After waiting a few months full of rumors that Godox had released a new flash, we finally had the opportunity to give further insights into the new device: the Godox AD300 Pro.
One of the first questions was why a 300 W flash was launched when the company already had the AD200 Pro and AD400 Pro.
The new device has a similar design design to other Godox AD series lights and appears to fill a gap in performance and weight to offer a more complete product portfolio.
This product review also includes the contributions and comments of two pro photographers, Jason Vaughan and Wes Perry, who have been working with the Godox system for some time and have already integrated the new AD300 Pro into their workflow.
Who is this device for?
photographer Jason Vaughan said:
Location shooter of all levels or everyone who only wants to make the settings in or around this performance range.
And photographer Wes Perry added:
It is definitely for people who are photographers on site, where space and weight play an important role (…). The AD300 Pro is almost a crazy class in itself.
height and weight
The size is between the AD200 Pro and the AD400 Pro. With a length of 19 cm, only 2 cm longer than the AD200 Pro, but with a diameter of 8.85 cm and a length of 20.25 cm, it easily fits in a lens bag for transport or in a normal lens slot in each Camera bag. It also weighed 1.4 kg, also between AD200 Pro and AD400 Pro.
It may be as convenient as an AD200 or two and easier to carry than an AD400, while offering a fair amount of performance. Unlike the AD200, the AD300 Pro has a built-in fan that allows you to take longer photos while keeping the compact, pocket-sized case.
The AD300 Pro is an excellent option for outdoor photography because it is equipped with an advanced lithium-ion battery that is designed for performance. The battery is inserted in the bottom of the device to keep it super compact due to its small size. At the same time, it offers a recycling time of just 0.01 to 1.8 seconds with up to 300 flashes at full power.
The AD300 Pro’s battery is fully replaceable, so one can be charged while the other is firing. A highlight worth mentioning is that the AD300 Pro uses the same battery as its younger sibling, the AD200, which makes both devices even more compatible.
Godox wireless system
The new flash works flawlessly with the latest releases of the Godox 2.4Ghz X series. The integrated receiver of the AD300 Pro continues the success of the user-friendly X1T, X2T and XPro.
With these latest triggers from the Godox X series, the AD300Pro enables complete TTL and HSS remote control of the power up to a distance of 100 m. It can fully support TTL systems of any brand.
The user receives five groups and 32 channels of wireless bliss. Simply control the performance of all flash units and flash units in the X series.
The AD300 Pro enables high-speed recordings of up to 1/8000 seconds and thus enables perfect actions through beautiful, razor-sharp images with perfect lighting. It also has a 9 stop power range, which means that by choosing 1/256 power, the user can shoot wide open even with a quick glass. This property is suitable for photographing outdoor sports, indoor portraits, or even babies and pets.
This flash also has a 12 W two-color modeling lamp (3000 ° K ~ 6000 ° K) (M / Prop), which can also be used as a small video light. In short, it is possible to get 320 flashes at full power in a single charge of the flash.
Compatibility and easy upgrade
The Godox AD300 Pro comes with a Godox mount that may not be very useful for most shooters as modifiers with Bowens or Strobepro mounts are preferred. However, this is quickly resolved by selecting either the directly connected adapter or the S2 bracket. It is also possible to add Profoto, Elinchrom and Broncolor direct adapters. This flash also has a USB-C port, through which the firmware can be updated easily.
What did we like about the new AD300 Pro?
The power to weight ratio, the uniform light pattern and the way a modifier is filled.
Almost every analysis of the AD300 Pro will always return to its size. Pictures and videos really don’t do justice to the size of this thing. Compared to the now ubiquitous AD200 and AD200 Pro, it often feels even smaller.
Which would be better
I can’t say that I really found a negative, except that it wasn’t available when I bought my 200s, as I probably would have looked over them.
The user interface is now a little tired. It is based on exactly the same interface as the original AD200, which is now over three years old. Since then, app control, full-color displays and many other functions have become widespread. In addition, the Godox V1 has a much more complete user interface for less money for a “non-pro” model (including a fully illuminated dot display and a congestion scanner for wireless channels).
Overall, this light has been a dream so far. No dropouts and good reliable light with constant performance and beautiful color.
The best thing I can say about it was that it was completely predictable and had few surprises. Although the old user interface is a little disappointing, it also meant that there was almost no learning curve, especially if you already have some S-brackets to easily adapt to modifiers. It manages to be very new and comfortable at the same time.
Sources of supply
The new Godox AD300 Pro is available in some stores such as Amazon or Pixapro. Note that the Godox AD300 Pro is also known as the Pixapro CITI300 PRO in some countries and the Flashpoint XPLOR 300 Pro in the United States.
I would like to thank Jason Vaughan and Wes Perry for their insights and thoughts about the Godox AD300 Pro and for participating in this test. You can follow Jason on Instagram or through his website and find Wes on Instagram or through his website.