /RF-603 II Wireless Shutter Release

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