The initial launch of the Canon m50 had a whole bunch of hype built up around it from the vlogging community that it was pretty much guaranteed to be a very popular camera. It was essentially the next step up from the Canon G7X with removable lenses as well as a whole bunch of other goodies that the G7X did not offer. Due to this, the sales of the m50 have been constant and its customer base is growing at an almost exponential rate at the time of writing without showing any signs of slowing either.
Due to this, we are constantly seeing people reaching out with various questions about various camera accessories for the Canon m50 to help the user get the best image quality possible. One of the main things that we have noticed people asking for over the last few weeks is advice on the best flash for Canon m50 cameras and what people should be using in low light situations.
Now, the best flash is pretty subjective as it is going to depend on your needs and with the Canon m50 being popular amongst entry-level and intermediate level videographers, vloggers, and photographers there are a few different options. That said though, we really do feel that any of our readers who own the m50 and are in the market for a flash unit should be seriously considering the Neewer NW-670 as their next camera accessory.
The Neewer NW-670 is an excellent bit of kit and is a very popular camera flash unit amongst Canon camera owners and since its release it has managed to earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the community that just keeps getting better as time goes on. In addition to this, it is much cheaper than the official Canon flash unit prices while also offering very similar levels of performance for you too.
Although we would imagine that the Neewer NW-670 is within the majority of our readers budgets who have been able to purchase the Canon m50, we would also like to give an honorary mention to the baby brother of the NW-670, the Neewer TT560 that serves as a more budget-friendly flash unit for the Canon m50 too. Although it is only around $20 cheaper than the Neewer NW-670 it can be a solid option if you are on a very strict budget.
Before getting any further into the article, we just want to point out that with either of these flash units as well as with the vast majority of other flash units on the market right now, you will have to use it in TTL mode with your Canon m50 as no sync options are offered. We doubt that this will be an issue for the majority of our readers but this is down to limitations with the actual camera body, not the flash units themselves.
Now, as we feel that the Neewer NW-670 should be the primary consideration for the majority of our readers, we will be taking a more in-depth look at it for the rest of our article. For that additional $20 in price tag, you get so much more bang for your buck over the Neewer TT560 and we really do think that it is a great option for your m50.
Performance And Functionality
The Neewer NW-670 comes with a high guide number of 58 with a focal length of 105mm at 190 feet, an ISO of 100, and the standard 5600K color temperature too. This should keep you covered for the vast majority of situations that you may find yourself in with your m50 and ensure that you always have a way to light your subject and capture the image you want with some great image quality.
The flash unit comes with wireless remote control triggering technology as standard too and allows you to trigger the flash unit via remote control from fifteen to twenty-five meters away depending on conditions. If you are a solo travel vlogger using the Canon m50 or something like that then this remote control feature can really help you capture some great photographs while alone in low light conditions too.
This ensures that you can always get the photography that you want of you in the location you are visiting to share with your followers on social media. If you are using your m50 to support a digital lifestyle then you probably know that social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest can help drive a ton of traffic to your blog or YouTube channel so getting some high quality, unique looking images is crucial and the Neewer NW-670 can help you achieve this.
Although it is common on many modern flash units these days, it can be pretty rare at this price point to actually find an external charging socket that works but Neewer have managed to deliver with the NW-670 without having to hike the price tag up. This allows you to stretch out the battery life of your flash unit and top its juice up as required via a USB power bank or a two-way charging device like a modern gimbal stabilizer.
Speaking of battery life, the Neewer NW-670 requires four standard AA alkaline cell batteries and will deliver around two hundred flash activations per battery set. If you use a decent set of batteries then you can probably stretch this to around the three hundred activations mark with ease too. This should be enough for the vast majority of our readers without them having a chance to swap their batteries out or having to use the external power socket anyway.
With the budget-friendly flash units, the manufacturers simply lock the flash recycle time down to around three seconds to help prevent the flash unit from being damaged due to overheating. We doubt that this recycle time will be much of an issue for most of our readers anyway due to the niches that the Canon m50 has commonly used it so we doubt that it is going to be a majority issue.
One thing that we would like to quickly point out is that although there are a number of tutorials online on how you can modify your flash head for a quicker flash recycle time, we do not recommend that you do this. Now only does it void your warranty but if you make a mistake you can easily end up shorting your Neewer NW-670 out or causing overheating issues that can damage your flash anyway.
Although the NW-670 can sync up to 1/250 of a second, it does not offer any highspeed syncs and again, this is partly due to overheating issues with so much power being dissipated from the flash unit in short periods of time as well as a limitation of the technology for budget level flash heads. Again though, we really doubt that the majority of people using an m50 are going to need anything more than 1/250 of a second anyway so the NW-670 should still easily be able to meet the vast majority of our reader’s needs.
Finally, the NW-670 fully supports both S1 and S2 modes allowing you to set up a multi-flash rig with the NW-670 as a slave flash. Now, the majority of people we see asking for advice on a flash unit for the m50 are using it for travel vlogging and social media photographs, we would imagine that some of our readers may be able to take advantage of the slave flash functionalities available so we just wanted to make our readers aware of it.
When you factor all of this in and take into consideration that the NW-670 comes in at around fifty dollars depending on the retailer it is easy to see why it is so popular with the community. On top of this, many photographers, videographers, and vloggers who use the NW-670 have chosen to post their own independent reviews of the flash unit online. If you have the time those reviews are well worth skimming too as they offer some great insight into the flash from people who have been using it as their go-to flash unit for long periods of time.
User Interface And Control System
The simplicity of the system allows you to get to grips with it pretty much right out of the box within minutes without having to even read the instruction manual. If you are just wanting to get out and about and capture some great photographs in low light with excellent image quality then this can play right into your favor as you don’t have to waste hours with the flash just to get it to do basic stuff.
As you can see from the image, it is based around the regular LCD panel, a directional pad, and button setup that is very popular with all flash units. The LCD panel is very clear and bright so it is easy to see the information that it is displaying, even in low light to ensure you always know whats going on with your NW-670 during use. The buttons are easy to press, even if your fingertips are cold or wet ensuring that you can accurately control your flash unit when out and about with your Canon m50.
Although it is insanely simple, one of our favorite things about the NW-670 is it’s on/off switch seen in the bottom right of the image. As you can see, it is a quick and easy switch between on and off with instant activation to whatever you set it to. So many modern flash units have a press and hold system with some units having you to hold a button for up to five seconds for it to turn the flash unit on or off!
With the NW-670 you simply flick the switch to the relevant position and it is done. Neewer has also designed the flash unit so the switch is in a location where it is very hard to catch on your clothing or equipment to accidentally turn the flash unit on or off too. Although rare, we feel that most photographers have probably accidentally left their push and hold style flash units on after a session when thinking they have turned them off only to discover the battery is empty when they come to use it again but this is not an issue with the NW-670.
Build Quality And Design
Now, when it comes to the actual build quality of the NW-670, Neewer has done a great job of putting the flash together with the excellent build quality. Considering the low price tag of the unit, it is pretty lightweight when compared to the weight of the compeating flash units in this price range. This makes it very easy to have the flash unit mounted to your Canon m50 without adding a whole bunch of additional weight that may make it difficult to hold your m50 for extended periods of time.
On top of this, Neewer has also done a great job of keeping the Neewer NW-670 as robust as possible for its price tag. Not only does this ensure that the flash is able to take and knocks or bumps coming its way during use but it also ensures it is strong enough to take bumps while packed during transit. If you are using your Canon m50 for travel vlogging or some other niche that involves a whole bunch of traveling then the robust build quality of the flash unit can really help keep it serviceable.
As you would expect from a modern flash unit, the Neewer NW-670 also offers some great rotation angles for the actual flash head to allow you to bounce your flash as required. The NW-670 supports 0-90 degrees of vertical rotation as well as 0-270 degrees of horizontal rotation ensuring that you can bounce your flash off your surroundings with ease to better light your subject as required in a number of situations.
That brings our article on what we feel is the best flash for Canon m50 camera uses to a close. We really do feel that you should be seriously considering the Neewer NW-670 as the next addition to your camera accessories as it is a great, budget-friendly camera flash that offers some great TTL performance with the Canon m50. The flash unit is also very popular with the community and has a bunch of great reviews online that you can read for some insight from photographers and videographers using it as their go-to flash unit of choice.