Are you looking for a new flash and intrigued by the Profoto A1? Maybe you’ve seen the internet rumblings about Godox’s V1 light and the alleged backdoor drama between the two lighting companies and wondered if this new light beats the top priced flash? Which round flash is the best bang for the buck and should you switch or stick with your square flash?
Coming from Rob Hall and Francisco Hernandez is a video chatting about both lights and their testing recently in a head-to-head comparison. A few caveats, both photographers routinely use Godox lighting in their work and as such tend to promote the brand through their YouTube channels. Both Hall and Hernandez do let the testing speak for itself with their work and comparison videos with real world scenarios and measured results so you can make an informed decision if you were to purchase any of the lighting.
Both Hall and Hernandez give their personal thoughts about each light and what their benefits are over the course of the YouTube streamed video. The biggest takeaway for someone looking at either of the lighting options is their power outputs as the lights are giving very similar light patterns. Hall below gives us a breakdown of each of the lights output throughout the power range and correlates that with a well known third light, the Godox V860II, to compare. As you can see both lights offer equal power outputs at f/22 in testing when at the same distance of 36 inches from the light to the Sekonic meter used by Hall.
Some notable differences shown in the testing is the better flash duration and more consistent Kelvin temperature between images with the Godox V1 bettering the the much higher priced Profoto flash. The Profoto A1 does have a single point higher CRI and both are relatively equal in outputs throughout the flash range down to 1/256th power. It must be acknowledged that the Godox V1 that is being used in this testing is a pre-production model and these results will need to be confirmed with the public release of the light.
Rob Hall has just released a much shorter breakdown video comparison on his channel: Profoto A1 vs Godox V1 ( Zoom Li-on X ) : Round Head Flash Speedlight Comparison