Godox AD200 Pro Flash Review

The Godox AD200 Pro Flash (also known as the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 Pro TTL Pocket Flash) has been a fun product to review, and I believe it’s a flash which deserves to be as successful as the ever popular Godox AD200. In my opinion this is the single most versatile flash on the market, made by any brand of manufacturer; the Godox AD200 Pro Flash has the professional features to carry it through heavy duty tasks without breaking the bank.

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In this Godox AD200 Pro Flash review, I will explain why you should consider the Godox AD200 Pro over the non pro: it has a few new tricks and worthwhile improvements up its sleeve for both the amateur and professional photographer alike. Looking at the specification sheet alone isn’t enough to make a decision, I believe. I also suggest reading my Godox AD200 Flash Review if you’re not familiar with this style of flash. In that review, I explained you should typically use a round-head but things have slightly changed with this model–more on that later.

Unboxing the Godox AD200 Pro

Inside the Godox AD200 Pro flash is the same style of case as the previous model and it includes two heads, a battery, the flash unit, a flash adaptor for a light stand, etc.

Nothing here has really changed with the exception of the adaptor; it now has two bits either side of the tripod screw thread; this prevents the flash from rotating on the stand–it is simple but effective.

The Godox AD200 Pro flash features review

The same heads and accessories available to the Godox AD200, including the Godox H200R round head, AK-R magnetic accessories and the extension cable, etc. will also fit the Godox AD200 Pro. Please note, the round-head  by default is not included with the Godox AD200 Pro package.

Despite being a gadget lover and quite a technically minded person, I am going to try cut down on spec sheet talk; you can read that on the Godox website. I will talk about things that’re quite noticeable or striking to me, and what is immediately noticeable is the back of the Godox AD200 Pro Flash unit. The flash displays the flash duration time; this can be accessed in the menu by pressing the menu button and going to “f6” then “t.01: on”; “t.5” times are often quoted by other brands but “t.01” is the only important one you need to know or care about regarding flash photography: it is the length of time the flash is at or above 10% of its power. Whereas, “t.5 time” is the length of time the flash is at or above 50% of its power and this is a pretty meaningless figure (40% flash power is still a lot of light). The fact the Godox AD200 Pro displays flash duration in “t.01” time shows Godox are interested in catering to professional photographers.

In the photograph above, you can see the flash “t.01” time is 1/13,510 second. If all ambient light is killed and the only illumination in the scene is from this flash at this power, you have the equivalent of a 1/13,510 sec shutter speed.

1/2 power is 1/800 sec (1/900 with colour stability off). Full power is 1/220 sec with colour stability enabled or disabled. At the lowest power, 1/256 with colour stability set to “on”, it has 1/8400 sec flash duration. Colour stability can be enabled with “f8” “c: on”.

Compared to the Godox V1 which I have also reviewed, the Godox AD200 Pro has a slightly more difficult to use menu system. The labelling isn’t as obvious and the directional pad operates much like the Godox AD200 i.e. you cannot press it down for full-stop changes. It would have been nice to see Godox improve this in keeping with the Godox V1. That said, I rarely play with the power settings on the back and I tend to use the transmitter on the camera instead.

After careful review and testing of the Godox TT685, Godox TT600, Godox  AD200, Godox  V1 and the Godox AD200 Pro, the Godox AD200 Pro is without a doubt the most colour natural looking unit when used with the speedlight. Both the Godox V1 and the Godox AD200 Pro are colour stable but the Godox AD200 Pro simply looks a bit more like sunlight, during mid-day, with the round-head.  With colour stability mode enabled on the Godox AD200 Pro, I don’t believe it’s much different to a Broncolor Scoro in terms of flash stability.

With the Fresnel head, you will struggle to see a difference in colour temperature between the AD200 Pro and the Godox V1, and they both hold that temperature well.

In colour stable mode, you have to dump the power if you are going from high power to low power. This is a bit of a drag but it can be easily achieved by pressing the “test flash” button before a shot. Warn your model of this as he or she might not appreciate being blinded. It can be confusing to begin with as you might not be used to having to fire test flashes or test shots.

Where the Godox AD200 Pro surprised me most is with the fresnel head. The flash head itself hasn’t changed but because of the improved colour stability, I find it a much more usable flash. It also seems to be about a stop more powerful than the round head. That might just be because of how the light is distributed. With an 8 inch softbox though, you can generate a soft fall off and you might be asking yourself if you even need the round head. The main advantage with the round head I would say is that it’s easy to gel, so I think you should still buy it if budget permits.

Godox AD200 Pro Pros

  • Price. I generally hate talking about the price in reviews as you know what the price is before reading it; however, it’s hard to comprehend just how much you’re getting for your money until you use one of these.
  • Fast recycle times (faster than the non-pro).
  • Colour stable (more stable than the non-pro).
  • Fresnel head is now more fun to use.
  • Clear and useful information on the LCD for the photographer.
  • Packs away small (with the head off, it’s actually smaller than a speedlight) in a comfortable way because it’s squarish in shape.
  • Versatile, especially with the extension cable.
  • Recessed screen, this reduces the likelihood of it being scratched compared to previous models.
  • Adaptor improvement over previous model; it’s a small but big change which stops the light from rotating.

Godox AD200 Pro Cons

  • Although it has been improved, I would have liked a glass screen on the back.
  • The material used for the flash feels a bit cheaper than the ABS Profoto use for their flashes. However, this won’t have an effect on the performance.
  • The control dial does not allow you to hard press it like the Godox V1.
  • The labelling in the menu system, while pretty clear, isn’t quite as clear as the Godox V1. Perhaps this can be improved with a firmware upgrade. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still very easy to use.

Godox AD200 Pro Conclusion

I whole heatedly recommend this flash to anyone. I believe it’s suitable for both beginner photographers and professionals alike; it is not something you will ever have to sell as you won’t outgrow it. It is also colour stable enough that another product won’t surpass it in any meaningful way any time soon.

The Profoto B10 is its only real contender and it doesn’t have a bare bulb head, it doesn’t fill flash modifiers properly, it can’t be used as a sand bag with an extension head, and it’s a lot lot more expensive. The only benefit to the Profoto B10 compared to the Godox AD200 Pro is the LED but do you really need one? You are better off buying the proper tool for the job, if you have to rely on an LED.

The Godox AD200 Pro isn’t vastly more expensive than the Godox AD200; this in my opinion makes the purchasing decision quite easy: buy the Godox AD200 Pro if you’re undecided between the two. I also think the round-head is slightly less important on this model. Where I think the decision is more complicated is actually when compared to the Godox V1. That speedlight has a lot of punch, it’s more colour stable than previous flashes of its class, and it has a beautiful head to it.  My advice is to get the Godox AD200 Pro if you shoot a lot in daylight, especially if you do a lot of portraiture.

 

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