GODOX – Ving V860N for Nikon Now Available!

The long awaited Godox Ving V860N, Lithium-ion powered I-TTL flash for Nikon are now available!

 

Godox V860N

 

The V850N for Nikon follow on from the original, and ground breaking Remote Manual V850, and later Canon ETTL version V860C.

All of which feature a very unique, and compact 11.1V 2000mAh Lithium-ion battery. Which literally replaces 12 AA batteries, and provides a massive 650 full power pops. With full power recycle time of just 1.5 seconds.

Basically an external battery pack conveniently built into the flash!

 

Godox V860N

V860N Features -

  • Full Power – GN 58 (m ISO 100)
  • Lithium-ion Battery – 650 Full Power Pops
  • 1.5 Second Recycle at Full Power
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • I-TTL Auto Exposure for Nikon DSLRs
  • Master and Slave Modes for Nikon Optic Wireless system
  • Manual, Multi, S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • 24-105mm Auto and Manual Flash Zoom
  • AF Assist Light
  • High Build Quality
  • USB Port for Firmware Updates
  • Full 360 Degree Swivel and Tilt Head
  • Fast Clear & Simple Interface
  • Large Clear LCD Screen
  • 2.5mm Sync Port
  • Metal Foot with Locking Pin
  • Kit Comes with Battery and Charger
  • 12 Volt Car Charger Available

 

  • Remote Manual Radio System with HSS to 1/8000th (with appropriate transmitter unit)
  • Range to 100M & Very Reliable
  • Fast Simple Remote Manual Power Control
  • 1/3rd Stop Power Adjustments (1/128 – 1/1)
  • Plug In Receiver can be Updated
  • Remote also Compatible with V850Witstro, & RS600P

 

Godox V860

 

 

Remote Manual 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 V860N will use the same optional FTR-16s clip on radio receiver as the V850 for Remote Manual power control. This requires an optional FT-16 transmitter unit.

Godox V860

H-Mode - UPDATE – Its not actually clear yet if H-mode HSS (High Speed Sync) is available off-camera with the V860N (like the V850, V860C, & Witstro provide) .

Regular FP HSS should be possible off-camera with radio triggers like the YongNuo YN-622N (provided they do turn out to be compatible).

 

 

I-TTL Off-Camera -

 

Via Radio – 

To use the V860N off-camera with TTL via radio, separate external TTL triggers like the YongNuo YN-622N would need to be used (as Godox do not have their own TTL radio triggers available at the time of writing this).

As of Firmware version 1.8 reports are that the V860N are working quite well with the YongNuo YN-622N. Initial reports suggest the Picle King Pro and PocketWizard TT1/TT5 may also be compatible now.

[ The Canon version V860C have been quite compatible with other third party TTL triggers, like the YN-622C, Phottix Odin, Pixel King Pro, etc ].

 

Via Optic Wireless -

The V860N do also have Optic Wireless Master and Slave Modes for the Nikon AWL / CLS system built in.

 

 

Firmware Updates

 

The V860N have a USB port for future firmware updates.

To see which firmware version is installed on your flash, hold down the FN / Light button before switching the flash on, and the firmware version will be displayed on the LCD screen .

At the time of writing this the latest V860C firmware updates and instructions can be downloaded from the Chinese version of the Godox Website here – http://www.godox.com/CN/Downloads.html

From Version V1.8 the V860N appear to be providing good ITTL exposures, and are compatible off camera with the YongNuo YN-622N TTL radio triggers.

 

 

One other thing to be aware of, is that there have been a number of faulty Godox Lithium-ion batteries reported for V850 / V860C, and also the Witstro / PB960 battery packs recently. This is likely still a small proportion of all the units out there, though it is something to at least be aware of. UPDATE – Godox are reporting the battery issue has now been resolved.

When the VB18 batteries for the V850 / V860 are functioning as they should be, they are exceptionally good.

 

 

Price and Availability -

 

The V860N for Nikon are in stock and available now from around $170  –

V860N – EbayAmazon, UK.

 

FT-16 / FTR-16s –

Ebay – FT-16 / Neewer FT-16FTR-16s.
Amazon – FT-16FTR-16s

Godox – Website

V860C – Full Review
V850 – Full Review

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260 Comments
  1. Luca 3 years ago

    Nice to see that even Nikon has its version of Godox TTl Lithium powered Cobra flash :)

    My only concern is about the problems that canon version had with TTL.
    Anyone knows if that issue was fixed in the end?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Luca,

      There are a few small TTL exposure issues still with the Canon version (mainly with the Canon 24-105mm lense). These should be rectified with a coming firmware update, though that has not been made available as yet.

      Some people did test the Nikon version earlier, though I don’t know the results of that.

      • Luca 3 years ago

        Thanks :)

        Hope everything’ll be fixed.

        If them’ll work with yn 622 n and will have good price point I would seriously think to a pair of them to enlarge my set of strobes (actually 4). ;-)

  2. Gil 3 years ago

    I wanted so bad for this flash to be able to trigger the other flash with FTR-16s and FT-16 clip on radio receiver. I really don’t like having a trigger on the camera and then a flash on top of the trigger. Seems like the only option for that right now is the phottix mitros+.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Gil,

      The TTL versions of the Witstro should be announced at Photokina. They may not have a transceiver built in either yet, though we will certainly be watching to see. September is coming pretty fast now.

  3. Kwan 3 years ago

    Good to know Godox has a Nikon version…
    I’m looking for an inexpensive HSS capable speedlight for nikon that’s under $100, wonder if such beast exists? I’ll use it as a side/kicker lights to complement my AD360 keylight.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Kwan,

      As mentioned on the forum, I’m not aware of any for Nikon, though there are couple for Canon.

      Another option may be to use a non HSS speedlite at full power. The flash duration will be long enough then to allow the higher sync speeds. Working at full power all the time is not easy on the flash though.

      There may be some inexpensive smaller Vivatar or Sunpak flashes for Nikon on B&H etc with HSS.

  4. Greig 3 years ago

    I’ve got all Yongnuo gear. YN-568EXn and YN-560III along with 622 triggers including TX and 560TX triggers.
    On the TTL side and Nikon CLS, could this V860N be the alternate to the missing YN-568EXII Nikon version. Could I use them860 in master mode to control them568EX strobes in slave mode with TTL and/or manual control of those off camera 568EXII’s. In addition, have the 860 be the master and an on-camera fill.
    I know that you don’t have much Nikon gear to test with, but, will the 860 act as a master controller on top of a 622 on-camera like a Nikon SU-800 on 622 setup?

    Wish Yongnuo would just get around to putting out the Nikon version of then YN-658EXII.a

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Greig,

      I’m really not sure about YN-622N compatibility at this stage. Hopefully we can eventually get some user feedback on this.

      As you mention master compatibility on the YN-622N is another issue again, so it needs extra testing there as well.

  5. the flasher 3 years ago

    EDIT by FLASHHAVOC – Comment moved to the V860C thread.

    Please don’t bump comments in to other threads. I spend all of my free time testing things and trying to answer all these emails and comments, and this just makes more work, and therefore less time to answer the questions.

    I wrote in the post we are still waiting 3 to 4 months now since release of the V860C for Canon for firmware updates to fix some issues. The discussion is now here in the V86OC thread comments.

  6. George Christofi 3 years ago

    Very nice to have the Godox Ving V860N
    I wanter if i can use the Cactus V6
    or the PocketWizard TT5 – TT1 – AC3 for trigger Godox Ving V860N ?
    Thanks George

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi George,

      Cactus made a profile for the Canon version V860C, so they will very likely make one for the V860N as well. Will keep an eye out for that.

      I think there have been reports of the TT1 / TT5 working with the Canon version V860C as well, so that is at least a good sign for the V860N, but otherwise I don’t know at this stage until we possibly get some feedback from users.

  7. JGVilla 3 years ago

    On the V850 and the V860C you can switch ON or OFF HSS mode on the flash.
    Is this still possible on the V860N?
    This is not clear from the indications on the switches at the back of the V860N (seems to be changed).
    On the Nikon flashes you cannot switch ON or OFF HSS mode on the flash, so super-synch in not possible with a Nikon flash.
    No problem with the Nikon flashes as these are “fast” flashes anyway and therefore not useable for super-synch.
    But the V860N is a “slow” flash and can be used for super-synch (I checked with the V850), provided you can switch OFF HSS mode on the flash. Because for super-synch, autoFP (HSS) mode must be ON on the (Nikon) camera.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi JGVilla,

      That is a good catch, I didn’t notice the button has changed. So I’m actually not sure now if H-mode HSS will be possible. I think I’m going to have to get some Nikon gear and try this.

      I think you appear to be mixing some things up with your descriptions there though. As far as I know the V850 and Nikon SB flashes have similar flash durations at full power, so they can both be used with long duration sync methods like SuperSync (only when set to full power though).

      Regarding turning HSS off, often you can’t turn the HSS mode of on Canon flashes either when used remotely, because radio triggers like the YN-622C will turn it on on the flash automatically anyway. To stop the flash pulsing and use long duration sync instead, we often need to connect the flash to radio receivers via a PC sync cord instead. Or cover the TTL contacts so its only the firing pin exposed. That way the flash can not pulse. So in similar situations (via pc sync cord etc) there is nothing to tell the Nikon SB flash to pulse either, so they must do long duration sync instead.

      With the V850 you can turn the H-mode off which stops the flash pulsing. With the V860C you can turn the H-mode off, unless again there is a TTL trigger like the YN-622 which will turn the regular HSS mode on. Both of those pulse the flash.

      The V860N will surely do HSS on remote triggers like the YN-622N (provided they do turn out to be compatible), though I don’t see how H-mode would be possible now, unless possibly using the FTR-16s as the receiver.

      My guess is because Godox do not have a Cells II for Nikon at this stage, they have likely left H-mode off the V860N altogether.

      • JGVilla 3 years ago

        Hallo, thank you for your quick reply.

        According to the manuals the Nikon flashes (SB800, SB900) have a max flash duration (100% flash) of 1/1050s, while the V850 has a max flash duration of 1/300s. That’s why I think H-mode flash (super sync) is not really useful on the Nikon flashes, but I have not yet tested it.
        I have the ft-16 remote system as well as the Yongnuo YN-622N + TX.
        I did not know that for the Canon the Yongnuo YN-622C does switch ON HSS automatically.

        I have a Godox Witstro AD-360 and a Godox Ving V850 and one Godox Ving V860N on order.
        It will take another 10 days or so before I will receive my new V860N.
        I can then start testing all different setups for manual flashes and i-TTL flashes from Godox as well as Nikon (also in “mixed mode”) using my Nikon D800.

        If you can wait a couple of weeks I can provide you with my test results. Might save you buying expensive Nikon equipment just for testing.

        At the moment I am specifically interested in using i-TTL flashes in H-mode (super sync) long duration flash. Will keep you posted.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi JGVilla,

          Ok thanks. The Nikon SB’s are similar to most other speedlites at full power though, and not a T.1 duration of 1/1050. They loose light at full power 1/250th shutter speed like other speedlites (meaning the real T.1 duration is longer than that), and people have used them with Long Duration Sync.

          Again, H-mode and Long Duration Sync are not the same thing though.

          H-mode pulses the flash many times to create a constant light source, like regular FP HSS. So you can use it at power levels below full power.

          Long Duration Sync does not pulse the flash. You’re just relying in a long flash duration to act as the constant light source. You generally get a gradient across the frame as the light tail dissipates.

          I put a graphic illustration of the 2 methods here in the Phottix Odin ODS post.

          Regular FP HSS, H-mode, and Long Duration Sync (SuperSync, Hypersync, Over Drive Sync) all require the same early pre-sync fire signal though. And you will need a some type of TTL and HSS enabled radio trigger to communicate with the camera and detect that signal.

          (Or with Nikon you can actually attach a radio trigger to the PC sync port of a HSS enabled SB flash on the camera hotshoe. Radio triggers like the YN-622N are generally cheaper and easier though. Just stack the FT-16 on top as described here).

          If the V860N does not have a H-mode, you will likely be better off just using some TTL triggers, which will then allow regular FP HSS, with the V860N and your SB’s. You need a TTL receiver attached to each flash then though. You can use any power level then (and even TTL) which is much more convenient than Long Duration Sync at full power only. I don’t know of many people that use Long Duration Sync with speedlites much at all.

          • JGVilla 3 years ago

            Sorry for the confusion I may have caused. Your replies and the mentioned articles make things more clear for me.

            I fully agree with your last (added) paragraph: Witstro AD-360 for balancing bright daylight and additional speedlites (if needed) in regular FP-HSS mode multiple flash mode.

            I decided to buy the V860N mainly for the Li-ion battery; to be used on camera in i-TTL mode for photographing receptions, parties, etc.

            Anyhow when I receive my V860N I will do additional testing and will let you know.

            • Author
              Flash Havoc 3 years ago

              No worries, and thanks for that.

  8. Mrudwang s 3 years ago

    Hi
    Good to know that the nikon version is now available. Can you please let me know if this is compatible with the Phottix Strato II triggers and receivers?
    Many thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Mrudwang,

      I don’t have the Nikon versions of either at this stage to test unfortunately. Though the Strato II are mainly just simple manual triggers, so there shouldn’t really be any issues. The Canon version do work fine together. Thanks.

      • Mrudwang S 3 years ago

        Thank you for the response. Much appreciated. One last query, would you have any idea if this is compatible with Yongnuo YN622N transceivers and Yongnuo YN622N-Tx? Needed to ask as I’m planning to buy some radio triggers together with a couple of extra flashguns and the strato ii and Yongnuo 622n & tx are on top of my list. I have looked at the reviews of both on your website and I’m still confused between the two. Will it be possible for you to recommend one of the two; say, if you were me which one would you buy? I’ve already got a Nissin 622 mark ii, and i’m planning to buy another two Godox V860N or 1 Godox and 1 Gloxy GX F990 for Nikon. Your help re this would be very much appreciated.
        Many thanks.

  9. Robert 3 years ago

    The V860N arrived today. My first test indicates there is a problem with the exposure on zoom over 50 mm. It seems to be over exposing when the flash zoom is set to higher than 50 mm. This is happening with the flash off camera in iTTL mode. .

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Thanks Robert,

      Do you mean this is only happening off-camera? And is this triggered via the CLS/AWL commander? Thanks.

  10. Robert 3 years ago

    After further testing with the V860N off camera and the flash being triggered with YN-622N-TX and YN-622N, the flash is over exposing when the zoom is set higher than 50mm. The zoom is set manually or automatically.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Ok thanks Robert.

      Can anyone else possibly confirm they are having the same issue? Thanks.

    • George 3 years ago

      Hi Robert,
      I am interested in this combo as well (Godox V860 + YN622N TX)
      How would you rate your experience and compatibility ?

  11. Kelvin Y 3 years ago

    My V860N arrived today and I am very disappointed. i-TTL under exposes 2⅔ of a stop on my D4S and D600. I read the manual and just noticed my cameras are not listed on their compatibility cameras list.. but it shows on their spec charts as I-TTL Auto Exposure for Nikon DSLRs. I can keep my V860N dialled with +2⅓ stop FEC right now and see how it goes. There’s also sometimes a weird slight magenta cast in the photos. Taking a photo of the same scene with my SB-910 yields much more neutral results. I may just return this flash. Built quality is excellent and the interface is pretty easy to use. I find the iTTL very inconsistent and unpredictable though

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Thanks for the feedback Kelvin.

      Hopefully some others can let us know if they have the same issue, as you may even have a faulty flash.

      I’m going to order the flash now myself, though the only Nikon camera I have is a D70s at this stage.

      • Kelvin Y 3 years ago

        I really hope that I have a faulty flash. The V860N has great built quality and I really like the idea of being able to replace my SB-910, external battery pack, and my array of Eneloop batteries with the V860N setup. I am going to photograph a wedding ceremony and an engagement party with my V860N today (with my flash set to +2⅔ FEC) . Hope it doesn’t disappoint

  12. Robert 3 years ago

    After further testing, I am very disappointed in the V860N as a off camera flash. I am declaring it as NOT usable. You never know what the out come will be. Using it as a on camera flash it is ok. I need more testing to say I can use it on a project. i was really counting on this flash. It does not matter what is triggering the flash. The outcome is not usable. I am hoping something can be done. If not I will be getting my money back.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Robert,

      You’re not being very descriptive of the actual problems. Is this all using I-TTL, or do you actually have issues with manual as well?

      And when you say it doesn’t matter what is triggering the flash, does that mean you have the same issues when using AWL/CLS to trigger the flash?

      I would be surprised if there are issue using the FT-16 and FTR-16s to trigger and control the flash in manual? That and AWL/CLS are all Godox are specifying to work.

      Issues with other third party triggers like the YN-622N may not even be something Godox will deal with at all. Hopefully they may, but its not something to necessarily be expecting.

      • Robert 3 years ago

        The manual works fine. The problem is iTTL off camera. I have tried YN-622N with YN-622N-TX and FT-16 and FTR-16s and the iTTL does NOT work. Most of the time it overexposes and the FEC on the camera does NOT effect the outcome. Can not depend on the iTTL off camera. I don’t know how else to put it. I was excepting it to give results like other flashes in iTTL mode off camera.. The iTTL is not dependable off camera. Out of 50 images two or three will be usable and rest are not usable.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi Robert,

          The FT-16 / FTR-16s are remote manual only.

          So what you are actually saying is just that I-TTL is not working well with the YN-622. And as I mentioned there is no guarantee of that when mixing third party gear.

          That is very different to the broad statement that is doesn’t matter what is triggering them, and they are not usable off-camera. Because as far as we know so far everything other than the YN-622 may be working just fine.

  13. Robert 3 years ago

    So, the flash was not designed to use the iTTL off camera? I was only using the FT-16/FTR-16s to trigger the iTTL flash off camera. I can not use the YN-622. If I can not use the FT-16/FTR-16s, what did GODOX test to trigger the iTTL off camera?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      The flash has Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes (Nikon AWL / CLS)

      That’s the only I-TTL use off-camera that Godox are really obliged to have working.
      .

      Godox are well aware compatibility with the YN-622N etc is very desirable though, so they may well try to fix any issues there. Though this is not something that can necessarily be expected.

  14. JGVilla 3 years ago

    My V860N arrived yesterday and I did some initial testing this morning and yesterday evening.

    My first impression: the V860N works as advertised, EXCEPT off-camera i-TTL does not function properly (with the YN-622N). As far as I can see the V860N overexposes dramatically.

    Putting a FEC of -3 EV on the YN-622N-TX and a FEC of -1 1/3 on the camera (D800) brings the exposure down to an acceptable level. But doing so your basically using the flash “manually”.
    The manual mode functions correctly off camera: both using the FT-16 system as well as the YN-622N-TX (camera in i-TTL, respective YN-622N-TX channel in manual).

    From what I can see the V860N does not react to or does not use pre-flashes; just blasts off a full (1/1) flash. It must be a problem in the V860N because my Nikon SB800 and SB900 work properly off-camera with the YN-622N system.

    Auto-FP works conform Nikon AWL/CLS. You have to use the YN-622 system (both on camera as well as on flash) in order to have it properly functioning: like with all Nikon flashes.
    Observation: if you use the early-sync signal without an YN-622N attached to the flash but only using the FT-16 system, the early sync signal is passed on to the flash but (of course) no auto-FP. You end up with a long duration flash (don’t know how useful this is, but it is something you cannot do with a Nikon flash).

    Likewise the FT-16 system works correctly and with the V860N in manual mode you can now remotely set the flash together with all other Godox flashes you might have set up.
    Also something not possible with the Nikon flashes.

    And of course: LI-ion battery installed. No battery problems so far.

    Couple of small observations:

    A. the build-in wide panel has a different pattern compared to the V860N (4 squares i.s.o 1) and
    when extended it automatically sets a zoom range of 14mm (zoom button on flash then disabled).
    B. in manual mode wrap round is active again (from 1/1 to 1/128 to 1/1) like a regular Nikon flash.
    C. in i-TTL there is an OFF-mode (displayed as ” O FF” due to the lay-out of the LCD screen).
    D. due to wrap-around in manual mode there is no OFF-mode like on the V850.
    E. with flash on camera auto-iso sensitivity seems to work properly.

    So far from my initial feedback. There is a lot to test and to report: this is a totally different flash compared to the manual V850. Apart from the off-camera i-TTL with the YN-622N (which probably needs an early fix) it seems a very nice flash, but it needs quite some testing to see what is (and is not) capable off.

    In conclusion for now: I bought the V860N for its LI-ion battery, to use the flash on camera during walk-around (using auto-iso mode) and to supplement my GODOX manual flashes. The Ving V860N lives up quite nicely to my expectations, BUT I’m also eager to have the flash function correctly in off-camera i-TTL mode using the YN-622N system. So lets start pushing GODOX for an early update!

    • the flasher 3 years ago

      hello, can you test the recycle time using HSS in M mode at 128 power…there is an issue with the canon version and it would be interesting to know if It exists in the nikon version as well.

    • spiro 3 years ago

      Yeah the ITTL is a let down on this Camera; otherwise, it would have been a great flash. Either way, manual mode is exceptional and easy.

  15. JGVilla 3 years ago

    Additional: where I speak of off-camera i-TTL I mean using the YN-622N system and not the Optic Wireless Master and Slave modes (Nikon AWL / CLS). That seem to work correctly but still have to be tested.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Ok thanks for the feedback JGVilla.

      I have updated your V860N titles, and added YN-622N to the off-camera descriptions.

  16. Eric Dany 3 years ago

    If you browse godox’s ebay store :

    http://stores.ebay.com/GodoxStudio/Flash-Triggers-/_i.html?_fsub=4849333015&_sid=1106515635&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

    Only the Pixel King Pro triggers are listed for Nikon. Has anybody tried them with a Godox V860N ?
    I bought Yongnuo YN-622N TX to trigger my v850 and still have HSS issues with my D600 (the bottom of the frame is brighter) so I’m afraid Godox flashes and Yongnuo triggers don’t mix well…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Eric,

      Have you tried adjusting the SuperSync timing on the YN-622N-TX?

      And you do have the V850 in H-mode right?

      The Kings will only provide a standard pre-sync signal like the YN-622N-TX without any timing adjustment added.

      That Ebay store is not affiliated with Godox by the way. They do appear to get reasonable feedback though.

  17. Eric Dany 3 years ago

    Yes of course Flash Havoc. Both SuperSync adjustment and HSS mode. Anyway the bottom of the frame is lighter with this combo. As you know, when a Flash is out of sync, the bottom gets darker.

    With a Yongnuo YN 568 EX and the YN-622N-TX, HSS works like a charm, so I think Godox speedlites don’t get along well with Yongnuo triggers on Nikon full frame DSLR (sale problem with the D800 of a friend, I also tried an old D300 and probably because of the smaller sensor, it worked fine).

  18. mychin 3 years ago

    I confirmed V860 and Pixel King Pro for NIKON are not work properly as same as YN-622N.
    When I set V860N on the receiver of the King Pro, V860N i-TTL mode changed to Second-Curtain Sync mode and indicate F – 4.8.

    Of course, I have confirmed that it works properly for the function of the other.
    So, I hope to be able to use off-camera by the farm up support.

  19. FrancisV 3 years ago

    I was about to purchase this on Amazon when I read this article and the not-so-good comments. I think I’ll hold off buying this now and just get the V850 and do manual flash.

    Any feedback on a D610 on-camera? Thanks again!

  20. DASA 3 years ago

    I just received my V860N from Amazon (no 3 week wait from China like when I bought the Canon version!) and I am not happy. I own the Canon version Godox V860C and it has been awesome on my 5D MKII cameras, very consistent and very clean exposures. The Canon V860C is a rock solid strobe.
    This Nikon version, at least the copy I own, is underexposing all images where I bounce the light off the ceiling or side wall. Basically any position other that direct flash I have to dial in +2 two extra stops of strobe to get a proper exposure. Direct fill-flash paparazzi style works OK, but I really don’t shoot that way. I tried rear curtain synch, front curtain, it didn’t make a difference. This is on a Nikon D700 body, a camera that is listed in the manual as tested to function properly.
    I have ordered another copy from Amazon in hopes this one is faulty, but my gut tells me it isn’t.
    I’ll update when my next one arrives in two days. I fear the Nikon version just won’t be able to match the performance of the Canon version (which really is stellar) without some major work from Godox.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi DASA,

      Thanks for that. Actually the original Canon version had similar issues. Luckily not too many were sold like that. Then the later versions had some smaller exposure issues, though both versions came up to pretty good standard with the recent firmware updates.

      So I think you may be waiting on new firmware to resolve this, and hopefully that won’t take too long this time if the issue is very prominent as you mention.

    • DASA 3 years ago

      Well the new V860N arrived from Amazon today and it is performing exactly like the other one, underexposing by two stops when I bounce off the ceiling. I am planning on returning both strobes and will wait for Godox to update the firmware, hopefully soon. I also ordered and received a Meike MK910 strobe (Nikon SB910 Clone) to test as a backup. Wow, I am very impressed by the build quality and performance of this $130 flash! Exposures are perfect direct and bounced, remote/commander modes seem to work OK and the strobe LCD backlight even turns on when you turn on the camera LCD backlight. I wish the Godox did that. The MK910 even zooms out to 180mm, very nice for off-camera spotlight-type effects. I’m quite pleased with it, maybe we could see a review here on Flashhavoc?

    • Constantinos 2 years ago

      I’m having the exact same problem with mine, used on a D800. Direct flash works like a charm, once I try to bounce it anywhere behind me I get a very underexposed image. Have you managed to come up with a workaround/solution yet?
      Incidentally, I’m having the exact same problem with any flash (even the SB900), when mounted on top of the TTL pass through of a pixel king pro. I’ve started wondering whether this is somehow connected.

  21. Gil 3 years ago

    I bought 2 850’s and 1 860N and really like these flashes, especially the remote options. But the battery reliability is just ridiculous. I had issues with 1 battery at first and I thought “well it happens” so I bought a backup off ebay. But now I am having more issues with other batteries so I googled about it and found a forum here on flash havoc about people talking about these batteries and how Godox had a bad batch and it should be cleared up now. My question is where can I buy a battery that is guaranteed not to be from a bad batch. At $35 a battery I just want to avoid the hassle of a bad battery. One minute you have 3/4 battery left and then it’s dead. This sucks especially since these batteries are advertised as lasting as long as 12 aa batteries. Right now I would love to see it last as long as 4aa batteries.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Gil,

      I know its a hassle and a bit disappointing. The issue with the batteries should have been resolved, its just a matter of the new ones getting out into circulation.

      I still don’t think Godox have provided any way to identify one battery from another, so that doesn’t help.

      My V860N battery appears fine though, and I haven’t heard any complaints with those as yet (assuming you are referring to your V850 and replacement battery having issues, and not he V860N).

  22. GC 3 years ago

    Anybody else have experience with the Pixel King Pro for Nikon and these V860N’s? What about the Cactus v6?

    Thanks,
    GC

  23. coconatz 3 years ago

    I just bought this flash today and I’m experiencing underexposure (need +3 FEC) when bouncing the flash. Just to test has anyone tried loading the V860C firmware update on the V860N version? I checked the firmware on my flash and it has V1.3 firmware version.

  24. Chris 3 years ago

    I own 2 of the manual 850s (very happy!) and am VERY interested and eager to add an 850N! As DASA mentioned, when used on camera, I’m a bounce flash user. If it fails in that area I need to wait until any bugs are fixed. For my shoot style, the off camera ittl means very little (though could be useful at some point). My main use with ttl is on corporate events and newspaper shooting so it’s always on camera and bounced 98% of the time. I use the Phottix Mitros right now. It’s a good enough flash though I’m not thrilled with the interface and of course the battery live is no where near the Godox! Interestingly, I keep checking the Godox website and the 850N isn’t even listed! I didn’t even know it was available until I found this post and discussion. That implies (to me anyway), they’re not listing it until it works!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Chris,

      Godox are just very busy and slow as updating their website. The V860N are widely available for sale now.

      Though the Canon version did take a number of months for the first firmware update to rectify similar types of issues, so if bounce flash etc is important to you it would be best to wait as you say.

  25. Eric Dany 3 years ago

    Hey guys,

    I just received my V860N. Surprise, TTL works fine off camera for me with Yongnuo YN-622N TX. No under or over exposure there. Also, no more high speed sync issues like with my three V850 !
    Need further testing though cause I just plugged the beast on my D600. But now, I’m thinking selling back all my V850s for V860Ns as it works fine in manual too and I need good HSS.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for the feedback. That’s interesting, could you check the firmware version then to see if you may have an updated flash by any chance.

      Just hold the Light / Function button down before turning the flash on. I have version V 1.2. Thanks.

  26. Eric Dany 3 years ago

    I have version 1.3. This may explain why it works fine…

  27. Eric Dany 3 years ago

    By the way, how do you check firmware version for the V850, it doesn’t seem to work the same way. And how to find a software update if there is one.
    Thanks a bunch.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for that. Version 1.3 may well explain the difference, unless anyone else can confirm issues with that firmware as well.

      The V850 do not have any firmware version shown, as they don’t have any USB port to update firmware. Its not needed so much with a basic manual flash like the V850.

      • mychin 3 years ago

        Where can I download the new firmware of V860N?
        I hope the new firmware version becomes to resolve the problem.

  28. Thomas Yau 3 years ago

    just bought my V860N , when comparing with SB900, the V860N output (direct flash) is abour 1/3 step less than SB900.
    For bounce flash, a 1 stop under comparing with the SB900 !!!
    Need to adjust the flash output to one stop on the V860N.

    Will use the V860 in this coming Sunday for an event shooting and see if the result is satisfactory or not.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for that. Did you have the V860N and SB900 set to the same zoom length (and in the same position) when comparing the bounce results. As the zoom can make a big difference there. Otherwise something is wrong there as 1 stop under is not right.

      • Thomas Yau 3 years ago

        Yes, I have manually set the zoom range on the V860N to 24mm and found out there is a 1 stop output comparing to SB900.
        I also tried not setting the zoom, there is a 3 stops differences.
        Hope this can be fixed by the firmware update (but mine is still 1.2version)

  29. coconatz 3 years ago

    I have V1.3 on my V860N and I m experiencing TTL issues with bounce flash… It’ll only expose properly when the flash head is pointing directly on the subject…

  30. ChrisM 3 years ago

    I picked up 3 860N’s from eBay and a set of Odin TTL triggers via Amazon.

    Setup: D800E, Odin firmware 1.06 on all of the triggers. The Gotox firmware is 1.3.

    After 2 hours this evening playing, my results are: The Odin’s cannot meaningfully control the 860Ns.

    The Odin TTL triggers succeed in manually firing the 860’s, but that’s it. With the 860’s set in “iTTL” mode (per the Odin manual), none of the Odin controller changes made any impact. In fact the only way I could dim the Speedlites was to explicitly put them in Manual mode and adjust them.

    I tried (on the Odin master) Manual Mode, TTL mode, and varying Flash compensation changes, Everything was ignored. Likewise, flash compensation set at the camera was ignored.

    Yes, the 860Ns fired each time, but there was zero TTL.

    The 860N’s seem to work fine in Slave Mode using the Optical mode on my D800E.

    The 860Ns will stay. The Odin triggers will be going back. Looks like I’ll be stuck with Pocketwizards. :-(

    • guitarheroe13 3 years ago

      i’m sorry to announce you that you’ll be stuck with PocketWizards :s

  31. spiro 3 years ago

    There is a problem with HSS and slow recycling times. I had to turn off Auto FP on my D90 to remove the problem.

  32. Francesco 3 years ago

    I have the Godox v860n flash. I have exposure problems (2 stop). There is a firmware update to solve tris problem? (my firmware is 1.2)

  33. spiro 3 years ago

    I recently put the V860n to the test. It was used in a reception hall with moderately high ceilings. I was bouncing the flash off the ceiling with a +1 EV on the flash for exp comp due to high ceilings. Here is my review.

    1. iTTL on this flash is not consistent, and it is useless for professional work. It swings wildly from underexposed to overexposed even without changing the camera setup and location.

    • spiro 3 years ago

      2. It has a problem with slow cycle times while using HSS i.e. Auto FP mode on my D90.

      3. The battery capacity is amazing. A single battery can shoot over 1000 pictures at 1/8 power. This is really like having an external battery pack built-in to the flash.

      4. Shooting in manual mode and adjusting the EV on the fly was a breeze. Press ok and turn the wheel for a quick reload.

      5. CLS master and slave works perfectly.

      6. It has a lot of power. It carries a powerful punch.

      Conclusion: Godox V860 begs to be used in Manual mode even in situations where the ambient light is changing. In manual mode, this flash beats the SB910 hands down.

      • albertocab 3 years ago

        I just got my Godox V860N. I am pretty disappointed with the itll mode. Frankly, this was originally a manual flash. It should stay a manual flash.That is what it does best.

      • Thomas Yau 3 years ago

        Absolutely agree with you that V860N is best as In manual mode. The iTTL sucks!!
        So I am now considering another V850 as a second godox flash instead of getting another V860N?

  34. Ryan 2 years ago

    Has there been any word on the update? I have version 1.2 and am also overexposing when using ttl remotely through Yn-622n triggers

    • guitarheroe13 2 years ago

      Hello! how do you know the firmware version on the godox?
      Thanks!

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 2 years ago

        Hi there,

        If you hold the Light / Function button down before turning the flash on the firmware version will be displayed on the LCD.

  35. Guitarheroe13 2 years ago

    Ho thank you :)

  36. mpalakis 2 years ago

    i just received with firmware version 1.5 i do some test i will be back with my feedback..

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Ok great thanks mpalakis,

      Please let us know if you see any improvements on the issues mentioned above. Thanks.

  37. Sherman Yung 2 years ago

    I just bought the V860N with firmware version 1.5. The problem of require +2 FEC still exist when use with bounce flash. Use it on both D600 and D4s and results are the same.

    However, when set to +2 FEC, the exposure is pretty right on on all situations. I could not find any firmware available on the GODOX website so it is pretty useless for the firmware upgrade function.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Thanks Sherman,

      Yes we are still waiting on a firmware update, though it sounds like you have the latest version installed there so far already.

      Godox have posted a couple of updates for the Canon V860C, so they will come for the V860N eventually.

  38. Constantinos 2 years ago

    I’ve tried using the V860n with a Pixel King Pro with no success.
    The flash doesn’t fire at all. It won’t even fire when both the Pixel and the flash are in manual mode.

    Whenever I mount it on the Pixel it says F-4.8 on the display and doesn’t receive any exposure settings.

    Can anybody else confirm this?

  39. Robert 2 years ago

    Firmware 1.8 on Godox website. Having problems running extracted file. Giving error message

    UNABLE TO OPEN FILE

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Thanks Robert,

      I got the same error using Windows 8. I tried with Windows 7 and that works.

      The firmware downloads are here on the Chinese Godox Website.

      The Upgrade instructions were not in the V860N update folder, so you may need to download the Canon V860C firmware to see the instructions.

      I had to turn the flash on after connecting it to the computer via USB cable, and after starting the firmware upgrade program. It doesn’t say to turn the flash on in the Canon V860C instructions.

      .

      Version update history –

      V1.8 – S1/S2 Output power level will set the same as the M mode output level.
      V1.7 – Improve flash output when use bounce flash, under TTL mode.
      V1.6 – Add support for Pixel King Pro i-TTL Remote control.

      .

      I haven’t tested the flash yet with the new firmware, though its interesting to see V1.6 provided support for the Pixel king Pro.

  40. Robert 2 years ago

    I use Windows 7 and still get the error message

    UNABLE TO OPEN FILE

  41. Ryan 2 years ago

    Its a .rar file for the update, google free rar extraction and choose an application to download. I used 7-zip with no problems. There was a java update with the update as well. Ttl now works with my yn-622, yn-622tx combo, flash compensation and maual adjustments worked great from the tx. I only did a bounce flash test on my kids in a small (15×20) room and exposure seemed good Using spot metering with no additional compensation(chimping).

  42. guitarheroe13 2 years ago

    to make the update.exe works, you have to move the file to the path C:

  43. guitarheroe13 2 years ago

    quick tests done and it seems to be a lot better in boucing flash position.
    Now PocketWizards are supported, hss works fine!

    All photos shots at 24mm are well exposed,
    At 105mm the pic is not as well exposed as the 24mm position!

    No problem with the recycle time in hss mode!

  44. Roy 2 years ago

    Well, i agree that this Ving is a great option. But i’m the unlucky few who bought one, had a faulty battery that bloated the day i used it…So..i went to buy another battery only to face the same problem.
    Unfortunately i bought both from evilbay so i couldn’t bring it back to get replaced…
    I ended up giving up on the Vin and left it as it is not useable…Bought the AD360 instead..

  45. Thomas Yau 2 years ago

    just updated the V860N firmware and tested a few bounced shots, the results are satisfactory, no need to add the flash output again ! great job !
    hope Godox can keep on improving the firmware as it cannot be run on my Win 8.1 destop and Win 8.0 laptop. (I have to use my colleague’s Win 7 laptop to finish the firmware upgrade)

  46. Dmitry 2 years ago

    It’s interesting why there no information about GODOX – Ving V860N for Nikon on official website?

  47. theo 2 years ago

    hi i just upgrade firmaware from 1.5 to 1.9 and i have problem in TTL mode in zoom goes to Manual in 24mm il try to change but nothing happent i have i reinstall firmware several times i have same result photos shots at 24mm – At 70mm not well exposed.
    if any one has the 1.8 firmware please upload somewhere to dowload it beacause the godox site has the 1.9
    thanks in advance!

  48. Robert 2 years ago

    I have firmware version 1.7 if that helps?

    • theo 2 years ago

      yes if you can upload someweare..thx

  49. theo 2 years ago

    sure if you can upload plz

    • theo 2 years ago

      thanks!

      • Sumit 2 years ago

        Hi there,
        I just received Godox V860N flash with FT 16 trigger unit and performed some initial testing. The flash is working fine on-camera on my Nikon D90 but its not triggering when i use off-camera (In Manual Mode) with FT-16 Trigger/Receiver Set. I mounted FT-16 Trigger on camera, attached the receiver on flash and press the shutter button several times but there is no response. Flash is not firing.

        But when i pressed the test button on FT-16 Trigger, its firing the flash and changing the flash values as well. I think there is some transmission issues between camera and trigger. I don’t know if its due to Set-up Problem or some other issues. Please help me to sort it out.
        Note: The firmware version is 2.0

        Thanks

        • Peter A 2 years ago

          Some camera hotshoes get oil or *wax* on the contacts. Use a pencil eraser to clean them. Another thing to try is to move the trigger around in the foot, push it hard forward, pull it back, jiggle it. See if a particular movement will help it make contact. HTH! :-)

    • keano 2 years ago

      Can you install form a mac

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