After covering a few other studio lighting systems over the last few months, we decided to also publish our ultimate Godox sl60w review to complete the set. Due to the sl60w being a more middle price point flash unit we have seen a fair amount of curiosity about it over the last few months too.
As some people are rightly hesitant to shell out and purchase the Godox sl60w at full price, we would like to quickly point out that you can sometimes get yourself a reduced refurbished or second hand Godox sl60w at a lower price. This can help keep costs as low as possible for your initial unit while you try it before shelling out to get as many lighting units as you require for your studio.
Additionally, as the studio strobe flash unit niche is pretty barren when it comes to suitable products, the Godox sl60w has been able to quickly grow a core customer base and earn a great reputation within the community. Many of these photographers who use the Godox sl60w as a core part of their lighting system have posted their independent reviews online (click here to read some of them) offering some external insight into how the Godox sl60w has performed for them over the years.
User Interface And Control System
The photograph above shows the control system on the Godox sl60w and as you can see, it is pretty basic. In all honesty, though, we are big fans of the simple approach as it makes it much easier to operate the light as required while also allowing you to quickly and easily tweak its performance when rigged up in your photography studio.
The LED screen on the back of the light is very clear and easy to read and its illumination also ensures that you are able to easily read it in low light conditions. The majority of the controlling of the light is done via the rotary dial on the back panel while you can press the channel/group button to switch between settings if you are using multiple Godox sl60w in your studio.
We are big fans of the set up as everything is fairly spread out ensuring that you don’t accidentally turn or press one button by accident thinking you are using something else. Additionally, the remote control for the Godox sl60w is very easy to use and ensures that you can easily control or tweak the lighting system from anywhere in your studio.
Performance And Functionality
As far as studio light performance goes, especially at this price point in the market, we feel that the Godox sl60w really does blow the competition out the water. It is fully compatible with a number of flash triggers allowing you to remotely trigger the light if required or have it running in its constantly on configuration as a long term lighting solution.
Here is a bullet point list of the key features of the Godox sl60w that we feel the majority of our readers would likely use in their photography studio:-
- High brightness output due to multiple 60w LED bulbs.
- Usable as a constant stable light source.
- Natural color rendering index to authentically light subjects.
- Fully compatible with 433mhz wireless technology.
- Compatible with up to six groups and sixteen channels.
- Unique covering on LED bulbs to limit overheating.
In addition to the above, third-party Color Filters (Click here to check for product prices and availability) are also available for the Godox sl60w to further customize the performance of the unit to ensure that you are able to get exactly what you require.
As we mentioned earlier in the article, the main reason that the Godox sl60w has been able to establish itself as the market-leading studio light at this price point is due to an initial lack of competition from other brands. That said, over the years a few competing products have been released in this price range but in our opinion at least, they have been rushed to market and fell short of the bar. This has enabled the sl60w to stay on top and just increase in popularity while growing its reputation due to its excellent performance.
Without a doubt, the main problem with any studio lighting lamp is heat dissipation. If lamps are used for extended periods of time without giving them a break to cool down, they overheat and can sustain long term damage. Although Godox has tried to ensure that the sl60w can dissipate heat at a steady rate, extensive use without a break will cause it to overheat.
Thankfully, with modern technologies and alloys, the amount of heat that can be dissipated away from the unit allows you to use the lap for around forty-five minutes before this becomes an issue. That said, this is with constant use too with rapid flash activations in quick succession and we don’t think many of our readers will be using their lamps in this way anyway.
The actual build quality of the Godox sl60w is decent, especially for its price point in the market. It is made from a number of different lightweight materials to help keep it as light as possible so you are able to easily mount it on a light stand without having to worry about it falling off. The remote control allows you to then leave it mounted on the light stand in your studio while still being able to fully tweak the performance of the lamp without issue.
That brings us to the end of our Godox sl60w review, as you have probably guessed, we are fans of the flash unit and think it will help improve anyones flash photography image quality without having to break the bank. Depending on what you are planning to do in your studio, the sl60w could make an excellent addition to your camera accessories and be well worth picking up.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Godox sl60w to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.