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Canon HF-DC1

High-power add-on flash for Canon PowerShot cameras

Item # 280HFDC1

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Even if your Canon PowerShot camera has a built-in flash, it may not be strong enough to reach more distant subjects for well lit photos. So give it a helping hand with Canon's high-power add on flash. This handy little device attaches to your cam using the included bracket, and provides up to double the illumination range of you camera's built-in flash. It's automatically triggered by your camera's flash so there are no wires to attach, making it extra-easy to use.

Product Highlights:

  • compatible with all Canon PowerShot digital cameras
  • delivers up to double the range of the camera's built-in flash
  • three-way control to adjust flash intensity
  • camera mounting bracket included
  • uses disposable 3 Volt lithium battery (included)
  • cloth storage pouch included
  • weight: 3.4oz. (with bracket)
  • 1-13/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 1-3/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • External flash
  • Mounting bracket
  • CR123A 3V lithium battery
  • Cloth drawstring pouch
  • User Guide

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Compatibility: The Canon High-Power External Flash (HF-DC1) is intended for use as an attachable supplementary flash for Canon PowerShot series and Digital IXUS series digital cameras.

High-Power Flash: Photographic subjects that are too distant for your Canon PowerShot series camera's built-in flash to illuminate can be captured in sharp detail using the Canon HF-DC1 high-power external flash.

Flash Range: The range of the flash is approximately twice the size of the range for your Canon camera's built-in flash.

Note: The actual range will vary according to such factors as the camera lens brightness (f/ number), the zoom setting, and the ISO sensitivity setting.

Controls: The Canon HF-DC1 provides the following control switches.

  • Operation Mode: The Operation Mode switch lets you select between Manual, Auto, and Off mode. In Auto mode, the flash automatically fires and compensates for the illumination of the camera's built-in flash. In Manual mode, the flash only fires and compensates for the illumination of the camera's built-in flash while the pilot lamp is pressed.
  • Flash Intensity: You can adjust the high-power flash's intensity to Minimum, Medium, or Maximum.

Tripod Attachment: Your Canon PowerShot series digital camera can still be attached to a tripod with this high-power flash installed, thanks to the included mounting bracket.

Installation: Install the HF-DC1, using the included mounting bracket, so that the flash is up against the side of the camera and parallel with the camera's front-panel.

Note: Subjects will not be properly illuminated if the flash is misaligned.

Battery Powered: The Canon HF-DC1 high-power external flash operates on a single CR123A 3V lithium battery (included). The flash may take up to approximately 7.5 seconds to charge (on a new battery). The unit's pilot lamp will light red when the flash is charged.

Note: The battery charge is depleted if the HF-DC1's pilot lamp fails to light more than 10 seconds after the power/mode switch is set to an operating position.


Guide Number18
Flash Cycles (Battery Life)250x or more (with the intensity switch set to Max.)
Flash Interval7.5 seconds or less (with a new battery)
Angle of CoverageCovers a 28mm (35mm film equivalent) angle of field
BatteryCR123A or DL123 lithium battery
Weight3.4 oz (with bracket)

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