GODOX A1 – Smartphone Flash & Remote Now Available

 

GODOX A1

 

Godox have release the new A1 device, which is a combination smartphone, flash, transmitter, and APP based remote control for the Godox 2.4GHz flash system.

The A1 is also available from Adorama as the Flashpoint M1 PRO.

And the GodoxPhoto APP is available now for iOS devices, with Android to be available soon.

 

Flashpoint M1 Pro

 

The A1 is the first device to bring smartphone APP remote control to the Godox 2,4GHz X System flash family.

Though the A1 also provides 3 major functions in the one unit –

 

  • A Smartphone APP based remote control of the Godox 2.4GHz flash system.
  • A Smartphone transmitter, using the phone as camera, with the Godox 2.4GHz flash system.
  • A Smartphone flash unit, for on-camera (phone), or off-camera slave flash use.

 

And when the smartphone is used as the camera, the A1 also provides an auto flash exposure mode, as well as the option of manual power settings.

The auto metering is made possible by a small light sensor built into the front of the A1 (which can be attached to the phone via a supplied stick on magnet).

 

Godox A1

 

GODOOX A1 / FLASHPOINT M1 FEATURES

 

  • 8 Watt Flash – GN 8.1m (Iso-100)
  • Auto (A) Mode: −3 to +3 FEC (In 1/3-stop Increments)
  • Manual (M) Power Levels: 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16
  • 2.5 Second Recycle Time
  • 8 V, 1000 mAh Lithium-ion Battery – 700 Full Power Flashes.
  • Flash Color Temperature – 6000K ± 200K
  • 2.4 GHz – 32 Channels (1–32), 16 Groups (0–9, A–F), 80m Range.
  • 433 MHz – 16 Channels (1–16), 6 groups (A–F), 20M Range.
  • OLED Display
  • Battery Level Indicator
  • 1 Watt LED Lamp
  • LED Color Temperature 5600K ± 200K
  • 2.5 mm Sync Port (3V / 3mA)
  • USB-C Charging Port (55 Minute Recharge).
  • Dimensions 80×65×23mm
  • Weight 110g

Godox A1

 

SMARTPHONE REMOTE CONTROL

 

For remote control of the Godox 2.4GHz flash system via smartphone APP, the A1 acts as a bridge between the 2 systems.

The A1 uses a Bluetooth 4.0 connection to communicate with the smartphone or tablet, and then converts and relays the signal on to the Godox slave flash units via Godox’s own 2.4GHz X-System radio protocol.

Bluetooth range between the smartphone and A1 is up to 50 meters, and from the A1 to the Godox slave flashes provides up to another 80 meters of range.

A Godox radio transmitter like the XPro or X1 is still used on the camera hotshoe to actually fire the flashes, though they are set to APP mode so that they will only fire the flashes, and not send any power level setting etc.

The smartphone or tablet then controls all of those slave flash settings remotely.

 

GODOX A1

 

Godox A1

 

And as well as controlling the Godox strobe flash system, Godox LED video light’s, power levels and color temperature, can also be remotely controlled from the APP.

The current Godox LED video lights use the older 433MHz radio system, so the A1 also provides 433MHz radio capability.

With compatible Godox strobe units, all of their functions can be remotely controlled, including modelling lights, and sound prompt etc.

 

GODOX A1

 

 

SMARTPHONE AS CAMERA

 

The second major function of the A1 is to actually use the smartphone as the camera.

And this can be while either using the smartphone camera with the full system of Godox strobes and modifiers –

 

GODOX A1

 

Or simply using the A1 itself as the transmitter and flash unit –

 

GODOX A1

 

It should be noted though, that due to the rolling shutter used in current smartphones, that shutter sync speeds are likely to be limited to around 1/30 – 1/45s or less.

So the overall practicality of using the smartphone with a set of large professional lights and modifiers is likely to still be a little questionable.

Though at the least this may come in handy at times to simply get an image onto your phone quickly for sharing etc.

 

AS A FLASH UNIT

 

And the A1 is also a small on and off-camera flash unit itself, with a guide number of 8.1m (at ISO-100).

So it can be used as a very compact impromptu off camera light source for smartphone pictures.

And also combined with other compact strobes from the Godox system.

(Or as shown above, used as an on-camera flash, with the option of auto exposure mode if desired).

A one watt continuous LED (modeling or video) light is also provided.

 

 

GODOX A1

 

 

GODOOX A1 / FLASHPOINT M1 SPECS

 

Godox A1

 

Godox A1

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Godox A1 are available now from $69.90 –

Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H PhotoEbay

 

GodoxPhoto APP – iOS
GodoxPhoto APP – Android

Godox – Website

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28 Comments
  1. Ganesh 3 months ago

    Interesting product but I don’t think it’s clever option to use with dslr/ILC along with x1/x32 transmeter. My thaught is if control possible with single ☓ transmeter why we need additional A1+mobile?

    • Christof 3 months ago

      I think it’d be more interesting as something to use on a tablet sized screen. IF the app is good it’d make it far easier still to adjust settings then buttons / switches then on a – by necessity – fairly small trigger.

      • John Wilson 3 months ago

        Yes, Chistof. A Mac/Windows version of the app would be very useful if you were shooting tethered.

        In an ideal world Godox would release the spec of the Bluetooth protocol and enterprising people could make things like Lightroom plug-ins. But then in an ideal world the’d have implemented Bluetooth in the XPro 🙂

      • Ganesh 3 months ago

        I’m waiting for x1-pro. That is very useful interface with dedicated group buttons . Ttl locking is Bonus

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 months ago

        Generally I think the major advantage of the APP based remotes is the ability to control and store in memory more complex multi light studio set ups.

        Having not tried this APP yet I’m really not sure where Godox are up to with this, though its definitely something valuable (though possibly for more refinement in the future).

        It would be a great feature to store various set ups in the transmitter as well (and I have suggested that), though at this stage we are still working through some more fundamental things at the moment with regards to the transmitters.

        • Mark Kitaoka 3 months ago

          I was trying to figure out how I would use this and then I read your comment about complex lighting storage. Rather than keeping my notebook about how I set up multi unit lighting I’m ‘hoping’ that this will allow me to store those settings electronically. Much like my former CyberCommander unit from PCB where I could store settings on the SD card. I miss that feature so this may be the ticket for me.

          I’ll try it as soon as the Android version is released. It will also be much fun to create some camera phone shots with Godox lights. I always tease my clients that ‘some day I hope to take all of the publicity photos with my camera phone!’ so I don’t have to lug gear to and from the airport.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 3 months ago

            Hi Mark,

            Yes, I’m not sure if the APP has any ability to store lighting set ups at this stage or not, though I would imagine it will surely evolve over time with new functions, as new lights etc come on board as well.

            I get the feeling Godox were focusing more on the smartphone as camera side of this to start with, but the APP control for the system is likely where it has the most potential in the short term (until phones take over more from ILC cameras).

  2. mmmfotografie 3 months ago

    Europe is still not aware of the Godox A1 and even not announced.

    I have to go to the UK to order it in advance.

    The Godox representation over here is horrible, always late and overpriced.

    • John Wilson 3 months ago

      Pixapro have had it for a while https://www.essentialphoto.co.uk/product/pixapro-smartphone-flash/ However it’s massivly overpriced (which is unusual for them). Several vendors are offering on Amazon UK at a about £62 but availability seems to be early October

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 months ago

        Is Amazon UK easy to purchase from in Europe?

        If not, what is the major European Amazon outlet? (Germany?).

        • John Wilson 3 months ago

          UK is part of Europe (despite what the Brexit nutters might tell you) 🙂

          amazon.de is showing the same vendors offering the A1 as the UK site.

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 3 months ago

            Ok thanks!

  3. mmmfotografie 3 months ago

    If you use Amazone or eBay then the seller is sitting in China or Singapore.

    We can take long about Exit and I can cut short by writing that I am in favour of Nedexit, I am also a nutter it seems.

    Essentialphoto has normally good prices and 130 Euro is really strange this time.

  4. Cameron 3 months ago

    What is the max sync speed?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Hi Cameron,

      From the various videos etc I’ve seen it appears to be 1/45th with the iPhone.

      Though I did see one video somewhere where the person was shooting at 1/200th, though using an external lens type device that clips over the phones built in camera.

      Maybe that’s actually a completely separate camera used then, I’m not familiar with those (or what they may cost). Though it would be a lot more practical to use the phone as camera with lights then.

  5. HiRes 3 months ago

    Hi,
    can you tell me if the A1 works with non Godox speedlighs too? (nikon, nissin, etc etc)
    Thanks

  6. John Wilson 3 months ago

    It will only work wirelessly with Godox flashes (Canon or Nikon flashes should work if you use the X1R-C or X1R-N receivers).

    It has a 2.5mm sync cord socket so you can fire any flash with that but you won’t be able to change the settings remotely or use HSS or TTL.

  7. Psartman 3 months ago

    This is still shown as pre-order on Adorama. Anyone know anything about shipping date on this? I pre-ordered from Godox and on Sept. 4th received this email:
    “We have to apologize for notifying you that A1 has been delayed because the factory detects that there are some minor problems with A1, so we need to wait for the factory to solve these problems before we ship, and I think you do not want to receive a flawed product, and Now the market also did not start the official sale of A1, are still pre-sale status. But in order to express our apology, we will arrange expedited transport for you for free. We also hope that A1 can be sent to your hands as soon as possible.”

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Thanks Psartman,

      I wasn’t aware of that. Anyone purchasing the Godox branded units would be best to double check with the seller first then as well.

      • Psartman 3 months ago

        I heard from Good yesterday that it has been shipped.

        • Psartman 3 months ago

          Meant Godox, not good of course. DYAC!

  8. Hector 3 months ago

    I asked on another articule this question, how can someone get help to repair godox products, a friend drop the evolv 200 and can’t seem to find a place to fix it in USA. Is their any Store that provides repair for all godox products?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 months ago

      Hi Hector,

      Sorry not that I know of. I have asked Flashpoint a little while ago if they could look into possibly selling the AD600, and possibly AD200, bare bones flash body alone as a spare part. And they were going to look into that. You could try asking them at brands@adorama.com

      Otherwise by the time you factor in parts and labor costs I can’t imagine that would be cheaper than another flash body.

      When you buy from stores like Adorama you can also get drop and spill protection at the time of purchase. I think there are similar options on Ebay etc now as well.

    • mmmfotografie 3 months ago

      You can also contact cheetahstand.com when one lives in the USA.

  9. Jesse 2 months ago

    Wow. This is actually pretty amazing. I will get one as soon as the android version comes out. I have always wanted a way to use flashes with my phone. If I were to take one of these and a flash (Maybe one of those mini TT350 flashes) along with me, I would be ready to take some killer photos at any point in time with my phone! Maybe I’ll get into the stock photo game now 😛
    Also, the added ability to use a touch screen on my phone to control my lighting?! Genus!
    Sure, the Xpro is a great option too, but I often do event photography, and I need an on camera flash in addition to my externals.
    Godox is a game changer

  10. Kathy 2 months ago

    Is the 2.5mm sync port input for the receiver to trip the A1 as a remote flash? Or input to the transmitter so you can hook it up to a meter?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 months ago

      Hi Kathy,

      Sorry I’m not too sure as I haven’t tried the A1 yet. Though hopefully it would be an input from the camera when acting as a transmitter, so input from the meter should likely work as well.

  11. mike 2 months ago

    according to the manual the 2.5mm socket is so you can use as a remote flash, still playing with it before real use.

    Mike

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