Godox AD200 Pro Review

Godox AD200 Pro Review

Godox AD200 Pro with interchangeable flash heads
Godox AD200 Pro with interchangeable flash heads

Introduction

The Godox AD200 Pro is a powerful 200Ws portable flash with an interchangeable flash head (bare bulb or speedlite head). It was released in May 2019 as a Pro-version of the popular Godox Witstro AD200 flash which went on sale back at the end of 2017. The original model is still in production and available to purchase. The two models look almost the same and are pretty much identical in terms of performance apart from some upgraded features which may appeal to some professional photographers (see section below for Pro-version main features)

The AD200 Pro has primarily been designed as an off-camera flash since it fixes to a light stand rather than to the camera hotshoe. It’s ideally suited as a radio slave unit when paired with the Godox XPro-C controller. It’s a little bit heavier than your average speedlite and it looks and feels like a brick but with a guide number of 60m at ISO 100 using the bare bulb in a standard reflector (equivalent to around 28mm) it can certainly pack a punch and has around 4x the power of a typical speedlite. It’s great for shooting outside in the middle of the day or filling a large soft box. The AD200 Pro supports high speed sync and E-TTL II and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery capable of 500 full power flashes from a four-hour charge.

The Godox AD200 Pro was released in April 2019

Guide Price

£296.10 / US$299 (guide price only, updated 05 Mar 2021)

Lencarta (UK) / WEX (UK) / Amazon (UK) / B&H Photo (US) / Adorama* (US) / Amazon (US)

* note that Adorama have rebranded this flash as the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Pro TTL

AD200Pro with the Fresnel flash head attached.
Godox AD200 Pro with the Fresnel Head attached (Speedlite Head)

Godox AD200 vs AD200 Pro

The main difference between the AD200 and AD200 Pro are:

  • The AD200 Pro has a Colour Consistency Mode. When turned on it allows the colour temperature from minimum to maximum power output to vary by only +/- 100K. The AD200 doesn’t have this mode setting and the variation in colour temperature output over the entire output range is +/- 200K. This added colour stability might be important to some photographers such as those who specialise in product/commercial photography but, personally I can’t see much of a difference especially if you are keeping to around the same power output throughout the shoot. If you are using the flash for general portrait or wedding photography I don’t think you are going to see any real difference in the results.
  • Although the flash power output of the two models remains the same the AD200 Pro can now be controlled by 1/10 stop increments and the minimum power is now 1/256 rather than 1/128 on the AD200. The AD200 could also only be controlled in 1/3 stop increments. Again for general portraiture and weddings this isn’t such a big deal and I actually prefer using 1/3 stop increments since it’s quicker to change power outputs.
  • The flash body casing has had some improvements in the AD200 Pro and the back LCD panel has now been slightly recessed which offers slightly better protection from knocks. However both units are quite heavy and I am not convinced either one of them would survive much of a fall. I’m always extra careful using these units outdoors and use plenty of sandbags to stabilise the lighting-stand especially if it’s windy or have a soft box or umbrella attached.
  • The AD200 Pro has a slightly faster recycling time. Its recycle time at full power is 1.8 seconds compared to the 2.1 seconds of the AD200. Not a big difference but it is noticeable even at half and quarter power when firing off a burst of shots.
  • Cost. The AD200 Pro is typically 20% more expensive than the AD200. Whether it’s worth paving the extra money depends on what you’re shooting. Anyone requiring more accurate colour consistency such as commercial photographers will probably opt for the AD200 Pro while wedding and portrait photographers probably won’t notice any difference apart from the very slight improvement in recycle time. Both models are excellent value for money.

Compatibility

The Godox AD200 Pro is compatible with the Canon ETTL II flash system and therefore suitable for most Canon EOS cameras. The AD200 Pro features an integrated transceiver that works with the Godox X radio system and can be controlled using either the XPro-CXT32C or X1T-Controller.

The bare bulb flash head attached
AD200 Pro with the bare bulb head attached

Godox AD200 Pro Specifications

Power

Guide Number (bare bulb) 60m @ 28mm (standard 5″ reflector) & ISO 100
Guide Number (using Speedlite flash head) 52m @ 35mm & ISO 100
Speedlite power is usually given as a Guide Number (GN) and can be shown as a distance either in metres (m) or feet (ft or ‘). Manufacturers typically give the Guide Number when the flash is zoomed at it’s maximum focal length (mm), in the case of the AD200 Pro this is 28mm when using a standard 5″ reflector (AD-S2). Just for comparative purposes the Canon 600EX II-RT has a GN of 28m at 28mm and ISO 100. Comparing f/2.8 to f/6 is just over 2 full stops of power or 4 times the power!! When measured in practice using a large soft box the actual output of the AD200 Pro is exactly the same as the AD200 and appears to be closer to 3 times the power of a Canon 600EX II-RT which is still a great result considering its small and compact size.

If you want to compare the power output of the AD200 Pro with larger studio lights / strobes then it’s best to measure the power output in terms of watt-seconds rather than using guide numbers. As its name suggests the AD200 Pro packs a hefty 200Ws (watt-seconds) at full power. By comparison the larger and more expensive Godox AD400 Pro delivers 400Ws of power producing a full one stop more output.

The AD200 Pro has an improved shell design with a recessed rear LCD screen offering better protection from knocks.

Zoom Head

No. Zooming is not possible with this unit.

Fresnel/speedlite flash head (left), bare bulb flash head (right)

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

The AD200 Pro doesn’t follow the typical speedlite design and the flash head and body are fixed together in one solid unit. However it is supplied with a light stand adapter which allows the flash to be angled and positioned however you want. 

Manual Exposure

Manual / output settings: Yes – 1/1- 1/256
Manual steps: 1/10 stop intervals
[note that the standard AD200 version has a power output of 1/1 to 1/128 and can only be adjusted in increments of 1/3 stop]

Rear panel
Back control panel with LCD display. The panel is now slightly recessed to offer protection from knocks. The on/off switch has also been moved from the side to the rear panel for quicker access.

ETTL Exposure

Canon E-TTL II with flash exposure compensation (FEC), flash exposure lock (FE lock) and flash exposure bracketing (FEB) 

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) 2.4GHz Slave
Adopts the Godox radio wireless X system
Slave only, receiver maximum range approximately 100m when being controlled by an on-camera Godox XPro-C transmitter (see photo below)
No. of groups: 5 (A, B, C, D & E)
No. of channels: 32 with 100 wireless IDs
Master/Slave: Slave unit only

Godox XPro-C radio trigger mounted on the camera shoe. This is the best trigger for controlling the AD200 Pro.
The Godox AD200 Pro is best controlled using the Godox XPro-C radio transmitter/trigger

Optical Wireless
No optical wireless

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

The speedlite head has an in-built LED light that helps with focussing in low light conditions. It’s not very powerful but better than nothing.

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes (up to 1/8000 sec)
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling flash: Yes LED modelling lamp with speedlite head
Custom function: 8
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): No
External flash exposure sensor (S1, S2): Yes
PC terminal: Yes 3.5mm sync port
Flash Duration: 1/220s to 1/15,380s (speedlite head), 1/220s to 1/13,510s (bare bulb)
Flash duration display: Yes the t=0.1 duration can be displayed after each shot in the LCD by selecting this option in the Custom Function menu F6
Colour Temperature: 5600K +/- 200K
Stable Colour Temperature Mode: Yes, a change of +/- 100K over the entire power range

The AD200 Pro comes in a padded travel case which offers good protection. Contents include the flash unit, the two flash heads (bare bulb head and speedlite head), the battery, battery charger, and light stand bracket.

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: Lithium battery 14.4V / 2900mAh
Recycling time: Approx. 0.01 to 1.8 sec (a slight improvement upon the 2.1 sec of the AD200)
Number of flashes (approx): 500 full power flashes
External power supply: No
Charging time: 4 hours

Build Quality

Dust and water resistance: No
Mounting foot material: Metal
Size: 172 x 75 x 54mm (flash head not included)
Weight: 590g (not including battery and flash head)

Included accessories:

  • Godox AD200 Pro TTL 
  • H200 Speedlite Flash Head (rectangular Fresnel head)
  • Bare Bulb Flash Head
  • Flash Tube (bulb)
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (14.4V, 2900mAh)
  • Battery Charger and Cable
  • Light Stand Mount AD-E2
  • Carrying Case
Included accessories.

Compatible accessories (optional): 

  • Godox X-series radio trigger such as Godox XPro-CX1T-CX2T-C
  • H200R Round flash head
  • Godox AD-L LED light head
  • Extension head cord EC200
  • Replacement lithium-ion battery
  • Bare bulb protection cap AD-S15
  • Godox New AD-M reflector set (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox AD-S2 standard reflector with soft diffuser (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox AD-S11 Honeycomb & Colour filter set to fit the AD-S2 5″ reflector
  • Godox BD07 barn door with honeycomb grid and 4 colour filters (for use with speedlite head)
  • Godox FT200 replacement flash tube
  • Godox AD-S7 folding soft box/beauty dish set (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox Conical Snoot (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox AD-S17 Wide angle diffuser 180 degrees 12cm diameter (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox AD-S3 Beauty Dish (for use with bare bulb)
  • Godox standard reflector with umbrella slot (use with bare bulb)
  • Godox S2 Speedlite bracket for Bowens mount light modifiers
  • Godox S-Type speedlite bracket with Elinchrom mount (S-EC bracket)
Godox H200R round head for the AD200 / AD200 Pro and V1 speedlite
The AD200 Pro is compatible with the Godox H200R round flash head
Godox AK-R1 accessory kit for Godox round head flash
The Godox AK-R1 accessory set fit the H200R round flash head (modifiers also fit the Godox V1 speedlite)
The flash unit does accept the Godox AD-L LED light head which features 60 LEDs and an overall output of 3.6 watts – 5500-5600k daylight – 3 brightness settings but none are very bright and nowhere near powerful enough for any video work so can’t be recommended (firmware update may be required for it to work).
The AD200 Pro accepts all the same modifiers as the AD200. Godox offer a good range.
The Godox EC200 flash head extension cable is fully compatible with the Godox AD200 Pro and allows the flash head to be placed up to 2m away from the flash unit / battery.

Godox AD200 Pro Manual

Godox AD200 Pro Manual pdf format (opens external link to Godox official website)

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Page last checked and updated 05 Mar 2021