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Godox X1-T vs. XPRO vs. X2T Wireless Flash X Trigger Range: Comparison Guide

Published 29th May 2020


Which Godox wireless flash trigger should you choose? The Godox X trigger range has several options to choose from, so if you’re bewildered by the choice, we’ve saved you the time and effort of hunting down the important info with this comparison guide. We’ll look at the Godox X1-T, the Godox Xpro, and the Godox X2T and give you the lowdown on the features of each one.

Godox X1 Wireless Flash Trigger

Godox X1 trigger 
The Godox X1 Wireless Flash Trigger comes with a choice of mounts for Sony, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, and Pentax cameras. 

The Godox X1 features an onboard hot shoe on the top, which enables you to mount a flashgun on top of the trigger for extra flexibility.

The controls consist of a channel button, group button, and a mode button, as well as a control wheel and a test button on the top. The battery port is on the bottom, and it takes two AA batteries.

The X1 wireless system supports all of the Godox range of flashes - from speedlites to the new studio strobes, and this includes the portable flashes like the AD400Pro and AD600Pro. 

The Godox X1 wireless flash trigger has a wide operating range from 0 to 100 metres (as all the triggers in this range do), so it’s great if you are shooting in a large studio or on location.

This trigger is a bare-bones version of the other triggers, but it is actually quite advanced. While there’s not a lot of buttons to control it, there are a lot of functions to be found in the menu - it can be a bit of a pain to go hunting for them, though.

Godox X1 Trigger

There are a couple of hidden ports on the side - the micro USB port and a PC sync port. The micro USB port will let you update the firmware (Godox supports their older triggers and they do update the firmware so it’s always worth keeping up to date with this).

As this is the budget version of the Godox wireless flash trigger, then there are some things that it is lacking. Rear-curtain sync function isn’t supported on the Godox X1, but is on the other two triggers in this comparison.

There’s also less control with the flash output (you can only change in one-third stop increments), and no dedicated group buttons (this makes it less user-friendly than the other two triggers in the range). 

There are no wireless ID settings on the X1, while the XPro and X2 have them. Wireless ID settings have better connectivity so there’s less interference. 

The Godox X1 is the least expensive trigger in the range, and it has a smaller LCD display than the higher-end ones. However, if you want a nice, basic trigger that will do the job and won’t break the bank, then this trigger will suit you.

Godox XPro Wireless Flash Trigger 

Godox XPro Trigger

The Godox XPro Wireless Flash Trigger
has a larger LCD display than the X1, but it doesn’t have an onboard hot shoe.

There are many different buttons on the front of the trigger as well as a new scroll wheel. 

One of the things Godox hasn’t changed is the locking mechanism that goes on your camera’s hot shoe. There’s been a few complaints that this locking mechanism gets damaged with wear and tear, or that it doesn’t lock that securely into the camera hot shoe.

The trigger itself is full of user-friendly features. On the front are the dedicated group buttons (this is what was lacking on the X1 trigger), which means it’s easy to select groups just by pressing a button.

Godox XPro Trigger

If you have a lot of lighting groups, then this feature on the Godox XPro trigger makes it simple to control them and change the settings.

Along the bottom of the Godox XPro trigger, you will find the mode, zoom, and sync buttons. You can also control the modelling lamp and go into the menu. The XPro has a proper menu, unlike the confusing custom function menu of the X1.

Here you can cycle through many different options, and you can control up to 16 groups of flashes compared to 5 groups of flashes with the X1.

Another interesting feature of the Godox XPro wireless flash trigger is the TCM function. This allows you to see what setting your flash was at when shot in TTL mode. If you press the TCM button when you shoot in TTL mode it will tell you the flash settings that were used.

If you want to control large groups of off-camera flashes and prefer a user-friendly trigger then the Godox XPro is a good choice.

Godox X2 Wireless Flash Trigger 

Godox X2 Trigger

The newest Godox trigger in the range is the Godox X2 Wireless Flash Trigger. It looks similar to the X1, but it takes the slimline X1 trigger shape and adds a lot of the XPro features (including user-friendliness).

The buttons and placements on the side are similar to the X1. On/off button, and AF assist beam on/off button. The IR port is also the same as the X1. 

The top of the Godox X2 flash trigger has more buttons than the X1. There are now dedicated group buttons to allow you better ease of use if you are controlling groups of flashes.

There’s also a new feature - a Bluetooth icon on top, which supports connectivity with the Godox app via Bluetooth so you can control the trigger itself as well as flashes that support the Godox app. 

The Godox X2 trigger still has USB-C connectivity, and there’s also a 3.5mm sync port (as opposed to the Xpro’s 2.5mm port).

On the front, there are three buttons with simple functions. The mode button also doubles as a lock button if you want to lock the trigger to prevent accidental button presses. 

The menu button does double-duty as the modelling lamp button, and there is also a set button. This button doubles as an ‘all’ button - if you want to change all your settings in one go, hold it down and it will set it to all.

The scroll wheel that used to be on the side on the X1 is now on the bottom (which makes it easier to use).

A major upgrade that lots of Godox customers have been asking for is the change of the hot shoe locking mechanism. It now has a twister lock that lets you lock it in place securely, then you press it down to release.

Specifications Comparison Table

Godox X1

Godox X2

Godox XPro

Godox X-System 2.4G

Yes

Yes

Yes

TTL

Yes

Yes

Yes

Manual Mode

Yes

Yes 

Yes

Multi-Flash Mode

Yes

Yes

Yes

Rear-Curtain Sync

No

Yes

Yes

Flash Output Increments

1/3rd stop

1/10th stop

1/10th stop

Minimum Flash Output

1/256th

1/256th

1/256th

Flash Grouping

Up to 5 groups

Up to 5 groups

Up to 16 groups

Dedicated Group Buttons

No

Yes

Yes

On-Board Hot Shoe

Yes

Yes

No

Sync Port Size

2.5mm

3.5mm

2.5mm

Firmware Port

Micro USB

USB-C

USB-C

Backlit Buttons

No

Yes

No

Backlit Screen

Yes

Yes

Yes

Flash Exposure Lock

Yes

Yes

Yes

Approx. Transmission Range

1-100 metres

1-100 metres

1-100 metres

TCM

No

No

Yes

Bluetooth Connectivity

No

Yes

No

Channels/ID

32/X

32/0-99

32/0-99

AF-Assist Light

Yes

Yes

Yes

Power

2 X AA Batteries

2 X AA Batteries

2 X AA Batteries

Dimensions & Weight

72x75x52mm

100g weight

72x70x58mm

90g weight

90x58x50mm

80g weight

 

Final Thoughts - Which One is Right for You? 

godox x trigger comparison

If you want a trigger with all the features, then the XPro trigger is probably right for you, but you lose the hot shoe that the other triggers have. It’s very user-friendly and does have that handy TCM feature we mentioned. 

If you want a no-frills trigger that gets the job done, then the X1 is the cheapest of the range. It still has all the features you’d expect of a wireless trigger, but it isn’t the easiest trigger for those who aren’t tech-savvy and can be finicky to use.

If you want a trigger that marries the best of both the X1 and the XPro, then the X2 is a good choice. The drawback with the X2 is that it only controls 5 groups instead of 16 like the XPro, and it doesn’t come with the TCM function either.

Conclusion


All of the triggers in the Godox wireless flash trigger range are good choices, but it really depends on what you want it for, and whether you’re a hobbyist or professional photographer.

5 flash groups are probably enough for most people, and unless you really want to know what settings your flashes were in TTL mode using the TCM function, you won’t miss it. 

It will depend on your budget and personal preferences as well as the type of use, but hopefully, we’ve helped make your Godox wireless flash choices a bit easier!



  



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