Westcott announces FJ200 portable strobe and FJ80 touchscreen flash

Westcott's new portable flashes, the FJ80 and FJ200, could give Godox a run for their money.

Westcott FJ80

US lighting company FJ Westcott has released two new battery-powered flash units for location photography.

The Westcott FJ80 (based on the Jinbei HD-2 Pro) is an 80Ws round-head speedlight with touchscreen controls and built-in wireless capabilities.

For a bit more power, the new Westcott FJ200 (equivalent to the Jinbei HD-200 Pro) is a 200Ws portable battery flash with an ultra-compact proprietary accessory mount. As well as a removable lithium ion battery, you can also run it from the mains via an optional AC adapter module.

Both the FJ80 and FJ200 are camera-brand agnostic, with integrated 2.4GHz radio triggering featuring wireless TTL exposure control and high-speed synchronisation for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji and Panasonic Lumix, via the FJ-X2m transmitter. The FJ80 is also compatible with the Canon RT radio transmission protocol.

Designed for both on and off-camera use, the FJ80 is similar in design to the Profoto A10 and Godox V1 round-head flashes, but uniquely features a large touchscreen control panel on the back. The hotshoe foot has a variety of pins to work with different camera hotshoes (or via an adapter for Sony). The advantage of this is you only need one unit for different cameras. It has a magnetic accessory mount for attaching gels, grids and diffusers.

Meanwhile the FJ200 is designed to give the likes of the Godox AD200 a run for their money, thanks to the true bare-bulb design, LED modelling lamp and range of power options. Though the accessory mount is propriety, a range of modifiers and adapters are available at launch.

Westcott FJ200

In stock now, the Westcott FJ80 is priced from US$329.90 and the FJ200 costs $399.90 (competitive with the Godox V1 and AD200Pro). Order from Adorama or B&H, or visit the Westcott web site for more information.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.