As we have managed to work our way through the majority of the Godox flash range by now, we have decided to cover the last few products that we were missing from our list. Today it is the turn of our Godox V850II review and we think that it is by far the best review of the product currently out there!
If you have read any of our other Godox camera flash reviews then you will probably know that we are a big fan of the brand, especially if you are a Sony, Fuji or Panasonic camera user. The Godox V850II is no different and although it is a lower end mid ranged flash unit, we still think that Godox has managed to do a solid job of blending build quality, performance, functionality, and features for the price tag.
This has lead to a steadily increasing number of photographers picking the Godox V850II up and using it as their go-to flash of choice on their camera. Some of these people have also liked the flash unit so much that they have decided to take the time to publish their own independent review (click here to read some of them) of the flash online that you can read if you like.
User Interface And Control System
We always like to start our reviews by going over the interface and control system for the camera flash we are featuring. The Godox V850II is based around the standard button and rotary dial control system that has proven to be very efficient over the years. The five buttons, on/off switch, and rotary dial on the V850II are all very easy to use and press even if you are using your flash unit outside and your fingers are wet or cold.
One thing that we aren’t too keen on is the navigation menu on the V850II and we feel that the Godox TT685 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) has a much better navigation menu. We really wish that Godox has just used the exact same navigation menu on the V850II but we have what we have.
That said, the menu on the V850II is still very easy to use and we feel our readers will be able to sit down with it, play for an hour or so and work their way through the various options as if they had used the flash unit for years. That said, the menu is not optimized so it can take a few additional seconds to work to commonly tweaked settings and we know that it is just a few seconds but this all adds up over the course of a photography session.
The screen is pretty decent for a mid-ranged flash and the information displayed on it is very easy to read. Thankfully, the screen does not fog up when working in varying temperatures and the backlight makes it very easy to use in low light conditions without issue.
Performance And Functionality
Now, as we have mentioned, the navigation menu may be the weak point of the flash unit but in our opinion, the features and performance are its strongest point by far. Here are the key features that the Godox v850ii offers that we feel the majority of our readers may be interested in:-
- GN60 (m ISO 100,@200mm)
- Fully adjustable from 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3rd stops
- 2.4 G wireless transmission
- High-speed sync
- Wireless remote
- Manual focus assist
- TTL flash mode
- Manual flash mode
- Vertical Rotation Angle: -7°to 90°
- Horizontal Rotation Angle: 0 to 360°
- Master and Slave functionality
- Full Power Flashes: approx. 650
As you can see, the Godox v850ii boasts plenty of features that allow you to use it in a large number of flash photography situations to get the very best performance out of your camera rig with as little effort required as possible.
Although the 650 flash activations is the officially listed number from Godox, this will change depending on a number of things such as the actual batteries you use as well as your camera settings. We would always recommend that you a set of high-quality batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) with your flash unit for the best possible performance.
As you would expect for this price point in the market, the Godox v850ii flash Speedlite has a solid build quality and can easily hold its own against any damage coming its way while in your photography kit bag. It is made from a high-quality plastic that is both robust as well as lightweight ensuring that you are getting the best of both worlds.
Its design helps with passive heat dissipation too in an attempt to prevent your flash unit from overheating when used for extended periods of time without breaks. The hot shoe attachment on the Ggodox v850ii is also solid and we are happy to see Godox have not skimmed and tried to get away with using a simple plastic attachment like some competitors and have stuck with a full metal system.
That brings us to the end of our Godox V850II review and we feel that we have been fair and balanced throughout pointing out both good and bad points for each section of the review. The Godox v850ii is a solid flash unit that can help improve your flash photography performance without having to break the bank but as we mentioned earlier, we feel the Godox TT685 (Click here to check for product prices and availability) would be a better option in all honest.
The video below offers an additional third-party, independent review for the Godox V850II to offer our readers an independent opinion of the product.
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