With the A1X, and the A1 before it, Profoto entered a whole new product category they had not been a part of, the on camera flash. And yet, the A1X is not seen as a strictly on camera flash by Profoto, the performance is too impressive. Some saw a round flash head and thought – well done Profoto. But it’s not just round, it’s a beautiful light and with amazing performance not seen before in an on camera flash. It blows away other on camera flashes. The Profoto A1X redefined the category, and it stands alone at the top of that category.
- Flash duration as fast as 1/20,000 sec
- Recycle speed 1 second at full power
- 450 full power flashes per charge
- 9 stop power range
- 32mm to 105mm coverage (14mm with adapter)
- Rechargeable lithium battery
- Magnetically attached modifiers
- Built-in modeling light
Why It Matters To Us…
Some years back, Profoto began redefining the monohead segment by creating a new category, the performance monohead, with the D1. In the same way, the A1X, and the A1 before it, now redefines the on camera flash category. It’s a small, beautiful light with a round projection head that accepts elegant, magnetic modifiers, and possesses a manual zooming ring for spread. And yet it is more powerful than any top of the line flash head from Canon/Nikon. And it easily outperforms them, with sustained recycle rates those flash heads can’t come close to.
Is it expensive for an on camera flash? That depends on what you want from your flash performance. If you want high reliability, beautiful light fall off, fast, consistent performance, power that is unmatched, then the answer is no. It’s an elegant looking system from an industry leader. It is Air-enabled, and can network with other Profoto Air-enabled lights. The GUI has no peer in the industry.
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Light that’s both natural and beautifulBecause we designed the A1X with a round head rather than the typical rectangular shape used by other on-camera solutions, the light it delivers is both natural and beautiful. That spread of light can also be easily adjusted from a wide setting, where the light has a soft smooth fall off to something narrower and more focused – with just a simple twist of the zoom ring on the head.
More than lightBeing able to work with light is the key to creating better, more creative images. That’s why the A1X has a dedicated set of light-shaping modifiers that, thanks to a built-in smart magnetic mount, can be easily clicked on and off or stacked to help you achieve exactly the effect you want. These include the Dome Diffuser, Bounce Card, Wide Lens, Soft Bounce, Gel Kit, Grid Kit, Clic gels and Clic grids.
AirTTL means built-in convenience and versatilityWith AirTTL you have a huge amount of built-in flexibility. TTL allows you to lock in the perfect exposure instantly, giving you far greater degree of control and a significantly faster workflow. It’s pretty much point-and-shoot; it’s easy, fast and precise. And the ‘Air’ feature means you can communicate with another A1X or other Profoto light seamlessly, and High-Speed Sync is right there when you need it.
Visualize your image with the modeling lightThe A1X’s built-in modeling light gives you an instant understanding of how light and shadow work together before you press the shutter, as well as providing an additional light source in low light situations.
No more worrying about battery lifeThe A1X has its own exchangeable Li-Ion high capacity battery pack that lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade, and a facility to recharge quickly. So you can shoot for longer with confidence.
Never miss a shotThe A1X can keep up because it recycles four times faster than most on-camera solutions – that’s every 1.0 seconds at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.
Less time learning means more time shootingWe designed the A1X to be uncomplicated, so there’s no learning curve whatsoever. And because the interface is simple, clean and clear there’s no ‘death by menu.’ That means, you can spend more time engaged with your clients and creating a great image.
Grow with the A1XThe A1X is a tool that can take your photography as far as you want to go. Adding a second A1X will open up even more possibilities. In addition to embracing and more powerful lights like the B1X and the B10 and the 120+ light-shaping tools available, it will open the door to a world of creative opportunities.
- Max energy76 Ws
- Energy range9 f-stops (2.0-10)
- HSS energy range9 f-stops (2-10)
- Recycling time0.05-1.0s
- Energy stability0.2 f-stop
- Lamp typeLED
- Frequency band2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)
- No of sync channels20
- Operating rangeNormal sync and remote control up to 300 m (1000 ft).
TTL and HSS up to 100 m (330 ft).
- USBYes, USB micro connector for firmware upgrades
- Firmware updateVia USB-cable
- Battery capacityUp to 450 full power flashes
- Additional noteBattery charges in up to 115 minutes
- User upgradeable firmwareYes
- Digital displayYes
- Width7.5 cm (2.95 in)
- Length16.5 cm (6.37 in)
- Height10.8 cm (4.25 in)
- Weight560 g (1.2 lbs) including battery