Profoto A1 for Canon

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. 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.

Right now, get an extra battery for free when you buy an A1 and two extra batteries when you buy the Duo Kit.
Offer valid until December 31, 2018.

You can purchase the A1 in two different kits: the Profoto A1 that includes one flash, or the Profoto A1 Duo Kit that includes two flashes.

For compatible cameras, see the Technical specifications tab.

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A1 for Canon UK The world's smallest studio light

Product number: 901201-UK

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. 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
    1DS Mark III
    5D Mark IV
    5D Mark III
    5D Mark II
    6D Mark II
    7D Mark II
    EOS R*

    * Note that EOS R doesn't support the AF assist on the A1. It will use on-camera LED as AF assist.

  • 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

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 Nikon camera?

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

How do I optimize to get maximum frame rates, FPS?

Some cameras restrict maximum speed when using flash on camera. By using ‘X-SYNC’ you can shoot up to 20 frames per second. The X-sync mode only works in manual mode and without High Speed Sync.

Can I use the A1 in wet conditions, as rain or snow?

The A1 is designed to be used in dry conditions and should not be used in rain or snow.

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.

How do I best create large, soft lighting with A1?

The easiest way is to use umbrellas to create soft lighting. Use a stand adapter with hot shoe connection and umbrella mount. You can also use Profoto RFi Speedlight Speedring together with the full range of RFi Softboxes.

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.

I get over exposed images when shooting in bright conditions even if TTL is enabled?

For Canon users, make sure ‘Hi-S’ is activated. If not, the camera will sync at maximum sync speed which is normally 1/200s or 1/250s. That will normally result in an over exposed image in bright condition. For Nikon users, make sure ‘Auto FP’ is activated in the camera so that a fast shutter speed can be used.

I get black horizontal lines across the image when shooting with LED modeling light?

At some settings the LED will flicker which can result in lines across the image. Follow the instruction ‘Can I use the modeling light on the A1 for video and still images?’ in this FAQ how to set the model light for best result.

The Soft Bounce disconnects too easy when used in combination with other modifiers?

Make sure the Soft Bounce is mounted directly on the A1 head. If you use any modifier in between this will weaken the connection.


Latest firmware updates

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Tutorials for the Profoto A1 for Canon

A1 Fill flash made easy
A1 Hybrid Mode
A1 Walkthrough
Light Shaping Tools for the A1
Taking the A1 off camera
Using the A1 as a flash and an Air Remote TTL
Using the A1 together with the B1 and B2
Using the A1 with Canon
Using the A1 with Nikon
Using the A1 with other Light Shaping Tools