Profoto made a splash in 2017 by unveiling the A1, its first on-camera flash and the world’s smallest studio light. Now a challenger has appeared: the Godox V1 is a new round-head flash that will provide a cheaper alternative.
The flash, which was first teased at Photokina in September 2018, now has a name and a full confirmed list of features and specs.
Called the Godox V1 (and also the Flashpoint Zoom Li-on X R2), the flash can function as both a “wireless command center” for other Godox speedlights and monolights or as a standalone on-camera TTL flash.
As part of the Godox X (AKA Flashpoint R2) system, the V1 features remote Canon E-TTL power control and E-TTL system features like exposure compensation, EXIF inscription, flash value lock, and high-speed sync for shutter speeds up to 1/8000s.
As a slave, the V1 features regular and intelligent optical modes. As a master, the V1 can control 4 different wireless groups.
The flash features a “smooth and pleasing” light quality, a stable color temperature at 5600±200K over the entire power range, and a guide number of 92 feet (28m) at ISO 100 and 50mm. The zooming head (28-105mm) features automatic and manual control, and it has 330 degrees of rotation and 120+ degrees of tilt.
The front of the round Fresnel flash head features a magnetic rim that supports a range of round light modifiers in the Godox AK-R1 kit, including a dome diffuser, a diffuser plate, a four-wing reflector, a bounce card, a honey comb, color filters, and a snoot.
The Godox V1 uses an advanced lithium-ion polymer battery that provides both a longer life and a snappy recycle time. It can shoot 650 full power flashes per charge and has a full power recycle time of less than 1.5 seconds.
On the back of the V1 is a backlit matrix LCD above multipurpose buttons with digital markings.
Other features and specs include front or rear curtain sync, a laser autofocus assist lamp (for AF even in complete darkness), an SMD LED modeling lamp, and a weight of 18.8oz (534g).
Here’s a 9-minute video in which photographer Robert Hall goes hands on with the Godox V1 and discusses its features:
Pricing has yet to be announced, but the Godox V1 should be significantly cheaper than the $995 Profoto A1. A specific launch date hasn’t been announced either, but the V1 will likely be available sometime in the next few months.