The world's smallest studio light
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.
A1X 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
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).
9 f-stops (2.0-10)
HSS energy range
9 f-stops (2-10)
2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)
No of sync channels
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
Up to 450 full power flashes
Battery charges in up to 115 minutes
User upgradeable firmware
7.5 cm (2.95 in)
16.5 cm (6.37 in)
10.8 cm (4.25 in)
560 g (1.2 lbs) including battery
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to create dramatic one-light portraitsSal Cincotta reveals how to infuse your portraits with intensity using just one A1X or A1 off camera
How to create natural soft light portraitsSal Cincotta illustrates how to achieve light that is as soft and natural as ambient light with the A1X or A1
How to create dramatic two-light portraitsFollow Sal Cincotta to Saint Louis, where he creates dramatic portraits with two A1s – on and off camera
Using the A1X and the Profoto Connect together gives me the freedom to create natural looking light anytime anywhere with zero stress - and with the Connect in auto mode - I can just switch on and start shooting.
It's like my camera and light have merged into one.
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.