GN46 WIRELESS RADIO CONTROL EXTERNAL FLASH

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HVL-F46RM
BDT 50,900

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Compact GN468 flash supports the latest camera technology

This compact high-output GN468 flash unit delivers levels of sophistication and camera communication that only Sony can offer, offering reliable flash at high continuous shooting speeds and sync at shutter speeds up to 1/400 sec9. Outstanding durability, intuitive operation via the camera9, flexible bounce angle adjustment, and wireless radio communication add refined control and versatility.

Illustration explaining how the Sony's genuine flash realise intelligent communication with the α body


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

Backlit portrait of a woman taken with flash


Stable GN468 output for a wide range of lighting needs

Because the HVL-F46RM is designed by Sony, it can communicate with α camera bodies to deliver consistent GN46 light output that meets professional lighting needs. Focal lengths from 24mm (15mm with the wide panel) to 105mm9 are supported.

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Stable high-speed continuous flash shooting

With a compatible camera10 the HVL-F46RM can continuously provide flash for up to 60 frames11 in high-speed bursts at up to 10 fps. Missed frames dues to flash sync failure are avoided, providing stable continuous shooting support.

Image of a woman with beautiful bokeh, standing in a path to a beach


Up to 1/400 sec. shutter sync with a compatible camera10 for new expression

Used with a compatible camera10 body the HVL-F46RM allows flash sync up to 1/400 sec. This makes it possible to deemphasise the background while using flash to illuminate the main subject, illuminate moving subjects against a bright background, and more.

Several bride images taken with per-frame P-TTL flash control


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

When used with a compatible camera10, high-speed control sequencing in the camera uses pre-flash to control each individual flash12 during continuous bursts, even when tracking fast-moving subjects in scenes where the light changes dramatically.

The bride and groom taken with flash, smiling on their faces and arms


Minimal flash trigger time lag13

When using the HVL-F46RM in combination with a compatible camera10, time lag between pressing the shutter button and flash output is significantly reduced*6 so that fleeting moments can be captured with confidence.

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Flash control linked to camera face detection9

With a compatible camera10, white balance is automatically adjusted so that the subject’s face is rendered with natural colour. The HVL-F46RM works with a compatible camera10 face detection to provide ideal lighting for the main subject, even in groups.

Image of a woman posing, taken with appropriate white balance


Auto white balance accuracy that only original equipment can achieve

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

High-speed, slow, and rear-curtain sync

High-speed sync works at all shutter speeds14, 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).

Illustration showing the flash illumination angle is automatically adjusted to match the focal length


Light output optimised for focal length and image size

The flash illumination angle is automatically adjusted to match the focal length of the lens used over a 24-105mm range. Light distribution is also adjusted for optimum illumination with full-frame or APS-C format.

A man taking a portrait outdoors with high-speed continuous flash


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 320 flashes with 2.0 second recycle time15. 

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Innovative overheating prevention for longer shooting sessions

The use of heat resistant materials plus an optimised flash algorithm provides higher resistance to overheating that allows continuous shooting for longer periods of time. The HVL-F46RM uses the same algorithms as the flagship HVL-F60RM2, achieving approx. 1.713x greater overheating resistance than the HVL-F45RM so you can shoot without being interrupted by heat issues.

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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.

Illustration of the internal structure of dust and moisture resistant of the flash


Enhanced dust and moisture resistance

A dust and moisture resistant design16 contributes to high reliability in outdoor conditions. Shoe sealing achieves even greater dust and moisture resistance with certain a series bodies.

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Flexible bounce angle adjustment

This feature makes it possible to quickly angle the flash head 180 degrees to the left or right, 150 degrees up, or 8 degrees down, for easy bounce angle adjustment to match any subject and shooting environment.

User Interface controlling a flash from a compatible camera


Comprehensive control from compatible cameras

Flash compensation, ratio, and other parameters can be controlled directly from a compatible camera9. A camera custom key can be used to call up the flash display for easy adjustment while looking through the viewfinder.

Close-up image of the product display provides status info, assignable arrow key and control wheel


Dot-matrix display and custom keys for efficient operation

The same display tab format as the camera makes operation easy and intuitive. The Quick Navi display provides status info plus direct access to important parameters, with assignable arrow key, control wheel, and custom key input.

Close-up image of the product display


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-F46RM 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-F46RM display.

A man taking portrait a with flash connected via wireless radio communication with his laptop


Versatile radio wireless communication

Stable wireless radio communication is ensured at distances up to 30 m/98.4 ft13. Reliable, error-free communication is achieved even around reflectors and obstacles. Slow sync, rear-curtain sync, and multi flash are supported9.

Illustration showing up to 15 flash units in 5 groups can be controlled via wireless radio communication


Wireless radio control for up to 15 flash units

Control up to 15 flash and/or receiver units in 5 groups17. The HVL-F46RM can communicate with flash units that do not feature wireless radio communication via the optional FA-WRC1M commander and/or FA-WRR1 receiver.

Multi/Micro USB for computer connection

The HVL-F46RM has a Multi/Micro USB terminal that allows connection to a computer for software upgrades.

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