We have published a fair few articles going over various flash strobes now but we have recently noticed both a lack of people reaching out about the Godox DP300 as well as a distinct lack of content available for it. Due to this, we have decided to publish our own Godox DP300 review to try any help any of our readers who are considering adding this flash strobe to their collection.
Although the Godox DP300 has got off to a pretty slow start due to there being so much competition in the professional level studio flash market, we feel it is an excellent lighting unit that shows a ton of promise. We fully expect the DP300 to pick up in popularity and earn its rightful reputation over the coming months or years.
In addition to this, unlike some of the older Godox flash strobes, the DP series has been specifically designed to be as durable, robust, and reliable as possible. Not only does this make it the DP300 and ideal studio strobe but it can also be used as a field lighting unit too when on location. All in all, we feel the DP300 can make an excellent addition to anyone’s camera accessories who is looking to bolster their studio flash photography kit.
User Interface And Control System
The image above shows the main interface for the Godox DP300 flash strobe and as you can see, it is mainly based around the standard LCD panel, rotary dial, and button control system. We doubt that any entry-level photographers will be looking to pick up the DP300 due to its high price tag for people new to photography but on the offchance, you are new to using strobe lights, the control system is very straight forward.
You are able to quickly and easily tweak the settings of the lighting unit once it has been set p to meet the needs of your photography session as required. Additionally, the backlight and LED indicators allow you to accurately use the control panel in low light conditions without having to bring your main lights up.
Although it may not sound like much, if you are doing a family studio photography session involving a baby this can be a godsend as turning your main lights on and off can sometimes unsettle the baby causing no end of problems.
All in all, we really think that Godox has done a solid job of knocking out a higher-end lighting unit that is very easy to initially set up and tweak as required. Chances are, you have used other lighting units and due to the DP300 having a pretty common interface, you will have probably used something similar in the past.
Performance And Functionality
Due to the robust nature of the Godox DP300 you are able to use for a bunch of photography niches in a number of locations, we know that some strobe lights have a reputation for being flimsy but the DP300 is solid. Due to this, it is commonly used in the following niches but it can used pretty much anywhere you need it:-
- Studio photography.
- Wedding photography.
- Portrait photography.
- Fashion photography.
- Product photography.
- Home photography.
On top of that, the Godox DP300 also offers a number of decent features that help to increase its performance and help it stand out against the competing lighting units at the intermediate price range. We have made the following list of some key features on the DP300:-
- Flash duration – 1/2000 seconds to 1/800 seconds.
- Full wireless flash trigger support.
- Optic slave S1 and S2 modes.
- 150W modeling lamp.
- Fully adjustable power from 5.0 to 7.0 in 0.1 increments.
- Color temperature – 5600k
- Guide number (ISO 100) 58
- Full variable recycles time from 0.3 seconds to 1.2 seconds.
Build Quality And Design
Carrying on directly from the bullet point list above into the build quality section of the article, we just want to point out that although the Godox DP300 does have some nice heat dissipation technology, when used with a 0.3 flash recycle time for an extended period of time it can generate some excessive heat. If you are planning to have a long session where you will be using a short flash recharge time we would recommend that you try to plan some breaks into the day to allow the lighting unit to cool down.
Anyway, as we mentioned at the start of the article, the Godox DP series has been specifically been designed to be as durable as possible. Unlike some competing flash units that have been designed to be as robust as possible, the Godox DP range is still pretty lightweight while still having the robust properties its competition has.
The lightweight of the lighting unit allows you to use its Bowens mount connection to mount it to pretty much any light stand even those with a low load capacity. As the Bowens mount connector is one of the most diverse connectors in use right now with an absolute ton of accessories available for it to connect it to almost anything you can think of, you can rest assured you should always be able to mount the Godox DP300 too.
That brings our Godox DP300 review to an end and if you are looking to add to your studio lighting rig with a mid-price point lighting unit that will be able to improve the image quality of your flash photography gigs then the Godox DP300 is a good bet. We have no doubt that it will serve as a good investment and become a valuable addition to your collection of camera accessories.