XPLOR 600 PRO / GODOX AD600 PRO – TTL Strobe Announced!

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

Flashpoint and Godox have released the stunning new XPLOR 600 PRO / AD600 Pro, TTL and HSS enabled cordless strobe. And they are available now from Adorama for $899.

Significant upgrades and refinements over the original ground breaking XPLOR 600 / AD600B include –

  • Super Fast 0.1 – 0.9 Second Recycle Time
  • Color Stability Mode (+/- 75K Over Entire Power Range)
  • Powerful 38 watt LED Modelling Light
  • Refined Flash Tube Design & Positioning
  • Streamline Reflector Included
  • Stepless Smooth Action All Metal Compact Swivel Mount
  • Optional Rear Studio Tilt Handle

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

Once again the 600WS Lithium-ion powered TTL and HSS enabled portable strobe provides auto sensing Canon, Nikon. Sony, Fuji, and M4/3, compatible 2.4GHz radio receiver units built inside.

The 600 PRO will not replace the original XPLOR 600 / AD600B, instead being sold alongside, and providing a higher spec option which will be at home in the studio as well as on location.

 

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

XPLOR 600 PRO FEATURES

 

  • Powerful 600Ws
  • GN 87M (ISO 100, Included Reflector)
  • Fan Cooled
  • 38W LED Modelling Light (Adjustable)
  • Bowens S-type Mount
  • Optional Remote Head
  • Optional AC Power Adapter
  • Built in (removable) 28.8V / 2600mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Up to 360 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
  • 0.01 – 0.9 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
  • HSS to 1/8000th
  • Second Curtain Sync
  • FEC / FEB – 1/3rd Increments (±3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments)
  • Godox 2.4GHz X Radio System
  • Canon, Nikon. Sony, Fuji, M4/3, Radio Slave Modes (Auto Switching)
  • Range – 100m + with X1 as Transmitter
  • Groups – A / B / C / D / E
  • 32 Channels
  • Supports Legacy Godox FT-16 XT-16 Remote Manual Trigger System
  • S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Flash Duration – 1/220s-1/10100s
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD Display
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Memory Function
  • Type C USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • USB Communication Port (For FTR-16 & XTR-16 Receivers)
  • 3.5mm Sync Port

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

And once again the all important remote head option is available separately.

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

As well as an AC power adapter for mains power use, and an optional rear handle.

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

XPLOR 600 PRO SPECS

 

COMPARISON TABLE

 

GODOX_AD600_PRO

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

XPLOR 600 PRO

 

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Flashpoint  XPLOR 600 PRO TTL are available now from Adorama for $899.

Or $968 with R2 PRO Transmitter for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and M4/3.

 

Flashpoint – Website

Flashpoint – User Manual

Godox – Website

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174 Comments
  1. Robert 4 months ago

    Can anyone tell how the “optional” handle will actually be attached. The rendering that shows the handle attached gives no indication of how it is attached. If you look at the bottom of the strobe, the 4 screws that are shown dont even come close to where the illustrated handle is.

    It almost seems like this light is still underdevelopment. It just doesn’t make sense that if it is going to be sold in Jan/Feb that there wouldn’t have been real photographs, instead of all the renderings of the light, that are being circulated.

    I’m sure the light is coming, but some details, such as the handle design, seem a bit vague and not clearly developed yet. Frankly, why would they even make the handle optional? Who wouldn’t want the handle if it was made available?

    • John Wilson 4 months ago

      It’s secured by two screws each side of the on/off button. See this (truly awful) CES review video at 13:50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6T1iblgSdF8

      • Jim Setzer 4 months ago

        The early unit they sent me only has two screws (one on each side) on the body near where this handle shows 4 screws (two on each side). Again, mine’s an early tester so they might not have drilled all the holes. From the tear-down photos there is a very large aluminum heat-sink under the shell here so hopefully all 4 holes tap into that.

  2. John Wilson 4 months ago

    I’ve just stumbled upon this video which seems to be a comparison of the colour and power consistency of the Broncolor Sirios 400L, Profoto B1X and Godox AD600 Pro. It’s rather long and has people chatting in Chinese.

    However at 30:25 it shows a comparison chart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ir6ahHW9HA0

    Seems that the AD600 PRO does pretty well in both power and colour consistency.

    • John Wilson 4 months ago

      The Profoto B1X colour temperature numbers are puzzling.

      There’s a 200K drop between 0.8 and 0.7 and then a 100K rise between 0.5 and 0.4. But shot to shot variation is very small.

      Could they be using a preflash to heat the tube? (as Broncolor describe here http://hasselbladbron.com/blog/2010/01/broncolor-scoro-enhanced-color-temperature-control-ectc/) If so they might have to reduce the power of the preflash as the power of the main flash decreases to avoid ghoasting. These changes may be an artefact of this need to reduce preflash power.

      • MTL 4 months ago

        The typical colour temperature variation that I’ve experienced with Profoto B1 or B2 units is usually less than the figures reported above. An example from a B2 here at power 10, 5, and 2 : https://ibb.co/djrxrw
        As far as I’m concerned I’ve typically experienced a 50-100k shift from these lights, with a gradual progression.
        That said, I have no reason to doubt the test’s results. They used a C700 which isn’t exactly a rubbish piece of kit to begin with, and their Siros numbers are exactly in line with other tests and my own experience with other Broncolor strobes, such as the Move (I’m not familiar with the Siros).
        I have no idea what could cause the B1X figures above. Rented unit with a flash tube that’s a bit older than it should to give optimum results ? Poorly manufactured flash tube ? Poorly manufactured unit ? Firmware bug ? There could be plenty of reasons. Some B2 units before firmware A6 had a major colour temperature bug that resulted in a shift around 800k or even more, and it took Profoto months to fix it, for example. I’m not here to defend Profoto anyway, if they can’t consistently bring their best performance to their consumers, it’s their problem :D.
        I am not sure that Profoto still uses pre-flash ignition, or at least in the exact same way as with older packs. I haven’t heard of ghosting so far with the B1, B2, or D2. The only thing I know is that in terms of colour temperature variation across the power range, it doesn’t change whether it’s in TTL or manual (unlike the AD600 pro), and they don’t used voltage controlled capacitors, at least in a traditional way, as there is no “dumping” per se on Profoto’s TTL enabled strobes, in any mode.
        Regardless of all that, the AD 600 pro’s results in that test are terrific :D.

        • John Wilson 4 months ago

          Thanks for that comprehensive reply. It would seem that the issues are related to the unit being tested and not generic.

          looking at the Godox AD600 Pro manual it appears that the stable colour mode is not available in HSS or TTL modes.

        • Jim Setzer 4 months ago

          The color stable mode in the AD600 Pro does signal the need for capacitor dumping when lowering power from the previous shot.

  3. Jim Setzer 4 months ago

    Godox send me an early copy which arrived this morning. I was able to slap together this first review video to compare the mechanics with the original. https://youtu.be/_iSD1jA9zYY. I’ll be doing a feature review and comparison review this weekend.

    • Jim Setzer 4 months ago

      And, here’s my in-studio test. https://youtu.be/yf3zz13THpg I also did a battery test today. Getting ready to stitch that together now.

      • Jim Setzer 4 months ago

        The results of my battery test… https://youtu.be/2e8PqUnO-zk

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 4 months ago

        Hi Jim,

        Thanks for all the feedback and testing.

        I hope they get you a new bulb, as it will be interesting to see if there is any update on the output. There seems to be some varying results going around so far.

  4. John Wilson 4 months ago

    This is the first listing I’ve seen of the Pro remote head https://www.essentialphoto.co.uk/product/pixapro-all-in-1-citi600-pro-portable-flash-remote-head/

    Price £100 the same supplier charges £60 for the non Pro version.

  5. Michael Steinberg 4 months ago

    When is the 600Pro shipping and is there anyone in the US servicing them in case I need repair or warranty work?

    • mmmfotografie 4 months ago

      I think Adorama is going to set that up in the US.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 months ago

      Hi Michael,

      The Adorama listing is currently saying shipping from the 13th of February. I’m not sure if earlier orders may possibly ship earlier.

      I don’t think there is any US serving or repair center for these available as yet, though Adorama have been doing what they can to offer customers a reasonable resolution for any issues, in or out of warranty. And I haven’t heard of any complaints with that at this stage. You can contact them at brands@adorama.com for more details.

      • Michael Steinberg 4 months ago

        The specs make this strobe a tool for professionals but not having ANY repair capability means that after 3 years, it may not be repairable by anyone. $900 is kind of expensive for a 3 year throw away professional flash. And since it is made under the Godox brand that other retailers than Adorama sell and warrantee those for less time, those may only be usable until anything fails or breaks on them. What the hell is Godox thinking?

        • John Wilson 4 months ago

          Hi Michael!

          Does your insurance not cover an accidental damage to the device and out of warranty failure? If the device was irreparable would you not be able to claim for a replacement?

          It’s a genuine question, I’m not making a point. I’m interested in the pros and cons of this.

  6. Michael Steinberg 4 months ago

    John, you can insure the strobe for accidental damage but I’ve never heard of out of warranty failure insurance. It also makes it hard to determine how long you will be without one of your strobes. And camera insurance usually includes a deductable or is a lot more expensive to buy and I would guess that most repairs will fall within the deductible. And lastly, what about just breaking the battery connector or maybe your head doesn’t lock down I doubt your insurance would want to pay for you to buy a new unit. It also means that your only choice to buy it is Adorama since they are the only ones I know of that will repair it and also offer a 3 year warranty. I have owned Comet strobe, Qflashes, Speedotron and others and I just have trouble believing that Godox could put out a flash that flash havoc and other reviewer can compete with battery strobes from Broncolor and others and not have either a repair network of their own or at least a parts distribution center in the US so local camera repair places could fix them.

    • Michael Steinberg 4 months ago

      John, I am buying the new XPLOR but the lack of Godox repair facilities does bother me and I do have camera insurance. I am just used to dealing with companies like, Nikon, Sigma, Manfrotto, and even Paul Buff. How Godox not have even 1. Do they even fix these units if you send them to China?

      • John Wilson 4 months ago

        Michael, I take your point that standard photographic equipment insurance generally only covers damage or loss. I’ve done a bit of research in the UK and it seems that you can buy cover from some insurers for “breakdown” as well (generally limited to the first 5 years of a device’s life). I imagine that would only cover a failure that rendered the device inoperable. If you had such cover and the device could not be repaired for whatever reason the insurer would have no choice but to compensate you.

        The lack of repair facilities is rather puzzling. You would imagine that any independent company offering this service for the higher cost Godox products would be busy and profitable. This teardown video of the AD200 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FaVmgzTVlpg shows that Godox build devices which are nicely modular and eminently repairable. It’s possible that there are not yet enough of these in use and failing or being broken for there to be sufficient demand to make this business viable.

        At the moment their strategy of pumping out good quality devices which are considerably cheaper than its non Chinese competitors seems to be working without the need for a repair service (as evidenced by your intention to buy an AD600Pro). At some point they will have to pivot and improve their service offering or one of their competitors will do so first.

        Interesting times!

  7. Michael Steinberg 4 months ago

    Yep, John, exactly my point!

  8. qliq 3 months ago

    it seems that the Pro dropped ETTL and iTTL from the non X2 radio remote options. the only way to control these units wirelessly is X2/R2?

    • John Wilson 3 months ago

      What makes you think that?

      • qliq 3 months ago

        the menus.
        when the ‘radio’ signal is off the only mode options are Manual and Multi. no Channel display.
        when the ‘radio’ signal is on and the icon is displayed, TTL is added to the modes and the Channel selection.
        there is no option in the menus choices for a remote camera system.
        no link is provided for traditional ETTL or iTTL.
        The loss is limited as the superior X2 and R2 2.5Ghz signal are stable.
        Just a reach out to those that may know and show a way to keep the old RF standard alive for those in want.

        • John Wilson 3 months ago

          So you have an AD600 Pro, an XPro and an X1 and when you set the XPro to TTL you get TTL on the AD 600 Pro display but when you set the X1 to TTL the AD600 Pro display doesn’t change. Is that right?

          Have you got the latest firmware installed in the X1?
          (latest versions are here http://www.godox.com/EN/Download.html)

          • qliq 3 months ago

            No.
            I have an XPLOR Pro TTL, an R2 Pro. But the comment is solely based on the setup menus on the XPLOR Pro, not any other device.
            There is no option for a non-R2 (X2) wireless signal to be designated.
            No Nikon or Canon option for the ‘traditional’ ETTL or iTTL RF camera.
            No ‘bolt’ icon on the display.
            If a person wants to use the Canon 580exII or a Nikon SB whatever speedlight, they will not be able to link to the strobe. They must use the optical slave or rig up an R2 transmitter, like the older R2T.
            I am naturally a big fan of R2/X2.
            No reason to look back.

            • qliq 3 months ago

              Just to clarify.
              The Canon or Nikon speedlight is used as the trigger to the XPLOR 600 Pro.
              The old choices for Wireless were Radio-R2 or RF-‘bolt’.
              Seems that the RF choice is gone.

  9. John Wilson 3 months ago

    It seems to be shipping from Adorama now

  10. John Wilson 3 months ago

    Ah! Thank you for the clarification.

    It does seem odd to remove it.

  11. Photographer-at-Large 3 months ago

    I wish Godox would offer choice between 3200° and 5500° LED modeling lamp.

  12. Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

    I have posted my initial observations about the Pro on my blog
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-godox-ad600pro/

    • Robert 3 months ago

      Thanks Mark! you hit on some practical points that no one else has yet. I like the plastic cover idea too. Very bizarre though that Godox/Flashpoint does not have the optional rear handle ready to sell or the extension head. Once you have the handle on strobe, it makes it so much easier to move and manipulate its position. Maybe they will have them ready by WPPI in a few days.

  13. Author
    Flash Havoc 3 months ago

    The XPLOR 600 PRO also arrived here yesterday afternoon, and I’ve been doing comparison test shots all day today.

    Firstly I have to say Godox have really stepped up their game and outdone themselves with the 600 PRO. The build quality is better than I expected, the swivel works beautifully, and the S-mount is so much nicer as well. The LCD is higher resolution and larger dial makes the interface faster easier and more enjoyable as well.

    The thing that’s been blowing me away though is how fast it is. Godox have taken a major leap forward, I’m not sure there is anything else currently comparable.

    That lead me to question the output though, and that’s why I’ve been doing comparison test shots all day. Very long story short, the PRO is still as powerful as the original XPLOR / AD600B, though the compact reflector it comes with is really more of a wide angle umbrella reflector, so that’s not really comparable to the original strobe with supplied 7″ reflector. And I think they likely need to tailor a good 7″ reflector for the PRO.

    In softboxes and beauty dishes etc the power is the same, if not better at times, and the combination of the flash tube extending out further than most horseshoe tube strobes, and the frosted front diffuser on the bulb cover provides are really nice soft and even spread of light. I’ll try and get some comparison images up in a few days where this should all make some more sense.

    Overall its a really nice strobe, they’ve covered everything people had been asking for, and thrown in crazy recycle times as well.

    • John Wilson 3 months ago
      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 months ago

        Yes, I’m guessing that would be the place to start looking at something like this.

        The Bowens XMT500 also look to have a similar flash tube and more similar spacing to the 600 PRO, though they don’t have the frosted front face on the bulb. Otherwise their reflectors would obviously mount straight on the 600 PRO.

        I can’t find an exact spec on the L40 diameter, though going by the size of the optional gel holder they appear to be very close to 7″.

    • Jeffrey 3 months ago

      Do you think we will see a 1200w version and maybe analternative battery that would give back the 500 full pops we have grown accustomed to?

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 months ago

        Hi Jeffrey,

        I haven’t heard anything on those at this stage. Though I think its mainly just that Godox are extremely busy getting products out right now (the single remote head is not even available yet). And I personally think we are bound to see more surrounding the 600 PRO format, as these are clearly going to be very popular.

        The single flash bulb has allowance in the base for more contacts for a second flash tube ring, so that’s a good sign something may come in the future.

  14. Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

    I have updated my experience using the Pro in a commercial session.
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-godox-ad600pro/

  15. mike weeks 3 months ago

    Just tried something that I may need to use and that is shooting at 10 frames a second it does not miss a beat at 1/16 power, at 5fps i lost one or 2 at 1/8 power but hit everything at 1/16 + 0.7, HSS it just about keeps pace at 5fps at 1/64 but no luck at 10fps

    • John Wilson 3 months ago

      If you have more than one AD600Pro you can use the ALT and UNITS setting to support high frame rates. Up to 4 strobes supported manual only.

  16. John Wilson 3 months ago

    It’s been available on Amazon.uk for a while but it’s now in stock at Essential Photo/Pixapro https://www.essentialphoto.co.uk/product/pixapro-citi600-pro-ttl-battery-powered-flash/

  17. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    I have updated my blog post regarding this unit
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-godox-ad600pro/

  18. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    My client has released my first on location shoot using the 600 Pro. I’ve updated my blog with some of those images.
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/flashpoint-godox-ad600pro/

  19. Mark Kitaoka 1 month ago

    I have updated my blog while using the 600 Pro on location with an Aputure Fresnel Head
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/latest-news/aputure-fresnel-lens/

  20. Mark Kitaoka 1 month ago

    Has there been any recent information on either the remote head or a 1200 ws head?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 month ago

      Hi Mark,

      Flashpoint are on their way back from visiting Godox in China at the moment, so hopefully we will have some updates soon.

  21. Ahmed 4 weeks ago

    i bought this pro head last week and used it twice but i have notes black mark on flash tube looks like burn marks, but it is still fireing not sure if this a sign to change it the tube or it’s normal.

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