Godox Witstro AD360 II-C Speedlite Review

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Godox Witstro AD360 II-C and Propac PB960 power pack
Godox Witstro AD360 II-C with power pack PB960

Introduction

The Godox Witstro AD360 II-C is an updated version of the AD360-C which now included E-TTL II auto exposure and metering as well as an integrated Godox X radio wireless transceiver. Combined with a very powerful flash (Guide number of 80m using the standard 5″ reflector which equates to approx 28mm) and 450 full power flashes from the included power pack makes this one of my all time favourite flash systems. It’s big and heavy but feels well made and solid. It’s bare-bulb flash head can evenly fill a large octabox and it’s high power and high speed sync support make it very useful for outdoor large-aperture portraits in full sun. Godox have really raised the bar with this one and produced something to make both Canon and Elinchrom sit up and take notice.

The Godox AD360 II-C was released in October 2015

Guide Price

£478 / US$499

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Compatibility

The Godox Witstro AD360 II-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.

Rear view of the AD360II-C showing LCD display and power pack.

Godox AD360 II-C Specification

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). Just for comparative purposes the Canon 600EX II-RT have a GN of 28m at 28mm and ISO 100. Comparing f/2.8 to f/8 is 3 full stops of power or 8x the power!! For all intents and purposes this is pretty much a compact and portable studio light.

side view of flash with standard 5" reflector attached

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°

Rear view of flashgun showing the control buttons and dials

Manual Exposure

Manual / output settings: Yes –  1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16, 1/32, 1/64, 1/128, 
Manual steps: 1/3 stop intervals

ETTL Exposure

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

Godox X1T trigger for canon cameras
Godox X1T Trigger

Wireless Communication

Radio Wireless (RF) Slave & Master
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 – Slave and Master
Line-of-sight communication. 
Fully compatible with Canon’s optical wireless ETTL II system
Transmitter maximum range approximately: Indoors: 12-15m, Outdoors: 8-10m
No. of groups: 3 (A, B & C)
No. of channels: 4
Master/Slave: Can act as both a master and a slave unit

Auto-Focus (AF) Assist 

AF-assist beam: Yes
Number of AF points supported: 1
AF-assist beam type: Infra-red
Beam range: 0.6-10m at centre, 0.6 to 5m at periphery

Other Features

High speed sync (HSS): Yes
Second-curtain flash sync: Yes
Modelling flash: Yes (fired with camera’s depth-of-field preview button)
Colour temperature info communication: Yes
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: 1/220s to 1/10000s

Batteries & Recycling Time

Battery: No internal batteries. Speedlite powered by external lithium battery pack (Godox ProPac 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)

Included Accessories

  • Flash body
  • Flash tube (bulb)
  • Reflector & diffuser
  • Mini stand
  • Off-camera adapter (alternative base plate with a screw mount rather than hot shoe)
  • Power cable (connects power pack to flash unit)
  • Battery pack – ProPac PB960
  • Battery charger
  • Battery pack shoulder strap
Godox AD360 II C and accessories included
Included in the box

Compatible accessories: 

Godox AD360 II-C Manual

Godox AD360 II-C Manual pdf format (opens external link to Godox official website)

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This page was last checked and updated on 17 October 2020