Welcome to our ultimate Godox X1C review that we have decided to publish after covering a few other popular wireless flash triggers on the market right now and seeing people reaching out about the X1C specifically. One thing that we would like to clarify with our readers who are not familiar with the product is that the “C” suffix in the item code denotes that this is the Canon camera body variant of the wireless flash trigger.
Godox seem to have hit the nail right on the head with their X1 range though and it has proven a hit with the community and quickly earned itself a great reputation with its users. Not only did Godox take a bunch of constructive feedback on board from the owners of their previous flash trigger products but they have also taken technology from products at higher price points and looked to ways to reduce its cost and include it in their X1 range.
We feel that this is why the X1 wireless flash trigger system has been so successful. Not only have they actually listen to their user base and implemented a number of requested changes from previous generations but they have also added tech usually at higher price points to the sub $100 bracket. This has essentially blown the competition at this price point out the water and left competing brands scrambling to do the same as quickly as possible.
User Interface And Control System
The image above shows the basic set up for the Godox X1C with the transmission unit mounted on top of the camera body and the receiving unit plugged into a light source. Godox has made the X1C as easy to use as possible ensuring that even someone new to photography and unfamiliar with the system can pick it up and get it working quickly without having to waste any of their time.
With additional cheap receiver units (Click here to check for product prices and availability) for the X1C system readily available too, you can set up some multi light rigs for your studio with ease. Simply mount the transmission unit on your Canon camera body and then mount the receiver units on all the light course you need to wirelessly trigger.
The actual control system for the flash trigger is also very easy to set up and is based around the standard LCD panel and button control system as seen in the image above. The backlit LCD panel makes it very easy to see what you are doing even in low light conditions and the buttons allow you to quickly and easily work your way through the navigation menu to tweak whatever you need to change.
Once the system is set up as required you simply mount it to your equipment using the metal hot shoe mount and you are good to go. With an effective maximum distance of around 100 meters, you are able to set your lights up as required over a pretty large area without issue and still trigger them all at the same time as required.
Performance And Functionality
Considering its price tag, the Godox X1C offers some excellent performance and functionality that really helps to set it aside from the competing wireless flash triggers in the sub $100 price bracket. The 2.4G wireless transmission protocol ensures optimal performance while allowing you to control up to 32 channels over 5 groups to ensure maximum control over a studio flash set up with a large number of flashes.
The X1C also supports up to 1/8000s HHS with multi-channel triggers to get exactly what you need for your specific situation. The stable signal transmission technology ensures that all of your receiver units will all trigger at the same time no matter if they are at different distances from the transmitter unit or if there are objects in the signals path.
In addition to the above, the system can also support synchronization delay, wireless shutter release, various zoom settings, E-TTL II, i TTL wireless, and various manual controls for your specific camera flash unit. Depending on what you are trying to get done, the top hot shoe mount on the transmission unit allows you to mount a flash unit on the Godox X1C that is in turn mounted on your camera body while allowing you to also remotely trigger some off-camera flashes too.
When it comes to battery life there are a number of things that you have to factor in and we are unable to give you a specific number of triggers per fully charged set of batteries. For example, the settings of the system play a large factor in the battery life you will get but the main thing to consider if the quality of the batteries that you choose to use. For best performance, we would always recommend that you use a high-quality set of rechargeable batteries (Click here to check for product prices and availability) as in the long run, they will save you money.
When you keep the price tag of the X1C system in mind as well as the performance and functionality that other wireless triggers at this price point offer, it becomes the clear leader of the group. In addition to this, it is also a solid contender when going up against some of the higher price point flash units as some brands have simply stopped innovating their products.
Build Quality And Design
As you would expect, the majority of the casing on the Godox X1C is made from high-quality plastics that are robust and lightweight. This ensures that the unit can take any damage coming its way during use while also ensuring that you are able to mount the transmission unit on your camera body without feeling the strain of any additional weight.
The image above shows the hot shoe and we are glad that Godox decided to take the metal hot shoe route over some plastic option that some brands seem to be taking these days. We have lost count of the number of people who have had absolute nightmares due to some of their camera accessories having a plastic hot shoe mount that warps in shape and then gets jammed on their camera mount.
One of the main updates that Godox has made to this generation of their wireless trigger system is to totally overhaul the battery housing system on the X1C when compared to older generations. The old system seemed to be prone to randomly opening and potentially causing your batteries to fall to the floor and wasting your time. The new door is firm and secure and once closed it should stay closed and keep your batteries in place.
Question – Does the Godox X1C work with other brands of flash units?
Answer – Yes, although the system is designed to work with the transmission unit on Canon camera bodies, the receiver units will work with a large number of popular flash brands outside of Canon.
Question – What modulation mode does the Godox X1C use?
Answer – It uses MSK (minimum shift keying) modulation.
Third Party Reports
That rounds off our Godox X1C review and brings it to a close. We are very impressed with it and feel that it is a great little wireless flash system that can help improve the image quality of your flash photography in a number of popular flash photography niches. The low price tag, excellent reputation, great functionality, and solid build quality of the X1C means it can make a solid addition to your collection of camera accessories.