GODOX AD200 / EVOLV 200 – Cordless TTL Strobe Released



Godox have released the ground breaking AD200 Witstro cordless strobe, also available as the Flashpoint eVOLV 200 TTL .

UPDATE – AD200 PRO / EVOLV 200 PRO are also now available adding further refinements.

The AD200 / eVOLV are 200Ws cordless Lithium-ion powered TTL and HSS enabled strobes with Godox 2.4GHz X-system radio receiver built inside, compatible with, Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, and Pentax camera systems.

Don’t be fooled by the name or Ws rating though, the AD200 are only around 0.3 to 0.5 stops less powerful than the well proven AD360II, and come in a remarkably more compact and convenient all in one package.




Being dedicated off camera flashes having no hotshoe, the AD200 provide similar compact size of a speedlite, though with considerable added power.

Another ground breaking feature of the AD200 is a modular interchangeable flash head system, which provides the option of either bare bulb or traditional speedlite fresnel head (fixed at 35mm, no zoom).

With various other head options becoming available, including an LED head, and Ring Light adapters in flash and LED versions.




And to take the AD200 to another level again, there is now also an EVOVL Twin Head Bracket / Godox AD-B2, which will combine two EVOLV 200 / Godox AD200 strobes into a single 400Ws light source!

The twin bracket providing a Bowens S-type mount, and dual unobstructed LED modelling lights.

The bracket can be used with dual flashes for extra power, or with a single flash to add a very useful LED modelling light.

The original AD200 flash bulbs can be used, or a single AD360 bulb centered in the bracket.

Flashpoint EVOLV Twin Head




  • Power – 200Ws
  • Bare Bulb Head – GN 60m, ISO 100 (AD360 reflector)
  • Speedlite Head – GN 52m ISO 100
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, M4/3, Fuji, Pentax, Radio Slave Modes (Auto Switching)
  • Range – 100m +
  • Groups – A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels
  • S1/S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Flash Duration Frensel Head – 1/220s – 1/13000s
  • Flash Duration Bare Bulb Head – 1/220s – 1/11300s
  • Color Temperature – 5600 +/- 200k
  • 14.4V 2900mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • 520 Full Power Flashes
  • 0.01 – 2.1 Second Recycle Time
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Memory Function
  • LED Modelling Light (Fresnel Head Only)
  • USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • 3.5mm Sync Port
  • Communication Port (For XTR-16 / FTR-16 Receivers)


Godox AD200


The AD200 can be mounted via a 1/4″ 20 threaded mounting hole on either side of the flash (allowing landscape or portrait orientation when using the speedlite head).













The EVOLV 200 / AD200 now have numerous versatile flash head options and accessories available –




The Godox AD200 / eVOLV 200 are available now from $299 –

EVOLV 200 – Adorama, Amazon, Ebay

GODOX AD200 – AmazonUK, B&H PhotoEbay


Godox – Website


  1. Andy 4 years ago

    Does anyone try 3 AD200/Evolv 200 in the wedding reception yet? I just got one and tried in the church today (yes, the priest allows us to use flash). The light is awesome. So I was thinking of getting 2 more for wedding reception. Or I may get a few V860 II instead.

    • Joel 4 years ago

      Just curious, but what was the light/position/modifier if any used in the church?

  2. Author
    Flash Havoc 4 years ago

    UPDATE – There is a new Mini Reflector (AD-M) for the EVOLV / AD200, now available for pre-order.

  3. Yesenia 4 years ago

    I want to buy some flashes for wedding photography the canon 600ex-rt or the AD200, but Does the AD200 have a short flash duration that helps freze movent as the speedlights (flashguns)? I want to buy the AD200, but would it be able to freze the wedding couple with no problem when they are dancing or when there is a lot of movement?..I have heard that a medium strobe does not freze moving subjects as a speedlight because it does not have short flash duration…I hope to hear from you thank you.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Yesnia,

      Yes the AD200 are IGBT flashes like a speedlite, which means they have very short flash durations at power levels below full power.

      The lower the power level the faster the flash duration. So with the extra power they have you will likely be running them at lower power levels than a regular speedlite, and therefore durations should be as short or better.

      • John 3 years ago

        “Yes the AD200 are IGBT flashes like a speedlite”
        What are LGBT speedlights?

  4. Mark Kitaoka 4 years ago

    I will be using the eVOLVs in a commercial shoot over the next few days and decided to test the umbrella mount to see just how durable it is. You can see my results here:

  5. Ken 4 years ago

    I thought the Godox stuff auto-switched to HSS when shutter speed goes over the X-Sync speed?? Could have sworn I read that and have had it work before. But this weekend I was shooting outside with the Evolv 200 and I couldn’t shoot above 1/200 on the 5D3. Unless I shut the master off. How does one get auto HSS to work?

    • Ulysses Ashton 4 years ago

      Ken, the Evolv flash DOES automatically go into HSS once your shutter speed goes beyond the camera’s x-sync speed. You’ll want to go into your camera’s Flash Sync menu and ensure you’ve selected either HSS or Auto.

  6. John Wilson 4 years ago

    I’ve just bought another S-type Speedlite Bracket. The AD200 fits in it without and effort. Comparing it with one I bought a few months ago I see that the rubber covering of the metal top jaw of the bracket is slightly different. It’s flat rather than rounded so that the metal top jaw will go all the way up to the top.

    So you no longer have to chop the top off the rubber covering to get the AD200 to fit in the bracket.

    Nice to see the change.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks John.

      Is the top metal jaw plate still rounded / concave though?

      • John Wilson 4 years ago

        Yes the metal plate is unchanged. It’s just the rubber covering which has a flat top rather than a rounded one

  7. Mark Kitaoka 4 years ago

    In addition to the Xplor/AD600 line of strobes I successfully configured and tested a Pentax 645Z at HSS using the eVOLV200 and a Cactus v6II trigger. You can read my results here:

  8. Dwight Roberts 4 years ago

    I just got the AD200 and have had nothing but problems with it. The TTL doesn’t seem to work nor does the hss. I’m using this with the Fuji X Pro 2 and triggering it with the TT350F. Even the exposure comp. works backwards. I’ve shot with Canon gear for the longest of times and using hss was as simple as turning it on. If I shoot at 1/250th, it blasts full-power. This does NOT seem right to me. Also, when selecting manual power, after the shot, it goes back to TTL.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Dwight,

      Is the AD200 on V2.0 firmware, if not that would be your issue.

      The X Pro 2 is listed as compatible (Type A camera) so TTL and HSS should work. Some people have had to update the firmware in their camera as well to have HSS working.

  9. Karver 4 years ago

    Unfortunately, it maxes out only about 130-140 Ws. I have done tests to compare real light power of a AD200 against 2 units of YN 560IV. One test was done with Profoto stripbox 1×3′ and softbox 1.3×2′ using bulb. Then another test projecting on the wall with fresnel attachment and 560’s set to 35mm zoom. In all cases, when firing at max power, AD200 was just slightly short of two 560s. So, I am returning my AD200. If it were by half stop more powerfool, I would be very happy to keep it. But that’s just not the case.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Karver,

      I had to use 3 V850 to match the AD200.

      Though in any case I don’t think the fresnel head is the AD200’s strongest point. The bare bulb is there for the quality of light, though that’s not going to compare directly in terms of power to speedlites either unless you used the wide angle diffuser etc to spread their light more evenly as well.

      Using the AD200 twin head, that is only 0.1 stops less than the AD600B in the same softbox. In a lighter package that even recycles slightly faster.

      So I’m more than impressed with the power of the AD200.

      And you have Profoto softboxes there, so I’m a little surprised you prefer to use a couple of fresnsel head speedlights in them rather than a nice bare bulb flash (particularly in a strip box)?

  10. Karver 4 years ago

    Of course, I always use built-in diffuser to spread light out.
    Your results of 3 speedlights matching AD200 are similar to many reviews on the net.
    I tend to think my sample was just a bad copy. The fact that it was the last copy in a stock makes my suspicion even stronger. Overall, using Profoto speedlite speedring wiith two speedlites is very capable solution. Especially when light source is located as close to a product as possible. And increasing ISO up to 400 is not a problem at all.

    • John Wilson 4 years ago

      Hi Karver!

      Using the AD-B2 instead of the S type bracket is reported to increase the light through a modifier by about 1/3rd of a stop.

      It’s also reported that putting what’s effectively a kill spill on an AD200 in an S type bracket can increase the light by up to 2/3rds of a stop (I’m a bit wary about getting quite such an increase). The cheapest way of doing that is to buy an AD S17 dome, unscrew the dome part and use the base as the spill kill reflector.

      See this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hBdJkRddzz4

      • Michael 4 years ago

        Certainly seeing similar figures with the reflector I bought


  11. Andy 4 years ago

    Does anyone have problem of detach the barn door from AD200? Once it’s in, it’s hard to take it out. I even try to push so hard and until the point I think it breaks! I’d like to hear your experience.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Andy,

      Yes they clip on tight, and you won’t get them off just by pulling on them.

      You need to lift one of the tabs that clip over the flash head and then they will pull away quite easily. I basically get 3 fingernails under the edge and lever the clip/tab up and off pretty easily.

      Something like a butter knife should to the trick pretty easily otherwise.

    • Fritz Nordengren 4 years ago

      Here’s a tip, from Mark Kitaoka’s blog:

      “But once they are on the Fresnel head they are TOUGH to remove. I’ve found prying one end up with a credit card as a pry bar helps. UPDATE! 4-16-17 I recently watched a video demo by Edward Tang of Cheetahstand where he shows how to more easily remove the grid from the Fresnel head! He covers it at 1:50 in his video. Thanks so much Edward!!”

      here is the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/_87eQioU9_c?t=1m38s

  12. Andy 4 years ago

    thanks for the suggestion. It really helps.

  13. Joe 4 years ago

    Hi… I have the AD200 and after taking a couple of shots the bulb stopped working. I let it rest and did more shot and it worked well. The bulb later stopped working again. It’s been over 24hrs and the bulb isn’t still working, but clicks when I press the test button. What could be the problem?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Joe,

      Sorry I’m not too sure. Do you have the regular speedlite head to try and see if that is at least firing?

      If so, it may be a faulty flash tube, or possibly the connection between the head and flash tube pins.

      • Joe 4 years ago

        The Speedlight head works fine. The bulb works well too after a while it doesn’t but after a few days it starts working again for a while. The process repeats itself.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 4 years ago

          Ok thanks. I guess you either need to try a new flash tube or a new bare bulb head unit then to see which one is causing the issue.

          I would be leaning towards the tube, as the flash shows an error if the connection between the flash and head are not working properly. It could be the connections where the flash tube presses into though.

          (Unless its convenient for you to exchange the whole strobe with the seller).

  14. marco 4 years ago

    where is located the slave cell?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Marco,

      The optic slave cell is at the rear of the flash above the LCD screen, behind the red cover that runs along the rear top edge of the flash.

  15. Zoltan 4 years ago

    Hey guys, what would you recommend for event photography, an AD200 or a TT685 with PB960 with Y cable?
    I believe TT685 with Y cable has much faster recycling times at the same output, isn’t it? (0.7s vs 2s?)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Zoltan,

      Keep in mind the AD200 is at least twice as powerful as the TT685 etc, so you would need to compare them with the AD200 at half power level. In which case the AD200 is not going to overheat and slow down nearly as quickly to start with.

      I don’t have a TT685 here, but the AD200 at half power is around 0.6 seconds or possibly faster.

      The only catch to that comparison is the TT685 has a zoom head. So if you were needing longer distance with direct flash (though covering a smaller area) it becomes difficult to compare again, unless you had a Better Beamer or something to zoom the AD200 fresnel head, or long throw reflector with the bare bulb head.

      If using a softbox or umbrella etc, or bouncing the flash to light up a room etc, the AD200 should be WELL ahead.

    • John Wilson 4 years ago

      Full power on a TT685 is quite a bit less than full power on an AD200. The TT685 GN is quoted at maximum zoom (200mm) the AD200 with the fresnel head is measured at 35mm. I think comparing recycling time with the AD200 firing at half or even a quarter power would be more realistic.

      You also need to consider the possible overheating problem when firing a TT685 at full power every second or so.

      You also need to consider how you are using the flash. I presume you’d want use use TTL for event photography. You would have the flash quite close to the camera. With the TT685 you could use an extension cable of the hotshoe but the AD200 would need a radio trigger. The X1 trigger has problems if the flash is too close to it. The XPro has a mode which addresses that problem.

      Finally, have you considered the the V860II? Better recycle time that the TT685 on its own. Worse than the TT685 with the PB960 but see my comments about overheating. Much as I love the AD200 I think I’d use this for event photography.

  16. Zoltan 4 years ago

    Thank you guys, really helpful info.

  17. Kim 4 years ago

    Can I shot about 2000 shots per day If I use 1/8 power?

    Thank you.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Kim,

      Yes, if full power is around 500 shots, then 1/4 should provide around 2000, so 1/8 should be no problem even allowing some buffer.

  18. Zoltan 4 years ago

    Hey guys, I ordered the AD200 finally.
    Can the dual S-type bracket’s built-in modelling light LEDs used when mounting 2x AD200?
    How good these LEDs actually are, bright enough for professional work?

    • Zoltan 4 years ago

      Alright, I got most of my answers from this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reSd896awKk
      However, I would still like to hear opinions about or experiences with quality of the AD B2 modelling light LEDs.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 4 years ago

        Hi Zoltan,

        They are the same 10 watt LED’s as the current AD600 use, though there is 2 of them, so they are twice as bright as the AD600.

        Still only around half the output of the 20 watt LED in the Orlit RT-610 / Jinbie HD-610 though.

        And pretty basic as there is no option of proportional power control, or to have them shut off as the flash fires and recycles etc. Still with the Xpro transmitter its easy to turn them on and off remotely and that’s mainly all you need. There’s no fan so at least they are nice and quiet (so when I’m fiddling around with some product photography I actually prefer them).

        Godox have an up-spec version of the AD600 coming early next year, which I would imagine will have a more serious modelling light. Though they will come at a higher price again. I would like to see remote power control from the transmitter with those, though nothing confirmed yet.

  19. Domenico 4 years ago

    Hi from Italy. Today I have my AD200 falling on the ground and the display is broken now. Anyone knows where to repair this in Europe?
    Thank you in advance.

  20. John Wilson 4 years ago

    Here’s a video of an AD200 being disassembled https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaVmgzTVlpg

    Looks a rather neat, modular design.

  21. John Product 4 years ago

    Look like a great small light

  22. Jonas 4 years ago

    Im keen on getting into the godox system. Is anymore using this with Sony A7 cameras (i got a a7RII)?

    Are you using This instead of Speedights or together with Speedlights as a power portable solution?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Jonas,

      Just one thing to be aware of, there has been a long ongoing bug with Godox TTL transmitter and master flash units and the Sony A7R II camera, which causes an underexposure in TTL mode with lens apertures wider than F4. The issue can be worked around using Flash Exposure Compensation though, and doesn’t effect remote manual use.

      I think you will find many people are mixing speedlites and the AD200. Mainly because they already owned speedlites, though they are both handy options to to have as the speedlites are considerably lighter weight when needed. The Godox speedlites can also be used as a master unit on the camera.

      A lot of people are mixing the AD200, and AD600 as well (as well as AD360/II etc).

  23. Fritz 4 years ago


    I can’t help with the Sony question — FlashHavoc has summed it up as I know it, but I can talk about the AD200 and speedlights — I shoot Canon and Fuji depending on the shoot and prior my location work was shot using up to 3 speedlights and very portable modifiers.

    In my opinion, the AD 200 as a single unit is fine, but you get amazing on location flexibility with 2 AD 200’s and the twin head bracket. The ability to use them as 2 separate fresnel heads is very similar to speedlight work. Switching to one or more open bulb or combining them into the twin head in a single mount lets me do nearly anything on small to medium size locations.

    I kept my speedlights — and use them for creative highlights or gels in backgrounds — I fire them using the optical trigger on the speedlight. I also purchased the smallest Fuji speedlight (Adorama’s Zoom mini) when I need some TTL in small rooms or event kinds of shooting. It doubles as a wireless controller for the AD200’s, too.

    I run a rental commercial photography studio and am migrating all our rental lights to the Godox / Adorama system. It’s easy enough to provide controllers for Nikon, Sony, Canon and Fuji. For our clients, about 40% use Profoto exclusively (their own or rented), 40% have never used lights before, and 20% are comfortable with corded triggers or bring their own. The AD 200 and AD600 is great lights for new – to – studio lighting photographers to get comfortable and gain confidence.

  24. Mick Kirkman 4 years ago

    Hi there – does anybody know how to (if it’s possible) set the AD200 to second curtain sync with a Canon 5D Mark iv please?

    • John Wilson 4 years ago

      You have to set the trigger to fire on second curtain. On the X1-C it’s a custom function (have a look at the manual because there are shutter speed limitations). On the XPro-C you press the Sync button twice.

      • Mick Kirkman 4 years ago

        Thanks John I have X1-C and will have a look at the manual – was trying to do it in custom functions on the ad200 unit and couldn’t figure it out.


  25. Mark Kitaoka 4 years ago

    I’ve added a post to my blog showing how I’ve used this device on location.

  26. Chester 4 years ago

    I got 2 AD200 and just realized they did not have 1/256 like my other flash (AD600, V860 II, V850 II). Any one know if it’s possible to get that update on AD200? Or it will simply never happen?

    Many thanks

    • John Wilson 4 years ago

      Hi Chester!

      Are you SURE your V860 II and V850 II flashes will go down to 1/256? Have you tried to set them to that level manually?

      There’s a custom function on the X1T and XPro triggers that allow the setting to go down to 1/256 but 1/256 is only supported by the AD600 as far as I know.

  27. Mark Kitaoka 3 years ago

    For the past three months I have been testing a modifier that uses the AD200 line and have written a review of what I believe is an incredible and revolutionary modifier. The AD200 and the SaberStrip v2 are a match made in heaven! Incredible results I’ve achieved with this pairing.

    • Author
      FLASH HAVOC 3 years ago

      Thanks Mark, I hadn’t heard about the updated SaberStrip.

  28. Mark Kitaoka 3 years ago

    I recently returned from 3 on location sessions in three different cities on the same day where I used the 200s as well as the xPLOR600 and 600 Pro. You can read about my experience with these lights here:

  29. Alan 3 years ago

    Can anyone help me with an issue i have with my Godox AD200, the radio mode is not working, i have tried it with my XPro & cant chane any function in radio mode, when i turn radio mode off & plug a XTR16 into the flash i can change the setting wirelessly but cant undersrand why it wont work in radio mode?

    • John Wilson 3 years ago

      If you have the latest firmware you will have a Custom Function 7. Check that it’s OFF

  30. Alan 3 years ago

    Yes John, F.7 is set to OFF

    • John Wilson 3 years ago

      Can you check that you haven’t set the Wireless ID on your trigger? I think the XTR16 ignores it.

      • albert lewis 3 years ago

        Just dug out an older XT16 trigger, this triggers the flash intermittently in radio mode but still getting nothing at all with the XPro so the radio is receiving a signal(intermittently) & again the flash works perfectly with the XTR16 plugged in

        • Author
          FLASH HAVOC 3 years ago

          Have you tried using some different channels then? It sounds like you could possibly have some interference there.

        • John Wilson 3 years ago

          Have you set the DIST to 0-30m?

          • Author
            FLASH HAVOC 3 years ago

            That was my next thought as well.

  31. alan 3 years ago

    Yes checked that, thanks for your help John, im beginning to think the AD200 is faulty

  32. Mark Kitaoka 3 years ago

    I just completed an all day in studio dance session utilizing three AD200s with their Fresnel heads in three Saberstrip v2.0 modifiers. This combination has proven to be incredible for my dance work.

  33. Niels Gram 3 years ago

    Being an action shooter I want a flash that is able to keep up with at least 10 fps with consistent light output and I also need more concentrated light. A pro-variant with sub 1 s recycle time and also zooming round head (up to alt least 105 mm) for the AD200 would be very welcome – that’s my wish list for the AD200 🙂

  34. William 3 years ago

    Has anyone else had the issues with the unit not powering on? Mine stopped working and I am outside the warranty.

    I see this was a common problem in early units, did anyone ever identify the issue?

  35. John M 3 years ago

    I thought I read somewhere the AD200 can accept accessories from the AD360. I am specifically looking at the larger beauty dish listed for the AD360. Is this a true statement.
    Or asked another way- How can get a larger modifier attached to the AD200? For my needs say around 12″+/-

    • John Wilson 3 years ago

      When using the bare bulb head you can use the AD360 modifiers. The only one that does not work in my experience is the umbrella reflector. The reflector fits OK but the plastic shaft holder won’t screw to the body without being trimmed.

      A 12″ beauty dish is a a rather small one, the smallest I own is 15″ and that is a rather specialist dish. Most beauty dishes are > 15″. If you put the AD200 in an S-Type bracket you can use any Bowens mount modifier.

  36. Ellis Vener 2 years ago

    Has anyone come up with a flat flash head cover for theGodox AD-B2, the twin head?

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