The announcement of the new PocketWizard Plus X transceiver should be considered great news from many photographers who are into off camera flash/strobes photography as it is the most affordable, up to date, PocketWizard product that comes, currently, for around $100 for unit.
The new PocketWizard Plus X comes with completely new and simplistic design. The new case design is very tough and robust, also the antenna is not exposed as in previous models but is built within the body of the unit.
The control of the new Plus X is even simpler and consists of just power switch, a rotary channel dial and a big test button. Probably something that we need to pay attention here is that the 10 channels correspond with the same number of channels of any older PocketWizard remote, as long as we use unites manufactured to operate for the same region (US designed units are not compatible with units designed for the EU market).
PocketWizard Plus radios are well known for their range and reliability. Although the new PocketWizard Plus X is significantly cheaper, the photographers who choose to use them will still get the range and reliability they expect From a PocketWizard products.
The power for the new model is provided by two AA batteries, which we can considerate as an improvement over the Plus – II generations.
Another great innovation that comes with the new X model is that the unit goes both ways. The Plus X terminal, hot shoe or mini-jack, can determine whether it is attached to a camera or flash. Literally the unite senses sync voltage and in doing this can set itself automatically as a receiver or transmitter.
Channel Hopping is the next extra bit of luxury packet in this small unit. Channel hopping can be useful in case when Plus X receive a signal on one channel then we can configured to second trigger on the next channel. This is very practical when PW is triggering a remote camera which can use the same receiving PocketWizard to sync fire a remote flash. Basically with channel hopping we can do with three units what normally would require four.
To the end is nice to think that the big companies actually are taking in account what is happening across the market and in turn are coming up with cheaper and better products. As some photographers are saying that PocketWizard is slightly late with the release of this cheaper unit as quite few of them are already using cheaper alternatives, with similar performance, that are available on the market.
But to the end of the day this is a great and reliable photography product that won’t cost a fortune.
Well done PocketWizard, but just keep in mind that there are cheaper alternatives out there and for most photographers on a budget they’ll be the alternative solution.