Godox Witstro AD360-C Speedlite Review

Godox AD360-C Review

There is a newer version of this item, the Godox Witstro AD360 II-C which now includes TTL and integrated radio wireless.

Introduction

Good AD360 C with the Propac PB960 power pack.
Godox Witstro AD360-C with battery pack

The Godox Witstro AD360-C is a powerful bare-bulb manual flash capable of filling big light modifiers and creating beautiful soft light. There are no TTL which may put off some users. This flash is being sold in the US under the Cheetah brand but they are made in the same factory in China. In fact you’ll find this flash marketed under a lot of different names including Quantum and Flashpoint. It’s small enough to be easily portable but, at 360Ws output, it can match the power of some studio lights.

Guide Price: £ / US$

Discontinued, see updated Godox Witstro AD360 ii-C

Front view of the flash fitted with a standard 5" reflector

Compatibility

The Godox Witstro AD360-C is compatible with the Canon ETTL II flash system. This updated version of the Witstro AD360-C features an integrated transceiver that works with the Godox X1-C trigger. The rear LCD screen has also been improved.
When using the optical wireless system (line of sight) this speedlite can act as both master or slave. However the Godox radio X system is more reliable when line of sight is not possible or longer communication distances are required. Note that the Godox X wireless system is not compatible with the Canon RF system.

Power

Guide Number 80m @ 28mm (standard 5″ reflector) & ISO 100
360Ws studio quality light without wires. Speedlite power is 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 AD360 II-C this is 28mm using a standard 5″ reflector (AD-S2). If you plan to compare the power of various speedlites then it is standard practice to compare the GN when measured at ISO 100 and using a focal length of 35mm.

Two rear side views of the Witstro AD360 showing the small visual display and controls

Zoom Head

Zoom head: No, the flash head consists of a bare-bulb. Modifiers are required to shape the light.

Flash Head Tilt & Swivel

Up: 45, 60, 75 and 90°
Down: 15°
Left: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°
Right: 60, 75, 90, 120, 150 and 180°

Manual Exposure

Manual / output settings: Yes – 1/1- 1/128
Manual steps: 1/3 stop intervals

ETTL Exposure

No ETTL capabilities. If you want this feature you’ll have to buy the upgraded version Witstro AD360 ii-C

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF)
No in-built radio wireless feature.
To facilitate radio wireless communication you’ll need to buy the optional FT-16 trigger and receiver. The receiver plugs directly into the USB port. The trigger goes on the camera hotshoe and allowing you to remotely control the power of the flash. No high speed sync HSS is possible with this trigger.

Transceiver maximum range approximately: 70m when being used as a transmitter/master and 100m when being used as a slave/receiver being controlled by an on-camera Godox X1-C transmitter.
No. of groups: 3 (A, B & C)
No. of channels: 32
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

Optical Wireless
No.

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

AF-assist beam: Yes but limited features

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes but only with a compatible HSS trigger
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling flash: No
Colour temperature info communication: No
Remote shutter release: No
Custom function:
Flash settings from camera menus (with compatible cameras only): Yes
External flash exposure sensor (S1, S2): Yes
PC terminal: Yes 3.5mm sync port
USB Communication Port (For FTR-16 & XTR-16 Receivers)
Flash Duration: 1/300s to 1/10000s

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: No internal batteries. Speedlite powered by external lithium battery pack (PB960)
Recycling time: Approx. 0.05 to 4.5 sec (halved With 2 Into 1 Battery Cord)
Number of flashes (approx): 450 full power flashes using battery pack
External power supply: Yes, battery pack required to provide primary power

Build Quality

Dust and water resistance: No
Mounting foot material: Metal
Size: 220 x 95 x 75mm
Weight: 780g/oz (excluding battery pack, flash tube and reflector)

Compatible accessories: 

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