The Godox AD200 Pro is considered by many to be the best value in photography strobes but Geekoto recently created their own competitor, the GT-200. Is this new strobe a better option? Let's find out.
The Geekoto GT-200 is slightly smaller than the AD200 because it doesn't have a removable flash head. If you don't need the extra flashheads, you'll appreciate the extra room in your bag.
The Godox AD200 Pro comes with two flash heads; one speedlight style head and one barebulb style head while the GT-200 comes with a fix speedlight style flash head. The Geekoto comes with a removable handle that makes holding it easier.
Geekoto does sell a larger package that includes a softbox, light stand, grid, gels, and dome for $120 extra. These accessories are quite good and I believe they are worth the extra money.
The Geekoto GT-200 works seamlessly with Godox's system. If you happen to already own Godox lights or a Godox trigger, they will all work together with the cheaper Geekoto lights.
Although we didn't do a full battery test it appears that both strobes have a similar-sized battery and an identical output. We expect the battery life the be identical.
The Godox AD-200 refreshes slightly faster than the GT-200 when firing at full power. At any other power setting, the flashes are recycled instantly.
Both strobes have an identical output at full power. The Godox AD-200 Pro does have one additional stop of light on the bottom end so it does get 1 stop less bright.
Both of these lights have LED modeling lights built-in and the Godox AD200 Pro is slightly brighter, but both of them are so dim that they aren't very useful.
The Godox AD200 Pro is currently being sold for $350. Although I've been told that you can buy the Geekoto GT-200 alone for just $280, I can only find it being sold in the package deal that I reviewed in the video above for $399.
The Godox AD200 Pro is the superior product; It comes with two different flash heads, has a faster refresh rate, and an extra stop of light on the low end for just $350. But, the Geekoto GT-200 package that I tested was an amazing value. For just $50 more, you can get the light stand, grid, gels, dome, and the fantastic softbox.
If the bare flash tube is important to you, the clear choice is the Godox, but, if you're like me, you're probably more interested in the accessories that come with the Geekoto kit.
Luckily both strobes can work with the standard Godox remote and you'll probably want to buy more than one light anyway. You could easily buy one or more of each and get the best of both systems.