The A1 is every inch a Profoto light – just smaller. Its round head delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a soft smooth fall-off. And it’s incredibly easy and 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.

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The Profoto A1
The world’s smallest studio light


  • Round head with soft, smooth and natural fall off
  • AirTTL and HSS for a beautiful professional image fast
  • Smart magnetic click-on mount for A1 Light Shaping Tools
  • 5 dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools available
  • LED modeling light integrated to the head
  • Air Remote built-in
  • Rechargeable and exchangeable Li-Ion battery
  • 1.2s recycling time
  • TTL/MAN switch
  • Built in motor-zoom with hand control
  • Auto focus (AF) assist
  • Large Hi-Res display
  • Support for Canon, Nikon and later for Sony

The Profoto A1 has three main user benefits that it delivers:

1. Natural and beautiful light
2. Easy to use
3. Never miss the shot

The Profoto A1 is designed with light shaping capabilities; it has a unique round head with a soft, smooth fall-off that makes it easy to create a natural and beautiful light. It also has a smart magnetic mount and three dedicated A1 Light Shaping Tools included that click on and off quickly and easily – a Dome Diffuser, Wide Lens and Bounce Card. They can also be stacked for more creative options.

The A1 also offers a built-in LED modeling light that makes it easy to set the light and understand how light and shadows work together. And it’s extremely easy of use. The user interface is large, clean and clear. Like all Profoto products it’s intuitive to use and you don’t need to read a long instruction manual to understand how it works. AirTTL remote is also built in to the A1. With AirTTL and HSS you create professional results fast and easy and with the remote you can seamless connect to other Profoto flashes and control them easily from the A1.

Profoto A1 is not only an on-camera flash, it’s also very effective off-camera as a standalone unit. 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, and a facility to recharge quickly. So, you can shoot for longer with confidence. A1 can keep up with you because it recycles four times faster than other on-camera solutions – that’s 1.2s at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.

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  • Max energy: 76Ws
  • Energy range: 9 f-stops (2.0-10)
  • HSS energy range: 9 f-stops (2.0-10)
  • Flash recycling time: 0.05-1.2s
  • Battery capacity: Up to 350 full power flashes
  • Battery charging time: Up to 80 minutes
  • Weight: 560g / 1.2 lb including battery

A1 AirTTL-C (for Canon) (#901201)
A1 AirTTL-N (for Nikon) (#901202)
A1 AirTTL-C (for Canon) Duo Kit (#901211)
A1 AirTTL-N (for Nikon) Duo Kit (#901212)

A1 (Single) includes (#901201 or #901202):

  • 1x A1 AirTTL-C/N
  • 1x Li-Ion Battery for A1
  • 1x Battery Charger for A1 incl. power cable
  • 1x Bounce Card
  • 1x Dome Diffuser
  • 1x Wide Lens
  • 1x A1 Bag
  • 1x A1 Flash Stand
  • 1x USB Micro Cable

A1 Duo Kit includes (#901211 or #901212):

  • 2x A1 AirTTL-C/N
  • 2x Li-Ion Battery for A1
  • 1x Battery Charger for A1 incl. power cable
  • 2x Dome Diffuser
  • 2x A1 Bag
  • 2x A1 Flash Stand
  • 1x USB Micro Cable
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Recommended Accessories:

Soft Bounce (#101207)

A convenient pocket-sized protective hard case containing clearly labeled quarter, half and full CTO gels, plus a half green gel that helps to color correct for interior light-bulbs. They are clicked on to the A1’s smart magnetic mount in an instant, and are stackable too so they can be used with other A1 Light Shaping Tools.


  • 1 x Soft Bounce
  • 1 x Bag for Soft bounce

Gel Kit (#101209)

The Soft Bounce for the A1 on-camera flash is perfect for creating a soft, flattering light, or in situations where there is no surface to bounce from, or if you’d like a more directional look than can be achieved by bouncing from a ceiling. Easy to handle, it clicks on to the magnetic mount and is stackable, so it can be used in combination with other A1 Light Shaping Tools.


  • 1 x Gel Holder
  • 1 x 1/1 CTO
  • 1 x 1/2 CTO
  • 1 x 1/4 CTO
  • 1 x 1/2+ Green
  • 1 x Hard Case

Grid Kit (#101205)

The Grid Kit is a small and portable kit consisting of two grids that reduce the light spread to either 10° or 20°. They can easily be fastened onto your Profoto A1 in just one click, thanks to the smart magnetic mount, and are also stackable with other A1 Light Shaping Tools to enable a diverse use. Grids create a direct and circular shape of light, which makes them helpful for many photographic purposes, such as when creating accent or hair light, intriguing background effects or simply controlling stray light.


  • 1 x Grid 10°
  • 1 x Grid 20°

Recommended Air accessories for Off-camera use

  • Air Remote TTL-C for Canon (#901039)
  • Air Remote TTL-N for Nikon (#901040)
  • Air Remote TTL-S for Sony (#901045)
  • Air Remote TTL-O for Olympus (#901046)
  • Air Remote TTL-F Fujifilm (#901047)
  • Air Remote for most DSLRs and medium format cameras (#901031)
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6 reasons to choose the Profoto A1

1. Light that’s both natural and beautiful
Because we designed the A1 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.

2. More than light
Being able to work with light is the key to creating better, more creative images. That’s why the A1 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.

3. 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 A1 or other Profoto light seamlessly, and High-Speed Sync is right there when you need it.

4. Never miss a shot
The A1 can keep up because it recycles four times faster than most on-camera solutions – that’s every 1.2 seconds at full power. Put simply, you’ll never miss a shot.

5. Less time learning means more time shooting
We designed the A1 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.

6. Grow with the A1
The A1 is a tool that can take your photography as far as you want to go. Adding a second A1 will open up even more possibilities. In addition to embracing and more powerful lights like the B1X and the B2 and the 120+ light-shaping tools available, it will open the door to a world of creative opportunities.