The V860C ETTL version for Canon will be available in March, and a Nikon V860N scheduled for April. And they are both likely to be very competitively priced.
The new V860 use basically the same hardware as the V850, now with full TTL function shoehorned inside as well. A USB port is also now added for firmware updates.
The V860 feature the same Lithium-Ion battery, with huge 650 full power pop capacity and 1.5 second recyclable time, all conveniently built-in!
HSS to 1/8000s
HSS capability – On or Off camera
Optic Wireless Master & Slave Function
As an optic master flash to trigger Canon speedlites 600EX-RT, 580EX II, etc in TTL or M mode
As a optic slave flash to receive wireless commanders of Canon cameras e.g. 7D, 60D, 600D, etc and Canon speedlite signals
E-TTL II Auto Flash
Accurate TTL exposure for Canon EOS series DSLRs
Full TTL Functions
Support FEC, FEB, FE Lock, Rear Curtain Sync, Modeling Flash, Control with Camera’s Menu Screen, etc.
Powerful Li-ion Battery
1.5s recycle time at max. power & 650 full power pops
Forget AA batteries, charging preparation, and carrying burden
58 Guide Number
GN58 (m ISO 100 @ 105mm) with TTL/M/Multi/S1/S2 modes
Auto/Manual zoom (24-105mm) with correct auto focus assist
USB port for firmware update and custom function settings
Radio Receiver – No Radio Transmitter
Although the V860 have an optic wireless master and slave function, they do not have any radio transmitter built in.
The V860 will use the same FT-16s clip on radio receiver as the V850 for remote manual power control, and HSS off camera (no TTL though). This requires an FT-16 transmitter unit for remote power control, and appropriate transmitter like the Godox Cells II for HSS use.
So the V860 can act much like the current remote manual V850 flash when used off camera if desired. This means you can add a few V860 to your off-camera remote manual / HSS kit, and have the ETTL function available for on-camera use when needed.
Though to use the V860 off-camera with TTL via radio, separate TTL triggers like the YongNuo YN-622C etc would need to be used (YN-622C compatibility is yet to be tested/confirmed), as Godox do not currently have their own TTL radio triggers.
Witstro / Cheetah Light Owners –
I know a lot of current Witstro and Cheetah Light owners have been hoping for (and waiting on) an on-camera TTL flash solution, which will also fire (and possibly control) their Witstro etc off-camera.
Unfortunately it appears Godox have not currently made any provision for this via radio with the V860. Which at this point means a TTL flash on camera, combined with the Witstro / V850 off-camera, requires a combination of other radio triggers. Much like the options I recently detailed here.MORE DETAIL - Click to Expand
Godox have a TTL version of the Witstro
scheduled for mid year.
UPDATE – A TTL version of the Witstro is not likely until at least the end of 2014, the mid year estimate was unfortunately a miscommunication within Godox.
Godox are not giving away much of their plans at this stage, though they have at least let us know that they are aware of the need for an integrated flash on camera solution, and the desire for backward compatibility for the current Witstro flashes in any new TTL system.
That is not a guarantee there will be backward compatibility, but the indications are that Godox are planning this through carefully now, and they do want to provide the most convenient solutions. So the TTL Witstro, or integrated TTL flash on camera, may not eventuate until the end of the year or even into early 2015.
For now Godox are looking into possibly providing a Sync Output from the flash so that there may at least be a way to fire the other flashes via radio, while the V860 flash is in the camera hotshoe. Again this is only a maybe at this stage, and if that Sync Output does not eventuate, the solution for TTL flash on camera for now will be the using alternative radio trigger options as detailed here.
For a regular TTL flash alternative though, the V860 are likely to be an exceptional option. With the build quality and convenience of the Lithium-Ion battery power, in a competitively priced TTL option.
Download the full V860C brochure here.
Price and Availability –
The V860C for Canon are available now from around $185 (Nikon V860N scheduled for April) –
Godox V850 – Full Review
Godox – Website