Godox Speedlite Flash Comparison - What flash should you choose?
Published 23rd October 2018
In this video we go through the current range of Godox Speedlite Flashes including the TT350, V350, TT600, TT685 and V860.
Are you looking for cost-effective flash lighting that is compatible with the major camera brands? Or perhaps wanting to compare the features in compact flashes, standard, and full-sized flashes? Read on.
In this Speedlite flash comparison guide, we have compared the current models in the Godox Speedlite flash range. That is the TT350, V350, TT600, TT600S, TT658, and V860I.
We have summed up Speedlite flashes in terms of what they offer in features and the key differences between similar products, along with rounding up a few accessories that add even more value to this affordable brand.
Smaller Flashes – Godox Speedlite TT350 and V350
The TT350 and V350 are the smaller compact flashes in the Godox Speedlite range. With small and compact designs, the Godox Speedlight TT350 and V350 are great little flashes. These models are perfect for mirrorless cameras, or if you just prefer a mini, palm-sized or more compact flash.
Overall, their features and appearance are much the same. These are full master or slave flashes with manual, multi and TTL models. They are high-speed synch flashes up to 1/8000s, with standard optical sensor and AF assist beams, and a GN of 36 at ISO100.
These compact models are both compatible with Godox’s new X-Wireless Trigger System using the X1 or XPro triggers. You will also find them available in all major camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, and Fuji. The TT350S model fits Sony cameras.
The difference between the two is how they are powered, and as a result, their recycle time. The V350 has a lithium-ion battery and weighs slightly more as a result, whereas two AA batteries operate the TT350.
With the V350, you will get a recycle time of 0.1 to 1.7 seconds at full output and 500 full power flashes from the lithium battery. With the TT350, the recycle time is 0.1 to 2.2 seconds and about 210 full power flashes with the AA batteries.
Standard Flashes – Godox Speedlite TT600 and TT600s
The TT600 and TT600S are full-sized manual flashes. These are awesome flashes for learning how to use a manual flash, and/or if you want an affordable full-size flash with a range of features.
The TT600 and the TT600S are essentially the same. The only difference is the “S” model will fit the proprietary multifunction (MFI) hot shoes of Sony cameras only. The TT600 is a universal model, and hot shoe compatible with most major camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Olympus.
Wireless master or slave units, the TT600 and TT600S are a manual or multi-mode operated high-speed synch flash up to 1/8000s with HSS, but without TTL. These flashes are compatible with Godox’s X-Trigger System to make use of the X-Pro or the X1-Triggers. The recycle time is 0.2 to 2.6 seconds, with approximately 230 full powered flashes. This model has a guide number of 60 at ISO100.
Powered by AA batteries, the TT600 and TT600 also have a DC input port on the front of the unit. This means you can use them with external batteries such as the PB960 and the PB820 from the Godox Propac range to increase your recycle time. This makes them ideal for event and wedding photography and taking photos on the go where you don’t want to miss a shot.
Standard Flashes – Godox Speedlite V860II and TT685
The V860II and TT685 are full sized auto flash and manual flashes. Both models are excellent for a range of photography needs including events, weddings, and fast-paced shots. These models are compatible with major brands and are the perfect substitutes for brand flashes.
The difference between these two models is in their power source. The V860II is powered by a lithium-ion battery and the V860II by four AA batteries. The TT685 also has a DC input jack that you can use in conjunction with a Godox Propac or an external battery to increase recycle time.
These flashes can also be operated as your full speed master or as a slave flash. They have high-speed sync up to 1/8000s and support TTL, automatic, manual, and multi-modes. The V860II has a recycle time of 0.1 to 1.5 seconds, and the TT685’s recycle time is 0.1 to 2.6 seconds. With the V860II, you will get around 650 full powered flashes and with the TT685 approximately 230.
Godox also produces a few accessories that you can combine with your camera gear to get the best out of your equipment set-up.
Good for an off-camera flash setup are the two triggers developed for the Godox X-System - the X1-Trigger and the X-Pro Trigger. These wireless triggers have inbuilt receivers with multiple channels. So, there is no need to purchase a separate receiver. You just ensure that you are using the same channel groups on your trigger and your flash, and then you are good to go.
The difference between the X1 and the X-Pro is the display. The X-Pro has a larger display with more buttons that are little more user-friendly and easier to cycle through. Each type is available as a brand-specific unit to be compatible with all the major camera brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, or Olympus.
Flash Diffuser Cover
Flash diffuser covers soften the light from your flash. They’re ideal if you’re photographing a subject or object that might not be flattered by direct light. These clip over your flash unit to diffuse the concentrated light from a flash.
Propac Lithium Power Packs
Propacs are lithium power backs developed to connect with specific models of Speedlite flashes. They have dual input/outputs that you can connect individually or with splitter cables to power multiple flashes at the same time. These packs are great for increasing recycle time, the numbers of flashes, and the duration of your shoot.
Last, but definitely not least, are spare and replacement batteries. Lithium batteries and chargers are available in the Godox propriety brand. As well, of course, as your major camera brands and manufacturers.
Overall, Godox Speedlite carries a great range of flashes. They are a good product whether you are looking for a new flash to experiment with, or a replacement or aftermarket unit. A Godox Speedlite flash will usually function well as a replacement for most main brands.