PROFOTO A1X AirTTL Speedlite – For Canon, Nikon, & SONY Released


Profoto have released the A1X AirTTL speedlite, an incremental update on the original Profoto A1 round head flash, now offering the long awaited Sony version, along with Canon and Nikon versions.

The A1X feature a number of refinements, including larger battery capacity, slightly faster recycle times, an updated interface more inline with the recent B10 flash, as well as refined fit and finish.

Refinements Include –

  • Larger Battery Capacity – 450 Full Power Shots (Up from 350)
  • Faster Recycle Time – 1.0s At Full Power (Down from 1.2s)
  • Interface Streamlined – Similar To The B10
  • 20 Channels, (Up From 8) (& Firmware For Previous AirTTL Gear)
  • Canon, Nikon, & Sony Versions Now Available




Existing Features Include –

  • AirTTL Radio Master Control for 6 Groups (3 TTL, 3 Manual)
  • AirTTL Radio Slave Modes For Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, & Fuji
  • Large Hi-Res LCD, with Fast Simple User Interface & Master Control
  • TTL / Manual Switch (Fast Hybrid TTL)
  • Round Flash Head, Providing Smooth Natural Fall Off
  • Auto Zoom 32-105mm, Also with Manual Zoom Ring
  • LED Modeling Light, Also Zooms with Flash Head
  • Fast Magnetic Modifier Mount, With Stackable Gels & Light Shaping Tools
  • Bounce Card, Wide Lens, & Dome Diffuser Included
  • Laser AF Assist Light
  • USB Port For Firmware Updates





  • 76Ws
  • LED Modelling Light
  • Modelling Light Control – Off, Proportional, Manual (Low/High)
  • Profoto A1 Magnetic Accessory Mount
  • Built-in (Removable) 7.6V / 2.0Ah (14.4Wh) Lithium-ion Battery
  • Up to 340 Full Power Flashes Per Battery Charge
  • 0.05 – 1.0 Seconds Recycle Time
  • Flash Modes – TTL / Manual
  • HSS to 1/8000th (Full Power Range)
  • Second Curtain Sync / X-Sync
  • FEC (0.1 Stop Increments, +/- 3 Stops)
  • FEL (Flash Exposure Lock)
  • Hybrid TTL / MANUAL Switch (Meter Quickly in TTL, Then Adjust in Manual Mode)
  • Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (0.1 Stop Increments)
  • 32 – 105mm Auto Flash Zoom, And Manual Zoom Ring
  • Profoto AirTTL, & Air, 2.4GHz Radio System
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, & Fuji, AirTTL Radio Slave Modes
  • Range – 300m Triggering, 100m TTL / Remote Control
  • 6 Groups – A / B / C (TTL or Manual), D / E / F (Manual Only)
  • 20 Channels
  • Flash Duration (t0.5) – 1/800s – 1/20,000s
  • Color Stability – +/- 150K
  • Energy Stability – 0.2 F-stop
  • AF Assist Light
  • Tilt Swivel Head
  • Large Hi-Res LCD Display
  • Function Menus
  • Auto Memory Function
  • Power Saving Function
  • Quick Locking Foot
  • Micro USB Port for Firmware Upgrades
  • Size – 108 x 75 x 65 mm
  • Weight – 560g (1.2 lbs) including battery


The A1X now have 20 wireless radio channels available (up from 8), to help avoid interference or clash with other users.

And previous AirTTL flashes will also be able to be updated to 20 channels through firmware updates.




Refinement the the A1X’s fit and finish include a tighter head Tilt and Swivel, though unfortunately still no locking button.

Although the battery has increased from 1.6Ah to 2.0Ah to allow for the 450 shot capacity, the physical size of the battery is the same, and conveniently uses the same charger as previous A1 flashes.

And battery recharge time is just 80 minutes.






Mount Shoe
Exposure Control Manual, TTL
Vari-Power Auto: 1/256 to 1/1
Bounce Head Yes
Swivel Head Yes
Zoom Head Full Frame: 32 – 105 mm
Off-Camera Terminal Proprietary
Recycle Time Approximately 1 Seconds
Flash Duration 1/800 to 1/20000 sec
Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
Compensation -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
Wireless Operation Method: RF
Distance: Up to 1000′ / 304.80 m
Mode: Master, Slave
Wireless Channels 20 Channels
Wireless Groups 6 Groups
Power Source 1 x Proprietary Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Dimensions (W x H x D) . 3.0 x 4.3 x 6.5″ / 75.0 x 108.0 x 165.0 mm
Weight 1.23 lb / 560 g (Including Battery)





The Profoto A1X AirTTL flash for Canon, Nikon, & Sony, are available now from $1095 –

A1X Canon – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo
A1X Nikon – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo
A1X Sony – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo


Also available with Profoto Connect Radio Transmitter as an “Off-Camera Flash Kit” from $1195 –

Canon – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo
Nikon – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo
Sony – Adorama, Amazon, UK, B&H Photo


Profoto – Website


1 Comment
  1. John Wilson 2 years ago

    The old model has dropped $200 in price to $795.

    I wonder if the new battery will work on the old A1.

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