Westcott has released a new touchscreen speedlight and 200Ws wireless strobe

Dec 17, 2020

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Westcott has released a new touchscreen speedlight and 200Ws wireless strobe

Dec 17, 2020

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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Westcott has announced their new FJ80 universal touchscreen speedlight and FJ200 200Ws lithium polymer battery-powered strobe, expanding on the FJ400 & DJ-X2m kit they introduced last year. Like a number of popular speedlights these days, the Westcott FJ80 features a round head, but the touchscreen is new – sort of.

The Westcott FJ200 boasts 0.05 to 1.3 second recycle times, HSS up to 1/8000, TTL and compatibility with just about all camera systems via its universal wireless trigger. It’s also compatible with Canon’s RT transmitter – which is quite unique amongst strobes.

The Westcott JB80 claims to be the “industry’s first round head touchscreen speedlight with an integrated radio transceiver”. Is it, though? I mean, it is and it isn’t. It is the first, but Jinbei already announced the same speedlight back in September as the Jinbei HD-2. The reported specs seem a little more optimistic in Westcott’s case, though. Of course, even if it is a rebranded Jinbei, you get the benefit of a Westcott warranty and support.

Max power80Ws
Power range9-stops (0.3-80Ws)
Flash duration (t0.1)1/250-1/3,300s
Flash duration (t0.5)1/800-1/10,000s
Recycle time0.05-1.2s
Colour temp5500K +/- 150K
Mounting systemFJ80 Magnetic Mount (75mm diameter)
Flash increments0.1 and full stops
Flash modesManual, TTL
Modelling lamp3W 5600K +/- 200K
Sync functionsHSS, Normal (front & rear curtain)
Sync speedUp to 1/8,000s (HSS)
Wireless frequency2.4Ghz
Wireless channels31
Wireless groups16
Wireless range100m
Display2.8″ LCD touchscreen colour display
Flashes per charge400+ at full power
Battery typeDC Lithium Polymer
Battery capacity11.1Wh (11.1v, 1,000mAh)
Recharge time~2 hours
Dimensions8.1 x 8.1 x 21.3cm
Weight0.5kg

The Westcott FJ80 speedlight is available to buy now on the Westcott website for $329 and is expected to start shipping in 2-4 weeks.

The Westcott FJ200 is a lithium polymer battery-powered 200Ws strobe. It’s similar in size to the Godox AD300 Pro, although a touch narrower and a little longer, coming in at 8 x 8 x 22cm vs the AD300 Pro’s 10 x 9 x 19cm. Unlike the FJ80, this one isn’t a touchscreen UI, but offers a similar set of features. Unlike the FJ400, the FJ200 doesn’t use a Bowens modifier mount. It seems to be something proprietary. No word on whether or not there’s an adapter available for it yet, although given its dimensions, I suspect it would fit in the Godox S2 Bowens mount adapter.

Max power200Ws
Power range9-stops (0.3-80Ws)
Flash duration (t0.1)Normal 1/260-1/2,600s
Freeze 1/260-1/7,000
Flash duration (t0.5)Normal 1/800-1/8,000s
Freeze 1/800-1/20,000
Recycle time0.05-1.3s
Colour temp5500K +/- 150K
Mounting systemDJ200 Mount
Flash increments0.1 stop
Flash modesManual, TTL
Modelling lampLED 5W 5600K +/- 200K
Sync functionsHSS, Normal (front & rear curtain), Freeze
Sync speedUp to 1/8,000s (HSS)
Wireless frequency2.4Ghz
Wireless channels32
Wireless groups16
Wireless range100m
DisplayLCD colour display
Flashes per charge450+ at full power
Battery typeDC Lithium Polymer
Battery capacity36Wh (14.4v, 2,500mAh)
Recharge time~2 hours
Dimensions8.0 x 8.0 x 22.2cm
Weight0.8kg

The Westcott FJ200 strobe is available to buy now on the Westcott website for $399 and is also expected to start shipping in 2-4 weeks.

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John Aldred

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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.

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One response to “Westcott has released a new touchscreen speedlight and 200Ws wireless strobe”

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    MegaNickels

    The FJ200 isn’t Bowens mount? That’s a mistake.