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Multi Interface shoe flashes for Sony cameras

Multi-Interface shoe flashes for Sony cameras


The Multi-Interface Shoe (MI Shoe/MIS) was introduced by Sony late It replaced a range of other hot shoes including the Minolta legacy Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (AAS), the NEX range Smart Accessory Terminals (SAT, SAT2), the Cyber-shot hot shoe, Intelligent Accessory Shoe (IAS) and Active Interface Shoe (AIS). This Multi-Interface Shoe has the same middle contact and frame as a standard ISO hot shoe, but additional electrical connections are hidden under the front.

This ISO compliance means it is mechanically compatible with any ISO based equipment, and all ISO-based flashes can be triggered, although no other functionality is supported. A range of adapters is available, including Sony’s ADP-MAA, which allows accessories that are compatible with an auto-lock shoe to be used with the camera’s new multi-interface shoe.

Before , Sony released 4 Multi-Interface shoe flashes (HVL-F20M, HVL-F43M, HVL-FM and the HVL-RL1), but as of late this year there is also a new HVL-F32M available. This flashgun was specially designed for their A7 range cameras. You can easily find compatible flashes by looking at the product name: “AM” are earlier versions (fit when using an adapter), “M” are Multi-Interface Shoe products

German manufacturer Metz also updated 2 of their Mecablitz flashes, the 44 AF-1 and 52 AF-1 digital with the Multi-Interface shoe and a third one, the very powerful Mecablitz 64 AF-1 digital will be available soon.

Lastly, Japanese company Nissin released a compatible version of their small i40, making a total of 8 flashes available for current Sony cameras.

Glossary Of Terms

Before going over all the specifications of compatible flashes, it might be useful to start with some abbreviations of functionality I will be using.

Guide number (GN)

The guide number for an electronic flash measures its ability to light a subject at your selected sensor sensitivity. For example, doubling the guide number means the flash can light an object at twice the distance. A higher guide number indicates a more powerful flash.

Through The Lens metering (TTL)

This TTL process of calculating the correct amount of flash light (power) to be used. Both flash light and ambient light are measured through the lens, and flash power required is calculated.

Advanced Distance Integration (ADI)

Modern lenses have encoders within the glass hardware to send actual focusing distance of the subject back to the camera’s exposure computation system. This information is then used by the camera to compute the real flash power that it is required to ensure that enough flash is fired to provide the right illumination of the subject at that distance.

High-speed sync flash (HSS)

This HSS is the ability to use a flash at shutter speeds faster than your camera’s native sync. Most cameras have a native sync of 1/th of a second, and anything faster than that is beyond the camera’s ability to synchronize the shutter with the flash. HSS is used in situations that require faster shutter speeds to capture the action adequately. When you want a fill light in bright daylight (to lighten shadows) or when you’re using a flash at wide apertures (where you’d normally over-expose your image).

All Multi-Interface Shoe flashguns available


Sony’s multi-interface shoe flashes might look expensive on paper, but they do offer the most features. All models listed are capable of remote controlling other flashes and all (except the HVL-F20M) are dust- and moisture-resistant. You’ll often find them at a significantly reduced street price, try Amazon.


Sony HVL-F20M muti interface shoe flash

The HVL-F20M is their smallest Multi-Interface Hotshoe flash and will give you a bit more power than a built-in flash. There’s no LCD screen, but controls are easy and straightforward to use. It’s also possible to use it as a remote controller for external flashes, an excellent feature at this price.

  • GN: 20
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • Can Be Used as Wireless Controller
  • Bounce Head
  • Built-In Diffuser
  • Wide and Tele Flash Settings
  • Compact, Flat-Folding Design
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries

HVL-F32M multi interface shoe Flash

The latest Sony flash was designed especially for the A7 range of cameras. Keeping in line with the philosophy behind that range, it’s meant to give you the maximum possible quality in a small unit. This one is also capable of using HSS, and is weather and moisture resistant just like all products in the A7 range. Remember that you can use all Multi-interface flashes can be used with the A7 range.

  • GN: 32
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm (16mm with Panel)
  • Wireless Control
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Built-In Bounce Sheet
  • Runs on 2 AA Batteries

Sony HVL-F43M multi interface shoe flash

The HVL-F43M is my personal favourite of all the Sony flashes, as it does give you a decent amount of power with advanced functionality, but is still quite portable.

  • GN: 43
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm (15mm with Panel)
  • Wireless Control for up to 3 Flash Groups
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Pivot 90° L/R
  • Built-in Bounce Sheet
  • Retractable 15mm Wide-Angle Panel
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
  • Mini Stand and Case Included

The HVL-F60M is a seriously powerful flash for professional use but suffers from fast overheating issues. There is no sign that Sony will be updating it soon, so if you need a flash of this calibre, I’d suggest going with the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital.

Update: Sony just released a firmware update that would resolve the overheating issues, though with a longer recycling time.

  • GN: 60
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm (15mm with Panel)
  • Wireless Control for up to 3 Flash Groups
  • Dust and Moisture Resistant
  • Dedicated Flash and Video Light
  • Quick Navi and Large Dot Matrix LCD
  • Stroboscopic Lighting Control

 Metz Mecablitz Flashes

German consumer electronics manufacturer Metz makes a range of semi-pro and pro flashes called Mecablitz. These are often quite a bit cheaper and offer equal performance and functionality as their Sony counterparts, except for weather proofing and wireless control for external flashes. Their flagship 64 AF-1 Digital is an exception to this, as it is dust/moisture resistant and has wireless Master functionality.

Mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital

mecablitz 26 af 1 digital

Despite its compact size – it even fits in a shirt pocket – the new mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital boasts comprehensive features. The flash output impresses with a guide number of 26 for ISO /21° and 85mm and outperforms integrated flashes. It’s handy format makes it the ideal holiday companion, particularly suited to compact cameras with flash shoes. Adjustments can be set using the function keys – ideal for flash novices who expect nothing less than perfect illumination. The ingenious design enables the reflector to be rotated for an indirect flash. Together with the integrated wide-angle diffuser, the mecablitz 26 AF-1 digital allows sufficiently creative scope for inventive illumination – for shooting videos, too. Because an additional two-level adjustable high output LED permanent light with up to 30 Lux lights up even motion picture photography.

  • GN: 26
  • 90° vertical bounce facility
  • Simple operating concept
  • Integrated wide-angle diff user for 24 mm illumination
  • Flash readiness indicator and correct exposure display on unit and on camera ***
  • Status LED
  • AF-assist light on Video LED
  • Automatic unit shut-off ( flash mode)
  • Metal base* with quick lock
 Mecablitz 44 AF-1 Digital

mecablitz 44 af 1 digital

The 44 AF-1 is their smallest available for the MIS, and does not support HSS. It is quite cheap though and offers a more powerful alternative the Sony HVL-F20M (although it’s bigger).

  • GN: 44
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • no HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm (12mm with Panel)
  • wireless slave mode only (TTL)
  • No weather sealing
  • Modelling Light for Checking Shadows
  • Tilts Upward 90° & Rotates °
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1
mecablitz 52 af 1 digital

The Metz Mecablitz 52 AF-1 is an almost a fully featured TTL, and HSS flash with auto zoom functionality and an illuminated rear touchscreen with swivel. A great buy if weather proofing is not important to you.

  • GN: 52
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm (12mm with Panel)
  • wireless controller
  • No weather sealing
  • Modelling Light for Checking Shadows
  • Tilts Upward 90° & Rotates °
  • Manual from 1/1 to 1/ in 1/3 Steps
  • Illuminated Rear Touchscreen with Swivel
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • High-Speed, 1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital

mecablitz 64 af 1 digital

This is their top-of-the-line flash featuring an exceptional build and all possible functionality. It’s currently the only useable flash option for professional use.

  • GN: 64
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Auto Power Zoom Range: mm!! (12mm with Panel)
  • Secondary Reflector with 2 Output Levels
  • Only Mecablitz which is weather sealed
  • Wireless Master & Slave Functionality
  • Tilts -9 to +90° & Rotates °
  • Color LCD Touchscreen & Modeling Light
  • Strobe & Servo Flash Modes
  • High-Speed,1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Sync, Power, and USB Ports
  • runs on 4 AA Batteries


Nissin is a Japanese company that has been making flashes for over 50 years. The currently have three lashes available for the Multi-Interface Shoe: the i40, Di and Di

 Nissin i40
Nissin i40 multi interface shoe Sony

This small flash uses dials instead of the standard LCD screen. It offers full functionality; the only caveat being that it is not dust and moisture resistant.

  • GN: 40
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Zoom Range: mm (16mm with Panel)
  • LED Video Light with 9 Output Levels
  • Tilts Upward 90°
  • Rotates Left & Right °
  • Wireless Slave TTL Functionality
  • Recycle Time: Seconds
  • Slow, High-Speed,1st & 2nd Curtain Sync
  • Runs on 4 AA Batteries
Nissin Di

The Nissin Di Digital TTL flash for Sony MIS covers a focal Length range of mm, has a GN rating of 32 at 35mm/GN44 at mm. It is TTL/wireless TTL capable.

  • GN 32 at 35mm/GN44 at mm
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • Auto Zoom Range: mm
  • AF assist beam
  • Energy saving system
  • Wireless TTL mode
  • Rear Curtain Sync
Nissin Di

The Nissin Di Air advanced flash for Sony MIS covers a focal Length range of mm. It has a GN rating of 54 at mm/GN48 at mm, fully rotating flash head, is HSS/TTL/wireless TTL capable and features a LED control panel.

  • GN 54 at mm/GN48 at mm
  • TTL
  • ADI
  • HSS
  • Zoom Range: mm
  • LED control panel and selector dial
  • Head rotates horizontally ° to right and left, tilts up to 90°and expanded 7°of downward tilt
  • Wireless TTL mode
  • External power socket for Nissin Power Pack PS 8
  • PC terminal socket for flash sync


Phottix is a rapidly developing company that specializes in manufacturing photographic accessories.

Phottix Mitros and Mitros+ TTL for Sony MIS

phottix mitros sony

Phottix just released versions of their Mitros, and Mitros+ TTL flash units for the Sony multi-interface hot shoe. The Mitros+ has remote radio flash control with built-in Phottix Odin and Strato II receivers, and both can be triggered remotely or used to trigger off-camera flash units. These flash units provide a guide number of 58, with ° rotation and tilt by 97°.The Phottix Mitros and Mitros+ are available now for $ and $

  • GN: 58
  • TTL, M, Multi (Stroboscopic) modes
  • Auto/Manual Flash Head Zoom with degree rotation and 97 degree tilt
  • High Speed Sync and Rear Curtain Sync
  • Flash Exposure Compensation: Manual
  • Quick Flash Mode: with sec. recharge times
  • USB port for upgrades
  • mm Sync port
  •  IR Wireless Triggering with Master and Slave mode
  • Optical Slave Sync Mode
  • 4 AA batteries
  • Port for external battery pack
  • Compatible with Phottix Odin TTL Flash Triggers


With now 13 flashes available for the Multi Interface Shoe, you are not limited the Sony flashes anymore. Which one is best for you depends on your usage and how much power you actually need.

Two features to keep in mind are whether you need dust and moisture resistance and the ability to use HSS, as this will limit your options. I’d recommend keeping your flash as small as possible and upgrading as you need more power.

Two new arrivals are very interesting in particular: the small, inexpensive but feature-rich Nissin i40 and the pro Mecablitz 64 AF-1 Digital. The latter will particularly appeal to users unsatisfied with the HVL-F60M’s overheating issues.

The HVLM is my personal flash of choice for both the A7r and A77 II, as it is still portable whilst having both HSS and weather proofing. It’s been on the market for over a year now and prices have dropped significantly.


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Multi Interface Shoe

The Multi Interface Shoe (a.k.a.MI Shoe or MIS) is a proprietary camera hotshoe introduced by Sony in , replacing an assortment of other proprietary hotshoes used by Sony in various types of cameras in the past.


The Multi Interface Shoe is a proprietary camera hotshoe introduced by Sony on 12 September , replacing an assortment of other proprietary hotshoes used by Sony in various types of cameras in the past, including the Auto-lock Accessory Shoe (aka AAS or "iISO" shoe) introduced by Minolta in and used on Sony αDSLRs, SLTs and some NEX cameras, and the Smart Accessory Terminals types 1 (SAT) and 2 (SAT2) used on the majority of the Sony α NEX-line. It also replaces Sony's former Cyber-shot hotshoe, Intelligent Accessory Shoe (IAS) and Active Interface Shoe (AIS).

At first sight, the Multi Interface Shoe resembles a standard ISO hotshoe with middle contact and frame ground and without any vendor-specific extra contacts, but additional electrical contacts are hidden under the front of the hotshoe. Therefore, the hotshoe is mechanically compatible with any ISO based equipment,[1] and while it does not allow to control third-party flashes, ISO-based flashes can be triggered at least. The hotshoe also features three holes in its metal base in order to support an optional locking mechanism in the flash or other hotshoe device. It does not, however, provide an auto-locking mechanism as on the Auto-lock Accessory Shoe.

Electrically, the Multi Interface Shoe includes all signals of both the Auto-lock Accessory Shoe and the Smart Accessory Terminal 2, thereby allowing passive electromechanical adapters to be used. For this purpose, Sony provides ADP-MAA (top: Auto-lock, bottom: MIS) and ADP-AMA (top: MIS, bottom: Auto-lock) adapters. Both adapters route through the "F2" and "F3" signals; the Auto-lock hotshoe's "F1" signal is connected to the middle contact of the Multi Interface shoe, not pin 20 ("F1#"), which is left open. MIS pins 7 and 15 ("REG_GND") are internally connected to both sides of the frame as well as to the GND signal of the Auto-lock shoe's side. "MIC_GND" pin 4 is left open.

The ADP-AMA's Auto-lock hotshoe features a switch, which shorts MIS pin 21 ("PGND") to "GND" when the adapter is mounted on a hotshoe without hole (as on a camera, or with ADP-MAA or FS). Otherwise pin 21 is left open in the adapter (indicating wired or remote use). Assuming that pin 21 is tied to PGND in a camera's hotshoe, this allows flashes compatible with the Multi Interface Shoe to detect if they are mounted on the camera or not as it is necessary for ADI to work.

In the ADP-MAA adapter, pins 2 and 3 ("ID2" and "ID1") are directly connected to GND, whereas pin 1 ("ID3") is pulled low via a &#;kΩ resistor.

The first cameras to use the Multi Interface Shoe are the SLT-A99, NEX-6, NEX-VG, NEX-VG30, DSC-RX1 and DSC-HX It is also used on all newer cameras including the ILCA-series and ILCE-series. In , the Hasselblad HV has become the first third-party camera to support the Multi Interface Shoe as well.

In , Sony released a third hotshoe adapter, named ADP-MAC. It allows to mount equipment with Active Interface Shoe onto cameras with Multi Interface Shoe.

The Multi Interface Shoe was integrated into the existing Minolta/Sony TTL flash cable system by the introduction of the flash shoe FA-CS1M (VX), a remote hotshoe with four-pin TTL[clarification needed] cable port and a Multi Interface Shoe on its top and bottom.

Electronic contacts[edit]

Pin Direction (shoe) Type Signal AAS SAT / (only SAT2) Comment
1 In Generic ID3 N/A N/A Hotshoe type identification (left-most pin, except for pin 23)
2 In Generic ID2 N/A ID2 Hotshoe type identification
3 In Generic ID1 N/A ID1 Hotshoe type identification
4 Supply (out) Microphone or EVF MIC_GND N/A MIC_GND Microphone ground (analog)
5 In / Out Microphone or EVF MIC_L / GVIF_SDATA_N N/A MIC_L / (GVIF_SDATA_N) Left microphone (analog), EVF
6 In / Out Microphone or EVF MIC_R / GVIF_SDATA_P N/A MIC_R / (GVIF_SDATA_P) Right microphone (analog), EVF
7 Supply (out) Power REG_GND GND REG_GND Logic ground – connected to pins 15, 23, 24 in camera
9 Out / Out GPS or WLAN GPS_CTS / WLAN_SD_D0 N/A N/A
10 In / Out GPS or WLAN GPS_RTS / WLAN_SD_D1 N/A N/A
13 Supply (out) Power LOGIC_VDD LOGIC_VDD Switched, regulated low-power &#;V supply
14 In / Out / Out / Out Microphone or WLAN or audio MIC_C / WLAN_SD_CMD / SP_OUT / AUDIO_L N/A MIC_C Center microphone (analog), WLAN,&#;?, Left audio lineout (analog)
15 Supply (out) Power REG_GND GND REG_GND Logic ground – connected to pins 7, 23, 24 in camera
16 Out / Out / Out GPS or WLAN or audio XGPS_RST / XWLAN_RST / AUDIO_R N/A N/A GPS Reset, WLAN Reset, Right audio lineout (analog)
17 Supply (out) Power UNREG UNREG Switched, fused ( A), unregulated battery power (battery plus, –&#;V) against pin 21
18 Out / Out Flash or EVF F3 / EXT_EVF_SCK F3 F3 / (EXT_EVF_SCK)
19 InOut / Out Flash or EVF F2 / EXT_EVF_SI F2 F2 / (EXT_EVF_SI)
20 Out / Out Flash or EVF F1# / EXT_EVF_SO N/A F1# / (EXT_EVF_SO)
21 Supply (out) Power PGND PGND Power ground (battery minus) / on-camera detection (right-most pin, except for pin 24)
22 Open collector/Drain (out) Flash ISO_SHOE_X F1 N/A ISO shoe X sync (middle contact) – for low-voltage trigger circuits only
23 Power / Supply Flash ISO_SHOE_FG GND ISO shoe frame ground (left) - connected to pins 24, 7, 15 in camera
24 Power / Supply Flash ISO_SHOE_FG GND ISO shoe frame ground (right) – connected to pins 23, 7, 15 in camera


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