Rated 1 out of 5 by TomL51 Nice flash but very poorly built
I purchased this flash in December 2014 and was pleased with the performance until recently. Several weeks ago, the mount connector separated from the flash as I was turning the flash off. I popped it back in but it intermittently would pop out again. This past weekend, it popped out for good and the mount connector was only connected by the wires inside. It still flashes if one holds it together with a hand - very useless. I attempted to contact Sony and opened up a warranty repair case but was told that physical damage is not covered. I asked for a cost estimate and was told the repair would probably cost $84. If that is how Sony stands behind the quality of this flash, I will purchase one from another vendor.
June 29, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Karaingermany Good for small places
Was visiting family for Christmas and I did not like the flash results on my A77. I wanted something small to easily take with me and use while taking pictures of family in the house. You are able to bounce the light so that your subjects do not have that glossy flash look. I was really happy with the Christmas pictures. It worked well also taking pictures of groups outside at night close up. The only down side is that after a few shots with the flash it takes some time to recharge. I missed a couple shots because of that. I found that if I shut it off (folding flash down toward the camera) then turned it back on (flipping back up) it helped recharge a little faster.
There is also a etched piece if plastic in the flash that you can turn down so that a direct flash is not so harsh.
Works up to 100 ft IMO but better 75 and under
I did not need any adapter for this to fit my A77. I am pleased with the purchase.
January 1, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by type5keith Nice flash, but poorly constructed
I bought this flash to use on my SLT-99V to command my HVL-F58 flash wirelessly. I used it one time in this manner and it worked amazingly well. However, when I took the flash off of my camera, using extreme care as I had been warned about the frailty of it's mount connector, the mount connector separated from the flash and could not be reattached. Upon a closer examination I saw how poorly designed and cheaply built the connection was between the flash's mount connector and the main part of the flash. I returned the flash to my vendor and replaced it with a HVL-F43M, albeit at a $250 cost differential. The F43M has given me no problem whatsoever. It's mount connector is outstanding and seems to be constructed to the level of excellence that I have come to expect out of Sony camera products.. unfortunately I cannot say that about the HVL-F20M.
January 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by mrNewt Great little flash!
I don't understand why people are complaining about the build quality... I use this flash, I hold it in my hands and for what it is, the flash is very well built. Maybe is a later model that they had!?
Yes, is not a tank, but considering how small it is, this thing is built as good as it can get. Works flawlessly on my a7m2 and a6000.
My only complain will be about the price (that's why the 4 star only)... maybe a little high for what it is. I only purchased it because I used my points and brought the price considerably low enough to make it worth (around $130 with taxes). I would like to buy another one, but only if price gets considerably lower than what it is now.
July 24, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by OlegM Great Little Perfomer
This flash is a good companion for my A99 when I don't want to carry F60M or F43M. Works great in small premises, but even better just as a wireless trigger - it doesn't add lots of bulk to the camera. Basically the flash can be considered as a wireless trigger with a bonus - lighting :)
Two the reviewers that give the flash one star - both reviews have nothing to do with the unit features or failures, so not sure about the point of rating a product without even testing it. Just return the flash and get your refund.
December 12, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by Foxy It was good for a while
I bought this flash less than a year ago for my NEX-7. It complimented the camera well since the built it flash is not high enough to get over some of the lenses. Also, it allowed bounce flash pictures. It was a reasonably good flash for it's size. However, within a year it would only take one picture and would stop (batteries were not the problem). I may have taken 40 - 50 pictures with it. Now it does not work at all.
December 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SonyTerpFan Perfect for the A6000
A great flash for the A6000, this is my first flash so I cannot really compare it to others but it works great. This is my first flash that lets me take bounce flash pictures. Over the holidays, I took several hundred pictures with it and I have been really impressed with its performance. I used my Sony (CycleEnergy, 800 mAh) AAA rechargeable batteries and they worked great with the flash and the fact that it only uses 2 batteries is a plus since I can swap out them out for another pair fairly quickly.
January 7, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by BDHPhotoED What they fail to Mention
I was very excited to finally get an external flash for my camera, as I take many portraits. I have a Sony a65. The description for this item says its compatible with the camera, however they fail to mention that in order to make it work you must purchase an adapter. Thus the flash is useless until you buy an adapter as well.
October 8, 2013