GN60 Wireless Radio Control External Flash

GN60 Wireless Radio Control External Flash

This durable high-output GN601 flash unit delivers levels of sophistication and camera communication that only Sony can offer, achieving reliable flash at high continuous shooting speeds and sync at shutter speeds up to 1/400 s2. Intuitive operation via the camera interface2, quick shift bounce, and wireless radio communication add refined control and versatility.
GN60 Wireless Radio Control External Flash

GN601 High-output flash supports the latest camera technology

This durable high-output GN601 flash unit delivers levels of sophistication and camera communication that only Sony can offer, achieving reliable flash at high continuous shooting speeds and sync at shutter speeds up to 1/400 s2. Intuitive operation via the camera interface2, quick shift bounce, and wireless radio communication add refined control and versatility.

Intelligent communication with the latest α bodies

Α Lighting System has evolved in parallel with α camera bodies to give creators optimum illumination in a wide range of applications. A level of integration that is only possible with original Sony products achieves detailed communication with compatible camera bodies for reliable and precise light control.  [1] Flash processor [2] Multi Interface Shoe [3] Image sensor [4] Image processor.

Stable high-power GN601 output that satisfies professional needs

Because the HVL-F60RM2 is designed and manufactured by Sony, it can communicate with α camera bodies to deliver consistent GN60 light output at every flash. The HVL-F60RM2 supports focal lengths from 20 mm (14 mm with the wide panel) to 200 mm.

Stable high-speed continuous flash shooting

With a compatible camera3, the HVL-F60RM2 can continuously provide flash for up to 200 frames4 in high-speed bursts at up to 10 fps. Missed frames dues to flash sync failure are avoided, providing stable continuous shooting support.

Up to 20 flashes per second

With the electronic shutter on a compatible camera3, up to approx. 20 flashes per second can be produced continuously for more than 1 second5. The FA-EBA1 external flash battery allows approx. 20 flashes per second for more than 10 seconds.

Up to 1/400 s shutter sync with a compatible camera3 for new expression

Used with a compatible camera3 body the HVL-F60RM2 allows flash sync up to 1/400 s. This makes it possible to de-emphasize the background while using flash to illuminate the main subject, illuminate moving subjects against a bright background, and more.

Per-frame P-TTL flash control adapts to changing light

When used with a compatible camera3, high-speed control sequencing in the camera uses pre-flash to control each individual flash6 during continuous bursts, even when tracking fast-moving subjects in scenes where the light changes dramatically.

Minimal flash trigger time lag7

When using the HVL-F60RM2 in combination with a compatible camera3, time lag between pressing the shutter button and flash output is significantly reduced7 so that fleeting moments can be captured with confidence.

Flash control linked to camera face detection2

With a compatible camera3, white balance is automatically adjusted so that the subject's face is rendered with natural color. The HVL-F60RM2 works with a compatible camera3 face detection to provide ideal lighting for the main subject, even in groups.

Auto white balance accuracy that only original equipment can achieve

Thanks to in-house design, this advanced flash unit transfers color temperature data to the camera, where that data is used to precisely adjust white balance so that colors are rendered naturally in any situation.

Fast recycle and dependable high-speed continuous flash

Advanced electronics and construction contribute to fast recycle times and allow continuous flash shooting for extended periods of time. A set of four batteries can provide power for more than 240 flashes with 1.7‑second recycle time8.  The optional FA-EBA1 external flash battery adapter can be used to provide recycle times as fast as 0.6 seconds8.

Innovative overheating prevention for longer shooting sessions

The use of heat-resistant materials plus an optimized flash algorithm provides higher resistance to overheating that allows longer flash shooting sessions.

High-speed, slow, and rear-curtain sync

High-speed sync works at all shutter speeds9, and can be used with the aperture wide open to produce beautiful background bokeh for portraits. Slow sync and rear-curtain sync are also supported.

Selectable flash distribution types

Three selectable flash distribution types are provided: Standard (STD), GN priority (CENTER), and wide-angle priority (EVEN).

Light output optimized for focal length and image size

Flash illumination angle is automatically adjusted to match the focal length of the lens used over a 20–200 mm range. Light distribution is also adjusted for optimum illumination with full-frame or APS-C format.

Metal shoe foot with rugged side frame

A metal shoe foot with rugged side frame significantly increases the strength and durability of the Multi Interface Shoe and its electrical contacts.

Enhanced dust and moisture resistance

A dust and moisture resistant design10 contributes to high reliability in outdoor conditions. Shoe sealing achieves even greater dust and moisture resistance with certain a series bodies.

Fast angle adjustment with Quick Shift Bounce

Quickly angle the flash head 90 degrees to the left or right, 150 degrees up, or 8 degrees down, and rapidly switch between horizontal and vertical orientation. A revised mechanism is more compact and convenient.

Comprehensive control from compatible cameras

Flash compensation, ratio, and other parameters can be controlled directly from a compatible camera2. A camera custom key can be used to call up the flash display for easy adjustment while looking through the viewfinder.

Fast, intuitive direct light level controls

Dedicated + and – LEVEL buttons allow direct, speedy light output and flash-compensation control, and can also be used to control the same parameters on other wirelessly paired flash units for smooth, efficient workflow.

Improved rear-panel Quick Navi display

Pressing the Fn button causes the selected flash mode and other parameters to appear on the display for easy setup in a variety of shooting situations. While the previous HVL-F60RM flash only displayed the Wireless OFF and Memory Recall OFF icons when the Fn button was pressed, these parameters are normally visible on the HVL-F60RM2 display.

Efficient TTL light level memory

TTL flash level can be memorized and later recalled for manual adjustment. This can greatly reduce the time required to manually set up flash parameters in a wide range of situations.

Versatile radio wireless communication

Stable wireless radio communication is ensured at distances up to 98.4 ft/30 m7. Reliable, error-free communication is achieved even around reflectors and obstacles. Slow sync, rear-curtain sync, and multi flash are supported2.

Wireless radio control for up to 15 flash units

Control up to 15 flash and/or receiver units in 5 groups11. The HVL-F60RM2 can communicate with flash units that do not feature wireless radio communication via the optional FA-WRC1M commander and/or FA-WRR1 receiver.

Auto white balance with color filters

When one of the supplied color filters is attached to the flash unit, the camera's white balance is automatically adjusted for a natural mix between flash and ambient light.  [1] Flash with color filter [2] Flash without color filter.

Flash control with bounce adapter

When the supplied bounce adapter is used, the flash unit communicates with the camera to achieve optimum flash distribution for soft, even lighting. The wide panel enhances this effect.

Wired IN/OUT sync terminal

A single sync terminal provides in and out sync connections. IN can be used to receive trigger signals from a flash meter, while OUT can be used to trigger additional flash units.

Audible charge ready notification

An audible beep lets you know that the recharge cycle is complete after the flash has been triggered. This makes it easy to keep track of the ready status of an entire wireless radio lighting system.

Remote camera release

The remote release function makes it possible to trigger the flash and simultaneously release the camera shutter from a remote position, making it easy to simultaneously shoot the same subject from multiple camera angles.

Multi/Micro USB for computer connection

The HVL-F60RM2 has a Multi/Micro USB terminal that allows connection to a computer for software upgrades.

Basic information
Dimensions (approx.) W 3.13" X H 5.75" X D 4.13" (78.1 mm x 143.1 mm x 104.6 mm)
Weight (approx.) 15.5 oz (439 g) (only main unit)
Type Auto electronic flash (clip-on type) with pre-flash metering
Shoe type Multi Interface Shoe.
Flash head (light-emitting unit)
Maximum guide number 60 (Flash coverage setting 200 mm/STD flash distribution, ISO100 m)
Flash coverage AUTO/MANUAL (20 mm—200 mm) Angle of view at 14‑mm focal length is also covered with the wide panel
Flash Duration (Approx.) Within 2.8 ms (1/1 MANUAL)
Color Temperature (Approx.) 5,500 K
Continuous flash performance 200 flashes at 10 flashes per second12
Bounce flash Yes
Bounce angle Up 150 deg (0 deg / 30 deg / 45 deg / 60 deg / 75 deg / 90 deg / 120 deg / 150 deg) Down 8 deg, Left and right 90 deg (0 deg / 30 deg / 45 deg / 60 deg / 90 deg)
Test flash Yes
Flash control Flash control using pre-flash (P-TTL/ADI)
Flash compensation Yes13
Power level switching 25 levels (1/1–1/256) 1/3 steps
High-speed sync (HSS) Yes
Modeling flash Yes
Built-in wide panel Yes (14 mm)
Built-in bounce sheet Yes
AF illuminator
AF illuminator -
Operating Range (Approx.) -
Radio-controlled wireless function
Radio Control Wireless Function Yes (commander/receiver)14
Frequencies 2.4 GHz band
Channels 14 Channels (Auto/manual)
Communication Distance (Approx.) 30 m7, 15
Groups 3 groups (TTL/MANUAL), 5 groups (group flash photography)
Maximum flash units 15 units
Lighting ratio control 3 groups (TTL)
Optical control wireless function
Optical Controlled Wireless Flash -
Channels -
Communication Distance (Approx.) -
Groups -
Lighting ratio control -
LED light function
Center Luminance Intensity (Approx.) -
Lighting Distance (Approx.) -
Focal length supported -
Continuous Lighting Time (Approx.) -
Color Temperature (Approx.) -
Power level switching -
Other functions
Auto zoom control optimized for image sensor size Yes16
Flash distribution setting Yes
Auto WB Adjustment Yes16
Custom key settings Yes
Memory settings Yes
Remote release Yes
LCD panel Yes (Dot matrix)
Charge progress indicator -
External connectors
Sync terminal Yes (IN/OUT)
Multi/Micro USB terminal Yes
Power source
Power source Four AA-size alkaline or Ni-MH batteries
External Battery Adaptor Yes
Other features
Dust and moisture-resistant design Yes17

  • Connector protect cap (1), Mini-stand (1), Case (1), Bounce adapter (1), Color filter (amber) (1), Color filter (green) (1), Carrying pouch (1)