Profoto A1

The A1 is every inch a Profoto light – just smaller. Its round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy and 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.

For compatible cameras, see the Technical specifications tab.

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Profoto A1 is globally announced 19th of September and will begin the global roll out starting in Germany and the Nordic countries. A few weeks later, it will ship to the rest of Europe, followed by Asia and North America.


Profoto A1 for Canon The world's smallest studio light

Product number: 901201 INT

The Profoto A1 is designed with light shaping capabilities; it has a unique round head with a soft, smooth fall-off that makes it easy to create a natural and beautiful light. It also includes a smart magnetic mount and three dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools that click on and off quickly and easily – a Dome Diffuser, Wide Lens and Bounce Card. They can be stacked for more creative options. The A1 also offers a built-in LED modeling light that makes it easy to set the light and understand how light and shadows work together.

And it’s extremely easy to use. The user interface is large, clean and clear. Like all Profoto products, it’s intuitive to use and you don’t need to read a long instruction manual to understand how it works. AirTTL remote is also built in to the A1. With AirTTL and HSS you create professional results fast and easy and with the remote you can seamless connect to other Profoto flashes and control them easily from the A1.

Profoto A1 is not only an on-camera flash, it’s also very effective off-camera as a standalone unit. The A1 has its own Li-Ion high capacity battery built-in 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. A1 can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that’s 1.2s at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.

For compatible cameras, see the Technical specifications tab.


  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off.
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast.
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools.
  • Dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available.
  • LED modeling light integrated to the head.
  • Air Remote built-in.
  • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery.
  • 1.2s recycling time.
  • TTL/MAN switch.
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control.
  • Auto focus (AF) assist.
  • Large Hi-Res display.
Technical specifications

Technical specifications

  • Product name

    A1 AirTTL-C Unit

  • Product number


Camera compatibility
  • Supported camera models

    1DX Mark II, 1DX, 1DS, 5DS, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 77D, 80D, 700D, 800D, 1300D

  • Max energy

    76 Ws

  • Energy range

    9 f-stops (2.0-10)

  • HSS energy range

    9 f-stops (2-10)

  • Recycling time


  • Energy stability

    0.2 f-stop

  • TTL


  • HSS


Modeling light
  • Lamp type


Wireless connectivity
  • Operating range

    Normal sync and remote control up to 300 m (1000 ft).
    TTL and HSS up to 100 m (330 ft).

Additional connections
  • USB

    Yes, USB micro connector for firmware upgrades

  • Firmware upgrade

    USB micro connector for firmware upgrades

  • Battery capacity

    Up to 350 full power flashes

  • Additional note

    Battery charges in up to 80 minutes

  • User upgradeable firmware


  • Digital display


  • Weight

    560 g (1.2 lbs) including battery

What's included?

What's included?

A1 AirTTL-C Unit

x 1

Power Cable C7

x 1

Battery Charger for A1

x 1

USB Cable 2.0 Type A to Micro B

x 1


How do I use the A1 as an off-camera light?

Enable ‘Air’ in the menu and select same channel on both transmitting and receiving unit and you are ready to shoot off-camera.

How do I work with High-Speed Sync (HSS) on my Canon camera?

Go to the settings menu, select ‘SYNC’ and then activate ‘Hi-S’. You can now select any shutter speed on the camera and use flash.

Can I use the modeling light on the A1 for video and still images?

The modeling light is mainly designed as a modeling light when using flash but can also be used for video and as a light source for still images. For best result, go to settings, set ‘MODEL’ to ‘MAX’ and set ‘ZOOM’ to full wide.

With which brands are A1 compatible?

At launch, A1 is available in Canon and Nikon version. These units can also be used off-camera together with a Profoto Air Remote. Today we offer an Air Remote TTL for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Olympus. During 2018, Profoto will also add an A1 version for Sony cameras.

Can I use A1 off-camera with Sony, Olympus or Fujifilm?

Yes, A1 can be used with full functionality with any Profoto Air Remote TTL on camera. It doesn’t matter which brand A1 is made for when it is used off-camera.

Can I control lights individually from the A1 and how do I do it?

Yes, set the off-camera lights in different groups. By selecting a specific group on the remote or A1 on-camera you can easily control most settings on the lights. Note that group A, B and C can be TTL or manual and group D, E, F are always manual.

Can I travel by air with A1 and its batteries?

Yes. Our Li-ion batteries are UN-certified so you can take them on a plane, no matter what your destination. All the documentation you need can be found under the download tab.

How do I adjust light exposure when shooting in TTL?

It is easy to fine tune exposure to your preferences by using the dial on the A1. You can adjust up to +/- 3 f-stop. You can also use the flash exposure compensation in the camera to receive the same result.

How do I work with High-Speed Sync (HSS) on my Nikon camera?

In the camera, select ‘Auto FP’ and you are ready to use any shutter speed on the camera.

Can I combine the different A1 light modifiers?

Yes, since they are magnetic, you can stack different A1 modifiers together. When using Soft Bounce, please make sure to fit additional modifiers on top on Soft Bounce and not under it. This will make sure best fitting of the Soft Bounce.


Latest firmware upgrades

To access the latest firmware, you must be logged in and you must have registered the product.

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