Canon 270EX II

Canon’s compact 270EX II is extremely simple to use, with just a single control switch for turning the unit on and off, or switching it to slave mode (allowing it to be used off-camera)...

Canon 270EX II flashgun

Canon 270EX II flashgun

It’s also the lightest flashgun on test, weighing a tiny 155g. 

It features a respectable GN 27 at ISO 100 and 50mm, which is great for working in smaller spaces or in close proximity to your subject. It supports both a 28mm and 50mm zoom range, which you can adjust on the head, as well as the ability to trigger the camera remotely from 5m away via the remote release button. The head tilts upwards at increments of 60º, 75º and 90º. 

As there are no control dials the flashgun is fully automatic, supporting E-TTL to work out the best settings. Should you want to alter the power settings they can be accessed via your camera’s menu.

Although this unit won’t suit seasoned users after a powerful and adaptable flashgun, it’s perfect for those who just want a simple flash to explore the basics. 


  • Simple to use
  • Good E-TTL metering
  • Light weight


  • Lacks precision control
  • Low power
  • Expensive


  • GN: 27 at ISO 100 and 50mm
  • Max duration: 1/1500sec
  • Max recycle: 3.9sec
  • WxHxD: 66x65x77mm
  • Weight: 155g