SHANNY – SN600C Speedlite Review

SHANNY SN600C

 

SN600C are the latest entry level flash from new Chinese manufacturer Shanny. And with a price tag of around $90 shipped, the SN600C would have to be a high a contender for the best bang for buck inexpensive ETTL flash currently available.

The SN600C are and basically a slightly dumbed down version of the SN600SC model previously reviewed here.

The SN600C still provide full features including HSS when used as an on-camera flash, and they also currently have full function when used off camera with the popular YN-622C TTL radio triggers.

 

Features the SN600C lack from the higher priced SN600SC ($120) -

 

  • No Canon Optic Wireless Master Mode
  • No Canon Optic Wireless TTL Slave Mode (Remote Manual Slave only), No Nikon Slave Modes.
  • No receiver option for the Canon RT radio system (SN-E3-MD / RT Module)
  • No flash firmware update method available
  • No soft pouch supplied

 

 

Shanny SN600C

SN600C Features

 

  • Full Power – GN 62m (ISO 100 / 200mm)
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Flash Mode – ETTL /M / Multi
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 stops)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (1/3rd increments)
  • 20-200mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom

 

  • Manual Slave Mode for Canon Optic Wireless system (No ETTL in slave mode)
  • S1 & S2 Basic Optic Slave Modes

 

  • Full power recycle – from 1.8 seconds
  • Supports Multiple Flash Groups
  • Optic Channels – 4
  • Supports Canon Flash Control Menus
  • Custom Functions
  • Sound Prompt
  • Heat Protection
  • LCD Back Light Can be Kept On
  • Crop Sensor Auto Zoom Option

 

  • AF Assist Light
  • Full 360 Degree Swivel and Tilt Head (With Tilt Lock Button)
  • Large Clear Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • Canon Like Interface
  • Fast Clamping Metal Foot with Locking Pin (And Clamps Well)
  • Good Build Quality

 

  • External Battery Port
  • PC Sync Port
  • 2.5mm Communication Port (currently unused)

 

 

Limitations

 

  • No flash firmware update method available
  • AF Assist Light is good, but not great
  • No Canon Optic Wireless Master Mode
  • No Canon Optic Wireless TTL Slave Mode (Remote Manual Slave only), No Nikon Slave Modes.
  • No receiver option for the Canon RT radio system (SN-E3-MD / RT Module)
  • No Compatibility with Phottix Odin or Pixel King Pro (YN-622C work well)

 

 

Overview

 

SN600C are the current entry level Shanny flash, and basically a slightly dumbed down version of the SN600SC model previously reviewed here.

For off camera use the SN600C lack the Canon Optic Wireless Master and ETTL Slave mode (Remote Manual Slave only), though they are currently compatible with the inexpensive YongNuo YN-622C / YN-622C-TX TTL radio triggers, which are more convenient and reliable than the Optic Wireless system anyway.

For on camera use the SN600C are still full power, fully functioning ETTL and HSS flashes, providing nearly all of the function of a Canon 600EX-RT, though for a small fraction of the price.

Probably the one thing to be aware of with the SN600C is that they do not currently have any support for firmware updates. So saving a few dollars now could possibly cost money later down the track if you want to adapt to new camera and radio trigger models as well.

 

Build Quality

The build quality and function of the SN600C (and all similar Shanny flashes) appears surprisingly good. The case is almost identical to the Canon 600EX-RT, though you can see the plastic is a little bit less refined, and the main dial and buttons a little harder to operate.

The main current giveaway is likely the Shanny LCD screen is not as high a resolution. Though its still easy to mix this flash up with the original Canon 600EX-RT without realizing.

 

Secure Clamping Foot

The Shanny level lock clamping foot clamps tightly in the camera hotshoe, and does not allow the flash to slop around any more than the original Canon flash does.

The Pixel Mago are likely the other closest alternative to the SN600C, and the Mago have a much looser connection with the camera. And even the $180 YongNuo YN-600EX-RT currently have a similar issue.

So for on camera use, the SN600C are likely to hold up better to swiveling the flash head. Otherwise reliability issues can eventually be created by the flash foot slopping around in the camera hotshoe.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Tilt Lock

Another feature many third party flashes have been leaving out is a locking button for the flash tilt and swivel. Shanny have added a lock for the tilt motion only. And like the Canon 600EX-RT, this only locks into place when the flash head is pointed straight up, or faced directly forward.

Being for the tilt motion only, unfortunately this lock doesn’t remove any stress on the flash foot when swiveling the flash head (as the 600EX-RT lock does). Nevertheless some people do find this feature important when mounting heavy modifiers like the original Lightsphere’s etc.

 

Shanny SN600C

 

TTL Exposures

The SN600C TTL exposures are very good and quite consistent, bounced or direct. And Flash Expsoure Compensation (FEC) adjustments are working as they should.

The early SN600SC we tested still had a few small quirks, thoug these appear to have been fixed nicely now with the SN600C (and production version SN600SC available now).

 

Otherwise the SN600C (and similar Shanny flashes) are very impressive for the remarkably low price compared to the Canon 600EX-RT. The power can really match the Canon flash, and recycle is considerably faster. HSS provides more light than the 600EX-RT flash, and the SN600SC even outperformed the 600EX-RT in shots before heat protection cut in.

One other thing to note, is although the YongNuo YN-622C TTL triggers currently work well with the SN600C, there is basically no compatibility with the Phottix Odin or Pixel King Pro.

 

Interface

 

The SN600C (and other current Shanny flash models) have an interface and LCD screen display very similar to the original Canon 600EX-RT. Quite noticeable though is the lower resolution of the Shanny screen, causing the characters to be displayed larger and more pixelated.

And the SN600C do not display a distance scale like the 600EX-RT does. This leaves room for the rest of the details to be displayed larger on the Shanny LCD. The SN600C also do not display the cameras aperture setting either, a camera symbol (lower left of the LCD screen) simply shows when the flash is in sync with the cameras settings.

The SN600C’s LCD screen is not as bright as the original SN600SC (possibly saving some battery power). Though still a little brighter than the Canon 600EX-RT’s default setting.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

Up closer its easier to see the pixelated display. This is still very clear and easy to understand though.

Controls are very similar to the 600EX-RT. The Shanny dial is a little harder to spin, and buttons may be slightly harder to press, otherwise they are quite similar.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

Mode

The main Mode button simply scrolls through ETT, M (Manual), and MULTI modes (just as the SN600SC does).

Unlike the Canon 600EX-RT the SN600C does not have the Ext.A mode (or an auto metering sensor on the front of the flash).

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Wireless Button

Unlike the SN600SC, the SN600C Optic Wireless modes are quite reduced and very simple. There are only Manual Canon Optic Wireless Slave, and the basic S1 and S2 optic slave modes.

S1 is a regular optic slave, which fires the flash from the light of any other flash. And S2 ignores pre-flashes, so a TTL flash can be used to optically trigger the SN600SC in sync as well. (S1 and S2 can only work with manual power settings).

 

SN600C Wireless Modes

 

FEC (Flash Exposure Compensation)

FEC can be set directly on the flash with +3 or -3 stops of adjustment. Or via the cameras FEC adjustment.

Like the 600EX-RT, making an FEC setting on the flash overrides the cameras FEC setting.

And only FEC settings made directly on the flash are displayed as a number (+0.7 etc). FEC settings made on the camera are only shown via the scale and FEC symbol.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Custom Functions

8 custom functions are accessible directly through the flash interface –

  • 01 – Auto Power Off
  • 03 – FEB Auto Cancel
  • 04 – FEB Sequence
  • 08 – AF Assist Beam Firing
  • 09 – Auto Zoom for Sensor Size
  • 10 – Slave Auto Power Off Timer
  • 20 – Sound ON / OFF
  • 22 – LCD Light – 12 seconds / ON  / OFF

 

And 2 more custom functions are accessible through the Canon External Flash Custom Functions Menu –

  • 02 – Modelling Flash Options
  • 06 – Quick Flash with Continuous Shot

 

A couple of these custom functions which are often absent on similar third party flashes, and appreciated with the SN600C, are the option to leave the LCD back light on all the time, and Auto Zoom for Sensor size when using APSC crop sensor cameras.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Battery Level Indicator

The SN600C only show a battery level indicator symbol when the battery is running low.

 

Flash Power

 

As seen in the light pattern images bellow, it can be a little difficult to accurately measure and compare flash power between different speedlites, as the light patterns are not always even.

The SN600C (and similar Shanny flashes) are still quite clearly matching the Canon 600EX-RT for light output though. Bouncing or diffusing the flashes in direct comparisons, the light meter readings are virtually even all the way around.

So the Shanny flashes can really match the Canon 600EX-RT for power, where many other third party flashes like the YN-568EX II etc are at least 2 or 3 tenths bellow.

 

Light Pattern

 

Below is a direct comparison of the light patters produced by the SN600SC (the SN600C is the same) and the Canon 600EX-RT at each flash zoom length.

These are all shot at the same 17mm lens zoom length (on a Canon 7D), so that the full light patterns can be seen.

The SN600SC results are quite good, and closer to the Canon 600EX-RT than many other third party flashes.

(These are all shot at 5500K, so this also provides some idea of the color difference between the 2 flashes as well).

 

SHANNY SN600SC

And below are some tests showing the flash zoom matched to a full frame camera lense zoom.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

Manual Power Levels

 

Accuracy between the SN600C manual power levels are very good, all within 1 tenth of a stop between levels.

Even the Canon flash shows some variation here, with 1.3 stops between 1/2 and full power.

These results were recorded with the flashes mounted in a softbox to avoid any hot spots, and in exactly the same position and settings etc. The SN600C equals or betters the 600EX-RT output at any power level.

 

SHANNY SN600C CANON 600EX-RT
Diff. EV Diff. EV
1/1 F 16 F 16
0.9 1.3
1/2 F 11 + 0.1 F 8 + 0.7
1.0 1.0
1/4 F 8 + 0.1 F 5.6 + 0.7
0.9 1.0
1/8 F 5.6 + 0.2 F 4 + 0.7
1.1 0.8
1/16 F 4 + 0.1 F 2.8 + 0.9
1.0 0.9
1/32 F 2.8 + 0.1 F 2.8
0.9 1.1
1/64 F 2 + 0.2 F 1.4 + 0.9
1.1 0.9
1/128 F 1.4 + 0.1 F 1.4
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ETTL Exposures

 

The SN600C ETTL exposures appear to be very promising, and the exposures have been quite consistent.

There are no issues noted at different zoom lengths, or metering modes etc, as other flashes have suffered from recently.

Evaluative and Average Metering also appear comparable to the Canon 600EX-RT results.

 

Recycle Time

 

The SN600C’s full power recycle time is from around 1.8 seconds using a good set of Eneloop batteries. Compared to the Canon 600EX-RT at around 2.6 seconds with the same batteries.

This is quite an impressive difference as the Shanny flashes really are matching Canon for light output. So Shanny are not dialing down the light to achieve these faster recycle times.

And the SN600C have a High Voltage Port for external battery packs, if faster recycle times are needed (around 1 second and under).

 

Overheat Protection

 

The SN600C user manual states that after 20 shots the flash recycle will be slowed to protect the flash from overheat damage.

Though just like the SN600SC, in practice when compared directly with the Canon 600EX-RT, I found the SN600C would outperform Canon’s aprox 47 full power shot limit before shutting down the flash in overheat protection mode.

The SN600C’s full recycle time indicator does slow well before the full shutdown. Though the flash would still fire on the early quickflash ready indicator, and this showed no loss in light compared to waiting for the full recycle indicator. So in practice this still produces more shots than the 600EX-RT.

After 50 or 60 shots the flash will shut down though to cool for 10 minutes or so.

 

Flash Duration

 

There is nothing particularly notable about the SN600C’s flash durations. Most speedlites, being IGBT flashes, have a fairly long flash duration at full power, and increasingly very short durations at lower power levels.

Due to the long duration at full power, most speedlites lose around 3/10ths of a stop of light from around 1/160th shutter speed moving up to a 1/250th maximum x-sync speed. The Canon 600EX-RT results are shown below, and the SN600C are results are quite similar to this.

600EX-RT Flash Duration

Color & Consistency

 

As seen in the flash pattern images further above, the SN600C have a slightly cooler color temperature than the Canon 600EX-RT (figures to come later).

There is also very little colour change at different power levels, as speedlites generally do not suffer much from colour shift issues at different power levels.

 

AF Assist Light

 

Shanny have implemented their own unique AF assist light pattern. This is a single AF light for all focus points, unlike the Canon 600EX-RT, which use a more sophisticated second light pattern when outer AF points are selected.

The Shanny AF light is probably just a little better than the recent AF lights found in the YN-622C-TX and current YongNuo flash models, in that there is not quite as much gap in the light pattern for a focus point to fall completely between any pattern.

The SN600C AF light appears to be the same as the SN600SC shown below, though the lines are actually now vertical with the SN600C. So the horizontal lines may have just been the pre-production flash.

These samples where taken at 1.8m (or 6 feet) from the subject, and at the zoom lengths as noted.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

For on-camera flash use, practicality of the AF assist light is likely one of the biggest differentiating features between the less expensive third party flash options, and the original Canon and Nikon etc flashes.

These AF lights are slowly becoming more refined and practical though, and the recent YongNuo and Shanny lights are generally still quite reasonable now. Though Canon do still have a good advantage here at this stage.

 

Ports

 

Following the Canon 600EX-RT design, the SN600C (and similar Shanny models) all provide a screw lock PC sync port, and a high voltage external battery port.

The third socket shown to the right, is a threaded mounting point for the Canon SB-E2 reporter style flash brackets. This is a fine thread, not a regular 1/4″ 20 thread for attaching to umbrella swivels etc.

Just out of the top right of the frame is also a 2.5mm mini-phone style socket. The SN600SC use this is a communication port for attaching an external Shanny radio receiver (and not a wireless shutter release port as the 600EX-RT provides), though this port currently has no function in the SN600C.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

Battery Compartment

 

Again Shanny have closely followed Canon’s design with the battery compartment and door. The door has the same sliding release button, and even a rubber weather seal like the Canon flash.

The batteries follow the same Canon format as well, and this all helps for people used to using the 600EX-RT already, or using both flashes together.


SN600C

 

Third party TTL Radio Trigger Compatibility

 

YongNuo YN-622C -

 

The SN600S appear to be providing full function with the popular YongNuo YN-622C and YN-622C-TX.

Keep in mind though the YN-622C-TX at least currently have a USB port. So YongNuo can change the YN-622C-TX in the future possibly affecting compatibility, and the SN600C then do not currently have any firmware update function to adapt to this if needed. This may never actually become an issue, though it is something to consider and be aware of as these are 2 different companies.

At this stage though, the SN600C are looking to be one of the best bang for buck economical flash option currently available for use with the current YN-622C and YN-622C-TX.

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Other Third party TTL Radio Triggers

 

Phottix Odin – Have no compatibility with the SN600C at all (Odin receivers will not even fire them).

Pixel King Pro – Only fire the SN600C at the manual power setting set on the flash (even in TTL mode). No other functions or remote control.

 

Accessories

 

Unlike the SN600SC, the SN600C do not come with any padded case. Only a plastic base stand is provided.

No diffuser cap is provided either, though Canon 600EX-RT size accessories will fit the Shanny flash head.

The boxes the Shanny flashes come in are a nice solid box, with a solid lid that slides off the top.

 

SN600C

 

The included Shanny user manual (leaflet in this case) are nothing flashy, though they are quite easy to understand in English compared to Pixel or YongNuo manuals etc.

 

SN600C Compared To

 

Pixel Mago -

The recent Pixel Mago are currently the closest similarly priced alternative to the SN600C. The Mago are a full featured HSS flash, with full Canon Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes, and a higher resolution LCD screen. As well as an LED video light option, and an all important USB port for firmware updates.

The SN600SC are otherwise generally more refined still though, with a more solid clamping foot, and a standard Canon external battery port instead of a proprietary one as the Mago has.

The SN600C are compatible with the YN-622C, where the Mago are not. The Mago would be the best economical option for use with the Pixel King Pro, where the SN600C are not compatible there.

At the time of writing this the Mago firmware has also taken a backward step, with ETTL exposure issues (which currently makes the choice pretty easy if you need ETTL).

 

YongNuo YN-568EX II -

The SN600C would be a very economical alternative to the current YongNuo YN-568EX II, providing an external battery port the YN-568EX II do not have. As well as an overall more contemporary design, and a little more power.

The YN-568EX II still have the reassurance of guaranteed compatibility with the YN-622C though if that is important to you.

The emergence of the Shanny flashes has seen YongNuo reduce the price of the YN-568EX II from around $175 to as low as around $120 now. Though the SN600C ares still quite a reasonable saving.

 

Otherwise there are not currently many other comparable alternative flashes with HSS enabled at the SN600C price. Most other HSS enabled flashes start around the $120 mark, which is also the price of the Shanny SN600SC.

 

SN600C Specs

 

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Guide number: GN62(ISO100,200mm)

Wireless Flash: Optical pulse transmission Slave

Flash mode: ETTL, M, MULTI

Zoom range: Auto, 2~200mm (When using wide angle dispersion plate is 14 mm)

High speed sync: 1/8000s

Slave flash:  Optical pulse SLAVE Canon (Manual Only), S1/S2, wireless SLAVE

Shutter synchronization: High Speed Sync, Front-curtain Sync and Rear Sync

Flash exposure compensation: Support (with an increment of 1/3 gear in +/-3 gear)

Bracket exposure: Support

Flash exposure lock: Support

Modeling flash: Support

AF assist-focus: Support

Manual flash:  1/128~1/1Hz (with an increment of 1/3 gear)

Frequency flash: 1~199Hz

Recycle time: Quick flash less than 2s, ordinary flash less than 3s

Wireless transmission distance: Optical pulse – about 20m

Optic transmission channels: 4

Flash groups: Support for A/B/C groups

Power supply: 4×AAsize batteries (Alkaline or Ni-MH is usable)

External interface: Hot-shoe, PC Sync Port, External Battery Port

Battery life: Flash 100~700 times

Measurement: 79.7(L)×142.9(W)×125.4(H)mm

Net weight: About 420g (not including batteries)

 

Compatible Cameras

 

Canon 1100D, 1200D, 550D, 500D/T1i, 350D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 60D, 70D, 7D ,7DII, 6D, 5D II, 5DIII

(NOT suitable for Canon 1D II, 1Ds II, 1D, 5D, 1000D )

Compatibility with other camera models still needs to be tested.

 

SHANNY SN600SC

 

Summary

 

As an economical ETTL and HSS enabled flash for on camera use, or use with the YN-622C radio triggers, the SN600C are a great alternative to the higher priced Shanny models. They are looking to be the best bang for buck inexpensive flash currently available for either of those uses at this stage.

The lack of firmware update support is one thing to consider though, as this could possibly cost you more if you intend upgrading cameras etc in the future. This is the same situation with the YN-568EX for example though, which have previously been the most popular alternative over the last few years (and at twice the price).

So the higher model SN600SC may also be worth considering as well if you’re interested in upgrades, or possibly moving to the Canon RT radio system eventually. Otherwise the SN600C are a great flash for the price, provided they hold up to be as solid and reliable as they appear to be so far.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The SN600C for Canon are available now for around $90 with shipping –

Ebay, Amazon, UK.

 

SN600N for Nikon –

Ebay, Amazon, UK.

 

Shanny – Website, Aliexpress.

Shanny – Flash Models Detailed

Shanny – SN600SC Review

 

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35 Comments
  1. Light-Wright 2 years ago

    This is a good write, thanks! When comes the Shanny SN600EX-RT version?

  2. Simon 2 years ago

    Hi,

    I owned the Canon 6D, with no flash. I’m looking to purchase 3 flashes for off camera setup. would you please give me recommendation which model that I should get. Thank you!

    Simon

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Simon,

      I’m afraid that is a very open ended question. It really depends on what features functions you need, and how much you would like to spend.

      If you would be happy with remote manual flashes, then you could start very inexpensively with a YN-560TX and 3 YN-560 III flashes. All up around $250!

      My personal favorite (despite some serious battery issues) are the remote manual Godox V850 flashes with Lithium-ion batteries. Around $400-$500 with Godox FT-16 radio triggers.

      But for similar money now, you can get the Shanny SN600C and YongNuo YN-622C receivers, and YN-622C-TX. And they provide all the full ETTL, HSS, Second Curtain Sync, Remote Manual etc off camera, again for around $450 for 3 flashes / receivers and transmitter.

      Also at the moment the YongNuo YN600EX-RT and Shanny SN600EX-RT are becoming available. And they have the convenience of radio transceivers built in. They are also Canon RT compatible, so you could have one very trustworthy original Canon flash (for safe measure) and the rest YongNuo or Shanny (but likley not mix the Shanny and YongNuo RT gear). They are $180 for the flash and from $100 for the transmitter. So from around $650 for the 3 light and transmitter set.

      If you’re more serious about reliability and TTL gear, then you could go with the original Canon 600EX-RT, or even the Phottix Odin and any of the Canon flashes. The 600EX-RT around $500 a flash, and $270 transmitter, Odins a bit cheaper if using older Canon flashes.

  3. Kwan 2 years ago

    regarding “Otherwise there are not currently any other comparable alternative flashes with HSS enabled at the SN600C price. Most other HSS enabled flashes start around the $120 mark” on your article…

    I like to point out Triopo TR982, which priced under $100 on ebay, has similar HSS and TTL capability:
    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2050601.m570.l1313&_nkw=TRIOPO+TR-982+&_sacat=0

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Thanks Kwan,

      That is a good point thanks. I haven’t looked at that model, but the Triopo flashes are generally at the lower / cheapest end of the scale. Where the SN600C is the same flash body as the higher Shanny models, and built quite nicely and up to date.

      Also I don’t know how compatible the tripo flashes are with the YN-622C or other TTL radio triggers.

      • Kwan Seng 2 years ago

        I have the Triopo TR982 Nikon version, it works with YN622N on HSS, did a quick test, tested up to 1/8000s, I think TTL is working too.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          Ok thanks Kwan.

  4. Dennis Li 2 years ago

    I have this flash which supports HSS and cheaper: Neewer® NW680/TT680 Speedlite. The power is weaker than 580EXII though…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks yes, I have this flash, its the Godox TT680. I have recommended the TT680 as an inexpensive option when there was nothing else really available anywhere near this price for a HSS flash.

      But compared to the SN600C they are not really even in the same ball park. And even though the TT680 can be bought for as little as $65 I would not recommend them now that there are much better options for around $90. The TT680 are not a great design, but their failure rate doesn’t appear to be too good either.

      The TT680 was the one cheap HSS flash option I was thinking about when writing the post. It was actually meant to read “there are not currently many other comparable alternatives”. Not “not currently any other”. Sorry about that.

  5. Alexander 2 years ago

    My friend just got his SN600C in the mail yesterday with mine (SN600N) coming soon. The review accurately reflects both of my and my friend’s own observations although I feel that the review is missing an important point in the build quality section.

    We work with these flashes with manual power levels on wedding assignments and thus will use the rotary dial quite often. And the dial on these shanny flashes are looser and less “clicky” compared to the 600EX-RT which we also have on hand to compare. What this means is that sometimes it’s easy to overshoot power levels by 1/3 levels or so when you intend to dial in a specific amount.

    Could be an important point for shanny to improve on in future batches.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Alexander,

      Thanks for the feedback. I’ve got 4 of them here now and I’m not really seeing the dials are actually looser in the detents (or clicks), but they are definitely harder to adjust (kind of sticky) than either the Canon 600EX-RT or the YongNuo YN600EX-RT dial.

      I’m not a fan of the fiddly Canon 600EX-RT dial to start with, but the Shanny flashes I have make the 600EX-RT dial feel smooth and easy to operate in comparison.

      So I’m not sure if they may have already tried to improve the version you there have by freeing up the dial. I’ll mention this to them though.

      Dials are good when they work well (like the Godox V850) but at least with simple buttons its harder to get those wrong.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Also could you please let me know how you go with the Nikon (SN600N) TTL exposures, or any other points you notice using Nikon.

      I have the SN600N here as well, and the TTL exposures appear to be spot on from what I can see.

      But I also bought a new SB-700 to use as a genuine Nikon flash as reference point. And that is underexposing by one stop when bounced (where the SN600N is not), with the same camera settings. So I’m really not familiar with the Nikon system and haven’t had a chance to study it yet, or what may be causing this. Thanks.

      • Alexander 2 years ago

        Agreed on the feeling of using the dials on the 600EX-RT. When it comes to that Nikon’s SB910 still feels the best (at least to me)

        And yes, now that you’ve mentioned it, the feeling isn’t so much lose as it is sticky, basically making the dial harder to use than the canon equivalent. I wouldn’t want shanny to revise it to buttons tho, as I’m already using a Mitros which is excellent but I hate their button system for adjusting power. Just focusing on at least matching canon’s dial feel would be great.

        My own SN600N should arrive soon this week or the next, will comment back again with my own observations.

        • Alexander 2 years ago

          My flash just came in the mail today, TTL exposures seem fine to me, but not really relevant as I don’t use it much for my work. My dial seems to be slightly smoother to use btw.

          Let me know if you need feedback on any other areas.

          • Alexander Loff 2 years ago

            I am testing SN600N for some time
            I discovered that there is a problem with YN622N-TX in manual mode. Power control is not working properly unlike the SB-900.
            In TTL mode, the flash works like the original., very good.

            On camera flash works very well (in all modes).
            There is a difference in color and the zoom system is more aggressive, the projection is not so soft as the flash from Nikon.

      • Alexander Loff 2 years ago

        I am also not very familiar with the Nikon system
        But
        I think the SB-700 is just not enough power in some cases.
        I got exactly the same results in TTL mode with the SB-900 and SN600N

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 2 years ago

          Ok thanks Alexander.

          I’m not sure power was this issue. But I think I need to get a later model Nikon camera to test this properly.

          I’m really not sure if my old D70s is working correctly with the flashes or the YN-622N.

          The SN600N on camera TTL exposures do appear to be fine though.

  6. Mark 2 years ago

    Very Nice write up, but missing the one thing I’m sure a lot of people would like to see… How well does it work (or not) with the Canon and YougNuo RT system transmitters? Yes I’ve heard the rumors that Shanny and YongNuo won’t play together but will with the Canon. But I’d like to see a report from someone that actually tried it. Since I’m sure you have all the pieces, you’d be the prefect test bench. TIA.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Mark,

      The SN600C does not have any radio transceiver built in. So it does not have any compatibility at all with the Canon or YongNuo RT system.

      The higher model SN600SC does not have any transceiver built in either, but that will eventually have an external RT compatible transceiver module available (SN-E3-MD).

      The SN600C is a good option for people after a flash for their YN-622C external trigger system (or an on-camera TTL flash).

      • Mark 2 years ago

        My bad… I thought this version had the RT system transceiver included.

  7. Jesus 2 years ago

    I just received two of them (Model Sn600c) and I’m a little concern about the durability of the flash head. When you press the tilt button to move the flash either up or down, both flashes feel a little fragile. Did anyone notice this as well. Otherwise I am impress with the unit and can confirm compatibility YN-622C, at least for all my uses. I am guilty of being rough with my equipment, and if they are able to last six to eight months with me, I would be impressed.

  8. Shlomi Cohen 2 years ago

    English video review for the SN600SC is up at: http://youtu.be/uxbbBy1RA_U
    Enjoy :)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Great thanks Shlomi!

  9. Tony 2 years ago

    I received my sn600c in the mail last week and did have an opportunity to test it out a fair bit. A few observations:

    – As has been stated in the review, the colour of the flash is definitely cooler than the comparable Canon speedlite.

    – I found the head to take some force to turn left and right. Perhaps it will loosen up over time.

    – Biggest issue so far: The flash will zoom even in auto zoom and in bounce. I find this strange as it the Canon speedlites do not behave this way. I think the correct setting should be the flash will set itself to a static zoom while the flash head is in the bounce profile. The auto zoom works fine though when the flash head is pointed straight forward as expected.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for the feedback. Yes that’s not uncommon for third party flashes to auto zoom in bounce as well. You need to set it to a manual setting to stop that.

      One advantage is that some radio triggers should still provide zoom adjustment when the flash head is angled as well as straight forward.

      The tight flash head swivel should loosen over time, they just put some sticky grease in their to give that smooth feel.

  10. Jason 2 years ago

    Can anyone report on the longevity of this flash yet? My experience with 3rd party flashes leaves me worried about how it will hold up under demanding situations eg weddings. This would be a replacement to my 430exII which has proven reliable. It would be back up to my 580’s.

  11. Paul 2 years ago

    I think I’m ready to pull the trigger and buy 2 of the Shanny’s. Is Eachshot the only place to buy these and how reputable are they? More concerned with where to get them than I’m with units themselves. Thanks.

  12. Isaac 2 years ago

    Quick question!
    On the Nikon version of the SN600, does the battery port conform to Nikon or Canon standards? It would be nice to be able to use my SB900 battery packs with it, but I know the Yongnuo flashes all have Canon battery ports.
    Thanks!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Isaac,

      No the Nikon version SN600N has the Canon style socket as well.

  13. Isaac 2 years ago

    One other question, Does the YN622 triggers work to control the flash power levels remotely? I have read that it does not allow remote control.
    Thanks again

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Isaac,

      The YN-622C for Canon do, and the YN-622N for Nikon are meant to. Though the one report we have so far of testing the Nikon units showed they work in ITTL but not manual power setting. That was tested with a Nikon D3, so I don’t know if that may be a camera specific issue.

      I think Shanny will try and fix this in later models, but the SN600N do not have USB ports so they are as they are for now.

      I’m looking to get a more recent Nikon camera soon to test this myself as well.

  14. Silverstream 2 years ago

    I now have had two of these. I liked the first so much I ordered a second. After the second one got here, I had an event where I seriously pushed these things to the max. A fashion runway/rock show that I was shooting for the designer. Wanted the flashes to help with giving me sharp images without the color cast from the rock lights and to freeze movement. Used 4 speedlites too so I could shoot them at lower power with super fast recycle and less chance of overheating. Anyway afterward, one of the Shanny’s wouldn’t adjust anymore. It would only fire at full power on any mode. OK, so I’ll just use it when I need a full power flash and slower recycle is OK (which is rare). I’ve been having more weirdness with my speedlites so I took out my current favorites and ran a test and now the second Shanny is doing the same thing. I decided to switch back to Yongnuo after the first incident and will most likely buy one or two more in the next month. I did try to contact Shanny after the first one and did receive an initial response and then they stopped communicating. Stay away from their products IMO.

  15. Vedran 1 year ago

    Does newer Yongnuo YN622C (and possibly YN622C II) still works with Shanny SN600C? I read that Shanny SN600SC is not working with newer YN622C triggers, but what about Shanny SN600C?
    thanks

  16. Vedran 1 year ago

    Well just got 2 yn622c (ver. 1.2, 05/2015) and all modes works with Shanny SN600C. Only (maybe that is normal), in camera ther is only 3 custom functions, but everything else is controlable froom camera (ETTL, Manual, H-Sync, zoom etc)

    P.S.
    sorry for bad English :)

  17. Oat 10 months ago

    I receive this flash 2 days ago. After I put battery and turn on the screen has 2 dead line and few minutes after it come 5!!!!today got more dead line! It’s crappie quality.

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