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Godox AD300 Pro review – Small and powerful

Hello everyone, today we are going to talk about the brand new small form factor outdoor flash the Godox AD300 Pro.  If you need a great and reliable flash unit to use outside, maybe Godox have a solution for your problem, because they have a lot of good options for this matter.

In its 3rd generation of flash units we can find lots of options for lighting solutions from Godox, with models like the AD200 Pro, AD400 Pro and AD600 Pro and now the new AD300 Pro. All these units work with an integrate and replaceable battery which gives then lots of versatility.

Godox AD300 Pro – unboxing

Box Godox AD300 Pro

My first experience with the Godox AD300 Pro was great, the package is very simple, but well done. One thing that surprised me was its size, almost the same size of the boxes of my Godox flashes when i bought then years ago. Inside the box you gonna be presented with a little carrying semi rigid case which should be standard in all photographic equipment brands because it gives the product a premium feel, or as the name say a Pro feel. 

Carrying case Godox AD300 Pro

The first impression was great. Godox is aware of what their customers are searching in their products. Which makes me wonder what’s gonna be the news for the upcoming years.

Inside the carrying case you will find the flash unit, the battery charger, a the flash mount, charging cable and user manual. In the case there is a space for the battery itself and mine came already installed on the flash.

Flatlay Godox AD300 Pro

AD300 Pro – built quality

One of the most important things about a flash unit is the build quality, and off course there are brands that excels in this aspect, I am used to use Broncolor units and I can say that they are solid in this department, nothing like the Speedotron ones which are built like a tank.

The Godox products are really good on the built quality department, everything that I have from the brand works well in any situation, my outdoor kit is all Godox products and never failed me.

The AD300Pro has a good build quality, though its case is made of plastic, It has a great sturdiness and feels solid. Is it a hard plastic shell with gives the unit protection but also keeping it light. Even Though the AD300Pro shell is plastic it feels great, I don’t thing that the unit can take high falls without been damage, but is a unit that you don’t need to treat lightly because its too fragile, this is not the case with the AD300Pro. 

Product shot Godox AD300 Pro

Size and battery

This unit is tiny, and I have to say, I love it. It is great to know I can carry around a small and powerful unit like this on my backpack with my cameras and lenses. It takes the space of one lens on your backpack which makes life much easier when you are going outdoors and don’t want to carry a huge amount of equipment.

In any situations that I need just one unit I pretty confident that the AD300Pro can be this unit, for its size and its power. And i think that if you use it and one reflector all your base will be covered for a single setup with two point light.

The is almost the same battery which is found on the AD200 line, so if you invested on batteries on the AD200 line you can use then with the AD300Pro. But due to differences in the amperage the recycle times will be a little slower. Good new is that they use the same charger, so if you have the AD200 charger you can use it to charge the AD300Pro with no problem. With a fully charged battery you will have around 300 shots with full power and the recycle times are about 1.5 seconds for 1/1 settings. This is a great number, and if you are not using full power the battery will last much longer.

Features

The best feature of any Godox product is its ecosystem, it works like a breeze with all the line of recent products without a problem. If you have a X1T trigger you can fire without a problem most of the flashes and monoheads. Some triggers also can be paired with your smartphone or tablet and control your flashes via Bluetooth, which is the case of the X2T. The second big advantage of this unit is the size.

The AD300Pro offers a lot of features that are useful. It has a built in receiver for firing and adjusting the flash. The wireless system have a great range working well up to 100 meters. This flash unit works in TTL (Through the lens. Which leave the flash power adjustment to the camera ), works in manual mode and Multi flash bursts. One of the most welcomed features on the AD300Pro is the presence of a modeling light, a LED bi color modeling lamp that can be adjusted and used to help acquiring focus and to have a idea of how your light is. 

Although the modeling light can be used for video lighting I would consider buy a dedicated unit for this purpose, but if you find yourself in a situation that your have just this unit modeling lamp as your light source you can get away with it, keep in mind that is is possible to hear the cooling fan if you are recording on a quiet environment .

It has one of my favorite things that is high speed sync, this features allows you  to use the flash to work with shutter speed above the sync speed of your camera and is very useful to make great photos outside mixing natural and artificial light. 

A great display and controls are found on the back of the, unit and the somewhat easy interface, if you are accustomed with the Godox products, the interface is not a problem but surely it could use a more modern layout.

Godox mount 

Aiming to gain more space on the lighting equipment industry Godox launched its own proprietary modifier mount, Godox mount, and now they can produce not only lights but also modifiers. The AD300 Pro uses a newly designed Godox mount, which is smaller than the Bowens mount and makes the modifiers less cumbersome to carry around. They are already working on a selections of modifiers with this new mount and looks like there is more to come. 

Modifiers Godox AD300 Pro

Even though you can use the internal reflector on the AD S-S65/85 to get something similar to a beauty dish I would love to see a proper beauty dish on this selection of modifiers in the future.

I used the Godox AD300 Pro with the collapsible softbox AD-S85 and this modifier is perfect for outdoor shooting because it has a great size and when collapsed carrying it is not a problem. If you don’t want to build a new set of modifiers you can buy the new S2 Bracket  and use umbrellas or Bowens mount modifiers. 

Or if you are deep on other mount system Godox offers adapters for most of the major brands so you can use not just Bowens or Godox mount modifiers.

Mount systems Godox AD300 Pro

Light Quality

The Godox AD300 Pro has a great light quality without shifts in color, good range and good power output. Working with the unit i didn’t feel its being to weak that I had to put the light to close to the subject and also its isn’t to strong to the point that I had to put the light to far of the subject or to use it in very low increments. 

Straight out of camera

Paired with the AD S-85 with one layer diffuser it produces a very pleasing light to make good outdoor portraits. The image below the AD300 was over camera the softbox and ¼ flash power about 2 feet away. It produces enough light to lit a full body in this configuration. Outside during the day I didn’t feel the necessity to use the modeling lamp, but it is good to know that this flash has this possibility in case of a night shoot.  

Shot with Godox AD300
Edits with Lightroom and Photoshop

Usability

As all Godox products the usability is good, had no connections problems whatsoever and using the unit for more than 2 hours I had 0 misfires. Triggering and controlling the unit wirelessly was a breeze with the X1T. Using it in manual mode the flash behavior was expected and the recycle time is almost instantaneous if you are using it below the 1/1 setting. I can rank this unit just beside the Broncholors that I am accustomed using in terms of usability.

Back panel Godox AD300 Pro review - Small and powerful

The menu system could be updated to a more modern visual, but this is just a cosmetic issue, nothing more than that, is very simple to use , but not always very intuitive for new users, so if you get one of these and never used a Godox flash before make sure to refer to the user manual.

Using it with a softbox mounted on the flash is light enough to be used in hands without need a light stand. Being a lightweight unit I would advise the use in sandbags to hold your light in place.

I don’t mind the beep sound firing during the session, but is good to know that you can disable it if you don’t like it beeping at every flash. The battery was barely touched after 2 hours of use and more that 200 shots. It makes the unit very reliable for long sessions, but as always I would recommend having a spare battery ready to go just in case.

Value

The most eye catching item is here. The Godox AD300 Pro isn’t a cheap unit, but by any means is a super expensive flash. I would say that is on the right price tag if you that into consideration what you can do with it and the price of its competitors. On the time of this article it costs USD 499.00 while units with the same power and size from other brands goes for USD2000+. So it’s not rocket science, with the price of just one Profoto B10 you can get 4 AD300Pro and make a completely wireless studio setup on the road if you like.

As for the accessories like the AD-S85 softbox you gonna find it for USD79.00 which is a fair price as it comes with a grid. If you not sure to invest in the mount system I would recommend to buy a S2 bracket and use Bowens modifiers, unless you already have other type of mount.

For the overall quality and resources that this unit gives I think it is a great value and if you want something with more power you can invest on the AD400Pro or on the AD600Pro, keep in mind that these units are a little bit bigger and not so easy to carry around like the AD300 Pro.

Godox AD300 Pro – Technical Specifications

  • Godox AD300Pro
  • Power = 300Ws
  • Compatible Cameras Wireless Radio = Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Fujifilm
  • Flash Mode = TTL/M/Multi
  • Flash Duration = 1/220 to 1/11490 seconds
  • Power Output = 9 Stops: 1/256~1/1
  • Controllable Slave Groups = 5 (A, B, C, D, and E)
  • R2 Reception Range = 328ft / 100m (approx.)
  • Channels = 32 (1~32)
  • Wireless ID = 99
  • Power Supply Lithium Battery pack (14.4v/2600mAh/37.44Wh)
  • Recycle time 0.01-1.5s (approx.)
  • Battery Level Indicator = Yes
  • Full Power Flashes = 320
  • Stroboscopic Flash = Up to 100 times, 100Hz
  • Manual flash exposure compensation (FEC) = Adjustable ±3 stops in 1/3 stop increments.
  • Sync Modes High Speed Sync = up to 1/8000 second, First-Curtain Sync, and Second-Curtain Sync
  • Delay Flash = 0.01~30 seconds
  • Color Temperature = 5600°± 200k
  • Stable Color Mode = 5600°±75°K Throughout
  • Mask Feature = Yes / N1 & N2
  • Fan = Yes
  • Áudio Beeper = Yes
  • Modeling Lamp (LED) = 3000°K ~ 6000°K / 10 Levels
  • Optical Slave Sensor = S1 Standard /S2 Smart
  • Direct Sync Trigger = 3.5mm Sync Cord
  • Flash Duration Indication = Yes
  • Display Dot-matrix LCD Panel
  • Wireless Flash Function = Slave, off
  • Power Sleep = Power off automatically after approximately 30~120 minutes of idle operation. User-selectable in Custom Functions.
  • Dimension 7.5×3.8×3.4in / 19.0×9.8×8.7cm
  • Net Weight (with battery) 3 lb 1 oz / 1.4kg

More Sample shots

Pros and Cons

There’s no perfection in any product in the market, and sometimes what is a pro for some people can a con for another. And here I gonna list some of pros and cons that I think is worth to point out.

Pros

  • Size
  • Light quality
  • Price
  • Integrations with other Godox products
  • Battery life 
  • Good reclice times

Cons

  • Menu System a little outdated (pure cosmetics to me, it doesn’t take anything from the light quality)
  • Plastic body shell
  • Light Stand mount could be a little more sturdy

Final Thoughts on the Godox AD300 Pro

I have to say, I love to use flash outdoors and have a unit that I can use without to be scary of it running out juice or having to bring along a generator gives me a great peace of mind. Not spending all my savings in a unit also is a good deal. 

The AD300 Pro tick all this boxes and is an excellent for those who want to have a reliable unit at your disposal. Good light quality, good price, small package and a easy to use unit is all I care about. If you take good care of your equipment you won’t have any problem with the AD300 Pro even thought it having a plastic shell. 

Since I bought my first Godox flash I was interested to see what the brand would bring to our future, and I glad to stay around to see that they are hearing their customer base and bringing some very well welcomed additions to our light game.

If you are in the market searching for a flash unit I can’t recommend Godox products enough because its prices and quality. I have been using Godox product for years and never had a problem with then. 

This unit was sent to me by Godox in order to write this review, and here is all my honest thoughts about this unit.

And you do you have any Godox products? List your thoughts on the comment session bellow.

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Flash Godox V850II. Review

Fala galera que segue o blog, hoje vou falar do GODOX V850II, um flash muito legal da GODOX.

Pra quem não viu o post só resta flashes de baixo custo clique aqui e veja,  muita coisa vai te impressionar.

Godox V850II

A GODOX  é uma empresa chinesa,  diga-se de passagem uma das líderes no mercado de iluminação. Está empresa vem produzindo coisas muito legais com o passar dos anos,  e uma das mais recentes foi o Ad200 que você também pode ver aqui no blog.

Mas um dos produtos deles que mais me chamou a atenção foi o V850II, por muitos motivos. E pra falar a verdade não consegue apenas ler e pesquisar sobre ele, tive que comprar um para ver que era a desse menino.

A série V da GODOX é uma das primeiras séries de flashes que não usam pilhas,  mas sim uma bateria de lithium.

Aí já um motivo pra eu ficar interessado,  odeio ficar carregando um monte de pilhas do tipo AA. E falando do V850II,  além dele usar esta bateria de lithium ele também conta com um transmissor embutido.

Parecia muito bom pra ser verdade.

Godox V850II
Detalhe da bateria de Lithium

Vamos a ficha técnica dele:

  • Flash do tipo GN60
  • Bateria de 11.1V com 2000mAh
  • Modos multi e manual
  • Controles com ⅓ de incrementos
  • Zoom de 20 até 200mm
  • High speed sync de 1/8000, apenas quando usado com transmissor
  • 5 grupos remotos
  • Compatível com Canon, Nikon e Sony
  • Asistente de auto foco, apenas quando usado direto na câmera
  • Rotação da cabeça de flash de 360 graus
  • Tela grande de LCD para leitura dos ajuste, muito útil
Godox V850II
O que vem na caixa!

GODOX V850II em campo.

Quem fotografa em várias situações diferentes sabe o quanto é importante ter uma boa iluminação, mas nem sempre a luz natural ajuda muito.

Ai que entra o grande segredo de muitos fotógrafos, flashes. E pra falar a verdade depois que comecei a usar flashes em algumas situações não me vejo desistindo deles tão cedo.

O Godox V850II é uma ferramenta muito poderosa quando usada na hora certa, e definitivamente não não sentirá falta de luz em muitas situações, pois ele em 1/1 é bem forte.

Uma das coisas que mais me impressionou em relação ao Godox V850II é fato dele usar uma bateria de Lithium, que por sinal funciona impressionantemente bem.

A bateria quanto carregada totalmente é capaz de disparar mais de 500 vezes, mais que o suficiente para a maioria das seções de fotografia!

Mesmo em força total ele pode disparar até 15 vezes sem superaquecer, e se os ajustes nele não forem com força total, você terá muitas mais fotos antes que ele peça um pequeno descanso.

Na seção de testes com ele disparei pelo menos umas 200 vezes, usando ajustes entre 1/32 a ⅛ e em nenhum momento ele pediu para descansar. Ponto mais que positivo pra mim!

O receptor de 2.4Ghz embutido funciona magicamente bem, sem nenhum problema em toda a sessão, mesmo quando está bem distante do transmissor instalado na câmera.

Godox V850II
Transmissor X1-N

Cheguei a ficar mais de 50 metros do flash e ele não perdeu nenhum disparo, muito bom!

Aliás, vale muito a pena usá-lo fora da câmera, com o auxílio do transmissor X1 da própria marca, assim você conseguirá usar velocidades de obturador de até 1/8000.

Talvez aqui esteja o único problema do Godox V850II, quando montado direto na câmera, sem o uso do transmissor a velocidade de sincronismo entre a câmera e o flash é de 1/250 no máximo.

Godox V850II entrando em campo

Para a seção de testes do flash da Godox usei apenas o V850II um pedestal e uma sombrinha, para ter uma iluminação um pouca mais difusa!

Todo o setup foi montado em apenas 5 minutos, no máximo, afinal o flash já tem embutido em seu corpo um receptor.

Era questão de ligar e sair fotografando, e isso é muito importante em algumas situações onde você não tem muito tempo para fazer o trabalho. O fato do transmissor X1 poder controlar quase todos os parâmetros do flash por uma conexão sem fio.

Isto pode me ajudar a trabalhar com o flash no pedestal com ajustes bem altos, cerca de 2,5 metros do chão. Desta forma não preciso me procurar em ficar subindo e descendo o pedestal o tempo todo! A partir deste ponto comecei a considerar ter mais de uma unidade de flash da Godox.

Pois a facilidade de ajuste quando usado fora da câmera é tão fácil, e o fato de você poder controlar mais de um flash ao mesmo tempo me faz pensar na versatilidade em ter 2 ou 3 V850II.

Definitivamente o Godox V850II é uma ferramenta que não sairá da minha mochila tão cedo! Se você é do tipo que  não liga em carregar equipamento, vale muito a pena ter mais de uma unidade de flash na sua mochila.

Godox V850II vale a pena?

Posso responder com sinceridade, sim vale a pena.

Dentro das unidades de flash com preço humanamente possível acredito que o Godox V850II é a opção mais agradável a se ter, batendo de goleada alguns flashes da YongNuo. Como todo equipamento temos os pontos positivos e negativos, e no caso do V850II são poucos pontos negativos que posso listar.

Pros.

  • Receptor integrado ao flash, muito útil em qualquer situação.
  • Bateria de Lithium. Me impressionou muito, muitas fotos e muita luz o que mais posso pedir.
  • Simples de utilizar. Equipamento sem enrolação, ligou clicou em 2 ou 3 botões e ta pronto.
  • Múltiplos sistemas. Se você fotografa com Nikon e Canon basta trocar o transmissor.

Contras

  • Preço. Nada absurdo mas mesmo assim mais caro que os YongNuo. Custo do V850II no Ebay USD 130,00
  • Disponibilidade. Aqui no Brasil não é muito fácil achá-lo.
  • Tempo de sincronização na câmera.
    Talvez seja frescura minha mas gostaria que ele pudesse sincronizar em high speed quando instalado na câmera da mesma forma que ele faz quando está fora da câmera, ou seja 1/8000 em qualquer situação.

Se você procura uma unidade de flash bacana e que vai te ajudar em muitas situações de uma procurada no Godox V850II.

E eu não diria apenas isto para este unidade pois tenho visto muitas coisas da mar e cada vez fico mais tentado em deixar minha conta poupança pra lá e comprar mais coisas. Se você inda não conheçe o Fotographiko.com também esta no Youtube agora, e você pode ver tutoriais, reviews e outras coisas lá no canal!

Se você gosta do blog siga também o Fotographiko TV, basta clicar aqui, e assinar o canal, dê aquela força! Você tem algum produto da Godox? Deixe seu comentário com suas impressões! E se você gosta ou tem flashes de outras marcas também deixe seu comentário com sua opinião!