Godox AD200 Review

In this article, let’s take a closer look at the Godox AD200, released some time ago. Early on in my YouTube, I briefly reviewed the AD200 and compared it to the Godox V860II. Since then, I have shot numerous photos with the AD200 and the Godox V860II. However, the AD200 has truly become my go-to flash for most of my work, while I reserve the Godox AD600 Pro for more outdoor shoots, particularly under harsh midday sunlight.

This review will provide a long-term perspective, considering the extensive period of time I have used the AD200. I cannot precisely determine the duration, but it has been quite substantial. As a result, there will be a significant number of image samples in this review. If you would like to view higher resolution versions of these images.

Build Quality

The build quality, particularly the back screen, is a feature that has some debate. Many users, myself included with my AD200, have experienced a common issue related to the back screen. When it comes to build quality, the Godox AD200 offers a solid and excellent package. It is compact in size and features vents for heat dissipation. In general, using the AD200 in light rain or a small amount of moisture is not a big problem. Many users, including myself, have used it in such conditions without any major issues.

Based on my experience, I have not encountered any issues with the Godox AD200 when used in light rain or moist conditions. However, I would not recommend using Godox AD200 to heavy rainfall as it may not provide full protection in such scenarios. That being said, the AD200 is designed with effective flaps and port covers to protect it against moderate environmental conditions. Therefore, under normal circumstances, you don't need to be overly concerned about using it in mildly damp or drizzly conditions.

Another advantages of the Godox AD200 is its compact size and shape, which makes it perfect for easy to carry. It could slide into a bag, allowing for convenient transportation. The build design of the AD200 is friendly, ensuring durability and practicality. The AD200 offers lots of accessories to suit various shooting setups.

It comes with an adapter in the box, allowing you to mount it on a tripod for stable positioning. You can also use the Godox S-Type bracket to attach it to different lighting accessories. Additionally, it is compatible with the AD-B2 dual flash head, enabling you to pair it with another AD200 for increased power output and versatility.


Battery is very easy to work with pops out pops in. I've got some extra batteries and battery life is fantastic and could last a long time. I've never really had any issue with having to change a battery in the middle of anything because it just keeps on going. When it comes to build quality, I'm pretty satisfied.

Light Quality

When it comes to light quality, it's important to consider that the Godox AD200 is positioned as a budget strobe, and its light output may not be on par with high-end professional strobes like Profoto. While the light quality of the AD200 is not necessarily subpar, it may not reach the same level of output and consistency as more expensive, specialized lighting equipment.

In terms of color consistency, the Godox AD200 performs well with minimal fluctuations. While it generally maintains a consistent color output, there may still be slight variations in certain situations. It is important to note that these variations are typically not significant enough to cause major issues in most photography scenarios.

If you require exact consistency, you may need to individually adjust the exposure or make slight modifications to each image rather than applying a uniform batch correction. 

The light quality of the Godox AD200 can vary depending on the modifier used. The versatility of the AD200 allows you to adapt it to different modifiers, enabling you to create the desired light for various shooting situations.

Feature Set

There is no other device for photographers that offers the same level of versatility as the Godox AD200. This flash seamlessly integrates with Godox's extensive range of transmitters, flashes, and receivers. It is remarkably adaptable and can be tailored to suit your specific needs. It effortlessly transforms itself to fulfill any desired function. In terms of versatility, it can be considered excellent unit, standing unmatched in its capabilities.


The AD200 excels in this aspect. Priced at $299, it may be higher than some budget speedlights. While the AD360 offers slightly more power, its setup can be cumbersome and less streamlined compared to the AD200.

The AD200 offers the advantage of having two separate pieces, which can be arranged with the flexibility of a wire connection or combined into a single unit. This versatile setup allows for different shooting scenarios and preferences. Additionally, the Godox v860ii is another option worth considering, depending on individual preferences and requirements.

The Godox v860ii, priced at $179.10, offers good value for its cost. While it may not be as bright or as durable as the AD200, it still provides reliable performance. The AD200, on the other hand, offers higher power output and performs well in high-speed sync situations. When using mirrorless cameras or higher-end DSLRs, it is important to disable the electronic first curtain shutter or mirror lock-up mode to avoid potential issues such as banding, especially at faster shutter speeds.

Indeed, turning off the electronic first curtain shutter can help mitigate the issue of banding. It's important to be mindful of this setting to ensure optimal image quality.

While the AD200 is a 200W second flash, it may face limitations at higher power output levels, especially when firing repeatedly or in high-speed sync mode. Continuous firing at maximum power can lead to potential performance challenges and limitations. It's important to consider these factors and adjust shooting techniques accordingly to ensure optimal performance and avoid overheating or other issues.

Considering the limitations of the AD200 at higher power levels, it's advisable to primarily use it at 1/4 or 1/2 power, especially when utilizing high-speed sync (HSS). In terms of value, the AD400 is an option with twice the watt-seconds (200 to 400) at a price point of $649.00.

It's worth noting that venturing into the realm of Profoto products, the A1 offers less than half the power of the AD200 but comes with a higher price tag of $1000. While the A1 can be attached to the camera, it may not match the versatility of the Godox AD200, which offers a round head with magnetic attachments for added flexibility.

Indeed, when comparing the Godox AD200 to higher-end options like the Profoto B10, which offers slightly more power at 250 watt-seconds and improved reliability at full power, there is a significant price difference.

The Profoto B10 comes with a price tag of $1,995.00, whereas you could purchase multiple Godox AD200 units for the same price. Additionally, the AD200's compact size adds to its value proposition. Considering the balance between performance and cost, it's clear that the Godox AD200 is difficult to surpass in terms of overall value.


Godox AD200 vs. Profoto B10 vs. Profoto A1 vs. Godox V860II vs. Godox AD600 Pro


Godox AD200

Profoto B10

Godox V860II

Godox AD600pro






Maximum Watt/Seconds





Flash Modes

TTL, Manual, or Multi

Manual Mode,TTL Mode,High-Speed Sync (HSS) Mode,Freeze Mode, Auto Mode

E-TTL, Manual (M), and Multi (Stroboscopic)

TTL, Manual, Multi

Modeling Light  

Uses Speedlite Head: Auto turn off after 30 minutes

Strobe Lighting

front-facing modeling light

LED modelling light

Sync Mode  

High-speed sync up to 1/8000 sec

First curtain sync and second curtain sync

 Higher than 1/200 of a second

A speed of 1/250s or faster

 1/8000s high-speed sync flash

Color Temperature  






Recycle Time

0.01–2.1 seconds at full power

0.05–2 seconds at full power

 less than 1.5 seconds

0.01–0.9 seconds

Flash Duration

 1/220 sec to 1/11,300 sec

1/400 seconds to 1/4,900

 1/300 to 1/20,000 seconds

1/220 to 1/10100 seconds

Flash Exposure Compensation

Yes, plus or minus 3 stops in 1/3 stop increments

Individual groups

-3 to +3 in 1/3rd stops

±3 stops in 1/3 increments


6.6 x 3.0 x 2.0" (168 x 75 x 50 mm)

4.3 x 6.9 x 3.9 "

 2.5 x 3 x 7.5 "

9.6 x 4.9 x 9.8"


560 g





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Godox AD200 Sample Photos from Wes Perry


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