I have to admit my lighting set up comprises 4 x Godox V860s (reviewed here), 1 x Godox TT350 (reviewed here) and 2 x Godox AD360s (reviewed here) – I don’t own a single Yongnuo flash. Despite being a fan of Godox speed lights I have owned and used the Yongnuo YN622-TX flash trigger ever since it was released, and I have to say that I have always been very impressed with it, and the way it has worked with my various lighting set ups and flash combinations.
I recently bought the Godox TT350 (for travel photography) and when I discovered it had a built in wireless trigger I thought about off camera flash possibilities whilst travelling. Even though I could do some off camera flash photography with my current Yongnuo YN622 flash triggers (reviewed here) I would have to take two of them (which means more kit to carry around) but since the flash had its own wireless trigger I only needed to take one other to use on the camera, and since one flash trigger takes up less room and requires fewer batteries than two flash triggers, I decided to buy the Godox X1.
Since I now own the Yongnuo YN622-TX and the Godox X1 I have had plenty of time to compare the two systems side by side to see which one is best. Whilst I separate triggers on each of my speed lights at the moment I know that when I replace them the new models will have wireless triggers built in, which in turn means I will only need to use the Godox X1 on the camera. If the Godox X1 is better than the Yongnuo YN622-TX I could move over to the full Godox system and sell my Yongnuo transmitter and flash trigger set up.
Before diving in to the comparison between the Yongnuo YN622-TX and the Godox X1 let’s take a look at the main features, which are as follows:-
Looking at the specs above the Yongnuo YN622-TX and the Godox X1 are quite similar, however the Godox X1 has features the Yongnuo YN622-TX doesn’t, and the Yongnuo YN622-TX has features the Godox X1 doesn’t, so choosing the best one isn’t cut and dry.
The Godox X1 has 5 groups and 32 channels compared to 3 groups and 7 channels of the Yongnuo YN622-TX. In reality there is no need for loads of groups and channels and I guarantee that most of them will never be used.
Unlike the Godox X1 the Yongnuo YN622-TX can control different flash zooms between the groups, and whilst this may seem pretty cool in reality it isn’t very useful, and is a wasted feature.
The build quality of the Godox X1 and the Yongnuo YN622 – TX is similar, and both systems are tough, durable and well put together. To be honest, I am stunned that Yongnuo and Godox can sell products this strong and long lasting for such a low price and still make money on them.
Overall the Yongnuo is smaller, neater and more compact than the Godox. Consequently the Godox sits better in the hot shoe and feels more balanced. If you leave the camera on a tripod this doesn’t matter, but it does when taking hand held shots. Since most of my flash photography involves me being mobile so I can move around the model taking hand held shots the way the flash trigger ‘feels’ on the camera is important, and the Godox wins in this respect.
Both of the flash triggers have a backlit LCD screen however the Yongnuo’s is bigger, brighter, better placed and also shows all settings all the time so there is no need to go delving through a menu or pressing various buttons to check the settings like you have to with the Godox X1. Being able to see all the settings across groups is very useful, and I think it is one of the best features of the Yongnuo YN622-TX.
Changing the settings on the Yongnuo YN622-TX is quicker, easier and less clunky than changing the settings on the Godox X1. The buttons in the Yongnuo, whilst small, are laid out logically and are easily accessible. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the Godox X1.
I know there are many fans of the Godox wireless flash system, however having used both the Yongnuo and the Godox systems I have to say the one I prefer is the Yongnuo. The Yongnuo flash accessories are slightly more expensive than the Godox equivalents, but the price differential is negligible.
I know that when I need to change my Godox speed lights the replacements will have wireless triggers built in (I am very happy with the Godox speed lights and flashes and have no intention of changing to another brand) however I intend to use them with the Yongnuo flash triggers and YN622-TX transmitter system.
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