Godox surprises with new Witstro AD600 battery flash

Chinese manufacturer Godox has announced that the Wistro AD360-II bare-bulb flash will receive a bigger brother, the AD600.

Godox Witstro AD600

Chinese manufacturer Godox has announced that the Wistro AD360-II bare-bulb flash will receive a bigger brother, the AD600. This new flash is a 600 Ws lithium-ion powered TTL and HSS monobloc that can be triggered by the Godox X1 TTL remotes.

The Godox AD600 is a self-contained unit, meaning that the battery is attached to the body of the strobe, instead of having a separate battery pack. The new AD600 will have twice the power of the Witstro AD360-II and similar features, meaning that is able to do TTL, high-speed sync and remote manual power control via the Godox X1 radios. These triggers are available for Nikon and Canon, but it is rumoured that a Sony version will be announced soon.

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All this additional power means that the AD600 is significantly heavier than the AD360; the AD600 weighs 2.9 kg. New with the Witstro AD600 is a 10-watt modeling light, a feature that sought after by many Witstro bare-bulb flash users.

The AD600 will be released in two different versions: one with a Godox accessory mount and another with a Bowens S-fit mount (AD600B). Both of them will have a lithium-ion battery pack enabling the strobe to fire up to 500 full power flashes. Godox is also planning to release a remote head which allows users to separate the head from the ballast, like a pack-and-head system. This remote head for either the Godox and Bowens version will be available as an accessory.

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Manufacturer specifications

  • 600Ws
  • Fan Cooled
  • 10W LED Modelling Light (Adjustable)
  • Optional Remote Head
  • Built in (removable) 11.1V / 8700mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Up to 500 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
  • 0.01 – 2.5 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Modes – ETTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • ETTL & ITTL Radio Slave Modes Range – 100m + with X1 as Transmitter
  • Groups – A / B / C 32 Channels
  • Supports Legacy Godox FTR-16 Remote Manual Trigger System
  • Canon & Nikon Optic Wireless Slave Modes
  • Groups – A / B / C
  • 4 Channels
  • S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Up to 500 Full Power Flashes
  • Flash Duration – 1/220s-1/10000s
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Memory Function
  • Micro USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • USB Port Receiver Socket (For FTR-16)
  • PC Sync Port 3.5mm Sync Port

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What is very interesting with the release of the AD600 is that Godox is starting to develop a very strong ecosystem. Studio heads, speedlites and ringflashes, Godox is able to offer it and once the new 2.4 GHz FT-16 receiver is released they will all be able to be triggered with the use of the X1 triggers. Personally I think Godox going in the right direction with their developments.

Here a movie can be found demonstrating the AD600.

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