Today, I’ll introduce the Godox AD300pro and to help you decide, we’ve compiled up several features for references: Build quality, recycle times, light quality and usability and ect. If you want to know more, please keep reading.
Today, it's time to discuss the comprehensive review of the 8300 Pro. I thoroughly tested its capabilities and pushed it to its limits. Let's explore its performance together. As always, we'll begin with an evaluation of its build quality.
As always with many Godox products, the build quality can be considered solid yet plastic. At first glance, the design is appealing - sleek and stylish, but opinions may vary. However, upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that the construction is primarily plastic. I want to demonstrate that when the 8300 Pro is placed in the S bracket as intended and clamped down, you can observe the top of the strobe compressing and flexing.
Now, I'm not tightening this very firmly, but it still needs to instill a sense of confidence. We will delve further into the positioning and the S bracket later on. However, considering this is a recommended configuration, I would have anticipated less flexibility in the center.
I've been clamping them down too tightly. Fortunately, when using the S bracket, excessive pressure is not necessary. Just a slight tightening is sufficient, and you're good to go. Nonetheless, I must emphasize that while it has a well-designed and well-thought-out construction, I wouldn't recommend dropping it down a flight of stairs. It significantly advances Godox products, showcasing a solid fit and finish.
Let's discuss the feature set, typically where Godox excels with its up-and-coming products. In terms of basic features, this unit boasts a recycling time of 1.8 seconds at full power, delivering a solid performance with its 300-watt second output.
You can adjust the power down to 1/256, providing precise control. Additionally, there is an option to activate the decay counter, which informs you about the duration of your flashes. It can be adjusted in 1/10th stop increments. The most significant advantage of a Godox light is its seamless integration into the entire Godox lineup. The extensive range of transmitters, receivers, and compatible devices creates an unrivaled ecosystem in the industry.
On the front of the Godox unit, you won't find a Bowens mount, which can be seen as either an advantage or a disadvantage. Instead, it features the Godox mount, which offers additional modifiers such as snoots, barn doors, and softboxes.
You also can get a Bowens adapter, which significantly enhances the capabilities of this unit. One of the standout features of this product is its compact size. This thing is incredibly tiny. It easily fits into your bag. The Godox AD300 Pro is a highly compact yet powerful lighting solution.
When it comes to the battery, there is a rechargeable battery located at the back of this unit. However, it's worth noting that this battery differs from the one used in the AD200 and AD200 Pro models. While they share the exact voltage specifications, they are interchangeable. This means you can remove the new battery and replace it with the old one, and it will still function. However, it's important to mention that you may achieve different outstanding recycling times. If you already have multiple AD200 battery chargers, purchasing an additional one is unnecessary for charging purposes.
But I still have some problems with the screen, which is a tired screen.
There is limited information available on the screen of this unit, and when you access the menu, it appears to have an outdated design. The AD400 Pro and AD600 Pro models offer more advanced and versatile screens. The Godox V1 also features a more versatile screen with higher resolution. Moreover, both the V1 and the 8600 and 400 models allow you to scan and identify the best available channels.
I perform hands-on tests and push this unit to its limits to thoroughly evaluate its performance.
This unit may only be handy for videography if you prefer a dark and moody aesthetic. The modeling lamp serves its purpose by indicating where the light is directed. However, considering its small size, setting realistic expectations is essential. The standout feature of this light is its hidden gem: when mounted inside the S2 bracket, you can adjust its position. This feature enables ad hoc focusing in the morning. By placing it in a softbox and activating the modeling lamp, you can visualize the light's effect in real-time. Once you achieve the desired focus and light distribution, you can secure it.
When it comes to high-speed sync, having the capability for high-speed sync is always something I test. For example, this unit offers slightly better control than an AD200 or a standard flash. However, it could be better with the AD600. With the AD600, if you have the electronic first curtain shutter turned off, there's a good chance you won't even notice a difference.
I thoroughly enjoy shooting with my electronic first curtain shutter turned off whenever possible. It provides faster and quicker performance. However, it's important to remember that when using high-speed sync with this flash, you must switch it back on and ensure that both the electronic and mechanical shutters are active. This applies to mirrorless cameras or when using shutter lock-up mode. Failing to activate both shutters can result in banding artifacts as you increase the sync speed. Fortunately, mitigating this issue is relatively simple. If you typically turn off your electronic first curtain shutter, there's no need to worry, as it won't cause any significant problems.
It offers convenient compatibility with familiar batteries and chargers and an easily understandable screen. However, the menu system can be confusing, especially if you need a manual. Unfortunately, this is a personal issue. Unlike the ad200 lineup, this unit lacks a solid power switch. Instead, it utilizes a soft button that requires holding it down to start the flash for a few seconds. Thankfully, turning it off is a simple one-tap action. I'm not a big fan of soft buttons and prefer a hardware switch that completely cuts off the power. This preference arises from the possibility of the unit locking up, overheating, or encountering other unpredictable issues.
The Godox AD300 Pro is a highly suitable and high-quality camera flash offered by Godox. It is particularly ideal for photographers seeking portable and compact units. For enhanced creative possibilities, photographers of all levels can benefit from using the AD-S85 or AD-S65 softbox with this flash. If you want to purchase the AD300 Pro, it is available for $499 on Amazon.