Speedlite Comparison Yongnuo YN660 vs YN685

Speedlite Comparison Yongnuo YN660 vs YN685

Yongnuo has been working on their range of flash lights and their catalog has been growing steadily through the years. In this article we wanted to compare two very popular flash lights from Yongnuo – YN660 and YN685 in order to help you choose the right one for your needs.

Let’s first look at YN660. This is the latest iteration of a great family of manual flash lights from Yongnuo. YN660 has excellent power with GN66 @ 200mm zoom when shooting at ISO 100. This is the most powerful speedlite so far made by Yongnuo. This makes it a great choice if you want to light larger areas, put in inside large light modifiers in your studio. It also means you can dial down the power to get faster recycle times and longer battery life.

Yongnuo YN660 - manual flash


YN660 is a manual flash and is fully compatible with Yongnuo’s manual flash trigger system. It has built-in controller and receiver so you can use it as both master unit on top of your camera or you can trigger it remotely by a compatible trigger or another flash light.

Here’s complete list of flash lights and triggers that can be triggered by the built-in radio trigger in YN660:

- YN660 flash light
- YN685 flash light
- YN560 IV flash light
- YN560 III flash light
- RF-602 trigger
- RF-603 trigger
- RF-603 II trigger
- RF-605 trigger

And these are all the devices that can trigger YN660 by radio signal:

- YN660 flash light (control mode, power and zoom by radio signal)
- YN560 IV flash light (control mode, power and zoom by radio signal)
- YN560-TX controller (control mode, power and zoom by radio signal)
- RF-602 trigger
- RF-603 trigger
- RF-603 II trigger
- RF-605 trigger

This compatibility with previous manual flash lights and triggers made by Yongnuo makes YN660 a great addition if you already have one or more of their manual flash lights.

What YN660 lacks is TTL support and out of the box support with the wireless TTL system from Yongnuo. This is often preferred mode of shooting when in studio with multiple lights or in controlled light conditions. If you want to have TTL support, then you might want to look for other series of Yongnuo flash lights such as the YN685.

Yongnuo YN685 is a powerful flash light from Yongnuo with full TTL control and 2 built-in radio TTL receivers. One of the built-in radio receivers is of the YN-622 type and has full TTL support while the other is of the RF-603 II type and provides manual triggering of the flash. This makes YN685 excellent flash that can be easily and seamlessly used in both TTL and manual power setups. Note that YN660 has a built in trigger on top of the receiver so it can be used to trigger other flash lights. Yongnuo YN685 doesn’t have built in trigger so can’t be used for this. YN685 power is similar to YN660 albeit a bit less with a GN60 @ 200mm zoom and ISO 100. In addition to the full E-TTL support YN685 has also high speed sync (HSS) of up to 1/8000 second, a feature that is not present in YN660. It’s also worth mentioning that the TTL support built in YN685 is for a specific camera and flash system and there are two versions of the flash, one has full E-TTLL II support for Canon and one has i-TTL support for Nikon cameras.

Yongnuo YN685 is a powerful flash light from Yongnuo with full TTL control


Here’s complete list of devices that can radio trigger YN685 in TTL mode:

- YN-622C (Canon version)
- YN-622C II (Canon version)
- YN-622C-TX (Canon version)
- YN-622N (Nikon version)
- YN-622N II (Nikon version)
- YN-622N-TX (Nikon version)

Here’s complete list of devices that can radio trigger YN685 in manual mode:

- YN660 flash light
- YN560 IV flash light
- YN560-TX controller
- RF-602 trigger
- RF-603 trigger
- RF-603 II trigger
- RF-605 trigger

As you can see from the above list, the versatility of the YN685 flash light can’t be matched by any other Yongnuo flash. This makes it great addition if you haven’t decided which system you would like to buy into. It can also be easily integrated by both manual, TTL or even mixed setups.

If you use Yongnuo’s radio TTL system you can just add as many YN685 lights without the need to purchase separate triggers. The same statement is true if you already use Yongnuo’s manual radio trigger system and you would like to add extra flash that can also be used with full TTL capability on camera. For these scenarios we would highly recommend the YN685 flash. YN685 is also great choice if you need HSS support.

If you only shoot in manual mode and plan to continue to do so, then we recommend YN660. With its great power of GN66 and built-in both receiver and controller it will be a great addition to an already build system or the perfect way to start new one.

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