Coming from a DSLR complete with external flash, it was hard to love the built-in flash on the NEX-6. That led me on a wild goose chase for info about third party flashes, and ended with my purchase of the $40 Neewer TT560. It works perfectly with the NEX’s universal hotshoe, and I was excited to have bouncing capabilities back. My post about the flash + camera combo has gotten some attention from other NEX-6 owners looking for answers like I was, but I didn’t expect to learn something new! Vannio let me in on an unexpected (to me) feature of the built-in flash – you can bounce it!
The built-in flash pops up from the camera body & is folded back down when not in use, but I never thought to manually bounce it! I tried it out today, and it works beautifully. Keep in mind that this isn’t a replacement for a true external flash, but in a pinch, it works very well. You kind of have to experiment with it since there’s no way measure angles etc, but I could accurately guesstimate results after playing around with it for a bit. What worked well for me was to use my left hand pointer finger on one corner to (gently!) pull it back at whatever angle, and press the shutter button as normal with my right hand. If I needed to do any fine-tuning via manual focus, I did that first. I’m stoked about this nifty little feature – it will definitely come in handy when I don’t want to lug around a flash bigger than my camera! Comparison photos & brief how-to video below!