A face-detecting camera flash: Sony HVL-F28RM

The HVL-F28RM is small, compact and works as a radio commander.

Sony has announced the HVL-F28RM, a new shoe-mount flash. It is designed to optimise the amount of light falling on the scene based on information from the camera’s face detection system.

The Sony HVL-F28RM has an integrated radio trigger, so you can use it as a wireless commander to control up to 15 flashes in five groups via Sony’s 2.4GHz system at a range up to 35 metres.

It runs on two AA batteries, has a guide number of 28 and the head tilts in 20° increments. There is no swivel. Recycle time is 4.1 seconds using NiMH batteries.

Recommended retail price is $250 USD, to be made available end of this month. For more technical information, visit the manufacturer’s web site. Order now from Adorama or B&H or your local Sony distributor.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.