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Use the supplied EF‑X8 shoe-mounted flash unit for additional lighting at night or indoors under low light.

  1. Slide the flash onto the hot shoe as shown, stopping when it clicks into place.

  2. Raise the flash.

    If the flash is not raised, settings will be adjusted for units connected via the sync terminal ( SYNC TERMINAL).

  3. Select FLASH SETTING > FLASH FUNCTION SETTING in the camera menus to display options for the EF-X8.

    This feature can also be accessed via shortcuts (Shortcut Options).

  4. Highlight items using the focus stick (focus lever) and rotate the rear command dial to change the highlighted setting (Flash Settings).

  5. Press DISP/BACK to put the changes into effect.

Depending on the distance to the subject, some lenses may cast shadows in photos taken with the flash.

The flash will not fire at some settings, for example in panorama mode or when the electronic shutter is used.

Choose shutter speeds slower than 180X when using the flash in exposure mode S (shutter-priority AE) or manual (M).

In TTL mode, the flash may fire several times with each shot. Do not move the camera until shooting is complete.

Flash Settings

The following settings are available when the supplied EF‑X8 shoe-mounted flash unit is attached.

Setting Description

Flash control mode

Choose from the following options:

TTL: TTL mode. Adjust flash compensation () and choose a flash mode ().

M: The flash fires at the selected output () regardless of subject brightness or camera settings. Output is expressed in fractions of full power, from 1/1 to 1/64. The desired results may not be achieved at low values if they exceed the limits of the flash control system; take a test shot and check the results.

(COMMANDER): Choose if the flash is being used to control remote synced flash units, for example as part of a studio flash system.

(OFF): The EF‑X8 does not fire. Flash units connected via the sync terminal will still fire when the shutter is released, but can be disabled by lowering the EF‑X8 and turning the units off in the flash settings menu.

Flash compensation/

Adjust flash level. The options available vary with the flash control mode ().

Flash mode (TTL)

Choose a flash mode for TTL flash control. The options available vary with the shooting mode (P, S, A, or M) selected.

(FLASH AUTO): The flash fires only as required; flash level is adjusted according to subject brightness. A icon displayed when the shutter button is pressed halfway indicates that the flash will fire when the photo is taken.

(STANDARD): The flash fires with every shot if possible; flash level is adjusted according to subject brightness. The flash will not fire if not fully charged when the shutter is released.

(SLOW SYNC.): Combine the flash with slow shutter speeds when photographing portrait subjects against a backdrop of night scenery. The flash will not fire if not fully charged when the shutter is released.


Choose whether the flash is timed to fire immediately after the shutter opens (/1ST CURTAIN) or immediately before it closes (/2ND CURTAIN). 1ST CURTAIN is recommended in most circumstances.

Red-Eye Removal

Red-eye removal is available when an option other than OFF is selected for FLASH SETTING > RED EYE REMOVAL and AF/MF SETTING > FACE/EYE DETECTION SETTING is ON. Red-eye removal minimizes “red-eye” caused when light from the flash is reflected from the subject’s retinas.

Flash Sync Speed

The flash will synchronize with the shutter at shutter speeds of 1/180 s or slower.

Optional Flash Units from FUJIFILM

The camera can be used with optional FUJIFILM shoe-mounted flash units.

Third-Party Flash Units

Do not use third-party flash units that apply over 300 V to the camera hot shoe.