Yongnuo YN968EX-RT flagship flash announced with LED video lamp

Yongnuo has announced a new high-end E-TTL/i-TTL flashgun called the Yongnuo YN968EX-RT.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT

Yongnuo, the Shenzhen-based photography equipment manufacturer, has announced a new high-end camera flashgun called the Yongnuo YN968EX-RT.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT

The Yongnuo YN968EX-RT is compatible with Canon’s 2.4GHz RT radio triggering system, which means you can use it out of the box with the Canon 600EX (II)-RT and 430EX III-RT flashes and ST-E3-RT transmitter, as well as Yongnuo’s own YN600EX-RT flash, YN-E3-RT transmitter and other YN968EX-RT flashes.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT

The YN968EX-RT is a master/commander that can control other groups of flashes, with easy adjustment of settings through menus on the rear LCD.

There is an LED light on the side of the flash head, providing a source of continuous lighting for video work. The output is daylight-balanced and an clip-on orange filter is included to match it with incandescent ambient lighting.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT

A built-in optical slave sensor supports Nikon and Canon’s optical transmission systems as well as basic S1 and S2 flash detection. There is also a PC sync port.

According to Yongnuo, the YN968EX-RT has a guide number of 60 (at Iso-100, 105mm) and the unit supports TTL, manual  and multi (stroboscopic) flash modes, along with high-speed sync up to 1/8000 second. The automatic zoom head provides coverage across 20–105mm focal lengths.

Yongnuo Speedlite YN968EX-RT

There is a USB port for firmware updates, which users can download from Yongnuo’s web site.

Pricing and a release date have yet to be announced. The YN968EX-RT looks to be Yongnuo’s most feature-packed flash yet, so we can expect it to cost the same or more than the company’s current flagship, the YN600EX-RT — that unit goes for $114 on eBay, from Adorama and B&H Photo. Canon’s own top-of-the-range flash, the 600EX II-RT, is priced at $529.

For more information, visit the manufacturer’s product page.

David Selby
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  • Lincoln

    What can this do (aside from LED light) that the 600 series can’t?

    • Hard to say. It’s a new mould, so possibly the build quality or user interface have been improved in some way. The YN968EX’s guide number is 60 at 105mm, versus the YN600EX-RT’s 60 at 200mm, so the newer model might be a bit brighter as well.

      • Looks like they are planning on a YN600EX-RT II as well, so it is less likely that the YN968EX-RT is a direct replacement.

        • Van Gelis

          No, it was a seperate release. I’m frightened buying Yongnuo stuff because of the overheating ad sometimes bad AF system comments.

  • Peter

    Great idea and a really cool feature, but I wish they would put the LEDs next to the flash bulb to double as a modeling light so you could precisely aim the flash head for photos and judge zoom settings accurately. Would save tons of test shots.

    That design would also allow for using the fresnel reflector and zoom mechanism while using the LEDs in video mode.

    The clip-on CTO is really smart feature (I wish my Fuji X100 had something like that for the built-in flash), but judging by the CTO filters that ship with their LED panels, it’s probably not going to be color accurate, probably warmer, around 2800K or something.

    • Bob Dobalina

      Just use MagMod

  • Michael – Visual Pursuit

    I think they should first sort the firmware issue that makes radio remote
    triggering dysfunctional with all Canon cameras from 2015 and following.
    The Canon ST-E3-RT fires Youngnuo YN600EX-RT fine, the Yongnuo
    YN-E3-RT (firmware 1.2.1) doesn’t.

  • bergstrom

    very few reviews on this one it seems.

  • Franck

    is this also available for Nikon?