Godox officially announces the XPro II Trigger for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic
This one sure took some time to happen. Initially announced back in June 2022 as a new trigger for Leica only, the Godox XPro II has been pretty elusive as far as other camera systems go. Last month, other brand versions started popping up on Canadian retailer websites, but there’d still been no official announcement from Godox and no general availability.
Well, now, Godox has officially announced the new XPro II trigger for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus (OM System)/Panasonic. It’s a little cheaper than we previously thought, too, with the new versions showing a $40 lower price tag than the first XPro II Leica version. Godox has made no mention of their being an updated XPro II model for Pentax, although B&H has one listed.
As with the Leica version, the XPro II for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic appears to be largely identical to its predecessor. It does have a couple of changes, though. For a start, it sees the addition of Bluetooth built right in, so you don’t need to deal with the old Godox A1 units anymore. It uses the same app, though, so all you need to do is enable Bluetooth in your trigger to get full remote control from your smartphone.
It also receives the new quick-release foot that initially showed up on the Godox V1 in 2019 and was later introduced to the Godox V860III. It also sees one huge feature added that people had been complaining about on the original Godox XPro trigger ever since its initial release. The Godox XPro II now features a single-pin mode, allowing you to use your triggers on older camera models in the hotshoe.
On the exterior, there is a slight redesign from the original XPro, although the button layout is pretty much identical. The LCD looks a little larger, though, which should make it quite a big easier to read. It still contains the USB socket for firmware updates, as well as a 2.5mm sync socket. It supports all of the usual HSS and TTL modes you’ve come to expect from the original, too, along with the TCM button to turn your TTL reading into a manual setting.
One thing that doesn’t appear to have been clarified all that well, even in the manual, is how well it plays with rechargeable batteries. The original XPro was notorious for having issues with NiMH rechargeable batteries, randomly firing when it wasn’t supposed to or missing when it was. The XPro II also takes a pair of AA batteries, although the manual doesn’t really… Well, for a start, it describes them as “optional”, which they’re obviously not if you want to power electronics.
It does mention NiMH rechargeable batteries in the manual (the screenshot above is from Page 30), but it doesn’t really say that they’re supported and you’ll get full functionality with them. It just says that their voltage will be lower and so the battery level indicator won’t be a reliable measure of your actual charge. Whether that means they also suffer from the same potential issues as the original is not known – although I’m sure the reviews will answer that one pretty quickly once it gets into people’s hands.
The Godox XPro II for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus (OM System)/Panasonic are available to pre-order now for $89 each. The XPro II for Leica is available to buy now for $129. Interestingly, while Godox has not yet announced an XPro II for Pentax, B&H has it listed as being available to pre-order for $89.
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.