Godox V1 flashgun review

The Godox V1 is a powerful, feature-packed round-head flashgun, available in several versions, and very well priced

Godox V1
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

We often feel that flashguns can be harsh, delivering lighting that’s anything but flattering. The Godox V1 has a circular head with a built-in Fresnel-type lens that gives a smoother, softer and more even lighting effect. It’s a bit like a cross between a regular flashgun and a studio flash head, yet maintains a compact build, hot-shoe connectivity and i-TTL automatic flash metering in its wide range of dedicated options to suit several makes of camera. We love that it runs on a rechargeable Li-ion battery, giving it great stamina and super-fast recycling speeds. We’re also impressed by the full range of flash modes, which include high-speed sync and programmable stroboscopic output. Another ticked box on our wish list is the built-in RF transceiver that enables off-camera master and slave triggering, with a range of up to 100m (330ft). All in all, we reckon it’s a fully tricked-up bit of kit and a standout bargain at the price.


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    Relatively soft lighting effect

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    Rechargeable Li-ion battery pack

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    Built-in RF transceiver

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    AF-assist and LED lamps

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    Great range of optional extras


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    Control panel feels a little dated

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    Lacks any weather-seals

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The Godox V1 is nothing if not well-rounded. Compared with regular flashguns that have a rectangular head, the V1 has a circular flash tube that’s designed to give a softer, smoother and more flattering lighting effect. It’s not just that the head is round, it also features a panel at the front that spreads the light more evenly, avoiding a hot spot at the center and giving a more gradual fall-off towards the circumference.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.