Profoto A1X The world's smallest studio light
This is the A1X
The A1X is every inch a Profoto light – just smaller. Its unique round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy to use with superfast recycling and a long-lasting battery, so you’ll never miss a shot. On the move, shooting on-camera or off, this is light shaping excellence everywhere.
Supported camera models
1D X Mark III
1D X Mark II
1DS Mark III
5D Mark IV
5D Mark III
5D Mark II
6D Mark II
7D Mark II
PS G1X Mark III
* Auto AF assist not supported, No support for 2nd curtain sync
9 f-stops (0.3-76 Ws)
Energy control increments
Flash duration t0.1
Flash duration t0.5
F-stop @ 2m / 100 ISO
Supported Air functions
Sync, TTL, HSS and remote control*
(*can be used as both receiver and transmitter)
Number of Air channels
Number of groups per Air Channel
6 (TTL operation: 3 (A-C), Manual operation: 3 (E-F))
Wireless operating range
0.5-100 m (1.5-330 ft) with Profoto remotes
(In optimal conditions up to 300 m (1000 ft))
A-Series Battery Mk II or A-Series Battery
Up to 450 full power flashes
A-Series Battery Charger
Battery charging time
via USB Micro
+10 °C to +35 °C (-10 °C to +50 °C with reduced performance).
50 °F to 95 °F (14 °F to 122 °F with reduced performance)
Store in normal indoor conditions
7.5 cm / 2.95 in
16.5 cm / 6.37 in
10.8 cm / 4.25 in
560 g / 1.2 lbs (including battery)
Because 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.
Being 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.
With 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.
What is High-Speed Sync?
HSS or High-Speed Sync, enables you to use flash at any shutter speed up to 1/8,000 of a second. That means you are in full control of the ambient light, which is useful when shooting outdoors in sunlight. With HSS you can shape light even with large apertures and at fast shutter speeds. HSS is great for outdoor portraits with shallow depth of field or freezing fast action in broad daylight. Profoto HSS is faster, more powerful and more consistent than any other HSS solution on the market.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
We 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.
The 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.
Short tutorials to get started with the Profoto A1X
In this video, you will learn the quick and easy way to get started with the Profoto A1X.
In this video, you will learn how to create soft and hard light with the Profoto A1X.
In this video, you will learn three ways to direct the Profoto A1X for different looks and situations.
In this video, you will learn how to create golden hour and blue hour portraits with the Profoto A1X.
What's the difference between A1X and A1
Available for Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony. Recycling time 0.05-1.0s. Up to 450 full power flashes. Updated fit, feel and finish.