Godox abandons A1 smartphone flash

Godox's first dedicated mobile phone flash, the A1, is officially discontinued.

Godox A1

Godox‘s first mobile phone flash, the A1, has been discontinued.

Introduced in 2017, the Godox A1 was an unusual hybrid product, acting both as a small Bluetooth flashgun for smartphone photography, as well as a relay that let you control Godox X-system flashes from your phone. You could use it as a simple radio bridge to adjust studio lights via an app, or as as a xenon flash in its own right, albeit with minuscule output power.

Also known as the Flashpoint M1 Pro, it is listed as discontinued in recent trigger compatibility charts, and no longer appears in the manufacturer’s online product catalogue.

Though a niche product, Godox’s abandoning the A1 flash does not necessarily imply it was a commercial failure. However, its functionality has since been superseded by other products in the Godox lineup. Updates to the X2 triggering system mean a dedicated Bluetooth–2.4GHz bridge is unnecessary for anyone wanting studio light control via an app. Meanwhile, minimalist smartphone shooters are better served by the R1 LED, which supports a wider range of cameraphones and is compatible with AK-R1 round-head accessories.

Still keen to get your own Godox A1? You can find them on Amazon, eBay and AliExpress for $70 (about £60). The Flashpoint M1 Pro is no longer available from Adorama, though you can still buy the smaller Godox Ami, also known as the A1 Mini or M1 Mini (which works as a smartphone flash only and does not work as a Bluetooth–X-system bridge) for $29 from Adorama and B&H.

If you still want touchscreen control of your Godox studio lights, then there is no need to panic: the latest generation Godox X2T and Flashpoint R2 Pro Mark II flash triggers have Bluetooth built in, and the GodoxPhoto app remains available on the iOS and Android app stores. The X2 should be able to perform the same signal relay role, at a lower price than the A1.

It doesn’t look like a successor Godox A2 is on the horizon, so if you need a light with direct Bluetooth control, try a continuous lamp like the Godox R1, an LED flash like the Tronix CPFlash (or upcoming Godox RF1), or for high-end xenon flash power, the new Profoto A10.

David Selby
David is a keen photographer and has been editor of Lighting Rumours since 2010. When not writing about lighting, he works as a data scientist at the University of Manchester, UK.