Leaked Godox XPro trigger photo teases a huge LCD interface and lots of buttons

Sep 11, 2017

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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.

Leaked Godox XPro trigger photo teases a huge LCD interface and lots of buttons

Sep 11, 2017

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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Godox’s flash system has become extremely popular over the last couple of years. And while it now supports half a dozen different platforms one common point of complaint has been the triggers. Specifically the X1T. It works beautifully, but its user interface can be somewhat slow, clunky, and annoying.

Godox released the XT32 to help alleviate some of the UI issues, although it still leaves a little room for improvement. If a photo posted to Facebook (and then deleted) this morning offers any indication, though, Godox have made those improvements. It shows what appears to be a new XPro trigger for Canon. An XT32 style trigger with a great big LCD and a lot of buttons.

As the image didn’t stay up for long, and there were not details published with it, we can only really speculate as to what features it may include. I suspect, though, that this is the impending replacement for the original X1T. The “TTL” for groups B, D and E on the LCD kind of give this away to me, as the XT32 is not capable of TTL (although it does do high speed sync).

This means the trigger will have full compatibility with the X1R, XT16 and all current flash units with a built in 2.4Ghz Godox receiver. Remote control, high speed sync, TTL, the works.

I have to say, the new button interface with the large LCD certainly looks far more useful. There are 4 “soft” buttons along the bottom of the LCD. These will presumably change function depending on what is being displayed. There’s also 5 more up the side. I would assume that these will be for quick selection of different groups. Hit a button, spin the dial, keep shooting. but, again, these may change function depending on the content being displayed.

There are also a few hard coded buttons & button combinations. Holding pairs of buttons to change the flash mode, reset the flash, or go into menus, for example. As well as these, the obligatory on/off switch & ready light, as well as the modelling light on/off switch we’ve come to love.

From what we can see in the image, it looks like a very worthwhile update to the X1T system. A user interface with a far more efficient workflow; Something very much needed. Even if it offers no other technical advantages over the X1T, this alone makes it worth making the switch for me once they become available.

The only thing I’m curious about is whether or not it will include Bluetooth. I mentioned during the recent firmware update for the Godox X1T that a replacement model with built in Bluetooth would be extremely useful for me. A few have suggested that such capability might destroy A1 sales, but I don’t think so.

The A1 has much larger implications than just acting as a flash trigger. The A1 offers remote mobile control for continuous LEDs for video, which the Godox range of flash triggers do not. And then there’s those who will only purchase an A1 to use as a sole off-camera light source for their mobile photos of video. Again, this is something that the flash triggers cannot do.

So, I think incorporating Bluetooth into this trigger will still leave a sizeable market for A1 customers. It certainly doesn’t put me off. Whether it includes Bluetooth or not, I’ll still be getting the A1.

What we can surmise from the photo…

  • It’ll be available for Canon. Likely before other brands. I expect Nikon to follow, then Sony, then the others. Or they may surprise us and release all five versions at once.
  • It will support TTL – which means it will probably support high speed sync.
  • We can control at least up to five groups of lights simultaneously.

The only issue with this trigger is potential confusion that could be caused by the name. Ironically, I suspect a Fuji variant of the XPro may be the last to be released. At the moment, the X1T is available for 6 different camera brands.

As to which will be released first, or whether or not they’ll all come at once is currently unknown. I think it’s a safe bet that Canon will be amongst the first. There’s obviously no word yet on a price for the Godox XPro trigger, nor how soon we can expect them to ship. But as soon as we have more official specs and information, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Update : A source has released a few more photos and information about the new XPro trigger.

  • The XPro will support both TTL and HSS
  • The XPro is an XT32 replacement. It is not a replacement for the X1T due to the hotshoe feature.
  • XPro for Canon is in production now. Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony and Fuji should be introduced by the end of the year.
  • US unit price is $69 and should be available sometime in October through Amazon.

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18 responses to “Leaked Godox XPro trigger photo teases a huge LCD interface and lots of buttons”

  1. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Nothing wrong with good visibility

  2. g_disqus Avatar
    g_disqus

    There is no hot shoe :( I think they should make pocket remote plus simple on-camera trigger with hot shoe.

  3. Andreas Christaki Avatar
    Andreas Christaki

    as long as i can have remote zoom control over my godox flashes i am happy.

    1. Lars Daniel Terkelsen Avatar
      Lars Daniel Terkelsen

      You can actually with X1T. It is one of the “hidden” functions, accesible by holding the top button a few seconds. Put your flash on auto-zoom, then you control it from the remote trigger.

      1. Andreas Christaki Avatar
        Andreas Christaki

        hi i know about that but it does not work with the flashes i have tried it many time with a range of compatible flashes.

        1. Lars Daniel Terkelsen Avatar
          Lars Daniel Terkelsen

          Hmm, it works with my TT350-F.

  4. Louis Amore Avatar
    Louis Amore

    I really hope there will be a version for broncolor

  5. Louis Avatar
    Louis

    I hope there will be a Broncolor version

  6. photomedic4321 Avatar
    photomedic4321

    I will own one of these for both Nikon and Fuji. The current Fuji controller restricts access slightly to the controls on the top of the X-T2

  7. Alan Newman Avatar
    Alan Newman

    I’d like to see some sort of wireless flash meter capability.

  8. Doug Birling Avatar
    Doug Birling

    this is great news!! I love the rest of the line, but the transmitter is awkward!

  9. Mattia Avatar
    Mattia

    Could be Bice if it synchronise above the camera’s X-sync with “hypersync @poketwizard” or “Power Sync @cactus”

  10. David Avatar
    David

    I’m assuming this will also trigger the “Flashpoint” versions of lights?

  11. iphoto27 Avatar
    iphoto27

    ATG did it again with Godox.
    This is way better than the Profoto Air Remote TTL, Interfit S1 TTL, Phottix Oldin and Canon ST-E3-RT, Sony FA-WRC1M, Quantum and Pocket Wizard.

    Way better & much less than using Phottix Oldin II.

    Tested & confirmed:
    * Canon EOS-1D C
    * Canon EOS-1X
    * Canon EOS- Rebel
    * Nikon D5
    * Nikon D850 (ATG’s firmware)
    * Nikon D50
    * Sony SLT-A99
    * Hasselblad H6D (ATG’s firmware)
    * Phase One (ATG’s firmware)
    * Fuji GFX 50s (ATG’s firmware)

    Transmitter is so affordable for doing ATG’s wireless radio TTL/M flashes on Godox’s.

    FYI: Major camera stores have written fat check to change names under their owns.

    1. LIVE THE LIFE Avatar
      LIVE THE LIFE

      will this work on the Hasselblad H2 ? For sure buying one for my Nikon but would be very pleased if it will work on the H2 ! (do I need the Fuiji instead of the Nikon?) Thanks

  12. LIVE THE LIFE Avatar
    LIVE THE LIFE

    will this work on the Hasselblad H2 ? For sure buying one for my Nikon but would be very pleased if it will work on the H2 ! (do I need the Fuiji instead of the Nikon?)

  13. Ralph Duke Avatar
    Ralph Duke

    will this work with the hasselblad
    H5d ? I have tried it not fire the camera but the X1t will work????

  14. Ralph Duke Avatar
    Ralph Duke

    you mentioned ATG firmware, where is this???