Godox Xpro flash controller takes aim at Canon, Nissin

Godox has unveiled the Xpro, a wireless commander for Godox X1-series flashes and lamps, with a large display and a new "TTL-Convert-Manual" control mode.

Godox Xpro

Godox, the Chinese lighting manufacturer, has announced a new flash commander called the Xpro. Unlike their earlier XT32 trigger, this one supports control of flashes in TTL as well as manual power and high-speed sync. It can trigger and control every flash and lamp in Godox’s X1 2.4 GHz system.

In the USA, the Godox Xpro will also be branded as the Flashpoint R2 Pro. The Canon version (Xpro-C) is available to pre-order now for $79.95.

Godox Xpro

Godox Xpro

As well as threatening Canon and their proprietary Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT, Godox also appears to be taking aim at Nissin, whose delayed Air 10s Commander has a a few similar features to the newly announced Xpro. The chief one being the TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, supposedly “made only by Godox”, which lets you meter your flashes in TTL mode, then click a button and switch to manual power mode, with settings automatically adjusted to give equivalent output. You can then tweak the output manually up or down as you please, or leave it there for consistent exposures. This is almost exactly equivalent to Nissin’s “TTL Memory Function” for the Nissin Air System.

The user interface includes direct-select buttons for every wireless group, again much like the Nissin Air 10s. This should give a much more painless user experience than one might have when using a Canon ST-E3-RT or a radio-enabled master flash unit.

Godox Xpro

Godox Xpro

Godox Xpro

Godox Xpro

Specifications

  • The “absolute R2 [X1] Family remote transmitter light master for Canon EOS cameras”
  • Handles multiple X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 Groups
  • On command conversion of TTL settings to Manual values (TCM) guarantees repeated exposure accuracy
  • Full graphic display of 5 Groups simultaneously
  • Manual flash 1/1 – 1/256 power
  • HSS (High Speed Sync) up to 1/8000 (depending on camera)
  • Modeling light status control
  • Stroboscopic Multi flash
  • Selective transmission of data conserves energy and battery life
  • Magnification Function displays details of each Group settings
  • Global adjustments to exposure values for multi-group in M mode
  • Adjusts the flash Zoom coverage for each Group
  • Flash exposure compensation
  • FE lock
  • 11 Customizable Functions

The Godox Xpro’s release should assuage concerns of some photographers who find the X1 transceiver’s user interface a bit clunky. Would you buy one?

For more information, visit Adorama or the manufacturer’s web site.

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
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  • Class A

    The “only by Godox” feature has been available from Cactus for a while now, with true multi-brand support. The X-TTL firmware variant for the V6II not only supports locking in a TTL result for manual control but also supports a second manual variant that automatically compensates for changes of camera parameters.

    Good to see Godox finally improving their trigger approach but is anyone else other than me scratching their head why the buttons on the left hand side are not aligned with the respective group rows on the display?

    • I think the same thing every time I use an ATM

    • Vit

      Not to be clustered as **** ? =)

      • Class A

        You are right. There is no better solution. 😉

        • davv

          the only other way was to increase screen size but you might not want a tablet screwed on top your camera 😛

  • Michael – Visual Pursuit

    Godox, take my money!
    The conversion to manual from both Profoto and Nissin seem to just be memory functions, while Godox converts the TTL values to a true manual setting that allows individual groups to be adjusted freely afterwards. Looks like a superior concept over the competition. Kudos!

  • JasonsArgonauts

    This look brilliant. I’m fed up of chasing buttons on my X1 controller and find it a massive pain in the arse. This puts it more in the ST-E3-RT territory for simplicity. Hopefully, the Nikon version will be along sooner rather than later.

  • pyktures

    awaiting nikon version

  • Michael – Visual Pursuit

    Adorama has just lowered the pre-order price to $69 and adjusted existing pre-orders accordingly.
    It gets better every minute!

  • Fabian Gros

    I’m a bit afraid that the Nikon-Version will be buggy (or take forever)… 😐

  • I’m having trouble imagining a situation in which I’d want this. When I’m in a studio, all-manual is fine. When I”m at an event, I want a TTL flash on-camera. What’s this for?

    • navKristapa

      When I’m in a studio, all-manual is fine. When I”m at an event, I have 5-8 off-camera flashes, 1-2 of them are TTL. It’s for me.

    • Michael – Visual Pursuit

      Some of us think that on camera flash is underachieving in the beautiful light department. It is for those of us.

  • Ericj

    Where is the Pentax love need HSS and TTL?

  • Constantin Menier Malanciuc

    Fuji version please. Just sold all my canon gear.