Nissan MG10 vs Godox AD200 and Zoom Head Demo

The Godox AD200 is an incredibly popular flash and a lot of Fujifilm photographers haven’t considered using Nissin flashes since Godox made their inexpensive flashes compatible with Fujifilm cameras. Nissin flashes have never been cheap, but most photographers that own them think they are worth the markup and in this case the MG10 Nissin has an advantage under some conditions with its zoom head design and ability to use external power, while the Godox is a little more versatile for studio type photography.

The Nissin MG10 is also already an award-winning TIPA 2018 World Awards recipient for “Best Portable Flash.”

The Nissin MG10 is the next generation of Nissin zoom flashes, equipped with a Micro SD card slot that allows users to update the device easily by themselves. The external motorized zoom allows the MG10 to zoom from 24 to 200mm. With the diffuser it covers a wide angle of 18mm. This powerful zoom flash has a guide number of no less than 80 at 200mm, and 47.5 at 35mm zoom range. The super fast recycling time of only 1.5 seconds with two 26650 Li-ion batteries give the photographer maximum versatility. The MG10 is equipped with a 9W LED modeling light for studio shoots. Controlled by NAS (Nissin Air system) with the Air 10s commander, the MG10 has full-function capability with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Four Thirds and Leica systems.

So how does it compare to the popular Godox AD200?

NISSIN MG10 GODOX AD200
Guide Number 47.5 @ 35mm / 80 @ 200mm 52 (Fresnel) / 60 (Bare Bulb with reflector)
TTL Yes Yes
HSS Yes Yes
2.4Ghz wireless Yes Yes
Flash Duration
Recycle time¹ 1.5s (ext. power) / 2.8s (Lio-ion) / 3.5s (AA) 2.1 seconds
Bare Bulb Head No Yes
Fresnel Head Yes Yes
Fresnel Zoom 24-200mm (18mm wide) Fixed 35mm
Battery 2x 26650 Li-ion or 8xAA 14.4v 2900mAh Li-ion
Full power flashes 500 (Li-ion) / 200 (AA) 500
Modelling Light Yes Yes, with the Fresnel head
AF Assist No² No

NISSIN MG10 SPECS

Compatibility via Nissin NAS Commander to support
Canon , Nikon , Sony , Fujifilm , Micro Four Thirds System.
Guide no.
(at ISO 100, in meters)
with zoom cover : GN80@200mm / GN47.5@35mm ;
without zoom cover : GN28 / 165Ws
Flash tubes Dual Quartz flash tubes
Zoom coverage 24mm~200mm motorize outer zoom,
18mm with diffuser
Power source 2x 26650 Li-ion batteries (4000mAh or higher) or
8xAA rechargeable batteries
* All batteries are not included
Recycling time 2.8sec with 2x Li-ion Batteries /
3.5sec with 8xAA rechargeable batteries /
1.5sec with PS8+2x Li-ion batteries
Number of Full flashes Approx. 200 times with 8x AA 2200mAh rechargeable batteries /
Approx. 500 times with 2x Li-ion 5000mAh batteries
Flash Duration 1/10000~1/167sec
Control and communication by Nissin Air 10s for fully function
Setting Channel setting, Group setting, Open mode on/off, Power switch
Wireless mode 2.4GHz with Nissin NAS system
Exposure Compensation Set by Nissin commander
Bounce position -7 ~ 90 degree Vertical, +/- 180 degree Horizontal
Manual mode power ratio 1/256- 1/1 with 1/3 steps controlled by Nissin Air 10s
Mode (*) TTL, M, 1st/2st curtain sync, HSS high-speed sync (up to 1/8000 sec.), Slow shutter sync, red-eye reduction
LED Modeling 8W LED,25steps Control by Air10s, approx. 4 hours operation with 5000mAh batteries, Overheat protected
External power pack socket Yes , support PS 8 for Sony version
Shutter Release shutter cable to camera or by NAS
Tripod mounting hole ¼” , 20UNC
Bracket Mount Left or right hand mountable
Flash Tube Life 100,000 full flashes
Accessories Flash case, AA battery magazine, Li-Ion battery magazine, ball head, filter holder and wide-angle diffuser
Dimensions 210x145x80mm HxDxW
Weight 975g / 34.4oz (without batteries)

Nissin MG10: B&H Photo

Godox AD200: B&H Photo / Amazon
Godox AD400Pro Wistro(August): 
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Godox XPro-F: B&H Photo / Amazon
Godox X1T-F: 
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Godox TT350F: B&H Photo / Amazon
Godox V350F:  B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Godox V860IIF: B&H Photo / Amazon
Godox TT685F: B&H Photo / Amazon
Godox AD600Pro Witstro: B&H Photo / Amazon

Godox AD600M: 
Amazon

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