Profoto A1 speedlight for Nikon and Canon announced

The previously leaked Profoto A1 speedlight is now officially announced - it's the world’s smallest studio flash and the first Profoto on-camera flash.

The price is $995. The new A1 is available for both Nikon and Canon cameras.

Pre-orders are now open at B&H and Adorama.

  • Built-In AirTTL, Use On or Off Camera
  • Recycling: 0.05 to 1.2 Sec
  • Li-Ion Battery: 350 Full Power Flashes
  • High Speed Sync, LED Modeling Light
  • 9 Stop Power Range, 76 Ws Output
  • Weighs 1.2 lb Including Battery
  • Optional Wireless TTL with Air Remote
  • Includes Bounce Card, Dome Diffuser
  • Wide Lens, Flash Stand, USB Cable
  • A1 Bag with Shoulder Strap

Related videos and full press release:

The world's smallest studio light

The Profoto A1 might be the smallest flash we’ve ever made, but it’s still built to the same impossibly high standards we’ve set ourselves over the last fifty years.
Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that's both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light.

Thanks to a smart magnetic mount built into the head, light shaping tools and modifiers can be clicked on and off quickly and easily. Within seconds you're being creative with light, shaping it. It also has a zoom function that allows you to make fine adjustments to the spread of light by simply twisting the zoom ring on the head, and for accuracy it has a modeling light built-in to the head – so you can see what you're going to get before you press the shutter.

We made it our mission to make A1 the first on-camera flash that's easy to use from the box. The user interface is simple and intuitive with a large high-contrast display at its center. The less time you spend learning and fiddling, the more time you'll spend shooting. And that's ultimately what counts. Despite its size, or lack of it, the A1 punches above its weight in a good number of key areas.

Battery life is key when a photographer is right in the thick of the action, because the last thing they need to have to stop mid flow to change the batteries. The A1 has its own Li-ion high capacity battery built-in which lasts up to four times longer than AA batteries with no performance fade. So, you can shoot for longer with confidence.

And this is a flash that can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that's every 1.2 seconds at full power. Put simply, you'll never miss a shot.

And while it's true to say the Profoto A1 is our very first on-camera solution it's also just as effective off-camera as a standalone unit, and integrated into a larger system of lights. That level of versatility is possible because Air Remote is built-in, which means the A1 offers seamless connectivity with freestanding lights like another A1 or bigger Profoto lights like the B1X.

And with AirTTL you'll get a perfect exposure super-fast. Better still, you can lock the exposure with a single 'click' while still being free to fine tune that exposure in manual, giving you even greater control.

So, this is so much more than our smallest flash yet. This is shooting on the move, shooting with confidence and shooting with light shaping excellence. This is shooting off-camera and for the first time with Profoto, on-camera. This is the Profoto A1 – the world's smallest studio light.

Additional information available at Profoto's website.

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  • doge

    lol

  • NJP

    Yeah, I’ll be fine with my $70 Yongnuo. Actually 5 of them.

    • Seriously. I had a yonguo crap out during a wedding last weekend, I grabbed the spare from my camera bag and off I went (flashbulb blew sadly, not bad for 2.5 years of heavy use).

      And then I ordered a new one off Amazon for $68.

      Can’t complain about that.

  • rfs

    Can’t keep up with Godox, can they? What a futile attempt.

  • Srinivas Gudur

    Looks great but senselessly priced.

  • MB

    At 76Ws it is something like SB-500 … and I thought SB-500 is overpriced 🙂

  • silmasan

    Not sure about Canon, but Nikon is surely working together with Profoto to make their SB-5000 look like a bargain.

  • Gareth O’Neill

    Beats by Dre, oh sorry. I mean, Lights by Profoto.

  • I agree with everyone here, in THIS year 2017, when great photo gear is available at superb prices £741.27 IS A JOKE

  • Umano Teodori

    using it as a commander for b1 can be nice, profoto changed the outdoor sets with the b1 letting 35 shooters to have the light of a studio flash or serious portable kit but with high shooting speed without having a leaf shutter lens. I can fill the sunlight with 500 ws and an incredibly light eq. Amazing I love them, but in studio I still prefer broncolor, but not the scoro, the grafit.

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