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Canon HF-DC1 High Power Flash for Canon Powershot Digital Cameras

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  • Increase flash range up to 30 feet
  • Go handheld or use mounting bracket for attachment to camera, light stand, or tripod
  • Linked to camera's zoom lens, narrows flash angle at telephoto end
  • Guide number of 18, ISO 100 meters
  • For use with Canon G6/G5/S70/S60/SD500/SD400/SD300/SD200/SD20/A95/A520/A510/A400/Pro 1/S1 IS
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Canon
  • Model: 9940A001
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Weight: 0.40 pounds

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 2.9 x 1.8 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0007MGFI2
  • Item model number: 9940A001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

In a first for its digital camera line-up, Canon has introduced an optional zoom flash, the HF-DC1. Linked to the zoom lens, the zoom mechanism narrows the flash's angle of throw to extend flash range at the telephoto end and further extends the options for night and indoor shooting. With a guide number of 18 (ISO 100 meters), the slave flash automatically fires in-sync with the camera's in-built flash, ignoring any pre-flash. It can be adjusted to three power output settings based on the aperture value of the camera. The unit attaches to the camera with a supplied bracket that maintains the ability to mount both camera and flash on a tripod.

Product Description

Digital Camera Accessories, Canon, HF-DC1 High-Power Flash for Powershot A510 , 9940A001

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Both are small and fit easily into a pants or shirt pocket.
R. Wieczorek
It truly lights up subjects that are 20 to 25 feet away, well beyond the range of the flash built into the camera.
Robert B. Ormsby
You can place the flash anywhere in the room and take a perfect picture ..
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

298 of 300 people found the following review helpful By Will Mayall on August 29, 2005
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This flash does what it shound but don't expect wonders. It essentially "brightens" your flash photo. I am using it with a PowerShot S2 IS.

When reading reviews, you might see it said that this is a wireless flash. While true, that's a bit misleading. The flash works by simply sensing that the primary flash has occurred and then firing as well. This means that you *must* fire the primary flash to have it work.

Another thing that you might read is that this flash "focuses". I can't imagine what the reviewers mean. This is a simple slave flash. You can set the "range" in 3 basic increments but that seems to be it for adjustments. The manual is slim and gives no hint that there is anything sophisticated occurring.

A few notes:

- The flash is very compact and lightweight.

- You can easily hold the flash in your hand to position it for better coverage.

- The recharge time is extremely fast with a new battery -- essentially immediate.

- It uses a non-rechargable lithium battery. These tend to be pretty expensive. The manual says it will get over 250 flashes on a battery.

- This flash *does not* eliminate the shadow that the PowerShot S2 IS wide angle lens creates. It does reduce the shadow.

Overall this is a good flash but seems a bit pricey.
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129 of 131 people found the following review helpful By R. Andelfinger on February 19, 2006
This is an excellent add-on to the Canon series of Powershot cameras, I am using it with an A620 and it produces beautiful pictures. The flash is a "slave" in that it triggers when the camera's built-in flash fires, so there is no cord needed to connect it to the camera. It comes with a fixed bracket but you can also hand-hold it for bounce flash effects very easily. It uses a 123A lithium battery which recharges very quickly (generally less than 2-3 seconds, about 7 seconds for a maximum-brightness flash), Canon claims approximately 250 shots from a new battery. There is an adjustment for low-mid-high intensity but the flash does not, to my knowledge, focus or adjust for subject distance (the camera auto-exposure does an excellent job of that). Finally, there is a "manual" mode which only means that you have to press and hold the indicator button to enable the flash to fire, this is to attempt to avoid having the slave trigger on someone else's flash if you are in a roomful of cameras. The guide number is 18 meters at ISO 100. I have found that, for example, taking pictures of actors in a high-school play from the audience, about 30 feet away, with relatively dim stage lighting, this flash was more than powerful enough to get excellent face shots, even with the camera moderately zoomed. This is a very useful and high-performance accessory, definitely worthwhile if you do a lot of indoor shooting where you can't get close to your subject.
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105 of 106 people found the following review helpful By thetoolman on November 18, 2006
I tried to save money by buying a Sunpak slave that was triggered (like the HF-DC1) by the camera's built in flash and was supposed to work with all digital cameras, but it failed to work with my Canon S3 IS. Even though my Canon S3 IS did trigger the Sunpak, it would not fire in sync with the S3 since the S3's (other Canon Powershot cameras do the same thing) flash sent out an imperceptible pre-flash that caused the Sunpak to fire before the real full flash on the S3 fired.' I called Sunpak and they had no clue what was happening. A call to Canon, however, got me answers and also got me to return the Sunpak and buy the HF-DC1. In summary, don't play games and save money just buy the flash that is made to work with this and other Canon Power shot cameras.

'The HF-DC1 is really, really, tiny and light and uses the funky and expensive CR123a battery. Buying a rechargeable CR123a with a charger is also an expensive proposition. What to do if you want to save money on batteries? Nothing! Buy the CR123a on the WEB cheap and be thankful that each one will let you take a tremendous amount of flash photos before you need another. This Canon flash is quite efficient in its power usage. The HF-DC1 also comes with a bracket that lets you use the tripod socket on the S3 and other Canon Powershot cameras to mount it on the side of the camera. You can also experiment and hand hold the flash at different angles without the bracket.

The HF-DC1 is silver in color and doesn't really match the S3's black body but it still looks OK. The flash has three buttons. The first allows you to set the power of the flash from min to mid to max. You will need to think this through since there are no wires going from the flash to the camera.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Red Fenders on January 11, 2007
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It works as advertised, no more, no less. It allows you to take flash shots at distances impossible with the camera flash alone. However, since there is no automatic exposure control, its easy to wash out a picture because of too much light, so you need to draw on your experience learned from prior photos. Its a good idea to take some practice shots to gain that experience.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By P. Lum on February 6, 2007
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Amazing little flash gun. Without it, most point & shoot cameras will allow you only 12-13 distance between you and your subject. With this, it'll go up to 30 feet. You can go even further out if you put the flash gun closer to the subject while you stand back. Can be used as a bounce flash too. Doesn't work for fill in flash in bright light, though. Most point and shoot cameras will boost its ISO to lighten the picture. Downside of that is when you blow up the picture, you'll see lots of grains. Using a flash will reduce the graininess. I would recommend setting your camera on manual to prevent the camera from selecting the ISO by itself.

The batteries can cost you around $7, so it is expensive. I bought a bunch for $2 online. I took over 400 pictures on one battery and it's still going strong. I think the instructions said you can get up to 500 pictures on a battery.

I was so happy with this flash gun that I ordered a Phoenix D92-BZS Digital Slave Flash. It's almost half the price with more power. The advantage of the HF-DC1 is its compact size. You can stick it in your pocket very easily. I'd like to get a Nikon D200 but I hate to go around carrying that heavy camera with a huge flash gun sitting on top of it. I can stick my Canon A640 in one pocket and the HF-DC1 in another. The Phoenix is quite large but more powerful.

The HF-DC1 will work with most Canons and it even runs on my Minolta.. so I guess it'll run on many different brands. It senses the multiple flashes the camera puts out and then fires on the second flash. Some cameras fire on the first or third. So caution here. The Phoenix has a selectable flash for 1st, 2nd or 3rd flash. I would guess that it'll run on almost all digital point & shoot cameras. But it's big.
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