The AD200 and the AD200 Pro
Let’s look at what the AD200 is and does. Then we can look at what extra things the AD200 Pro brings to the table.
The AD200 is a hybrid between a studio flash and a speedlight. It has the compact size and portability of a speedlight, and the power of a studio flash. The AD200 is powered by a 2900mAh Lithium Ion battery boasting 500 full power flashes!
This Li-Ion battery also allows some impressive recycling times from 0.01 seconds at minimum power to 2.1 seconds at full power. If you’ve used AA battery powered speedlights in the past, you’ll appreciate how good those stats are.
The actual flash head is both removable and interchangeable, giving you a choice of either a bare bulb head (providing a wide spread of light, ideal in a light shaper such as a softbox as it imitates a studio flash head) or a Fresnel Head Spotlight Attachment which provides a more focused beam of light, just like on a traditional flashgun or Speedlite.
Also available (separately) is a round head attachment which opens up options for the new AK-R1 Light Modifiers, and an extension head for if you want to have on-camera flash.
The AD200 also features an internal receiver allowing you to control the settings of the flash and fire it from your camera up to 100m away with one of the Godox Triggers.
As with most half decent flashes these days, the colour temperature and consistency are great with a temperature of 5600K +/-200K. If you’re not sure what that means, it mean it would be very difficult to see any difference in colour temperature between shots and the colour temperature is daylight balanced.
The AD200 has lots of extra features including TTL, HSS, Multi (stroboscopic), FEC, FEB, FEL, Slave 1 and Slave 2 modes, 3.5mm Sync Port, USB Sync Port, flash durations (t.1 time) as short as 1/13000 seconds and much more. If you want a full features list check out our website here.
Okay, so what does the AD200 Pro have that the normal one doesn’t?
Colour mode allows you to essentially turn off the IGBT technology, which means the colour temperature from minimum to maximum has a difference of just 100K (which you would struggle to see even if you’re looking for it). If you want to learn more about IGBT and colour consistency, check out this article
The AD200 Pro has recycling times of 0.01 seconds at minimum (which is the same as before) and 1.8 seconds at full power (which is almost 15% better). Shorter recycling times means faster shooting, which can be important in a lot of shoots, especially for events/weddings.
As one of the Godox Repair Technicians at Lencarta, the better casing is a big improvement for me. The biggest reason we see AD200s in the repair centre is for broken screens/back panels. In the 2 years since the AD200 was released we’ve seen over 30 come back for this reason (mainly due to wind, children and dogs knocking stands over).
The improved casing includes a recessed back panel, meaning if the AD200 Pro falls over, it’s so much less likely to break. The casing also features a couple of other small improvements to the detachable stand mount and some extra buttons for quicker workflows.
Is it worth the extra cost?
Well, that depends on what your needs are as a photographer. If you need to shoot at fast frames per second, you need that very fine control over power settings, you’re a product photographer, or you’re just a little bit clumsy like so many of us are, the AD200 Pro is definitely worth the cost.
But on the other side, if you shoot at lower frames per second, you don’t need low power settings or really fine control, and you’re pretty careful with your equipment, then why bother spending extra money you could be using on something better? Get the AD200.
I hope that you now have a better understanding of the differences and you’re feeling a little bit more confident about your decision. Of course, if you’re still in doubt we’re here to help you! Just get in touch and we’ll answer any questions you might have.
For more information on the AD200 Pro and it’s competitor, the Visico 2, have a look through our comparison blog. You can also find out more about the AD200 from a photographer using the AD200 in his day-to-day, Martin Cheung, here.
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