Profoto dives into smartphone market with C1 and C1 Plus pocket-size lights

Sep 18, 2019

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Profoto dives into smartphone market with C1 and C1 Plus pocket-size lights

Sep 18, 2019

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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With smartphone cameras getting better and more widely used, there are more and more accessories for mobile photography on the market. Profoto has decided to jump on the bandwagon and it has just announced two pocket-sized speedlights. Profoto C1 and C1 Plus are aimed at smartphone photographers, and these tiny, yet powerful lights can fit a palm of your hand.

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Both lights are controlled through a dedicated mobile app, and also compatible with all Profoto AirTTL remotes. So, you can easily switch your smartphone to a DSLR or mirrorless camera. When connected to an Air TTL remote, you can also connect it to other Profoto lights and use them in various combinations.

When it comes to the design, the lights are round shape, tiny and made to fit your palm. They both have a color rendering index (CRI) of >90, so they produce colors very close to daylight. You can choose automatic mode, or set the light manually if you want more freedom and creative control.

The Profoto C1 and C1 Plus feature power levels from “natural” to “dramatic” effect (max 1600 lumens) and they allow you to choose between flash and flicker-free continuous light. So, you can also use them for shooting videos, not just stills. They are both compatible with Profoto Clic, the new light shaping tool range which includes three color gels and a grid.

A downside is that the C1 and C1 Plus are compatible with iPhone 7 and later. In other words, it’s not compatible with either older models of iPhone nor Android phones, but Protofo reportedly plans to launch an Android-compatible version, too.

The two lights are pretty similar in specs, but the Plus version is “a little more of everything.” Here’s a comparison of the lights:

And let’s check out the full specs:

Profoto C1

Flash

Max Output 1600 Lumens
Max Illuminance 800 Lux at 3.3′ / 1.0 m
Color Temperature 3000 to 6500K (±200K)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) 90 to 98

Continuous Light

Max Output 280 Lumens
Max Illuminance 140 Lux
Color Temperature 3000 to 6500K (±200K)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) 90 to 98

Battery

Battery Type Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Typical Battery Performance >2000 Full-Power Flashes or >30 Minutes of Continuous Light at Full Power
Battery Charge Time 2 Hours (with an 800 mA Fast Charge)

Connectivity

Profoto App for iPhone 7 and Later Yes, via Bluetooth

Bluetooth Low Energy Technology

Frequency Band 2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)
No. of Frequency Channels 40
Radio Power Output 8 dBm (Maximum)

Dimensions & Weight

Diameter 2.9″ / 7.4 cm
Height 1.9″ / 4.8 cm
Weight 4.9 oz / 140 g

Profoto C1 Plus

Flash

Max Output 4300 Lumens
Max Illuminance 1700 Lux at 3.3′ / 1.0 m
Color Temperature 3000 to 6500K (±200K)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) 90 to 98
Recycling Time 1 second at full power

Continuous Light

Max Output 280 Lumens
Max Illuminance 140 Lux
Color Temperature 3000 to 6500K (±200K)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) 90 to 98

Battery

Battery Type Lithium-Ion Polymer (LiPo)
Battery Capacity 1500 mAh
Typical Battery Performance >2000 Full-Power Flashes or >40 Minutes of Continuous Light at Full Power
Battery Charge Time 2 Hours (with an 800 mA Fast Charge)

Connectivity

Profoto App for iPhone 7 and Later Yes, via Bluetooth
Profoto Air Yes, AirTTL Receiver Built In

Bluetooth Low Energy Technology

Frequency Band 2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)
No. of Frequency Channels 40
Radio Power Output 8 dBm (Maximum)

Dimensions & Weight

Diameter 3.1″ / 7.9 cm
Height 1.5″ / 3.8 cm (Without Dome)
2.5″ / 6.4 cm (With Dome)
Weight 6.21 oz / 176 g (Without Dome)
7.34 oz / 208 g (With Dome)

The Profoto C1 and C1 plus are available for preorders – the C1 costs $299, while the C1 Plus will set you back $499.

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15 responses to “Profoto dives into smartphone market with C1 and C1 Plus pocket-size lights”

  1. Peter Klein Avatar
    Peter Klein

    Hahaha. 300 bucks and 500 bucks. lol

  2. Carter Tune Avatar
    Carter Tune

    Can I be there when he sets up these lights and proceeds to shoot the Bride & Groom with a smartphone? I’d love to watch her go Bridezilla on him.

  3. Daniel Bksz Avatar
    Daniel Bksz

    Was this what they advertised for a week saying it will change the world of photography forever? What a shit ??????

  4. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Gotta love how Profoto is trying to encourage the non professional fauxtographers with these

    1. Jyi Offer Avatar
      Jyi Offer

      Michael Bray not just profoto… Nikon gave him free gear and even used him in their Z6/7 advertising and yet (at the time) his idea of taking a photo was spray-and-pray and fix everything in post ??‍♂️

    2. Michael Bray Avatar
      Michael Bray

      Jyi Offer they really need to stop using noobs like him to promote gear

  5. Joost Avatar
    Joost

    So, now they copy Godox? This was just released under Godox as well

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Which light?

      1. Motti Bembaron Avatar
        Motti Bembaron

        The Godox A1 was released around August 2018. It can shoot 700 full power shots and has continius light also. It’s $70 USD.

      2. Marko Avatar
        Marko

        The Godox A1 can also be also a trigger for any Godox light. So if you really want to use your smartphone for a shoot, and that any smartphones as opposed to the Profoto only allowing Apple phones (Profoto is very exclusive you know…), you can. Not sure why you would do that but you can

      3. Joost Avatar
        Joost

        Round RGB Mini Light R1 and LED flash RF1

  6. Bill Avatar
    Bill

    Come on

  7. Peter Foote Avatar
    Peter Foote

    I’ll get the Godox one ?

  8. Michael Gara Avatar
    Michael Gara

    Godox copied ProFoto, so this is their comeback! :) lol

  9. Reza Moalvi Avatar
    Reza Moalvi

    Profoto insists on pricing themselves out of the market. Next month Godox offers one for under $80. Also, there are several items bellow $50 that are excellent and already in the market. Arrogance and being out touch will either teach them or make them extinct.