Godox V860 TTL flash review

Can Chinese manufacturers like Godox compete with the likes of Swedish brand Profoto?

Godox V860 TTL
(Image: © Godox)

Digital Camera World Verdict

It’s essentially a Chinese Profoto A1 – which has annoyed the Swedes no end – with affordability being the biggest selling point. However, Profoto still has the edge in build quality and overall functionality.


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    Rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack ends the tyranny of AA cells

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    Powerful metric guide number of 58 (at ISO 100)

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    Flash head incorporates a wide-angle diffuser and catchlight panel


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    Lacks a few frills for advanced lighting techniques

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    Lighting ratios with multiple units need manual setup

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The owners of electric cars talk of ‘range anxiety’, the stress associated with possibly running out of power before reaching your destination. There’s a similar stress associated with using on-camera flash units – despite whatever the specs might claim, you never quite know when a set of double-As is going to call it a day. Not with the Godox V860 though. It doesn’t use conventional batteries, but instead is powered by a substantial lithium-ion power pack with 2000mAh on tap – roughly equivalent to a dozen AA cells – to give around 650 full-power flashes. Welcome to the 21st century.

The V860 is Godox’s second generation lithium-ion powered on-camera flash, and the Chinese company had to deal with a few teething problems early on, but now with all the bugs sorted there’s no question this is the way to travel. Given that you’re unlikely to be always flashing at full power, the ‘real world’ range is likely to be much more than 650 pops… certainly enough to cover the typical wedding, for example. The V860 packs a handy punch in terms of flash power too, with a metric guide number of 58 at ISO 100, which equates to a working aperture of around f32 at one metre. And, inevitably, it’s significantly cheaper than the comparable camera-branded speedlights – even when you add in an RF wireless transmitter/receiver kit – yet the feature set is pretty competitive.

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