PocketWizard has refreshed its series of radio triggers with the help of the Plus X radios, about one year after the Plus III accessories were launched.
In February 2012, PocketWizard announced the Plus III radio triggers. The accessories were welcomed by photographers. However, the manufacturer felt that it was necessary to refresh the series with a new set of radios called Plus X.
Plus X promises extended range and improved battery life
The design inspiration of the Plus X comes from its predecessor, though there are some differences between the two. Unfortunately, the new version no longer features a digital display. However, the battery life has been increased as a result.
According to PocketWizard, the new radios can last up to 100 hours, enough to handle several photo sessions on a single charge. Additionally, the company has confirmed that the new accessories are backwards compatible with older units.
The main feature of the Plus X is its communication range. PocketWizard claims that the new radios can receive signal from a distance of up to 1,600 feet. This is a huge distance and not many photographers would stay so far away from their cameras.
Plus X also features a technology, called Auto-Sensing Transceiver, which allows it to automatically detect whether it should be in receiver or transmitter mode.
PocketWizard’s new accessories support up to 10 standard channels. As stated above, they are compatible with older versions of the company’s radio triggers.
The new system boasts a triggering speed of 14.5 frames per second, 62 milliseconds contact time, and 1/500 sync speed for leaf shutters.
PocketWizard Plus X wireless transmitters and receivers are now available
The manufacturer mentioned that the aforementioned 1,600 feet range can be achieved depending on environment, interference, mode, weather, and equipment among other factors.
Plus X employs a 3.5mm port and tri-color LED indicator for both signal and battery life.
One unit measures 4.2 x 2.1 x 1.2 inches, while weighing 3.9 ounces.
The PocketWizard Plus X radio triggers are now available at select retailers for a MSRP of $99.