Godox accidentally leaks new AD600Pro strobe with much needed upgrades

Jan 4, 2018

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Godox accidentally leaks new AD600Pro strobe with much needed upgrades

Jan 4, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Back in October, we reported that this would be on the way, a new Godox AD600 replacement. Now it seems the rumours were true, although there isn’t been an official announcement. Godox accidentally leaked it early this morning by publishing the new product’s page to their website.

That product is the Godox AD600 Pro, and it has a couple of quite significant upgrades over the current model AD600. While the actual 600Ws power consumption doesn’t change, the bulb design could potentially result in almost a stop more power. It has a full power recycle time of less than 1 second, and the modelling light gets brighter by almost two stops.

The product page only appeared on the Godox website for about half an hour, but thanks to our friend Yvens Banatte, we have screenshots.

So, a quick rundown of the specs side-by-side with the AD600…

A couple of significant upgrades. First, the recycle time has been improved drastically, dropping from 2.5 seconds at full power to a mere 0.9 seconds. Secondly, the modelling light has seen an almost 2 stop (in theory) boost in output, going from 10W to 38W. The dim modelling light was one of the big complaints from AD600 users, and most would opt to simply not use it at all.

It now features a stepless handle for adjusting the angle of the light. The USB port has been upgraded to the new, more substantial Type-C socket. The colour temperature throughout the power range is a bit more stable, too. One significant change, though, is the design and placement of the bulb. No longer is it recessed, which should theoretically result in an increased light output of potentially up to a stop (although probably closer to 2/3rds).

You will also notice, though, that the maximum number of full power pops has been reduced from 500 to 360. But there seems to be a good reason for this. The battery in the AD600Pro has seen a pretty significant change over the AD600. The AD600 battery is around 96.6Wh (11.1v @ 8700mAh). The new AD600Pro battery is a little under 75Wh. That’s about a 23% reduction in overall total capacity. Going from 500 to 360 is a 28% reduction in total number of flash pops. So, the maths makes sense.

But, while that battery is lower capacity overall, the higher voltage with a lower current requirement means that it has really brought down those recycle times. The AD600 full power recycle time is 2.5 seconds. The new AD600Pro recycle time at full power, with potentially more actual light output, is a very rapid 0.9 seconds.

As with the Godox AD600, the AD600Pro comes with an AC power adapter, the AC26, for when you want to use them in the studio. The website didn’t explicitly say that the AC adapter isn’t included with the strobe, but appears to be a separate purchase. Two other accessories do say “separately sold”. Those are a new portable extension head, and a handle.

Like its predecessor, it’s a Bowens mount light, which utilises all of the modifiers that the existing AD600 does. But the head has had quite a redesign. No longer is the bulb recessed, the flash tube itself is a more traditional circular design, and it houses a much more powerful modelling light.

Included in the box are the flash unit itself, a flash tube, the battery pack, battery charger & power cord, a new design of reflector to account for the umbrella holder, and the instruction manual. There’s no word on an actual release date yet, although I would imagine it would be quite soon. Also no news on price, but we’ll let you know as soon as that’s announced.

Although the product page no longer appears on the Godox website, thanks to the magic of screenshots & Dropbox, it is still avaiable. You can check it out here.

Update: It looks like Adorama have the AD600Pro available for pre-order. Of course, they call it the Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL. It’s $899. $150 more expensive than the XPLOR 600 TTL. Not a terrible price difference for 0.9 second recycle times.

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16 responses to “Godox accidentally leaks new AD600Pro strobe with much needed upgrades”

  1. Michael Gara Avatar
    Michael Gara

    Looks great! Only downside is 360 full power shots vs 500 on the standard one. anyone doing 360 full power pops in a session is overshooting anyway ?

    1. Viggo Næss Avatar
      Viggo Næss

      I wonder if they have the option to use 2,5s recycle with better battery capacity.

      1. Right Answer Avatar
        Right Answer

        Raise ISO and lower flash power. Problem solved!

        1. Daniel Shortt Avatar
          Daniel Shortt

          Wrong answer.
          Your power outside is dictated by your ambient light, changing the iso won’t help. And before you bring it up. You get a 600ws strobe to match daylight or even overpower it a bit, if you are shooting inside you want a weaker strobe so it’s easier to match the ambient light.

  2. Marius Budu Avatar
    Marius Budu

    Any info on pricing?

    1. Right Answer Avatar
      Right Answer

      Did you read the whole article???

      “Also no news on price, but we’ll let you know as soon as that’s announced”

      Amazing that people ask stupid questions…

      1. C-mann Avatar
        C-mann

        Wow…some people just can’t feel good about themselves unless they are insulting others.

      2. X J Avatar
        X J

        Amazing that stupid people answer questions stupidly

    2. Motti Bembaron Avatar
      Motti Bembaron

      It is $899 at Adorama, it will probably be very similar for the Godox name.

  3. Jia Chen Lu Avatar
    Jia Chen Lu

    Shit. Need to buy new stuff

  4. Jia Chen Lu Avatar
    Jia Chen Lu

    Hope the usbc can be used to trickle charge the battery during use. That should extend the battery run time as well as provide additional power, perhaps speeding up recycle time.

  5. Edward Lai Avatar
    Edward Lai

    I would be happy if cheap used AD600 appear/ the price of the regular AD600 drops. The heavier weight and lower battery capacity bothers me: especially to my chinese light stand in the wind.

  6. Eric Schafer Avatar
    Eric Schafer

    Flashpoint version (description even says Godox AD600Pro) available here:

    https://www.adorama.com/fplfx600ptb.html

  7. Tommy Botello Avatar
    Tommy Botello

    The fewer full power pops is a shame, though understood for full power recycling. Also a big shame is they weren’t able to reduce flash duration for freezing fast action.

    1. Krzysiek Maciejewski Avatar
      Krzysiek Maciejewski

      If that new bulb design gets you almost 1 extra stop of light, then you can reduce power to 1/2, get same much light and even more pops than on original gets on full power.

  8. francisdesj Avatar
    francisdesj

    Warning!!!!
    The AC 26 AC power supply is incompatible with the WITSTRO AD 600PRO.
    The torch operates under 28.8V and the generator delivers 12V !!!!!