Godox V1 Round Head Camera Flash Review | 4K

Godox V1 Round Head Camera Flash Review | 4K

Godox V1 Round Head Camera Flash Review | Photographer Dustin Abbott tests the newest flash head from Godox – a unique round headed-portable flash with full wireless capabilities. See images and text review: | Purchase the Godox V1 for Canon: | Nikon | Sony | Fuji | Olympus
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Keywords: Godox, Godox V1, V1-S, V1-C, V1-F, V1-O, V1-N, Round Head, Godox V1 Review, Flash, Camera Flash, Dustin Abbott, Photography, HSS, Wireless, Godox X, X-Pro, X-ProS, Sony, Portrait, Sample Images, Godox V1 Review, Godox V1-S Review, AK-R1, VB-26

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  1. Spence Ford

    Could you tell me if it is possible to do rear curtain or second sync off camera with a canon camera? Is there any triggers that have rear curtain on them as canon does it in flash and not in camera like nikon.

  2. Rickie Recardo Sumler

    I have the godox X1t 2.4G trigger. Can I syn the V1 with it? Still learning alot about on and off flashes

  3. Neil Nordeje

    Thank you for a decent review!

  4. diciong sales

    whats the difference between the godox v1 and v1s?

  5. james perrin

    the compression pictures one is over exposed so little to do with the light modification.

  6. Terme Bergamo

    You can blab on for hours. Get to the point man! This video could have been shortened to be 10 minutes.

  7. Koji 888

    Shout out to Ken Wheeler right off the bat. Sweet. … Nice review. Thank you for sharing.

  8. angelisone

    If anyone pros need ATG AF assist beam, then you have to get ATG Gold transmitter series.
    Prices are much more than Profoto.

  9. angelisone

    The ATG AF Assist Beam is disabled when using on all Sony E-mount.
    Just like HSS will be disabled once head tilted. Those are the main major reasons why photographers use C & N.

    Sony knew that many today shooters are not aware of these major problems & refused to paid ATG.
    Just like many Sony shooters DID NOT know that those high prices lenses are Japan Zeiss, not Germany Zeiss.
    And many of those lenses have NO focusing windows like Point of Focus, DOF, Feet & Meter scales.

    In bright sunlight, the Sony E-mount cameras work well with P/C AF.
    In dim light with lenses that are F3.5 or slow, good luck in pressing the shutter button.

  10. Michele Rossi

    Mr Abbot, the other day I was invited to a wedding and the photographers told me they had to switch back to Canon from Sony A7R ii because "TTL just doesn't work" and they need the red-light focusing grid projected by the flash when shooting in dark environments. I have a Godox v860ii and I have to say, I am also struggling with TTL and currently only shooting manually. And of course the focusing red light doesn't light up. Does this flash solve this particular problem? Does the red focusing light work? Any opinions on TTL not working well on Sony mirrorless cameras? Many thanks for your fantastic work!

  11. Michael Gara

    Hey Dustin, I've been struggling with the weak AF pattern of the V860II in very low light (event work) how do you find the AF assist pattern on the V1?

  12. beverly basden

    ThAnk you for all the advice!

  13. Matt Haide

    Thanks for the information Dustin! This has been very helpful. I'm thinking of picking one of these up to have a quick and reliable flash. The one's I've used in the past have been really slow on the recycle times, but I've heard good things about this one and all this info was a big help. Thanks again!

  14. Thomas Müller

    Hi, very informative review! One things i may have missed: you mentioned the yongnuo wireless flash triggers. Does the V1 work with these yongnuo wireless flash triggers or do I have to use the godox one ?

  15. Bill Truran

    I have now replaced 6 Speedotron 2400 w/s boxes with 3 Godox V1N flashes for commercial studio work.

  16. Mark Wild

    Godox man, I’ve got the AD400 Pro, 2 x AD200’s, 2 x V350’s, 2 x XPro triggers and 2 x V1’s all for the price of a Profoto softbox 👊🏻😁

  17. T Hogan

    How does the power of the V1 compare to a Canon 600EX II-RT?

  18. Eric de Kuijper

    The battery is available for €69 here. When you want to use the big batterypack, you can use the Godox BP960 for about €132. That wil give you a massive 1800 full power flashes.

  19. soak000

    I have an Impact Cruizer monolight with its own wireless remote. Could that fire the Godox flash as well, say to use it as hairlight?

  20. Robby

    Appreciate the review! Question, is it compatible with Flashpoint's PB – 960 battery pack?

  21. Ulrick Teissier

    Thanks justin for this review. Just a question, can you confirm that the shoe is in metal or plastic. As i saw some pictures with a metal shoe but i can see it on your video. I have a godox v860iis and the shoe is a real cheap plastic and broke two time already…please godox don't make plastic shoe!

  22. LS_scape

    Wait, how are you comparing two speedlights when the two photos you show, contain one overexposed image? At 2:38… the thing that stands out is the "softer" look? Not the fact that the photo with the Metz is highly overexposed? That's just a minor detail? There is also a complete lack of hard shadows, so no comparison possible about "hard light" whatsoever. The same for the bounced version at 2:51. Again, the only difference that is worth mentioning is the flash output.

    You are also confusing a "soft light", like when using a softbox or umbrella, which uses a big surface to direct light onto a subject and completely soften the light and remove harsh shadows, with… "soft transition of the beam of light" – which is what this Godox is offering, nothing more. And of course, this only counts when you use direct flash without any modifiers – so in reality the difference and usage is limited.

    Personally, I was looking forward for a more powerful flash to add to my Nikon kit, but there is no real power benefit when comparing to other flagships. So for me, the only advantage of the V1 would be the flexibility of rotating the head when bouncing, but that alone is not enough to justify a purchase. I already own a couple of V860II's next to Nikon speedlights.

  23. BarTabz

    Dustin, Does it have the red focus assist beam to help focus accurately in low or no light?

  24. Bruno MONCHATRE

    I just bought the V1S, but it seems that I can't get it work properly. I'm able to access all the functions and menus when off the camera (a7r3) but can't when on… I don't know if I'm doing something wrong, if there is a problem with the flash or the hot shoe. And the manual or tutorial video from Godox are of absolutely no help at all 🙁
    Would you be so kind to give me some insight ?

  25. Ruggiero Manente

    As always, another very informative, well thought out review. Thank you.


    Really good review! Subscribed! 🙂

  27. Peter Betts

    Fantastic Review Dustin

  28. DV

    Thanks for another great review Dustin! I will definitely be upgrading to these bad boys. One thing I am hoping is true based on my research is that this unit will work seamlessly with the US Flashpoint strobes that I currently own. Anyone else looking to purchase be sure to use his referral purchase links! Cheers!

  29. GilbertTV

    good review… when I need a new speed light im sure to get one of these.. I use a basic godox tt600 at the moment which is not very realible but it was only £60 pounds.. this looks a lot lot more realible…

  30. Dennis W

    I don't see the link for the light modifier you had on it. How does the power output compare to the top Nikon speedlights?

  31. Jim Mauch

    The logic behind the rectangular landscape shaped head is that it mimics what is required to best cover camera film and sensor dimensions when using a bare flash. The problem now though is that it is only a matter of time that one abandons the problematic on-Camera bare flash and starts using off-camera modifiers. That’s were the round head excels.

  32. Bibin Jose

    Hi Dustin
    Love your reviews. Can you suggest me a flash please. I have canon 80D . New to flash photography.

  33. Jules Moyaert

    THANK you!!

  34. Jose Barahona

    Is this still a plastic shoe mount? I have already broke 2 mounts and that sucks…I know I can but them on Ebay but still it's a cheap mount…

  35. John Herzel

    Dustin, would you recommend 2/3units V1 or AD200 plus V1 for portable/environmental shoots? This looks very versatile. Also Does V1 modifier kit fit AD200? Thanks for the nice review!

  36. Tony Aleman

    I've been happily surprised at how accurate the ttl function is on this unit. With every other flash, I've had to compensate in some way to reduce hot spots. Usually by reducing EV by up to -1. Not so much with this one. Combined with the TCM button on the trigger. I can quickly fine tune my output without the necessity of a light meter. Considering this is 1/3rd the cost of a Profoto. I'm very happy.

  37. Christoff Busschots

    Awesome review! Does the af light assist works with the sony?

  38. octap79

    Sir, you mention features that are standardized on the Canon system for so many years like you believe they are the cutting edge of technology. To my understanding, there is no single advantage over the normal speedlights. The bounce benefit is a joke. The only usefulness I find on V1, if it is actually able to project a smooth round pattern, is use to light a good round gradient on the background while it is quite small and easy to hide.

  39. Carlos Macías Jiménez

    If the money difference is no issue, should we get this over the 860ii? Is there anything that is worse in the V1? Thanks for the video.

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