GODOX – V860II-C – Canon TTL Radio Speedlite – Now Available

GODOX V860II-C

 

Godox have released the full featured TTL and HSS enabled Ving V860II-C speedlite for Canon Cameras, with Godox 2.4GHz X series radio transceivers built inside.

The V860II-C provide both Radio Master and Slave modes, as well as Canon Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes.

 

GODOX V860II-C

 

The V860II-C have basically all the same functions as the recent TT685C speedlite.

Though the V860II-C are powered by an impressive Lithium-ion battery, capable of providing up to 650 full power flashes, and 1.5 second full power recycle times.

Unlike the TT685C though, the V860II-C do not provide any external HV battery pack port.

Please also see more details in the hands on review of the original V860C speedlite here.

 

GODOX V860II-C

 

The V860II-C provide both Radio, and Optic Wireless, Master and Slave modes.

And (from firmware V1.3 onwards) the V860II-C provide the full 5 Group Canon GR Group Mode Radio Master interface, where TTL and Manual Groups can be mixed. (Requires 2012 onwards cameras).

Optic Wireless Master Mode uses the traditional Canon 3 Group System.

A large dot matrix LCD display provides easy access to the master interface and functions.

 

GODOX V860II-C

 

GODOX V860II-C FEATURES

 

  • GN 60 (m ISO 100)
  • Powered by 11.1V, 2000mAh Li-ion Battery
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Flash Mode – ETTL /M / Multi
  • 1st Curtain Sync / 2nd Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 stops)
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (1/3rd increments)
  • Flash Zoom 20 – 200mm
  • Radio Master & Slave Modes for Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • Godox Canon / Nikon / Sony TTL Radio Slave Modes
  • Compatible with Godox X1T-C / X1T-N / X1T-S TTL Transmitters, and X1R-C Receivers
  • Mater Groups A / B / C / D / E  (In GR Mode – Requires 2012 Onward Cameras)
  • Slave Groups A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels
  • Range to 100 m
  • Compatible with Godox XTR-16s Receiver, & XT-32 / XT-16 Transmitters
  • Compatible with Godox FTR-16s Receivers, & FT-16 Transmitter
  • Optic Master & Slave Modes for Canon Optic Wireless System
  • 3 Remote Groups A / B / C
  • 4 Channels
  • Range – Line of Sight
  • S1 and S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Recycle Time: 0.1 – 1.5 Seconds
  • 650 Full Power Flashes
  • Full 360 Degree Swivel, and Tilt Head
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Screen
  • AF Assist Light
  • Foot Clamping Ring with Locking Pin
  • Sound Prompt
  • Custom Functions
  • Settings Memory
  • Overheat Protection
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • Communication Port (For XTR-16s / FTR-16s Receivers)
  • 2.5mm Sync Port

 

 

Used as a Radio Master flash on-camera the V860II-C can fire and control other V860II-C speedlites off-camera, set to Radio Slave mode, as well as a growing range of Godox studio lights, portable lights, and speedlites.

These include the recent TTL and HSS enabled AD600B strobes, and the AD360II-C / AD360II-N / AD360-S bare bulb flash units.

Godox Remote Manual flash units like the popular AD360 bare bulb flashes and original V850 speedlites can also be included in the system using clip on XTR-16/s receiver units.

 

GODOX Master Flash

 

The V860II-C are also compatible with the recent Godox X1-C TTL transmitter and receivers.

An X1T-C transmitter mounted on the camera hotshoe can control a number of remote V860II-C speedlights (and other Godox flashes) off camera.

While original Canon TTL speedlites can also be included in the system by attaching X1R-C receivers to their feet.

 

GODOX X1

 

The V860II-C are also backward compatible with Godox’s Remote Manual XT32XT-16, and legacy 433MHz FT-16, trigger sets

A 4 pin Communication Port provides compatibility with the XTR-16s, and FTR-16s clip-on radio receivers. (Also used with the original V850 and V860 speedlites).

A 2.5mm Sync Port, and USB Port for firmware updates are also provided.

 

GODOX V860II

 

GODOX V860II SPECS

 

GODOX V860II

 

Another thing that may be worth noting, is that the V860II-C (at the time of writing this) currently only provide a Canon compatible Radio Slave mode.

Though Godox do (at this stage) have intentions of adding Nikon and Sony Radio Slave modes to the V860II-C through future firmware updates (as they have already done with the AD360II-C / AD360II-N strobes).

And the Godox radio slave modes are generally auto switching, so Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras can then be conveniently used at the same time, with the same set of slave flashes.

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Godox V860II-C speedlites for Canon are available now from around $179 –

Adorama, Amazon, UKEbay

 

Godox – Website.

Godox – X1T-C Transmitter

 

 

 

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65 Comments
  1. Tommy 1 year ago

    Could I used this as master for the XPLOR 600?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Tommy,

      Yes you can. They will provide full TTL, HSS, and remote manual power control.

      The Godox branded V860CII-C will work with the FlashPoint XPLOR600, though I think Adorama will also have their FlashPoint branded Zoom Li-on R2 TTL version available around the end of the month.

  2. Pablo 1 year ago

    Avoid any model with that battery. I got four dead Godox flashes. These batteries are totally unreliable. I bought battery replacements under the promise they were the new revised ones, only to see them swell and stop working even sooner than the first ones. I finally gave up on the system.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Pablo,

      The battery issues were well documented here.

      I have 8 of these flashes, and have not had any issues for a long time now, and rarely hear of any more complaints.

      I have a number of dead and bloated PB960 batteries from that period as well. Though again I rarely hear of any issues for long time now, and the AD360 etc are one of the most popular strobes sold.
      .
      And Adorama also provide 12 months warranty on the batteries.

    • Markdoxie 1 year ago

      I have 6 units and have had bulletproof reliability from them. Powerful and long battery life.
      The only weakness for me is when shooting continuously at higher frame rates the units will overheat. But then so does my Canon 580 EXII.

  3. flash 1 year ago

    Hi Does the new v860ii fixed the HSS problem with remote?

    why does it need a comm port if transmitter is builtin?
    wish it had a 1/4″ or 3/8″ female screw on it for quick light stand mount, manual flash with li ion battery without ttl?

    • Tapio 1 year ago

      The comm port (which I assume you are referring to the 4 pin port on the side of the flash) is there for backward compatibility with the FT-16 system. As for the screw mount, clamp-style cold shoes are quick enough to set up, cheap and I never had one fail or let the flash fall.

    • Per 1 year ago

      I just received two of the v860II C and i tested the HSS using the X1-C on my Canon 5D3 and it worked flawlessly. tried all the way up to 1/8000s and no banding what so ever but off course the power output declined the faster shutter speed i had.

  4. Tapio 1 year ago

    And with Godox launching this flash (finally!) this is game, set, match for flash manufacturers. The Godox system now has manual and ttl, pocketstrobes/studio flashes powered by LiIon batteries and with a radio system that does it all, basically. Anything that needs doing now is improving what has already been created (especially the sometimes troublesome batteries and the not-so-user-friendly radio transmitter interface). I cannot see myself going back to carrying 20-30 Nimh batteries with me on a shoot and I feel sorry for anyone who still has to do so. These systems are powerful, reliable and affordable and Godox deserves praise for being this far ahead of the pack.

    • Per 1 year ago

      Agree! These flashes feels like all the features we’ve been waiting for is finally here in one nice package. Will be interesting to see what the next “big step” feature-wise in this category will bring. Continuous model lights built in and everything in a smaller house would certainly be welcome.

  5. Adam Chandler 1 year ago

    Maybe this is nitpicky but I can’t believe they went with the cheap plastic hot shoe ring instead of the covered locking mechanism on most speedlights these days…not sure if that’s a deal breaker for me or not but definitely a bad decision IMO

    • Darryl J 1 year ago

      Agreed. Currently own the Mitros+ and it locks down on the hot shoe nice and tight.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Adam,

      Godox just haven’t gotten to the stage of developing a lever lock foot as yet. They have mentioned legal issues as a barrier previously. Though obviously lots of other manufactures are using the Canon style lever lock.

  6. Lloyd709 1 year ago

    Will this do everything the XT32 will do?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Lloyd,

      Actually I’m not sure if you can turn the modelling light (and possibly even the sound prompt) on and off remotely for the AD600 etc.

      Apart from that I think they should do everything and more (TTL).

  7. cam 1 year ago

    Hi
    Anyone know is it fixed with HSS slow recycle time with the new firmware 860 or new 860ii?

  8. mmmfotografie 1 year ago

    Noticed a typo: The Godox V860II-C speedlights for Sony are available now from around…

    Those prices makes me angry because we have pay twice the price mentioned by you to own such a flash. We have to pay € 299 for it.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Fixed, thanks for that.

      If you’re lucky FlashPoint may find a European distributor yet.

  9. mmmfotografie 1 year ago

    That will be when hell freezes over.

    I buy all small stuff directly in China and bigger stuff when there is a fair or just the old AD360 because the new one is also double the price of that one.

    Godox moved into the Bowens and Elinchrome price range with their new products over here.

  10. mmmfotografie 1 year ago

    You changed it the wrong way and it states now: The Godox V860II-S speedlights for Sony are available now from around….this is the V860II-C item and the Sony item is published later in time. 😉

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      🙂 …just seeing if you’re paying attention.

  11. george 1 year ago

    how is the af assist beam compared to the original canon flashes? that could be a deal brake for me.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi George,

      Its just the same simple laser style AF assist light pattern as seen in the V850 etc.

      So likely a deal breaker at this stage unfortunately.

  12. Martina 1 year ago

    The GODOX V860II-C It is compatible with the Canon ST-E3-RT.
    Gracias

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Martina,

      Sorry, no they are different and incompatible radio systems.

  13. andrew 1 year ago

    no news on the Godox Ving 850 II , i think they will not be releasing anymore .
    and this 860 II is king of expensive .

  14. Anthony 1 year ago

    I find that when you change mode in a master unit (along with all attributes like… HS ..etc) these preferences are lost! In other words there is no contemporary ”memory”. I have to check if it does the same when ON/OFF . That is awkward and not convenient.

    Also, after a while in an event the batteries seem to be slower to charge even the fact that the battery indicator shows medium charged! Unhappy for that

  15. Rob 1 year ago

    I see new firmware updates for these flashes. Anyone know the details?

  16. JJ 1 year ago

    Godox V860II or Yongnuo 600 EX RT? Can anyone please tell me the pros and cons? I’m looking for alternatives to Canon 600 EX RT.

  17. JJ 1 year ago

    I have a Canon 7D mark II

  18. Ron Boston 1 year ago

    Is it compatible with the canon 7D?

  19. Sentaur 1 year ago

    Given that this is £58 more expensive than the TT685 – and I have a shed load of AA eneloop batteries I’d rather go for the 685C instead.

    one question though…. does that flash (685) allow you to see all the groups on single screen [as the TT685N seems to show]. I’ve looked around for a visual confirmation but not actually seen this with the 685C. So asking an owner of TT685C – can you see the groups as the V860II-C at top of this page.

    Cheers

  20. Regent 1 year ago

    Has anyone problem with second curtain sync? i have problem with second curtain sync, cannot be enabled when try off camera flash using godox x1 trigger.
    FYI godox x1 firmware v15
    godox v860 ii firmware v13

  21. Jonas Ericsson 1 year ago

    @regent:
    Did you enable second rear curtain sync in the triggers custom function menu?:
    X1T-C CUSTOM FUNCTIONS
    C.Fn-04 – Rear Curtain Sync – [ – – = OFF ] [ 1 = ON ] (camera shutter must be between 30s – 1/30s)

    http://flashhavoc.com/godox-x1-c-ttl-triggers-for-canon-announced/

    • Jonas Ericsson 1 year ago

      *Rear curtain sync

    • Regent 1 year ago

      @jonas
      I have enabled it, and still not work

  22. Jonas Ericsson 1 year ago

    @regent:
    Don’t know much about Canon-bodies. In My Nikon I have to enable rear curtain sync in camera.

  23. charlie 12 months ago

    I have a Canon 5d and was thinking to lighten down my equipment by buying a Sony A7R , will I be able to use my V860II C on the Sony A7R, if not, does Godox make a hot shoe adapter so I can use this Canon dedicated flash on the Sony ?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 12 months ago

      Hi Charlie,

      You can use the flash in manual mode, no TTL or HSS etc. I think master mode should be fine in manual as well.

      Don’t hold me to this, though later firmware should be available to provide a Sony TTL/HSS radio slave mode in the Canon V860II C.

      There is no adapter that can translate Sony TTL to Canon TTL though for an on-camera flash. I think that function would need to be implemented in the flash itself.

  24. joaquin carmona 11 months ago

    Hi every one!
    On camera flash, master mode can controls the zoom of the slave flashes?

  25. lebeal 10 months ago

    Hi there,
    I just purchased the v860II and x1t-c transmitter and just don’t manage to fire and contol the flash off-camera with the x1t-c attached to my cameras hotshoe. I have a 5dMK2 .

    I thought because of the v860II’s built in receiver I should be able to remote control it, but it just won’t work.

    Have I misunderstood something?

    Thanks for comments!

  26. Author
    Flash Havoc 8 months ago

    Flashpoint ZOOM LI-ON R2 TTL (V860II) – $109 from Adorama while they last!

    Canon, Nikon, or Sony versions available.

  27. Jesse Patterson 7 months ago

    Has anyone had overheating issues with the V860II-C? I have the Flashpoint version and they tend to overheat well before my Canon 600s do when shooting 4fps on my 6D.

  28. Avy 6 months ago

    Hello,
    I have few godox V860II C, and i have a problem with the mode GR when i use TTL.
    THe flash use not the same light and i use the mode GR with the mode TTL on the master and when I use TLL normal without Radio
    It’s very strange
    Someone can help me ?

  29. Jim Setzer 6 months ago

    I’ve had a pair of these for a couple of months now and I just posted my review up on YouTube. https://youtu.be/iiEdsjB_i6o Enjoy!

    Jim

  30. nixland 6 months ago

    When I use v860ii on Canon 5Dii (pre 2012) as master flash, by covering ttl pin, I can activate the Gr mode with 5 groups and use M mode for each group.

    I tested groups E to control power and fire V860 with X1Cr and it works fine.

    But I can not turn off the master flash though I already set the flash to OFF in the menu and also turn off group A.
    Is it because pre 2012 camera problem or covering ttl pin?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Hi nixland,

      Yes its due to the pre-2012 camera and covering the TTL pins. I got the same result.

      Either turning the master flash off from firing, or turning Group A off, works with 2012 onward cameras.

      • Nixon Mambu 6 months ago

        Thanks Elv.
        Any news about firmware update from Godox to solve the pre-2012 camera problem?

        • nixland 6 months ago

          The other problem is the master flash power can not be changed at all. Always full power.

      • badphoto 6 months ago

        Elv

        I have the Canon version of Adorama’s Flashpoint r2, which is the Godox 860ii TTL. For longer focal length of telephoto zoom ( I tried Canon 55-200 4.5-5.6 USM and 50-200 3.5-4.5 L, the flash underexposes more than 2 stops. When you have a white wall background, 2+ stop flash compensation still underexposes. I tried holding the “Mode” button but now all it does is changing to “Locked” displayed on the LCD. So unlike the previous, non radio version, this version II still has underexposure at telephoto focal lengths, but no fix like the previous version. Can you look into this issue? Thanks in advance.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 6 months ago

          Hi Badphoto,

          I’m a bit confused with this. I don’t remember too well now how the original V860C were reacting before, but I’m actually getting an overexposure at longer focal lengths with both flashes now. And holding the Mode button for 2 seconds on the V860C brings the exposure down.

          Cameras I tried are the 6D and 7D, with 70-200 F4L. Even at 105mm on the 24-105 F4L they are overexposing.

          So I’m a bit stumped. I know the Mode button work around was for an underexposure issue originally, though I’m not seeing the underexposure now?

          • badphoto 6 months ago

            Hi Elv

            I forgot to mention that this underexposure happens when flash head is in bounce position, vertical bounce too. Straight on flash so far seems OK. Camera I tried is Canon 7D with both zooms mentioned. Yes in your previous post for the original 860 the “mode” hold down is to deal with underexposure, so I don’t know why yours now overexposes. On the Flashpoint R2 Zoom Li-Ion, which is the 860ii, now hold down the “mode” only shows “lock” which locks the settings on the LCD and elsewhere on the flash, and hold down “mode” again releases this lock. No special treatment for underexposure while in bounce position. You’d think that by version II this has been fixed, but then, no. I have the latest firmware version 1.4 from the Godox site (Adorama only has 1.3)

            Maybe latest firmware version messes up this issue while previous firmware was OK? Don’t know for sure.

            I have not tested on my 5D ii with 1.4 firmware.

  31. Uneternal 6 months ago

    Just writing this here to spare people the problems I’m currently in.
    I ordered two of these from a Chinese gear seller. However one arrived dead, although the battery is working fine if I put it in the working flash.
    Now normally you could send a product back and get it replaced BUT these come with Li-Ion batteries, which are hazardous materials that can’t be sent overseas (at least not here in Europe). But the seller wants the product back in original condition or otherwise just gives me a $30 refund.
    So I’m basically screwed. I’m hoping to hear back from Godox itself for a replacement.
    If you wanna get one of these flashes, I strongly suggest to get them from a place which ships from your country.

  32. Adam Chandler 6 months ago

    Has anyone else found these units to have very unreliable ETTL exposure? I haven’t had them long and am pretty sure the firmware is up to date. Just shot an event and had very inconsistent flash exposures so ended up using manual when possible. I’d also love to know what alternate brand I might consider for best ETTL consistency. Thanks!

  33. kdutta 5 months ago

    Hi, Can anyone tell me, if this godox v860ii c or 685ii c can be control through yongnuo yn tx622c. Seen a video that doing the same for nikon.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ov5vknQ3JO4

    thanks

  34. Avy 5 months ago

    Hello,

    I just bought 4 of these flash and i have some problems…
    1 ) Sometimes, the TTL overexposed the picture and sometimes underxposed the picture… (iam using a canon 6D)
    2) i made a wedding yesterday, and after like 4 -5 shoots, the flash wont works, because of overheating… (power 1/4)

    I made an update on version 1.4 ….
    If someone have a solution 🙂
    thanks

    • Adam Chandler 4 months ago

      I’m planning to sell mine because of same TTL exposure inconsistency you mentioned. I’ve never had a flash so “all over the place” with exposure.

  35. michael 2 months ago

    Hey,i have some issues with 860ii,yestarday, i pay attention when i put shuter speed more than 250 on my camera , the frame get brighter and it stop only on 650,this hapens on all cameras and only with this flash. anybody can help?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 months ago

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry, I don’t completely understand what you’re describing.

      Do you mean light from the flash is not showing in the image at all at 1/650s shutter speed on the camera?

  36. Gary 2 months ago

    Can the X1-C Transmitter wake the flash up from sleep mode.
    That’s one issue I had with the first generation flash.

  37. Chen 2 weeks ago

    With the new firmware updated, it works on both Sony A99 and Canon 5D MK3, very happy. Love Godox.

  38. Andy 2 weeks ago

    Hi,
    I’ve just purchased Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL Flash for Canon. Flash is great and exposure is pretty much in the same league with Canon 600EX-RT. However, using radio wireless shooting in group is kind of confusing. I also purchased Zoom R2 (TT600) to be used as slave flash. One note is that all the instruction manual that came with flashpoint is useless and out dated. Adorama should at least provide updated manual online. I have a hard time to follow the instruction and figure out how to set slave myself.

    so now to the questions:
    1. I can’t change FEC on Zoom Li-on R2 once i’m in the group. I have to press “Mode” button to come back to the master to change FEC on master flash which is on camera. If I need to change power on slave, then i have to press “Mode” button twice to come back Gr mode. However FEC of master will be reset and I need to keep doing FEC again.
    Canon 600EX-RT does not do this. So is this normal for Godox (Flashpoint) or did i do something wrong?

    2. The R2 is not consistent. I miss fired several times already. I put two flashes 10ft apart. Does anyone experience this?

    I love AD200 / AD600 , but not much on speedlite and am thinking of returning them to Adorama until they sort this out.

    Thanks.

  39. Andy 2 weeks ago

    After I shoot a wedding tonight, I decide to send Zoom Li-on R2 back to Adorama.
    The flash on both ETTL mode and wireless mode (master ETTL on camera) exposure is inconsistent and misfired many time. It’s very frustrating that I missed several moment just because the master flash on Canon 5D III does not fire.
    I love AD200 / AD600, but not so much with speedlite.

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