PocketWizard PlusX – Real-World Review

When I initially entered the market for a remote trigger, I did so with no biases or inclinations toward a particular brand. With that said, essentially every forum post or opinion piece I read referenced PocketWizard – it was at the forefront of most discussions.

I was looking for something that could remotely trigger a camera shutter, and landed on the PocketWizard PlusX for its simplicity in design and functionality. For an affordable price, the PlusX offered an impressive set of features, including:

  • 1600′ range (487.7m)
  • 100 hours of battery life
  • -15-50°C operating temperature
  • 14.5 FPS triggering speed

As a sport photographer, this fulfilled my three most important remote device requirements:

  1. Being able to trigger a camera while standing on the opposite side of a football-sized field was critical.
  2. I valued a wide-operating temperature, given that stadiums are rarely a controlled environment (depending on the sport).
  3. Only flagship cameras (such as the Canon 1DX Mark II) could push the limitations of the 14.5 FPS triggering speed.

The 10-channel limitation of the PlusX isn’t of significant concern to me, as I rarely shoot in spaces where I need to be concerned about interference. That said, if you’re looking for more, the Plus III is the next step up, and offers 32 channels with quad-zone triggering.

I only have two significant complaints regarding the PlusX:

  • The channel dial doesn’t inspire confidence. The dial in the center of the PlusX clicks into place, but not convincingly. If loosened, you could very well fail to trigger the camera.
  • There is no confirmation that the receiving PlusX has received anything. Once you walk away from your receiver, you operate under the assumption that your shutter is being successfully triggered.

With all this being said, I would absolutely recommend the PocketWizard PlusX. If you can overlook its shortcomings, this is a sturdy tool with impressive features that should serve you well in your work.

PocketWizard X Plus Review