Godox V1Pro flashgun review: the best value pro flash has a new gimmick

The best value flashgun for nearly any mount you can name keeps getting better, although one big feature is more headline-grabbing than useful

Godox V1Pro flashgun held in a hand
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Godox V1 was already the best on-camera flash you could buy for a reasonable price, so it would have been very hard for Godox to mess up that formula. Thankfully the V1Pro keeps everything that made the original great, and adds some usual features like USB-C power and faster recycle speeds that are just enough of an update to make this a worthwhile upgrade. The headline-grabbing feature of the new clip-on fill flash unit is an interesting addition, but if it is useful or gimmicky is up to your style of photography.


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    Very powerful for an on camera flash

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    Round head gives nice catch light shape

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    Built-in modelling light

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    Godox’s excellent wireless system is built-in


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    Clip on fill flash usefulness is limited

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    Very large for atop smaller cameras

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Launch Price$329 / £308 / €359
ModelsV1Pro C, V1Pro N, V1Pro S, V1Pro F, V1Pro O
Compatible Cameras Canon (E-TTL II), Nikon (i-TTL), Sony (TTL), Fujifilm (TTL), OM SYSTEM (TTL)
Max Power 76Ws
Flash Range 28 to 105mm
Flash head movement:0 to 330° horizontally and -7° to 120° vertically
Flash Duration 1/300 to 1/20000 seconds
Flash Exposure ±3 steps with 1/3 increment
Sync Mode High-speed sync (up to 1/8000 seconds), first-curtain sync, second-curtain sync
Multi Flash Up to 100 times, 199Hz
Wireless Function Transmitter, Receiver, ~100m, 2.4G Transmission
Modeling Lamp 2w
Color Temperature 3300K±200K
Power Built-in Lithium Battery 7.2V/2980mAh
Recycle TimeApprox. 1.5 secs
Number of Flashes at 1/1Approx. 500
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FeaturesMore consecutive shots and a clip on fill flash up the ante from the standard V1, but are these useful or gimmicks★★★★
DesignWell built but still not quite to the standard of more premium models. Screen UI could be a lot simpler to use★★★★
PerformancePower and portability. A strong on-camera flash for portraits, weddings and events with great color consistency★★★★★
ValueFantastic value and comes in far below similar premium brands, although the standard V1 might be enough for most.★★★★
Godox V1

Godox V1
The Godox V1 is basically the same flash as the V1Pro with a few differences that most photographers can live without. You still get the same power output, wireless control, and big round flash head, but at a cheaper price point.

Profoto A10

Profoto A10
The Profoto A10 is around three times more expensive than the Godox V1Pro. Profoto flashes have reliable color output, fast refresh times, and also a premium build quality with a UI that is a joy to use, but while the build might be three times better, performance is much closer to the V1Pro.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.