Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite Review

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The YN560-IV is the latest incarnation of Yongnuo’s YN560 speedlite systems, adding wireless master control as well as slave mode.

If you’re looking for the YN560-TX transmitter go here: Yongnuo YN560-TX Review

If you’re looking for the older version go here:  YN560-III review

Note that since the YN560-IV is an evolution of the YN-560-III some sections are repeated from the YN560-III review.

The Yongnuo YN560 speedlite range has provided outstanding value for money and given many people the chance to learn off camera lighting without breaking the bank.  Yongnuo released the YN560-TX, a transmitter capable of triggering their YN560-III speedlite, but the speedlite itself could only be used either on camera or as a slave to other triggers/transmitters.

The YN560-IV fixes that by adding the master / transmitter capability within the speedlite itself, so now you can use the YN560-IV in several different ways:
• On Camera Hotshoe (standalone)
• On Camera plus Master to trigger other speedlites
• Off Camera in Remote / Slave Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-III vs YN560-IV vs YN560-TX

Yongnuo-YN560-IV vs YN560-TX vs YN560-III

YN560-IV vs YN560-TX
• The YN560-TX can trigger up to 6 different groups
• The YN560-IV speedlite can only trigger up to 3 different groups.

Yongnuo YN560-IV In The Box

Yongnuo YN560-IV In The Box

What’s in the Box?
In the box is the YN560-IV flash, a table top stand with plastic 1/4″ 20 thread, and a case.  I’ve moaned about this before so I may as well do it again now, the case does not include a belt loop so it’s completely useless as far as being a carry case (on your belt), instead it’s just somewhere you can store your speedlite when not using it. The plastic thread on the stand is useless and a metal thread would have been better.

Diffuser NOT Included
In my review of the YN560-III I noted that a diffuser had been taped to the outside of the box but unfortunately the YN560-IV didn’t come with one.  This must be down to each ebay seller to do themselves, so I must have been lucky with the YN560-III but not this time with the YN560-IV.

Battery Door / Fitting Batteries
The battery door is well made, sliding down to open with a spring loaded hinge mechanism to keep it open while you fit batteries.

YN560-III Batteries

YN560-IV Batteries

When first opening the battery door you’re likely to find a small packet of silica gel and a notice stating that LiFeP04 and/or Li-on batteries are not compatible and to use alkaline or NiMH.  I’ve been using Sanyo Eneloop with all my AA gear for a couple of years and they seem to work fine in this speedlite too.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Power Button

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Power Button – Press and Hold to turn on or off.

Powering On/Off
The YN560-IV has a soft push power button rather than a mechanical switch.  I must admit to preferring the latter, but once you get used to the button it just works. The down side is that in it’s standard configuration you can’t just push and let go, the button needs to be held down for what seems like 2 or 3 seconds while the YN560-IV cycles through various modes and icons flash across the screen.  Letting go of the power button early means the YN560-IV just shuts down again! Turning off is similar, hold the button, wait for the icons to cycle and the speedlite to turn off before letting go.

Quick Turn On  / Off Custom Function
If you get tired of waiting for the long power on / off cycle time there is a custom function for setting it to ‘quick’ mode, providing almost instant on/off by tapping the button. I’m not sure why it isn’t like this to start with.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV LCD Backlight

Yongnuo-YN560-IV LCD Backlight

Display & Backlight
The LCD display includes an orange backlight that helps when operating in low light conditions. Viewing angles from below and side to side are very good but it’s only readable up to about 20˚ from above. The backlight will turn off automatically after a few seconds but can be re-enabled by pressing the (left most) backlight button. A custom function allows you to choose how long you want the LCD backlight to stay on between 7, 15 & 30 seconds.

Setting the Mode

The YN560-IV includes several modes of operation, Manual (hotshoe), Multi (hotshoe), Transmitter only, Transmitter + master flash and 3 different remote (slave) modes, being wireless (2.4Ghz) and two optical trigger modes.

There is no TTL in any of the modes.

Press the MODE button to toggle through M (manual) and MULTI.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Standalone (Hotshoe) Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Standalone (Hotshoe) Mode

Manual Mode: The YN560-IV uses manual mode by default with the user selecting the power output using the up/down/left/right buttons on the rear panel.


Yongnuo-YN560-IV Multi Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Multi Mode

Multi-Mode: The YN560-IV can fire multiple flashes per exposure with the number and speed of those flashes controlled via the rear panel (see multi-mode).

Setting Master / Remote (Slave) Modes

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Trigger Button

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Trigger Button

Press the trigger button to cycle through the master / remote (slave) modes.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Master Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Master Mode

 TX (wireless 2.4Ghz) turns the YN-560-IV in to a master controller for up to 3 groups of remote YN560 speedlites, each with their own power settings.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Remote (Slave) Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Remote (Slave) Mode

RX (wireless 2.4Ghz) turns the YN560-IV in to a wireless remote (slave) unit on one of up to 6 remote groups. Note that only 3 groups are available with the YN560-IV used as a transmitter, 6 groups requires the YN560-TX.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S1

S1 Slave Mode uses an optical triggering system whereby the YN560-IV detects another flash and fires itself. S1 will trigger on the first flash, including a TTL preflash.  To avoid a false trigger from TTL use S2 instead.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S2

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S2

S2 Slave Mode uses an optical triggering method like S1 but S2 ignores the TTL pre-flash and fires on the second (main) flash instead.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Setting Power

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Setting Power

Setting the Power (Hotshoe Mode)
As already mentioned, the YN560-IV has no TTL function and all power is controlled manually using the Up, Down, Left & Right buttons in a very logical manner

• Pressing Right will increase the power by a full stop
• Pressing left will decrease the power by a full stop
• Pressing Up will increase power by 1/3 stop
• Pressing Down will decrease power by 1/3 stop

This means that any power between 1/1 and 1/128 in 1/3 stop settings can be selected relatively quickly without having to dive in to menus, it’s all right there at your finger tips.

If you want even more control then using the custom function settings it’s possible to change the power increments from 1/3 to 1/5 or even 1/3 and 1/5, but I doubt many people need to get quite that precise and would just move the flash a few inches instead.

Yongnuo-YN560-iV Multi Mode Setup

Yongnuo-YN560-iV Multi Mode Setup

Setting the Multi Flash Frequency & Flash Count
When in MULTI mode the power is set in the same way as manual mode but now the OK button allows you to toggle between the Power, Flash Count and Flash Frequency settings.

Setting the Count: Press and hold the OK button for 2 seconds until the flash count starts flashing then use the left and right buttons to change the count up/down.

The count can be set between 1 and 20 in increments of 1, then 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 60, 70, 80 & 90.  However, the number of flashes is limited by both the power and frequency you have selected, so you may need to experiment.

Setting the Frequency: Press OK again to move from the flash count to the the frequency then use the left and right buttons to set the frequencies between 1Hz and 100Hz in similar 1, 5 and 10 Hz increments.  Press OK to accept the current frequency and move back to the power setting.

It’s perhaps also worth noting that the maximum output in MULTI  mode is 1/4 power.

Zooming the Flash Head
Zooming the flash physically moves an element within the speedlite head to change & control how the light spreads. By moving the flash element to the front of the head (24mm) the light can spread wider whereas moving the element to the back (105mm) produces more of a tunnel effect, concentrating the light in a tighter pattern. This is of course useful for on-camera flash when zooming a lens, but is also just as useful when trying to fill an umbrella (24mm) or concentrate the light beam, such as for a hair light (105mm).

Pressing the zoom button moves the head through a 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm, 80mm and 105mm sequence. Like the Canon, it’s not possible to choose intermediate settings. Once you reach 105mm the next press will return you to 24mm.  While the zoom mechanism is not silent, it’s not overly noisy either.

Rotating the Head
Just like the YN560-III, the YN560-IV head only rotates by 270˚ which is something of a frustration for me.  While I don’t mind it being only 270˚ it would be better for it to rotate all the way around in the other direction.  Why? When using on a camera turned to the portrait orientation I’d still like to be able to bounce light from somewhere up and behind, but the head only turns to 90˚ in this direction.

Yongnuo YN560-IV Head Rotation

Yongnuo YN560-IV Head Rotation

I’ve no idea why they chose this direction because I can’t think of any time I want the flash ‘down’ and ‘back’ at the same time, so in portrait mode you’d need to turn the camera to the right (instead of the normal left), and while doable, it’s not how battery grips are designed to be used.  Maybe Yongnuo engineers never shoot in portrait mode, but I really wish they would!

Fake Head Release Button
At first sight the head appears to have similar head mechanism release buttons to the Canon 580EX II, but you soon realise they are only there for styling and decoration and don’t actually ‘push in’. The head can be freely rotated without the need to hold down any buttons, though it does have some ‘notches’ as it turns (see the positions above). While it’s unlikely you’ll knock the head out of position accidentally, it is at least a possibility. 

The head can tilt all the way from 7˙ down to all the way up.

Yongnuo YN560-IV Head Positions

Yongnuo YN560-IV Head Positions

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Audio On Off

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Audio On Off

Audible Signal / Beep on Recycle
One thing I always missed on the Canon 580EX series was the lack of audible feedback for recycle & ready.  Nikon have had it for years and I used it all the time on the SB-800 & SB-900, but for some reason Canon stubbornly refused to add it until the new 600 series. The YN560-IV emits two quick beeps when you fire and then a longer beep  when it’s recycled and ready to go.

Beep Disabled
If you have several flashes operating at the same time then the beeps could be annoying, but you could disable all but the highest power unit and know the others would be ready by the time this one beeped.

Beeps can be disabled by holding the left most button for 2 seconds at which time the musical notes icon disappears.  Hold the button for another 2 seconds to reenable the beeps.

Recycle Time
When using low power the the recycle time is very quick and you could fire off a number of shots without thinking about it.  As power is increased the recycle time increases proportionally, taking around 3 seconds at full power with fresh batteries. It’s this time delay that caused me to miss fire a Canon flash thinking is would be recharged when it wasn’t, so the fact that the YN560-III beeps certainly helps.


Yongnuo-YN560-IV Master-Mode

Setting the YN560-IV as a wireless Master

To enter master mode press the Wireless button (and repeat as needed) until the TX icon appears on the LCD.  Once in master mode the group and channels also need to be set on both the master and remote (slave) speedlites, otherwise they won’t fire.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Channel & Group

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Channel & Group

Setting the Channel (Master Mode)
Press both trigger and zoom buttons at the same time (–CH–) and the Channel selector will begin flashing. Use the left and right buttons to set the required channel.  Note that DIP switch settings suitable for other Yongnuo products are also displayed as you make the changes. Once the required channel is selected press the OK button to confirm.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Selecting the Group

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Selecting the Group

Setting the Group (Master Mode)
The power for each remote (slave) group is set by selecting the group then adjusting the power for that group. To select the group press the centre (OK) button to toggle through ‘A’, ‘b’, ‘c’ & ‘–‘.

Selecting ‘–‘ means this flash won’t fire.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Setting Power

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Setting Power

Setting the Group Power (Master Mode)
With the required group selected use the left and right buttons to set the power in full stop settings and the up and down buttons to increase or decrease in 1/3 stop.   Press the OK button to move to the next group and repeat until all groups are set.

YN560-IV as Remote / Slave

It’s possible to operate as a wireless (2.4Ghz) remote in one of 6 groups with the YN560-TX transmitter, though only 3 if you’re using a YN560-IV as a master. This means you could setup 6 different YN560-IV lights, or mix them with YN560-III speedlites, all with different settings and controlled from your camera using the dedicated YN560-TX transmitter (sold separately).

Note that the YN560-IV must be made ready for the wireless radio triggering (RX mode) by using a ‘binding mode’. On the YN560-IV master hold the the MODE & TRIGGER buttons together (labelled ACT) and ‘ACT’ will begin flashing on the LCD display.  The Pilot light on the remotes will begin flashing blue during which time you should press the Ok button to accept triggering from this master.  See here for more information on how to do this from a YN560-TX transmitter.

The remote operating mode is selected by pressing the trigger button which (with repeated presses) cycles through the ‘M’, ‘TX’, ‘RX’, ‘S1’ and ‘S2’ modes.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Remote (Slave) Mode

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Wireless Remote (Slave) Mode

RX is a wireless (2.4Ghz radio) trigger mode used with Yongnuo’s YN560-TX (transmitter), YN560-IV (speedlite), RF602 (transmitter) or RF603 (transmitter) triggers.  The channel must match the transmitter and the group must be one of the supported transmitter groups, being A, b, c for YN560-IV or A, b, c, d, E, F for YN560-TX.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S

S1 an optical trigger mode designed to trigger the speedlite when any other visible flash fires. The YN560-IV can be used with other flashes, including speedlites & studio strobes. S1 is not suitable for use with TTL/ETTL because it will trigger based on the first flash it sees (e.g. TTL pre-flash), so only use S1 with manual mode flashes (speedlites or studio strobes).

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Optical Slave Mode S2

S2 is the same as S1 but will ignore a TTL/ETTL pre-flash and trigger only on the main flash. This is called pre-flash cancel mode. Use S2 when triggering from other speedlites operating in TTL/iTTL/ETTL mode.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV RX Mode Channel

Yongnuo-YN560-IV RX Mode Channel

16 Channels & 3-6 Groups
In RX mode the YN560-IV can be set to one of 16 different channels to allow multiple photographers to shoot in close proximity without triggering each other’s flashes.  I’m not sure how often that situation occurs for Yongnuo users, but it’s a feature worth having none the less.

To change channels press the Trigger and Zoom buttons together which causes the [CH  1] to flash. Use the left and right buttons to change channel then press OK to accept.

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Change Group

Yongnuo-YN560-IV Change Group

Changing Groups
To change groups press the OK button (the [GrA] will flash) then use the UP and DOWN buttons to change the group (A, b, c, d, E, F) then OK to accept.

Assuming you set your transmitter and YN560-IV speedlite to the same channel it’s now possible to control the flash power differently per group, based on the group each unit it set to.
Resetting to Factory Defaults
If you need to reset the YN560-IV to the factory defaults hold the Audio & Mode buttons together, wait for the display to change to “CL EA” then press the OK button.

YN560-III PC Sync Port & Power

YN560-IV PC Sync Port & Power

PC Sync Port 
One further way to trigger the YN560-IV is via the built in PC-Sync port. While not many people will be using this, it’s a welcome addition and especially useful for those wishing to test fire using a light meter / sync cord combination.


YN560-III Bounce Card

YN560-IV Bounce Card

Bounce Card & Wide Angle Diffuser
Typical on this type of flash is the pull out bounce card for adding catch lights to eyes when bouncing off the ceiling and the wide angle diffuser, helpful for further spreading the light beyond 24mm.  This is especially useful when needing to fill a larger umbrella or softbox.


YN560-III External Power

YN560-IV External Power

External Power
Just in case you’re planning on doing a lot of shooting and need some extra power, or perhaps you’re looking for faster recycle time than internal batteries alone can provide, the YN-560-IV also includes an external power socket compatible with those designed for use with the Canon 580EX II.

What’s not included?
There are two main features missing from the YN560-IV. The first one is TTL. If you’re looking for a flash that provides automatics then the YN560-IV is not for you.  If you are using a Canon system then check out my YN568EX-II review which does include TTL mode.

Another missing feature is the focus assist beam that the Canon and Nikon flashes have. Perhaps Yongnuo thought that manual flashes wouldn’t be used in situations that need it, but it’s an omission that worth noting, not just from the YN560-IV but also from the dedicated transmitter (YN560-TX).  If you’re expecting to be working in extremely low light and need to rely on a focus assist beam then think twice before committing to the YN560-TX and YN-560-IV combo.

What cameras will this work with? 
Yongnuo have produced the YN560-IV with a single pin on the hotshoe, giving it maximum compatibility with just about anything that has a hotshoe option.  I’ve personally tested both the YN560-IV and YN560-TX on Canon DSLRs (several), Panasonic GH4 & Olympus EM1 (both micro-four-thirds cameras).

Nothing is perfect
The entire system would be enhanced if the YN560-IV or the dedicated YN560-TX included the focus assist beam and it would also be better if the head’s 270˚ rotation limit went the other direction and the case had a belt loop. Simple things that really should be fixed by the time you’re on revision IV.

If you’re on a Micro-Four-Thirds (Olympus / Panasonic) or Sony system then check out my Nissin i40 review since this great little flash does have TTL capability on these systems.  For Canon / Nikon check out the YN568EX-II review.

Considering the extremely low cost of the YN560-IV combined with very good build quality, great power output (GN58) and wireless control (both optical and 2.4Ghz radio), this highly flexible speedlite could well be the perfect tool if you need a compact portable studio setup.

For the cost of just one genuine Canon or Nikon speedlite you can get a YN560-TX transmitter and 4 YN560-IV speedlights for the classic four point lighting system (Key, Fill, Hair and backdrop) and still have money left over for another couple of lights for even more creativity. With that in mind it’s really hard to complain.

Setting the little nitpicks aside, I’m going to give this 5/5 due to the fantastic price/performance combination.

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40 thoughts on “Yongnuo YN560-IV Speedlite Review

  1. Chris

    Hi David

    I came across your site and would like to compliment you on a terrific and informative review of the Yongnuo range of speedlites.

    I have recently moved from Canon to the Fuji X-system. I have had the X-100 for a while then purchased the XPro-1, and now taken the leap and have bought the XT-1. I sold all my Canon gear but retained the 580EX flashes that i had and the PW PlusX. All my 580EX have been modified to accept a sync cord via Flash Zebra. This of course works perfectly on all my Fuji cameras but after reading your reviews it has got me thinking. That is to sell my 580EX flashes and replace with the YN560lll or lV and the YN560-TX.

    So that i understand with the YN560-TX on my XT-1 i can control the power of the flash from within a particular group in a multi flash set-up. With this arrangement i would also no longer need my PW as well. If i off load my Canon flash i could certainly purchase even more flashes to really expand the multi flash scenario.

    On the other hand if got the YN560lll or even the YN560ll i could use the PW with them but would have to increase /decrease power as required at the flash head. Between the Yn560ll, lll, and lV is there any difference apart from the radio trigger? If i keep my PW this would not be an issue would it.

    I have always been a little concerned with the Chinese flashes but it would seem that Yongnuo have really lifted there game and produced from what i have read in the various blogs and reviews, an excellent product, value for money and in most cases they seem to work right off the bat and keep working.

    Any further advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated to someone who has been delving into small flash photography.


    1. David Partington Post author

      The main difference from the YN560-II to the YN560-III is the addition of (radio) wireless remote and from the YN560-III to the YN560-IV the addition of the wireless trigger.

      If you don’t need on-camera flash then the YN560-III + YN560-TX would be the better option since it’s both cheaper and gives you the ability to control up to 6 groups instead of only 3 with the YN560-IV acting as a master.

      Any of the flashes can be triggered by a pocket wizard, though as you know you lose any automatics and remote control (other than trigger) and would need to physically make changes on the heads themselves. Being able to do this remotely using the YN560-TX is a very nice feature and having control over 6 groups is even better, especially if some of your speedlites are high on stands (e.g. a hair / rim light) or low down (e.g. a backlight).

      The build quality of the Yongnuo flashes has definitely improved over the last couple of years and I see no problems with them at all.

      1. Chris

        Thanks David for your reply.

        I read that the YN560ll is not compatible with the YN560TX unless they have a receiver attached. Is this correct?

        If i just use my PW i could get 3 of the YN560ll to each one of my Canon 580EX i sell. Which way to go is the question i am trying to answer.

        Thanks for a great site and well explained reviews.


        1. David Partington Post author

          Correct, the YN560-II does not have the radio receiver, hence you need to use an external receiver.

          Much depends on where your budget lies. If you are tight on budget then the YN560-II is cheaper and can be used with your PW. There appears to be about a £10 ($15) difference in price between the YN560-II and YN560-III and the YN560-TX is as little as £23-£25.

          If I had the available budget I’d be going the TX+III route since it’s got better controls, fewer parts to remember to bring along, or to go wrong when you’re in a hurry and stressed, and also fewer batteries to worry about.

          The reason to keep the PW would be for compatibility with other non-Yongnuo speedlites you may want to buy in the future.

  2. Paolo

    Hi David,
    Thank you for your terrific reviews. They are very helpful! I am planning to get the YN 560 IV. I have a Nikon and a SB600, plus a couple of RF603N. I was wondering whether it’s ok to use the Y560IV on camera as a master to trigger the off camera SB600 that has a RF603 attached to it. Would I be able to change the power of the off camera SB600 from the 560IV? I prefer having the on camera flash for weddings, events, so I’d get this flash instead of the TX.

    Thank you,


    1. David Partington Post author

      While the SB600 should trigger using the RF receivers you won’t have remote control of the power. For that you would need to be using the YN560-III or YN560-IV as the slaves. The YN560-IV cannot control Nikon protocol speedlights remotely, other that the trigger via suitable receivers.

    1. davidpartington@me.com Post author

      There is a wide angle diffuser located in the top of the head that pulls out, but that’s really dedicated to supported wide angle lenses (14mm fixed). It’s not a sto-fen type diffuser that softens the light. Some speedlites come with sto-fen types diffusers as well.

  3. Jurgen Kohler

    Hello David,
    Thank you for the great article on the YN560 IV. I recently purchased two 560 IV flash units, a 560 TX and a pair of RF 603 II. Everything seems to function as expected, except for one of the 560 IV flash units. The flash will only fire at what looks to me like full power no matter how it is used, on camera off camera at 1/128 power etc. I also tried resetting it to factory setting without any change in the output.
    Do you have any idea what could be going on?
    Thank you in advance for your help.

    1. David Partington Post author

      If the settings are identical to another working unit I’d be sending this one back as faulty :(

  4. Lorenza

    Hi David, thanks for the review.

    I just purchased the YN 560 IV for my Canon 100D (Rebel SL1) and while the flash will fire when mounted to the camera, when I try to enter into the settings (on camera) for an external flash I get an error telling me the flash is not compatible with the camera.

    I’m new to using external flashes so I’m confused as to why I’m getting this error.

    Can you help?



    1. David Partington Post author

      While the YN560-IV is capable of being fired by the Canon camera, it doesn’t have the extra pins required to be controlled via the camera menus. For this you’d need something like the YN568EX-II which emulates Canon’s own 580EX.

      You can’t control the YN560-IV from the camera menu so you need to do it from the menu on the YN560-IV instead.

      If you can tell me a little more about what you are trying to achieve then maybe I can suggest alternative workflows.

      1. Lorenza

        Thank you for the quick reply!

        My want to use 2 flashes (both off camera) with a trigger on camera to fire both. I would like to begin to use external flashes in macro shots and would I like to position the flashes around my subject. I’m fine learning to use the flashes manually and not just relying on ETTL.

        I’ve purchased 2 YN560 IVs and the YN 560-TX to control and trigger them. Again I’m new so not sure if it is necessary to access the camera’s external flash menu or just controlling the flash through the trigger is fine.

        Hope that makes sense!



  5. Pedro

    Hey David,
    I would like to know if this flash yongnuo IV works well with GH4 connected to the yongnuo trigger RF 603C II. If does not work. What I have to do to connect the yongnuo IV and the GH4 with a trigger. Other brand will work?
    Can I activate the flash just pressing the button in the trigger without connected camera ?

    1. David Partington Post author

      Yes, you can mount an RF603C II to the GH4 and fire the YN560-IV flash remotely but the extra RF603C II pins don’t make it easy to mount on the GH4. You also only get manual operation where the power needs to be set on the flash head.

      I would recommend getting the YN560-TX transmitter for the GH4 which will give you full control over the remote flash using a large LCD on the transmitter, so you can change settings from the camera without having to walk over to the flash itself. Check out my review of the YN560-TX.

  6. Federico

    Hi David,

    Do you know the max sync speed with a YN560 IV & YN560-TX combo? I’m analyzing this setup for high speed flash with a Fuji X100s :)


    1. David Partington Post author

      Sorry, that’s one piece of info I don’t have and can’t test since I don’t have an X100 here at the moment. If I find out I’ll let you know.

      1. Federico

        Hola David,

        Thanks for your answer. I’s told by an acquaintance they will sync with a X100s till 1/4000… so I guess I’ll have to buy them and try them by myself :)


  7. Tontan

    HI David,
    Great write-up!
    I’m in the process of building a DSLR camera trap for capturing elusive wildlife in the jungles in Thailand.
    I will need at least 3 flashes from various angles to light the scene and animal.
    The built-in receivers of these flashes make this a great option to use, however, the only thing I am a little worried about is the battery life in standby mode.
    Understandably the bettery life will shorten when it has to flash often, but I would like to know how long it would last in slave mode without flashing. And would this be the same for both the 560III and the 560IV?

    Has anyone tested this, or is anyone who owns either 560III or 560IV willing to run a test?
    I already have external batterypacks to extend battery life, but would love to hear how many days or hopefully weeks 😉 they would survive in standby mode without flashing on a full set of batteries.

    Hope to hear from you,

    Kind regards,

  8. Tonya Hurter

    Wow, really informative and great review. I have a Canon 430 ex ii and a Cyber Sync Transmitter and two receivers. I’d like to use this Yongnuo with my Cyber Sync units. Is that possible? I’d like to use it with my 430 on camera and off camera. I’m really looking forward to diving deeper into speedlites!

    1. David Partington Post author

      Yes you can fire these with Cyber Sync but you only get manual control via the speedlight, there will be no ETTL or control from the camera.

      If you buy lots of YN560-III or YN560-IV you may find the YN560-TX a better option for triggering those speedlights since you can control the power on all of them from the camera position, but the YN560-TX won’t fire your 430EX without an RF603II type receiver.

      1. Tonya Hurter

        That’s very help. Thank you. I’m having trouble finding many of these answers online. Am I right then in assuming that the YN 560-iv on my camera will NOT trigger my Canon 430 exii off camera?

        1. David Partington Post author

          Correct, though the 430EXII on camera can trigger the 560-IV off camera because the 560-IV has an optical trigger mode.

          Having said that, the 560-IV can trigger an RF603 receiver, which could then trigger your 430EX II off camera in MANUAL mode if you wanted to do that.

  9. Rehan

    Nice review! But i am an amateur at wireless flashes so do i need an additional trigger to fire the flash or i can wirelessly fire the flash directly from the camera(without using any triggers)

    Thank you in advance!

    1. David Partington Post author

      If your camera has a popup flash then you can trigger the YN560-IV using optical triggering. When the popup flash fires the YN560-IV will detect the flash and fire as well.

      1. David Gaudin

        I’m new to triggering, receivers, and transceivers except what I’ve been able to learn in one day.
        I am currently using a Nikon D300 to optically trigger my SB 600 off camera. All is fine but I want more flashes to increase the lighting capabilities in my real estate photography business.
        From what I’ve read, I’m sold on the Yongnuo systems, especially being on a budget.
        I was about to drop the hammer on the rf-603 II and the 560 III, because I don’t need TTL for now
        and this combination seemed adequate enough to add to my SB 600. Then there is the 560 IV. After investigating the 560 IV, I was unsure if I even needed the rf-603 II. So would my SB 600 and the 560 IV work without the rf-603 II or another triggering device?
        If your answer is…”Yes, only optically”, then I would not want just those two because I need to trigger one of the flashes if it is around the corner of a wall and not depend on optical triggering. I admit I get a little mixed up on the transceiver, master, slave conversations and just want to move forward with a dual flash set up and add more later.
        Any comments or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you for your website!

        1. David Partington Post author

          I would recommend looking at the YN560-TX since this can trigger YN560-III and YN560-IV via 2.4Ghz radio frequency (not optical) and can also control up to SIX remotes while giving you a much easier to use interface than the RF-603II.

  10. vivek

    hi david

    does yn622ntx works with n560IV?
    i have recently bought 2x yn560IV, 2x yn622n for my nikon flash and a yn622ntx. i am able to fire my nikon flash with the yn 622ntx and yn622n but unable to fire the yn560IV. is there anyway i could work all my flash? thanks in advance.

    1. David Partington Post author

      Vivek, I don’t see why it shouldn’t work, but unfortunately I don’t have that combination to be able to test it. Sorry.

  11. Karl

    Hi there,

    I’ve just received two mark4 units (i had mark3 for couple of months) and I’m not sure if I just set something wrong, but I was expecting that if I want to use one mk4 on camera as tx , and the mk3 and other mk4 as rx, the on camera flash would also be triggered. It works great so far, and I am not even surprised, because the first yongnuo – the mk3, is simply a solid performer, but if it is really by design, that while in tx the flash is not fired, then I would probably need to buy the TX unit, as there is no point carrying a flash head that is not in use

    1. David Partington Post author

      Karl, I don’t recall having the same problem but I’ll try to set up a test and see what I find. It may be a few days before I can do that due to workload but I’ll see what I can do.

  12. Mark

    The Yongnuo 560 IV hot shoe pin will not fit in the Canon 5D MKIII hot shoe. The website says this flash will work with a Canon 5D MKIII. Is there an alternative? Thanks, Mark

    1. David Partington Post author

      That doesn’t sound right – I have used the 560-IV on a 5D3 with no problem.

      1. Mark

        Thanks for the reply. It does fit, I didn’t notice the small front pin, but my camera isn’t recognizing it, I must not have something set right. That’s good to know. Thanks again.

      2. Mark

        I saw one of your comments telling someone else you cannot operate the flash controls from the camera with the 560IV. That is why the camera isn’t recognizing the flash. But it does fire. So thanks a lot for your help David. Makes life a bit simpler.

    2. Karl

      Just yesterday I had couple of friends over, one of them shoots 5dmk3, the other one Sony A7, and interestingly enough the new Sony multiinterface that is on the latest mirrorless Sony cameras also fires the yongnuo 560 flashes. The 5dmk3 had no issues putting on the flash or a rf603 trigger, frankly my Nikon D3300 has some issues putting on the trigger because the pins are a bit bulkier, but it was easier on the canon, and tested it yesterday also on canon 6d. Canon and Nikon use ISO hotshoe, so if the flash does not fit either the flash socket or the shoe on the camera is damaged. The Sony MIS on a7 is physically the same as ISO hotshoe, and is capable to fire manual flash but I would not recommend putting ISO shoe flashes on it because it has hidden contacts which can get damaged.

      1. David Partington Post author

        Be careful mounting Canon flash accessories on Nikon and visa-vera. The pins are not compatible and damage may occur.

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