Elinchrom One review

The Elinchrom One packs power, portability and performance in a flash the size of a 70-200mm lens. Is this "the one"?

5 Star Rating
Elinchrom One
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Elinchrom One is a powerful, portable, versatile monolight that delivers fantastic performance in a tiny footprint. While it's less powerful than the Profoto B10, it's also nearly half the price, takes almost double the amount of shots per charge and has an intuitive touch menu system.


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    131Ws power, HSS

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    Charge with a power bank

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    Shoot while charging

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    Great touch menus


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    Lower power than B10

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    Our charger blew up!

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The Elinchrom One is a portable, powerful, high performance monolight that's about the size of a 70-200mm lens. Offering everything from high speed sync to fast charging and recycle times to the ability to use USB laptop power banks to keep on shooting, this is a flash that promises to move seamlessly from studio to location. 

For flash aficionados, the Elinchrom One will be compared to the Profoto B10 – and while its rival is a more powerful option (on paper, at least), it also costs almost twice as much. It also features a budget challenger in the form of the Godox AD300

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.