Innovation and patents at Profoto
At Profoto we invest heavily in R&D on an annual basis. All our engineers and software developers working to continuously design and create more user-friendly, innovative solutions for our customers. Always with the same goal – to enhance the overall performance and user experience for image creators all over the world.
Annually this results in a number of innovations and patents that we pride ourselves on, that we are happy to bring to the market. We truly believe in never being fully satisfied. We always believe we can do better - whether that be by taking baby steps or significant strides. We’re continually evaluating and improving our products over time.
In the list below we clarify the granted patent and patent application that covers our product and protects Profotos exclusivity for the intellectual property rights around the world.
Profoto wireless TTL flash technology
Patent no. US: 9917995 & 10455130
Patent no. CN: 105579901B
Patent no. DE: 3047333
This innovation brings superior wireless TTL with the Profoto flashes enabling fast and easy exposure control.
Switched flash discharge electronics
Patent no. US: 9420675
Patent no. CN: 104995999B
This is the core flash Profoto innovation that enabled the superb color and power control from the smallest pop to the biggest bang. This innovation in respect to pervious technology can not just control color and power of the flash, it is also momentarily fast, meaning that flash power from min to max can be released without any delay and with perfect color. This uniqueness in flash control enables Profoto auto TTL power to be color consistent and precise in power.
Super fast flash electronics
Patent no. US: 9426870
Patent no. CN: 104995999B
This innovation enables a unique innovative set up for foil- and electrolyte flash capacitors to enable super fast flash discharge for freezing the fastest motion.
Boosting for HSS
Patent no. US: 10785835
Patent no. CN: 107006109B
Patent no. DE: 3219175
This innovated kick-start to the light before the shutter opens, enables a prediction of the plasma so that also low power HSS flashes can be assed with an unbeatable preciseness of light output control.
Unique flash head identifier
Patent no. US: 10085092
Patent no. CN: 107430317B
This innovative electronical design enabling the Pro pack to identify the head type for maximum performance.
Timer precision electronics
Patent no. US: 10674575
Patent no. CN: 109844635B
Patent no. DE: 3510445
This innovation holds a unique electrical design to exactly control the flash duration for super precise flash discharge time control.
Smartmode in Profoto Camera
Patent no. CN: 112673311B
Innovative Smartmode feature in Profoto Camera app, the feautre enables a combined control of ambient- and flash light in the exposure of the image.
Super smooth speedring assembling
Patent no. US: 10197250
Patent no. CN: 107003590B
Patent no. DE: 3221745
This innovation simplifies the mounting of each rod into the speedring for smooth and quick assembly of a Softbox.
Extended Profoto wireless TTL flash technology
Patent no. US: 10044941 & 10375315
Patent no. CN: 105556384B
Patent no. DE: 3047334
A unique technique to create a flash power variation for multiple flashes in TTL.
Smartphone flash sync via BLE
Patent no. US: 11611691
Patent no. CN: 112673310B
Profoto revolutionary invention, for synchronizing external flashes when capturing images with your phone. This incorporated in the unique flash scheduling method that will preform a synchronization with the capture that never misses.
Flash stand tilt friction mechanism
Patent no. CN: 112673313B
This innovation in the flash stand enables better beam direction control and easy super firm locking that holds even the heaviest light shapers.
Manual Zoom Ring
Patent no. US: 11061300
Patent no. CN: 109521628B
Patent no. DE: 3685227
Innovative and super easy to use zoom ring light control. This innovation grants the user fast and precise beam control of the flash.
Smart Magnetic Mount
Patent no. US: 11630375
Patent no. CN: 109521629B
Patent pending EP
Thanks to a smart magnetic mount integrated into the head, single or multiple light-shaping modifiers can be clicked on and off quickly and easily. Meaning that within seconds, you'll be working with light, being creative truly shaping it.
Dual LED-Modelling Light
Patent no. US: 11054722
Patent no. CN: 111247482B
A smart artificial and zoomable model light system. This innovation enables the modelling light to mimic the flash light spread in every position to assist the photographer in the creation of light setups. This is the first time ever that this feature is available on an on-camera flash.
Buttonless remote control
An innovative user friendly remote control connection to your flash.
Profoto TTL with Smartphone Camera
Patent no. US: 11825205
This innovative Profoto Camera app enables flash TLL on your phone.
Trigger capture from flash
This innovation enables you to trigger the Profoto Camera app remotely from the test button on the flash.
System for display mirroring
Innovation that enables you to see the flash power on your remote control, flash and app at the same time.
Super robust assembly design
Innovative assembly design for increased robustness in even the smallest flashes.
Quick and effective background removal
Patent no. US: 9729780
This innovation enables a quick and effective shooting for fashion apparel & accessories by automatic background removal.