Leaked: Profoto A1 shoe-mount flash

The Profoto A1 will be a radio-enabled speedlight with a lithium-ion battery, circular accessory mount, TTL and high-speed sync support.

Next week, the new rumoured Profoto flash will be announced. LightingRumours has managed to get the specifications before the official announcement.

The soon-to-be revealed Profoto A1 is the first Profoto shoe-mount flash, but unlike other speedlights, it is clear that has been designed to be also used as off-camera flash. It features a round fresnel lens, rather than the rectangular one normally seen on speedlights. This circular light source should give a better light distribution and more natural fall off.

It seems that the speedlight has been designed with the intention to attach light-shaping accessories. On the head of the flash there is a magnetic mount and there will be at least three different modifiers that can be attached to the head (that we currently know of). These will be Dome Diffuser, a Wide Lens and a Bounce Card.

The A1 will work with the AirTTL system and can act both as master or as slave. Similar to the B1X, B2 and other AirTTL enabled flashes, the A1 will also work in TTL mode and supports high-speed sync. Compared to other Profoto equipment the A1 has significantly less power, but this is to be expected for a speedlight. The A1 only has 76 Ws, which is just a little bit more than what is normally found in regular speedlights. The battery is not removable and has enough juice for 350 full-power flashes.

No information has been obtained regarding when the A1 would become available, but we do have obtained some information regarding the price. At the moment it seems that the advised retail price is €990 (about $1180 or £880). We have also seen a price tag of $30 for the Profoto A1 Wide Lens.

Rumoured specifications

  • Power: 76 Ws (joules)
  • Power adjustment range: 9 stops (2.0 to 10), including HSS mode
  • Manual, TTL, HSS and 2.4 GHz master and slave modes
  • Battery capacity: 350 full-power flashes
  • Recycle time: 1.2 seconds
  • Battery type: Li-ion built in — recharges in 80 minutes
  • LED modelling lamp
  • Dimensions: 108 × 75 × 165 mm (4.3 × 3 × 6.5 inches)
  • Weight: 560 grams (1.2 lbs)
  • Supports ‘A1’ Light Shaping Tools

What do you think of this new direction for Profoto? Let us know in the comments!

  • Neil P

    Expensive! Non-removable battery. Better consider the AD360II

  • Class A

    They cannot be serious about the non-removable battery. First, all battery types age. Is one supposed to send the flash in for service once the battery has become useless? Second, if the battery runs flat, one cannot simply put in a replacement battery but is stuck until the internal one is recharged (which may not be feasible on the go).

    I wonder how many they are going to be able to sell at that price.

    • Michael – Visual Pursuit

      Looks like the battery is removable – that was an error in the leak. But still…. 1000 bucks for a meager shoe mount flash?

  • Ganesh Naravian

    Expensive . We can expect Build & Light Quality from Profoto. Is there any chance this one compatible with third party radio triggers ?

  • David Carlyon

    I was interested until the non-removable battery. I’m not a Speedlight guy, but I do use a Godox V860c for certain events where I need it, and the swappable batteries are great compared to AA’s, or being tethered to a big battery pack.

  • Michael – Visual Pursuit

    Battery not removable? Stillborn. And please – the AD200 delivers
    500 pops at 200 Ws vs meager 350 Pops at 76Ws.

    At a third of the price.

    Too little, too late, too expensive.

  • Manuel Alejandro Salazar

    I loved the rummored specificiations. I mean they got it very spot on.