This one certain took a while to occur. Initially introduced again in June 2022 as a new trigger for Leica only, the Godox XPro II has been fairly elusive so far as different digital camera techniques go. Final month, different model variations began popping up on Canadian retailer web sites, however there’d nonetheless been no official announcement from Godox and no basic availability.
Nicely, now, Godox has formally introduced the brand new XPro II set off for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus (OM System)/Panasonic. It’s just a little cheaper than we beforehand thought, too, with the brand new variations displaying a $40 cheaper price tag than the primary XPro II Leica model. Godox has made no point out of their being an up to date XPro II mannequin for Pentax, though B&H has one listed.
As with the Leica model, the XPro II for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus/Panasonic seems to be largely equivalent to its predecessor. It does have a few adjustments, although. For a begin, it sees the addition of Bluetooth constructed proper in, so that you don’t must take care of the previous Godox A1 models anymore. It makes use of the identical app, although, so all it’s worthwhile to do is allow Bluetooth in your set off to get full distant management out of your smartphone.
It additionally receives the brand new quick-release foot that originally confirmed up on the Godox V1 in 2019 and was later launched to the Godox V860III. It additionally sees one enormous characteristic added that individuals had been complaining about on the original Godox XPro trigger ever since its preliminary launch. The Godox XPro II now includes a single-pin mode, permitting you to make use of your triggers on older digital camera fashions within the hotshoe.
On the outside, there’s a slight redesign from the unique XPro, though the button structure is just about equivalent. The LCD appears just a little bigger, although, which ought to make it fairly an enormous simpler to learn. It nonetheless comprises the USB socket for firmware updates, in addition to a 2.5mm sync socket. It helps all the regular HSS and TTL modes you’ve come to count on from the unique, too, together with the TCM button to show your TTL studying right into a handbook setting.
One factor that doesn’t seem to have been clarified all that effectively, even within the handbook, is how effectively it performs with rechargeable batteries. The unique XPro was infamous for having points with NiMH rechargeable batteries, randomly firing when it wasn’t imagined to or lacking when it was. The XPro II additionally takes a pair of AA batteries, though the handbook doesn’t actually… Nicely, for a begin, it describes them as “non-obligatory”, which they’re clearly not if you wish to energy electronics.
It does point out NiMH rechargeable batteries in the manual (the screenshot above is from Web page 30), however it doesn’t actually say that they’re supported and also you’ll get full performance with them. It simply says that their voltage might be decrease and so the battery degree indicator received’t be a dependable measure of your precise cost. Whether or not meaning additionally they undergo from the identical potential points as the unique is just not recognized – though I’m certain the opinions will reply that one fairly rapidly as soon as it will get into individuals’s arms.
The Godox XPro II for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fuji and Olympus (OM System)/Panasonic can be found to pre-order now for $89 each. The XPro II for Leica is in the stores now for $129. Apparently, whereas Godox has not but introduced an XPro II for Pentax, B&H has it listed as being available to pre-order for $89.