PROFOTO Connect Button-Free Radio Transmitter – Released

PROFOTO CONNECT

 

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

 

  • 2.4GHz
  • 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 –

Adorama, AmazonUKB&H Photo

 

Profoto – Website

8 Comments
  1. Joel Richards 6 months ago

    What is the appeal? Just the size?

    • Chuck Capan 6 months ago

      The appeal? It has the Profoto logo printed on the side and it cost 4 times as much as a Godox trigger.

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      FLASH HAVOC 6 months ago

      The trigger itself mainly appeals to be people that want to keep it really simple.

      What I find more interesting though as that it appears Bluetooth is going to be Profoto’s direction forward in terms of providing remote control and 2 way communication within their system.

      The AirTTL radio only allows one way communication to the strobes. So it appears Profoto are going to use Bluetooth for future remote control and 2 way communication, and Air radio system for the triggering side. I’m just wondering if relying on Bluetooth so much is really going to be a good idea.

  2. mmmfotografie 6 months ago

    The easy handling by have the choice between auto/manual/off reminds me of the Pocketwizard AC3 which controlled up to three groups. The three little wheels adjusted the flashpower without having to dig for your phone.

    Hoping that Godox is one time making a small and easy to control trigger without a display and functional like the AC3.

  3. John Wilson 6 months ago

    This is being marketed to A1 users who only use their flash on camera. We have to presume that Profoto have done some market research and found that there’s a substantial segment if the A1 customer base that fit this profile. I’d guess that quite a few of these folk only ever use their A1 in TTL mode. If Profoto can persuade a reasonable chunk of these to move the A1 of camera then a proportion of these people are going to begin to think about multiple lights which means another A1 or a B10 and then modifiers.

    Pricing is interesting. It has to be cheap enough to make the decision to buy it easy but expensive enough to make people guilty if they don’t use it.

    What puzzles me is why they have not just launched Canon and Nikon versions. Could there be Sony, Fuji and Olympus A1 be round the corner?

  4. Jared 6 months ago

    I was convinced this was an April Fools’ joke until I kept seeing it several days afterward.

    A transmitter for people who don’t understand OCF yet can afford Profoto. Now you have the option of dropping your phone instead of just pressing a couple buttons on the transmitter.

    • RWB 4 months ago

      I think you may not be seeing how awesome this little trigger is In many circumstances. I bought one they day I got to play with it. As it sits right this second it triggers every Air light I have (all of my lights which I have many). It plays nicely with all cameras (as in will trigger but no TTL/high speed sync) even those that are not the same brand. And with the App will allow remote control of all of the lights I have in many groups VERY SOON. In 80% of my use this will be much more versatile than my existing AirTTL triggers. So much so that I bought two.

      1. Even without the mutli-group control in the app I kind of have that right now for various setups I use in studio settings with two D2’s in front and a B10 in back.

      2. I use it in workshops for a quick TTL, switch to manual, adjust everything to my liking and rock. What’s more is I every workshop participant can use my spare on every one of their cameras (which I used to have to pass my one of my old AirRemote’s around for that as I don’t have every brand of Air TTL remote. Issue with that is those old AirRemotes are actually pretty fragile and VERY error prone in terms of accidental button presses with everyone sharing a remote. As far as I can see it’s far more durable than any trigger I’ve used as well in terms of drops.

      3. When the next firmware comes out that will allow multiple group control of any Air light with the app my phone/iPad will be right next to me on my tether cart ready to adjust any light in my setup which is BETTER than the AirTTL can do now and honestly quicker and more convenient than button pushes on the old Air remote with more than 3 groups. Better yet my assistant can run it from the same iPad they are using to monitor captures via Capture One Pilot… fantastic. Oh, and it’s the cheapest Profoto air trigger as well.

      • John Wilson 4 months ago

        Many Godox users will understand how useful this is. Since the Godox A1 was launched in September 2017 we’ve been able to control the settings of both strobe and continuous lights from a smartphone APP. Even without using the A1 you can use one hand held controller to set up the lights and multiple triggers on multiple cameras to fire them. There’s no special trigger/controller needed the normal ones can be used. There has been a single pin mode on the X1T trigger since it was introduced. Though, oddly, not on the XPro.

        You can buy seven X1T triggers for the price of one of these Profoto triggers and still have change.

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