Best flashguns for Nikon DSLRs: 8 tested

Choose the best flashgun for your Nikon camera

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

Nikon SB-700 Speedlight - £250/ $390

With a carry pouch and a range of accessories, the Nikon SB-700 is a flashgun feast. As well as a stand for mounting the flashgun on a tripod for remote firing, you get a diffusion dome and two colour filters.

The flashgun automatically senses when the diffusion dome is fitted, locking the motorised zoom at its wide-angle setting to enable soft, even lighting. Auto-sensing also applies to the amber and green filters, adjusting White Balance for tungsten or fluorescent ambient lighting respectively.

The control panel and menu system have been overhauled from the SB-600's, and ensure intuitive operation. The SB-700 is superb for wireless multi-flashgun setups, where it can be a master or slave unit.

Performance

Maximum power is modest, at GN 37, but this is fine for general use. We liked the way the flashgun automatically converts between full-frame and APS-C cameras.

Other finery, which is shared with the more expensive SB-900 and SB910 flashguns, includes a choice of three different illumination patterns for standard, centre-weighted or 'even' corner-to-corner lighting.

Flash output

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

Still a little way short of the expected overall power output, the SB-700 is, nevertheless, very consistent throughout the rest of the range.

Aperture reading at 1m
Theoretical: 28
Measured: 22

i-TTL exposure accuracy

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

As with the other Nikon flashguns in the test group, the SB-700 proves almost impossible to fool, giving accurate results time after time.

i-TTL exposure accuracy
Measured: -0.2EV

Colour accuracy

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

Colour rendition is indistinguishable in shots taken using the SB-700 and SB-900. Both flashguns give natural-looking results, with neutral greys.

Colour accuracy
Measured: 9

Image quality verdict

Best flashguns for nikon dslrs

There's practically nothing to separate image quality between the SB-700 and the fully professional SB-900, making the former a bargain.