Profoto A1X - The world's smallest studio light | Profoto (US)
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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.

  • Rechargeable
    Li-Ion battery
  • Dedicated light shaping tools with
    Magnetic mount
  • Extremely fast recycling
  • Remote control and receiver
    Integrated AirTTL
  • Integrated
    LED modeling light
  • Product name

    A1X 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*
    Power Shot G3X
    Power Shot G1X Mark III

    * Note that EOS R doesn't support the AF assist on the A1X. It will use on-camera LED as AF assist.
    Also note that EOS R frames per second is limited to max 3.0 fps with A1X for Canon on camera (in TTL and Manual).

  • 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
  • Frequency band

    2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)

  • No of sync channels


  • 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 update

    Via USB-cable

  • Battery capacity

    Up to 450 full power flashes

  • Additional note

    Battery charges in up to 115 minutes

  • User upgradeable firmware


  • Digital display


  • Width

    7.5 cm (2.95 in)

  • Length

    16.5 cm (6.37 in)

  • Height

    10.8 cm (4.25 in)

  • Weight

    560 g (1.2 lbs) including battery

At a glance

Why choose the A1X

Light that’s both natural and beautiful

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.

More than light

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 a Dome Diffuser, Bounce Card, Wide Lens, Gel Kit and a Soft Bounce.

AirTTL means built-in convenience and versatility

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.

Visualize your image with the modeling light

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.

No more worrying about battery life

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.

Never miss a shot

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.

Less time learning means more time shooting

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.

Grow with the A1X

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.

Photo: Evgenii Kulakov

Get natural and beautiful light, quickly and easily Profoto A1X

The only difference between the A1X, its predecessor 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 A1X and A1 our only true on-camera solutions.

The A1X delivers a quality of light that's both natural and beautiful, because like the larger Profoto lights in the family, the A1X features a round head that gives a soft smooth fall off & that's what makes the light feel so wonderfully natural.

What's the difference between A1X and A1

The A1X and A1 are siblings. The similarities are many, but the A1X has a little more of everything. A more powerful battery, faster recycling and a updated user interface. And it’s available for Sony.

Profoto A1X
Available for Canon, Nikon and Sony. Recycling time 0.05-1.0s. Up to 450 full power flashes. Updated fit, feel and finish.
Profoto A1
Available for Canon and Nikon. Recycling time 0.05-1.2s. Up to 350 full power flashes.
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Add ons

Improve your A1X even more

The more lighting options you have, the more light shaping control and creativity you have at your disposal. The A1X 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.

Photo: Michael Anthony

Light Shaping Tools

Photography is all about controlling and shaping light. With the A1X it has never been easier to take your creativity to the next level with our dedicated range of magnetic, easy-to-use A1X modifiers.

Grid Kit

Used with the A1X or A1 for a more direct and circular shape of light

Dome Diffuser

Brings a softer, crisper light to the A1X or A1

Wide Lens

Creates a pleasing wide light with the A1X or A1

Gel Kit

Used with the A1X or A1 for color correction on the go

Soft Bounce

Create soft flattering light with the A1X or A1
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Photo: Michael Anthony


Everything you could possibly need, from a customized bag to a battery charger and spare battery. The bits and pieces that bring it all together.

Battery Charger for A1X and A1

A standard charger for A1X or A1 batteries

A1X and A1 bag

Keeps your A1X or A1 safe and secure
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Photo: Michael Anthony

Grow with the system

The Profoto A1X is designed to help you grow and develop, that’s why it allows you to seamlessly move up to a system of lights when the time is right. Because the A1X also acts as an Air Remote trigger for other TTL lights it’s surprisingly easy to work in combination with our other popular off-camera flashes or monolights.
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