Godox AD300 Pro Review

Godox AD300 Pro Review

Godox AD300 Pro with the standard reflector
Godox AD300 Pro with the standard reflector attached (included)

Introduction

I know this website is supposed to be about portable speedlites rather than dedicated studio lights / strobes but the the Godox AD300 Pro is a bit of a hybrid flash and I couldn’t resist including it since it’s very versatile and worth considering especially if you do a lot of location work. It looks like a mini-studio strobe but it runs off a lithium-ion battery that delivers a powerful 300Ws flash. Unlike most studio strobes the AD300 Pro has automatic TTL metering and HSS (high speed sync) mode. It fully supports TTL functions from the main camera brands (Canon E-TTL, Nikon I-TTL, Sony TTL, Fuji TTL and Olympus TTL systems), you just have to buy the specific Godox X-series radio trigger for your brand of camera. The Godox XPro-C radio triggers is recommended for Canon users.

Godox AD300Pro back view
Rear view of the Godox AD300 Pro showing the control panel and battery

The Godox AD300 Pro has a round flash head and has a compact and lightweight body weighing just 1.25 kg including the battery. The lithium-ion battery allows approximately 320 full power flashes with a recycle time of just 1.5 seconds at full power.

The Godox AD series includes the smaller AD200 / AD200 Pro as well as the larger and more powerful AD400 Pro and AD600 Pro. I haven’t reviewed the latter two flash units on this site because 1) They’re more expensive and I don’t own one and 2) they start to fall into the dedicated studio lighting category due to their size and power. However if you are looking for an excellent all-round studio and location light suitable of achieving the small apertures (such as f/11-f/16) required for product, commercial and full-length fashion photography then you can’t go too far wrong with a pair of AD600 Pros or maybe just one AD600 Pro and an AD400 Pro for a fill-light. For general portraiture an AD200/AD200 Pro or an AD300 Pro is usually sufficient to fill a large soft box for 3/4 length portraits up to around f/8-f/11.

The Godox AD300 Pro was released in April 2020

Guide Price

£415 / US$359 (updated 05 March 2021)

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

* note that Adorama have rebranded this flash as the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro TTL

Front view of the AD300 Pro with the standard reflector removed showing the frosted glass bulb protector.
The AD300 Pro without the standard reflector.

Compatibility

The Godox AD300 Pro is compatible with the Canon ETTL II flash system and therefore suitable for most Canon EOS cameras. The Godox AD300 Pro features an integrated transceiver that works with the Godox X radio system and can be controlled using either the XPro-CXT32C or X1T-C controller.

Godox AD300 Pro Specification

Power Output

When it comes to studio-lights and the more powerful portable speedlites the flash power output is easier to measure in watt-seconds rather than by using a guide number. The Godox AD300 Pro, as its name suggests, packs a pretty hefty 300Ws (watt-seconds) placing it directly between the AD200 / AD200 Pro and the much larger AD400 Pro. When tested it was about half a stop more powerful than the AD200 / AD200 Pro and half a stop less than the AD400 Pro.

It’s hard to directly compare the AD300 Pro with a traditional speedlite because speedlites usually have a Fresnel head that focuses the light into a concentrated spot rather than using a bare bulb that distributes the light evenly outwards. However Speedlites produce somewhere around 60 watt-seconds of power so, as a rough estimate, the AD300 Pro is equivalent to about 5 speedlites. I’ve found this to be a good approximation in practice.

The AD300 Pro could be described as “pocket sized” if you have giant pockets. However it is very compact and lightweight compared to a typical studio light of similar power and fits in a camera bag.

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

The AD300 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 9 steps – 1/1- 1/256 ok
Manual steps: 1/10 stop intervals (81 intervals in total) ok

ETTL Exposure

Full auto exposure using Canon E-TTL II
Manual Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC) with Flash Exposure Bracketing (FEB) of +/-3 stops in 1/3 stop increments.

Rear panel of the Godox AD300 Pro showing controls and slot-in battery compartment
Rear panel of the Godox AD300Pro. The lithium-ion battery also slots into the back of the flash unit.

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) 2.4GHz Slave
Adopts the Godox radio wireless X system
Slave only, receiver maximum range approximately 100m when being being controlled by an on-camera Godox XPro-C transmitter.
No. of groups: 5 (A, B, C, D & E)
No. of channels: 32 channels with 99 IDs
Master/Slave: Slave unit only

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.

Standard reflector (left), frosted glass bulb protector (middle) and flash tube (right) are all included as standard.

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes (up to 1/8000 sec) ok
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling lamp: Yes 12W bi-colour LED continuous light with 10 step adjustable output, colour temperature can be selected from 3000K to 6000K ( +/-500K). Colour control is from the flash menu and can’t be controlled from the transmitter.
Multi (stroboscopic) flash: Yes
Custom function: 8 ok
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): No
External flash exposure sensor (S1, S2): Yes
PC terminal: Yes 3.5mm sync port ok
Flash Duration: 1/220s to 1/10200s
Flash Colour temperature: 5600K +/-200K
Stable Colour Temperature Mode: Yes within +/-100K over the entire power range in colour temperature mode ok
USB socket for firmware updates: Yes Type-C USB

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: Lithium-ion polymer battery 14.4V/2600mAh ok
Recycling time: Approx. 0.01 to 1.5 sec
Number of flashes (approx): 320 full power flashes ok
External power supply: No
Battery charge time: 2.5 hours

Build Quality

Dust and water resistance: No
Size: 190 x 100 x 90mm
Weight: 1.25kg (including battery)

Included accessories:

  • Godox AD300 Pro TTL 
  • Flash Tube (bulb) + glass protective cover
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (14.4V, 2900mAh)
  • Charger and Cable
  • Stand bracket AD-E2
  • Carrying Case

Compatible accessories: 

  • Godox X-series radio trigger such as Godox XPro-CX1T-CX2T-C
  • Godox AD-R14 standard reflector (Godox mount) with honeycomb and 5 colour filter set
  • Godox AD-R12 long focus reflector 9.3″/23.5cm
  • Godox BD-10 Barn door set which includes a honeycomb grid and 4 colour filters
  • Godox AD-AB adapter Ring for AD300 – this allows you to use various modifiers with other mounts such as Bowens, Elinchrom, Profoto & Broncolor. You’ll also need to purchase the appropriate mount adapter which connects to the AD-AB adapter.
  • Godox AD-S65W (white), AD-S65S (silver), AD-S85W (white), AD-S85S (silver) folding soft boxes. All have the Godox speedring fitting and compatible with AD300 Pro & AD400 Pro
  • Godox S2 bracket
Godox AD-R14 standard reflector with honeycomb and 5 colour filter set
Godox AD-R14 standard reflector with honeycomb and 5 colour filter set
Godox AD-AB adapter ring for the AD300 Pro

Godox AD300 Pro Manual

Godox AD300 Pro Manual pdf format (opens external link to Godox official website)

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