The world's smallest studio light
This is the A1
The A1 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.
A1 AirTTL-C Unit
Supported camera models
1DX Mark II
1DS Mark III
5D Mark IV
5D Mark III
5D Mark II
6D Mark II
7D Mark II
9 f-stops (2.0-10)
HSS energy range
9 f-stops (2-10)
Normal sync and remote control up to 300 m (1000 ft).
TTL and HSS up to 100 m (330 ft).
Yes, USB micro connector for firmware upgrades
USB micro connector for firmware upgrades
Up to 350 full power flashes
Battery charges in up to 80 minutes
User upgradeable firmware
560 g (1.2 lbs) including battery
Because we designed the A1 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 A1 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 a Dome Diffuser, Bounce Card, Wide Lens, Gel Kit and a Soft Bounce.
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 A1 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 A1’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 A1 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 A1 can keep up because it recycles four times faster than most on-camera solutions – that’s every 1.2 seconds at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.
We designed the A1 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 A1 is a tool that can take your photography as far as you want to go. Adding a second A1 will open up even more possibilities. In addition to embracing and more powerful lights like the B1X and the B2 and the 120+ light-shaping tools available, it will open the door to a world of creative opportunities.
Get natural and beautiful light, quickly and easily Profoto A1
The only difference between the A1 and every other studio light we make is size – it’s small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of your hand, making the A1 our first, true on-camera solution.
It delivers a quality of light that’s both natural and beautiful, because like the larger Profoto lights in the family, the A1 features a round head that gives a soft smooth fall off – that’s what makes the light feel so wonderfully natural.
When I used the A1 the first time, I couldn’t believe how soft and natural the light looked.
The A1 has revolutionized the way that we go about photographing a wedding, much like the B1X did a few years back. Utilizing the A1 now, we can work in a variety of circumstances quickly and efficiently by using our light on camera or off camera to create the perfect image for our clients.
The A1 couldn't be further from a speedlight in functionality and light quality. It gives a wonderful, natural light.
The A1 will change the way I photograph forever
They have made a little light that has everything you need.
Our shutter went 7,892 times, and the Profoto A1 fired 7,892 times. And, this all occurred with one battery!
The Profoto A1 is a game-changer for natural light photographers who want to create a light and airy look no matter where they go.
It is extremely easy to use the A1 off camera, and I just love it. I can immediately turn my inspirations into reality with it.
Profoto A1 very quickly became a staple in my camera bag kit. The layout is really intuitive, especially if you’re brand new to lights. I could pick them up and jump right in.
I liked the soft natural light the round head produced – it matched my style perfectly.
Shoot with the A1 on-camera
Shooting a beauty portrait with warmth and depth is easy with the A1 on camera. Use a CTO Gel to bring the warmth and a Dome Diffuser to smooth, soften and shape the light, ensuring the skin tones are always natural and beautiful. Combine that with the ease of use TTL brings, and you achieve a perfect exposure fast and easily. Find out all about the ingredients of a truly fabulous beauty portrait.Read story
Shoot with the A1 off-camera
For an image to feel as natural as possible use one A1 positioned off-camera just to the left from a high angle. This creates a beautiful fill light that creates shadows that are soft and gentle. To achieve the effect, use a stand or a good friend to assist. The photographer also used a CTO gel here for the warm feeling and a Dome Diffuser to soften the light.Read story
Shoot with the A1 as a part of a system
This portrait was created with the A1 in combination with other Profoto lights and it’s easier than you think. Two light sources were needed to achieve this look, one A1 used on camera with a Dome Diffuser and one Profoto B1X equipped with an OCF Beauty Dish from right. A simple setup yet a striking result. Find out how the fast recycling time of the A1 captured the dress and discover the huge creative possibilities with the A1 on-camera acting as a remote connecting with other Profoto lights.Read story
Accessorize your A1
The more lighting options you have, the more light shaping control and creativity you have at your disposal. The A1 is part of Profoto’s AirTTL system and offers a line of ease-to-use light shaping modifiers, and other accessories, designed to get everything to location quickly and easily.