The A1 is also available from Adorama as the 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).
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
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.
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.
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 –
Or simply using the A1 itself as the transmitter and flash unit –
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.
GODOOX A1 / FLASHPOINT M1 SPECS
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Godox A1 are available now from $69.90 –