The Godox AD400Pro is official, here’s what you need to know
A few days ago, some photos leaked out of a new strobe claiming to be the Godox AD400Pro. It seems the photos were accurate, as Godox announced the strobe earlier through their Facebook page. Following on from the AD600Pro design, the AD400Pro is about as we expected it to be, but now the details are official.
- Power: 400Ws
- Power range: 9 stops (1/256 – 1/1)
- Battery: Lithium Ion 21.6V 2600mAh
- Full power flashes: 390
- Recycle time: 0.01-0.9 seconds
- Flash duration: 1/240 – 1/12820 sec
- TTL: Yes
- HSS: Yes, up to 1/8000 sec
- Colour temp: 5600±200K
- Stable colour temp mode: Within ±75K through entire power range
- Modelling Light: 30W / 4800K / TLCI:93 LED
- Wireless: 2.4Ghz radio (compatible with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Fujifilm)
- Modifier mount: New Godox mount (Bowens adapter included)
- Dimensions: 220 x 102 x 128 mm (with battery)
- Weight: 2.1kg (with battery)
So, essentially, yes, it’s a smaller version of the AD600Pro with a new Godox modifier mount. Which makes sense, because a strobe this small would look a bit ridiculous with a big Bowens mount permanently attached to the front. Godox does, however, included a Bowens mount adapter, so you can still use all your favourite modifiers with the AD400Pro.
Sizewise, it’s a little bigger than a pair of AD200s, with each coming in at 208 x 75 x 51mm for the body and an extra 75x75x33mm for the bare bulb head. And it’s a hair heavier, too. Of course, to get this power with a pair of AD200s, you also need to use the AD-B2 head, which tips the scales the other way with a pair of AD200s and the AD-B2 head at 2.6kg vs 2.1kg for the AD400Pro.
Of course, using a pair of AD200 with the AD-B2 head does have the advantage of letting you split them up to make a pair of lights when you don’t need the power. But you could always just get a pair of AD400Pro, and still have two lights with more power – and also a much faster recycle time.
You also get the benefit of the Stable Colour Temperature Mode with the AD400Pro. First seen on the AD600Pro, and not a feature of the AD200, this helps to ensure colour consistency throughout the power range, with a variance of only ±75K. I can see a pair of AD400Pro easily working into the fill & rim positions with an AD600Pro as the main key light.
The 30W modelling light sits at 4800K with a TLCI of 93. So, it’s slightly less powerful than the modelling light of the both AD600Pro and the AD-B2 head with both LEDs on. Like the AD600Pro, though, the AD400Pro includes a fan, which could potentially cause issue for those who’d hoped to have it double up as a video light. On the AD600Pro, as soon as you turn the light to 1/128th power or higher, the fan kicks in. So, it’s only useful for video if you’re not planning to use the sound.
As with just about all of Godox’s other strobes, the flash duration is shown on the LCD along with the power and other settings. It can be controlled and fired using the Godox X1T, XT32 or XPro triggers, and is compatible with Nikon. Canon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus and Panasonic – and soon, Pentax.
There’s been no mention yet of whether or not the AD400Pro is officially the Godox AD360II replacement. A price has also not been announced. The Godox AD200 sits at $299, the AD360II at $499 with the AD600 manual, AD600 TTL and AD600Pro priced at $549, $749 and $899 respectively.
So while exact pricing could be difficult to say, I’d expect it to be around the $599-699 mark (and this is purely a guess, I’ve not heard any rumours). I hope it would be closer to $499, but I think at least $649 is likely given the price of the AD360II.
Godox says the AD400Pro is expected to be released in August, so I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
The announcement of the Godox AD400Pro couldn’t have come at a worse time for Cactus, who are preparing to release their RQ250 battery powered strobe in the next month or two. It will have to come in at a good price now that the AD400Pro and Pentax support is on the way.
Update – July 24th, 2018: It looks like my guess on pricing was spot on. The Xplor 400Pro is now available to pre-order from Adorama for $649. The UK pre-order price is currently set to £608 on the Pixapro website. Shipping is currently expected to begin sometime in August.
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.