Godox A1 and iPhone X

One of the things I wanted to be able to do was maximise the photos captured with the camera on my iPhone X – to be able to use off-camera flash, using the lowest ISO and shooting in RAW. The only feasible option for using one or more good-sized camera flash with the iPhone is the Godox A1. It cost me £61.90 from Amazon.co.uk. Here I talk about what it can and what it can’t do.

The Godox A1 is a fairly compact flash which has both a Xenon bulb and an LED light module. It connects to the iPhone via Bluetooth -setting up was very straight forward.

Godox A1

The front of the flash houses the 3 important components – the Xenon flash bulb, the LED light module, and the light sensor at the bottom of the flash for determining the flash exposure required.

Front of Godox A1 flash

Below is an up-close shot of the light sensor which is used to determine the exposure required from the Godox A1. Hence the flash does not work through TTL, which by definition means that the exposure is determined by the actual camera sensor as seen through the camera’s lens. It is simply auto mode.

Light sensor for determining exposure of image – do not cover

The top of the flash houses the controls and the display screen of the various settings. These are very easy to adjust.

Top of Godox A1 flash

Now in order to use the Godox A1, one has to download the Godox App. You can then control the various flash and certain photo settings – shooting in RAW/JPEG, choosing the ISO, exposure compensation, as well as the shutter speed.

Fastest shutter speed on iPhone X is 1/30

Now unfortunately there are a few things which I’ve found out which has disappointed me. For one, though the App does have the option of shooting at shutter speeds up to 1/60 sec, this setting does not allow for shooting in RAW. But that is not an issue for iPhone X, as the fastest speed you can use is 1/30 sec, otherwise there will be part of the image clipped off i.e. not exposed by the flash.

1/60 does not support RAW shooting

Below is an image shot at 1/60 to shop part of the image being clipped off. This is due to the rolling shutter used by the iPhone X.

Image captured on iPhone X at 1/60 sec

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