Profoto have released the Profoto Connect, a compact button-free radio transmitter unit for their AirTTL flash system.
Designed for simplicity, the Connect’s minimalist format provides just 3 basic settings, Auto (TTL), Manual, and Off.
When using the Auto (TTL) mode, the cameras Flash Exposure Compensation setting can be used to adjust the desired exposure.
While in Manual mode, power levels can be adjusted directly on the flash itself, or remotely through the Profoto App.
The Connect may provide a significant advantage for more advanced Profoto users though as well.
As the Connect’s built-in Bluetooth now allows App based control of all the existing Profoto Air and AirTTL lights like the popular A1 and B1X etc, and not just the recently released B10 flash (which has its own Bluetooth directly built-in).
The Connect receives the Bluetooth signal from the smart device, and relays it on to the existing Bluetooth and non Bluetooth enabled Profoto strobes via the AirTTL radio signal.
At the time of release only one Group is enabled while using the Connect and Profoto App, though the Connect’s Groups and functions are intended to be expanded through ongoing future firmware updates.
The Profoto App is currently available for iOS, with an Android version still in development.
PROFOTO CONNECT FEATURES
- TTL / Manual Modes
- HSS to 1/8000s
- Bluetooth / Profoto App Control
- Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji & Olympus Versions
- Single Firing Pin Mode (Enabled Via App)
- 8 Channels
- Single Group (To Be Expanded Via App Control)
- Hybrid TTL – Meter Quickly in TTL, Then Switch to Manual Mode
- Range 300M Manual / 100M TTL/HSS
- Built-in LiPo Battery (30 hours Battery Life)
- Micro USB Port For Battery Recharging
- Battery Level Indicator (Via LED Light)
- Firmware Updates Via App
The Connect is available in Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, and Olympus versions.
And through the App a single firing pin mode can be enabled, disabling the Connect’s TTL contacts, and allowing the transmitter to fire on most any camera.
The Connect has a built in Lithium-ion battery, which is recharged via a micro USB port, and provided up to 30 hours of continuous run time.
Radio range, like existing AirTTL transmitters, is up to a sizable 300 meters in Manual mode, and 100 meters in TTL/HSS use.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Profoto Connect are available now from $299 –
Profoto – Website