Godox Witstro AD360 Review



Welcome, to my Godox Witstro AD360 review – a confusing gadget. While Godox brands it as a flash, it uses an external battery pack and a bulb. It also packs the power of a strobe, when it is using the standard hotshoe mount.

Flash, strobe or both? You decide.

This is one interesting flash strobe thing that I have used for over a year now. It combines both the portability of a flash, and the power of a strobe. Very affordable too. If you hunt for good deals, the Godox can cost lesser than Nikon’s SB910. But just how well does it perform?



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Website : Godox Witstro AD360
Get AD360 from eBay : Click here (Recommend that you get the newer AD360II instead)
Get AD360II from eBay : Click here
Entire set with trigger and accessories : Click here
Extra Batteries : Click here
Godox 2-to-1 Y Power Cable : Click here
Price : About USD 399 (as of Feb 2017)

Solid. Dropped it, still working.
Manual flash, missing modelling light mode. AD360 II support TTL though.
Affordable and powerful flash-strobe.
Use it like a normal flash or strobe in softbox.
Portable and good strobe alternative.



Section A
The Specs & Contenders

Section B
Package & Quality

Section C




When it comes to flash / strobe things, I really can’t think of many. In fact, I think Godox is the only one doing it- Let me know if I am wrong. But when it comes to alternatives and competition, I only know one – also a Godox, the AD200.

AD360 AD200
Guide Number 80 52 (Flash) / 60 (Blub)
Battery Life 450 full power flashes 500 full power flashes
Recycle Time 0.05 to 4.5 secs 0.01 to 30 secs
Color Temperature 5600 +- 200 Kelvin 5600 +- 200 Kelvin
Weight 780g 560g
Size 220*95*75 mm 168*75*50 mm

Note that both AD360 an AD200 supports high-speed sync.  Godox also released the AD360 II which supports TTL, but the specs remain pretty much the same.




Let us now move into the interesting part. What is inside the package, what accessories does it have, and how well is this flash strobe thing built?



I must say that it was quite a good feeling when I first ripped open the box. Some people might think this is another cheap Godox toy, but the AD360 came in pretty strong. The “basic” package consists of the flash, base stand, battery, bulb and a “bowl”… reflector dish. Definitely not a toy, but a complete package.

As with any other flash and strobe, it did not come with a wireless trigger. If you want off camera flash, you have to use your own transmitter / receiver. Or you can buy the official Godox wireless trigger, which allows you to control the power remotely.



The wind once blew and toppled my lightstand with the Godox inside. It smashed the bulb, and cracked the flash. A painful experience. I super glued the battle scar, and everything is working just fine. The AD360 survived, and it goes to show how rugged it is built.

The power port is on one side, and sync ports plus USB on the other. For those who are wondering what the USB port does, it only connects to the Godox wireless trigger, and pretty much does nothing else. So… duh. 🙄

On the front is a focus assist light, which I hardly ever use. For those who want to use the flash inside a softbox, the modeling light mode is sorely missing. You will have to use your own torchlight as focus assist.

Thankfully, the LCD screen is illuminated and there is no menu system. Just turn the knob to adjust the power and press a few buttons to set the mode. The head is capable of rotating 180 degrees backward, and tilting up to 75 degrees.



The battery pack is actually pretty light, and the battery/controller unit can be separated. If you need extra batteries, you can always purchase more of them.

Anyway, there are two plugs, so you can use two flashes at once. A simple power button and LED to show the remaining battery. So far, the battery life seems to be pretty good – it is able to survive full 3-hour shoots… Given that I did not always use full power. Even when it is on 2 flashes, the battery should still last pretty long.

Also note that the early batches had some battery problems, and I had the good luck to experience it. The battery pack died only after a couple of months of use, and I had to exchange it with the supplier. Thseemeems to be no more issues afterwards though. The newer stocks and AD360 II should not have any of these dead battery issues.



What I do like about the AD360 is that it has a ton of accessories. While they do not come bundled with the “basic package”, you can get them pretty cheaply on eBay… and they are very useful.

Not everything, I don’t have the mini beauty dish and dome.
  • Mini beauty dish – I don’t use this. I have a full sized beauty dish and softboxes.
  • Snoot
  • Honeycomb
  • Color gels
  • Diffuser dome

Oct 2017 Update : If you feel that the recycle time of the AD-360 is too slow, you can use the Godox db-02 cable (link in the overview section above). The Y-cable will use both the output terminals of the battery to one single flash unit. That should effectively half the refresh time.



Some people may piss on the Godox Witstro AD360 for being a “weak and slow” strobe light. But here’s the thing – it is a flash that is still way more powerful than any other “normal” flashes out there.

Plus, it mounts onto the hotshoe. How crazy is it to have a strobe on top of your camera? Sure thing the recycle time is slow, just don’t use it for sports or some crazy shutter flapping action.

Priced at about the same as the top speedlights, the Godox is a very good alternative. In fact, I will recommend the Godox if you are not going to do action shots. Put it into a softbox, and you will see this flash strobe thing shine.



  • Affordable strobe alternative.
  • Portable, uses a hotshoe mount.
  • Tons of accessories available.
  • Battery life is decently good, and I am sure the later batches have improved even more.
  • High speed sync!


  • Not as powerful as a good studio strobe.
  • No modelling light. The red focus assist light is literally useless inside a softbox.
  • Slow recycle time.
  • Manual only… Although AD360 II has TTL.


2 Thoughts to “Godox Witstro AD360 Review”

  1. Edwin Sahertian

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the review, but I don’t know where you got that information from, but the extra batteries as a spare are separately!

    I own to complete sets of AD360’s and I bought as well 2 spare batteries separately for 65 Euro / 76 USD.
    You also forgot to mention their important accessoire, Y-split power cable. With this you can reduce the recycle time in half. I use those cables on both of my AD360’s. I hate separate camera flashes, because the lack power, consumes a lot of batteries and they heat up fast. I’ve never believed in such flashes, although I have one in my camera bag, I’ve used it maybe 3 times in the last 15 years. I’m a typical studio and location guy where I rely on studio strobes with and a portable power source. But since Godox came out with their AD180/360 stuff, I love their high quality stuff and now they work in conjunction (but also separately) with my studio strobes.

    Godox is very innovative and they are listening to their customers.

    1. Hey there! I got the information mainly from Godox’s official site. This review is a little outdated and needs some amendments. I see that the batteries are finally being sold separately, along with some new toys. Shall add those to the review. Thanks for sharing the updates!

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