Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite Flash Review for Nikon Cameras

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Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras

Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite for Nikon Cameras

Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite - Tiny external flash for Nikon cameras. To be very short - the Viltrox JY610N is a wolf in sheep's clothing.

The flash is light, weighs only 130 grams, looks very similar to Nikon Speedlight SB-400. Viltrox JY610N is powered by two AA batteries, the battery cover is flimsy. In general, the product itself is quite solid to the touch, even the flash leg is metal, and the support foot has rubber seals. The flash head is rotatable in order to rotate it; it must first be pulled out. You can set four viewing angles: zero (straight), 60, 75 and 90 degrees. For flash not specified zoom position. The flash mounts to the camera with a quick snap-lock. After 90 seconds, the flash will enter standby mode until either the button on the flash or the focus / shutter button is pressed.

The leading number when folded is 22 meters. If you expand the flash (extend the head), then the guide number becomes 27 meters. The flash has a rheostat that reads the value of the position of the flash head, and which most likely regulates the power.

There are only two buttons on the flash: power on - 'Power AF' and a test pulse / mode switch - 'Flash TTL (R) M (G)'. No matter how I tried, but to make the flash work on cameras Nikon D80 и D700 I did not succeed in automatic TTL mode - my cameras simply do not 'see' the flash, as it happens when using manual flashes. Modes are switched by holding down the 'Flash TTL (R) M (G)' button. Automatic TTL mode is theoretically available when the red diode ('R'ed) is on. Manual flash mode is available when the green LED ('G'reen) is on.

As for the TTL mode, the instructions say the following: i-TTL modes: Long press power light until it changed to red that means TTL mode (Based on the manual mode) Set camera as P mode, half press camera shtuter button for focus, when heard focus is comfirmed then can take picture.

Therefore, I have the right to consider that no automatic i-TTL flash mode supports! Also on flash you can not set the output power of the light pulse in manual flash mode.

This flash is probably a close relative of the camera mount. Polo D3000. Perhaps the flash output can be set using the camera menu, as is the case with Nikon Speedlight SB-400, but nothing is indicated in the instructions about it. The instructions also have a bunch of mistakes: spelling errors in words, incoherent text, some nonsense about the backlight (AF-Assist Beam), the use of terms for the Canon system (EF, Speedlite). If you read and believe the instructions, then there is even a function to prevent overheating of the flash after 20 shots :).

There is a flash in the version for Canon cameras, most likely the instruction was written specifically for such a modification. And, suddenly, it turned out that the Viltrox JY610 version for Canon cameras has only one central sync contact (see), which completely deprives it of any automatic modes. But what caused the presence of a full set of sync contacts on the flash leg for the version for Nikon cameras - I do not know.

The flash delivery package includes: three diffuser nozzles in different colors (white, blue, orange), stand foot, velor cover, user manual, warranty card, box packaging. Color diffusers are not able to transmit the value of their color temperature, like this make native color filters for Nikon flashes.

I believe that a simple and inexpensive manual flash Yongnuo Speedlite YN460 It will be many times more effective than Viltrox JY610N. If you still don’t know whether to buy an external flash, read about its capabilities in the 'sectionExternal Flash'. My advice on choosing a 'native' flash for Nikon cameras can be found under 'Flash Selection for Nikon Cameras'.


In my Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite test, I found that the flash always fires at a specific target power and does not have any declared i-TTL auto mode. Ultimately, the Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite is a typical 'China misunderstanding'.

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Comments: 78 on the topic: Overview of the Viltrox JY610N i-TTL Speedlite for Nikon cameras

  • Boar S.

    There is an option more expensive for 10-15 dollars. V600 It can already work from the radio channel integrated in the ph control in the slave mode, and in the master mode, it can control 4 groups of 3 flashes in each (with setting the pulse power for each flash in the group), and has a strobe mode. But there is no light trap in it. Like high-speed sync mode. But the latter is not supported by all cameras.

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    I bought the same for my wife, only 620N under D7000. TTL works correctly, simple and intuitive menu, it catches perfectly in slave mode. Took for 3t.r. new even with a 6 month warranty. For the money, find it better. Of course, you should not even compare it with native flashes, for example, my beloved 800 is much better in everything. But the compact dimensions, weight, price, simplicity for beginners of this Chinese miracle deserve respect. It works simply and surprisingly reliably just like Kalashnikov. The only thing that does not work out is eating the batteries like a damn, on Wart Max Tech there are about 150 frames in ttl.

  • Pastor

    I bought this second manual version. I never had a little puff, I decided it would come in handy. And in fact it came in handy - you can always throw it in your pocket just in case and puff. Due to the lack of ISO workers for 40d, d80, d70s and a390, this puff at home will be very useful to them. Even 1/32 of the power is enough to illuminate a dark room at f5.6 at focal 24-50. Such puff is more than enough for apartments and small houses. It's nice that the head turns up - if this were not the case, there would be no sense in puffing either. Well, it seems like nothing is assembled (just as Arkady wrote, there are questions about the durability of the battery compartment cover - it's flimsy to the touch). Half-discharged batteries were enough for a mini-session with a child. Considering that only 2 batteries are needed, a standard set of 4 will last for an entire evening of moderately active shooting. And given the opportunity to take two sets, the puff becomes immortal :)

  • Victor

    I don’t know, I have just one, and on it there is a display and 8 buttons, TTL supports

  • Andy

    Good day! There are two such flashes. Is it possible to get them to work together in TTL mode on the Nikon D90 without putting any of them on the shoe? If so, how?
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  • Andy

    more precisely not like that, but Viltrox JY610NII

  • Oleg

    Arkady, there are two huge differences between Chinese i (e) -TTL and TTL. And I really would like to know the color temperature of the Viltrox 610 flash

  • Vitaly N

    I ordered a new version of this flash for Nikon. The result - a large drop of solder dangled in the flash, the batteries did not fit into the slots, and it was generally a problem to pull out. There were no limit switches for the head position and inductance in the lamp power circuit on the board. TTL works correctly only when focusing up to one meter, then - 6 overexposure! stops. The bottom line is that it makes sense to take only the manual version, the automatic one only costs more, but does not work. Chinese fake flash from Kenon.

    • Vitaly N

      I will partially rehabilitate the second version of this tree. On the D3200 it did not work correctly, on the D7100 I have not seen any failures yet. But compared with the SB-400. The leading number is indicated in Chinese values ​​- it is noticeably weaker than the 400th with its 21. The extension of the head does not change the position much. It surpasses it only in the presence of manual control and ignition options, including CLS. Unless, of course, a working instance comes across.

  • Wade

    The next version of the Viltrox JY-610N II i-TTL device was of a completely different level, it was bought for interception, and as a result the second year took its permanent place in my photo bag.

  • Georgy

    Just a second, guys. In your nearness you can fool anything. Firstly, not a single sane person will acquire such a baby as the main fire. And as an extra, to create various light schemes, the TTL mode is not only optional, but even harmful. So, one main (any powerful for your system) and a couple of such additional ones included in the manual mode (M) control, work wonders. Good luck to everyone in development!

    • Vitaly N

      Do you consider yourself sane and not far off? The power of such a flash for the eyes is enough in a small room. And if TTL is written on it, then it should work with it. Otherwise, this is not a flash, but crap. Who needs manual, acquires manual, without overpaying for automatic mode.

  • finch

    My version is completely manual, without indexes.
    I took it from a photo comrade, soldered the synchronization cord and threw out the central contact.
    The compartment cover is dead, not the right word - it has fallen out four times already, but it is easy to put it back in place by unscrewing two screws.
    I took it for use as an on-camera camera for film cameras, for setting fire to freestanding ones, for a pocket, just in case.
    "Cheap fish".

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