San Diego, CA—Along with the Sony Alpha 7 IV mirrorless ILC, the Sony HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM flash units were introduced. The HVL-F60RM2 boasts a GN 60 and 20–200mm coverage; the HVL-F46RM offers a GN 46 and a 24–105mm coverage.
Both are wireless flashes that offer precise control, enhanced high speed as well as intuitive operability. They are marketed for both professional and advanced content creators who shoot with a Sony Alpha camera, including the new Alpha 7 IV.
Sony HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM Specs
Further, both flashes have upgraded continuous shooting flash performance. They are capable of up to 200 consecutive flashes at 10 frames per second for the HVL-F60RM; 60 times for the HVL-F46RM.
Moreover, an optimized flash algorithm ensures both are overheat-resistant units. In addition, a set of four Ni-MH (nickel-metal hydride) batteries power up to 240 flashes with a 1.7-second recycle time for the HVL-F60RM2 and 320 flashes with a 2.0-sec recycle time for the HVL-F46RM.
In addition, when used with an Alpha camera, they allow users to experience the communication and system benefits of the Alpha Lighting System.
For example, with the Alpha 7 IV, P-TTL flash control metering for every frame in mid- and hi-continuous mode is now possible, along with lo-continuous mode. The flash release time lag was also shortened to capture momentary facial expressions and movements of the subject.
What’s more, when used with the Sony Alpha 1, the HVL-F60RM2 flash achieves 20-fps continuous shooting. In addition, 20 flashes per second are produced for more than 10 seconds with the external flash battery adapter FA-EBA1 (sold separately).
Additionally, when the Alpha 1 is used with Sony’s flashes, users can sync up to 1/400 second shutter speed; as a result, it expands expressive capabilities when shooting in full-frame mode.
Notably, with the silent electronic shutter of the camera, silent flash shooting is possible when absolute silence is required.
Additional Flash Features
Other system benefits of the HVL-F60RM2 and HVL-F46RM with an Alpha camera include the ability for users to control flash parameters directly from the menu of a compatible camera. Flash control is also linked to the camera’s face detection. Automatic correction of white balance is also based on the color temperature information from the flash.
In addition, both flashes feature improved robustness and operability. Sony’s multi-interface shoe with a metal shoe foot and rugged side frame also increases strength. The shoe sealing helps make the flashes dust and moisture resistant.
What’s more, the HVL-F60RM2’s original rotating head mechanism—quick-shift bounce—that enables flexible positioning and optimum lighting control, was improved to prevent an unintended change in the bounce angle.
The flash units support wireless radio communication; they can control up to 15 flashes and/or receiver units in five groups via wireless radio communication.
The Sony HVL-F46RM will ship in November 2021 with an SRP of $400. The HVL-F60RM2 will also reach retail in November 2021 with an SRP of $550.