PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (433MHz)

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After more than a decade of reliability, success and popularity, the legacy of the PocketWizard Plus Series continues with its most advanced and yet easy-to-use next generation radio transceiver, the affordable PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver. Modelled to fit the needs and budget of the Plus Series market, the Plus III offers significant upgrades only found on the ultimate PocketWizard: the MultiMAX. Impressive features such as 32 channels (16 Standard and 16 Quad-Zone Triggering channels) allow the photographer to activate or deactivate remote flash units or cameras wirelessly in four separately controllable zones (A, B, C, D), just like the MultiMAX.


In addition, the New Plus III Transceiver is a selectable Transmitter, Receiver or Transceiver** radio incorporated into a new contoured modern housing. It offers familiar features such asAuto-Sensing Transceiver Mode and Relay Mode in addition to cool new advanced features never before offered in an affordable radio. 

Immediately as you hold the Plus III in your hand, you’ll notice the amber backlit LCD screen and clean layout of the rubberised buttons that drive the Plus III to perform the task at hand. Channels, Quad-Zones, radio mode and even the battery status are all displayed for immediate viewing by the photographer. In addition, the Plus III’s system compatibility (with the MultiMAX) offers MultiMAX shooters, or those who wish they were an affordable opportunity to entire the world of Quad-Zone Triggering, and much more.

Key Features32 Channels - With the Plus III Transceiver's 32 channels (16 Standard plus 16 Quad-Zone Triggering channels), finding an open channel is easy. Photographers working in a busy environment, including wedding halls, sports arenas or busy studios, can dial in a channel as simply as pushing a button.

Quad-Zone Triggering - Selective Quad-Zone Triggering keeps you shooting photos, not running back and forth to your lighting or cameras. Without leaving the camera position, you can wirelessly activate or deactivate your remote flashes or cameras in 4 separately controllable zones: A, B, C, or D. This is ideal when using multiple lighting setups or turning remote cameras on and off as needed. The Plus III Transceiver is also the perfect partner for the MultiMAX® radio, which also features 32 channels and four zones.

Auto-Sensing Transceiver - With our patented Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology, the Plus III Transceiver is one smart radio. When set to TxRx, it will instantly and intelligently switch between transmitter and receiver modes as needed for greater flexibility on the job. The Plus III may be set to transmit (Tx) or receive (Rx) only when needed.

Two-Stage Remote Camera Triggering - The Plus III Transceiver is the perfect solution for remote camera triggering. The unique two-stage TEST button on the Plus III works just like the shutter release button on your camera. Press it halfway and your remote camera wakes up to meter and focus. Press TEST all the way to take your photo. When released, your remote camera will return to sleep mode normally; a real battery saver. Using the right cables, you can have a remote camera follow the camera in your hands - half press your hand-held camera's shutter release and the remote camera meters/focuses, full press and both cameras trigger away. This feature requires a receiving Plus III, MultiMAX or FlexTT5, and ACC Pre-Trigger cables

Auto-Relay Mode - Our Auto-Sensing Transceiver technology lets you trigger a remote camera in sync with remote flashes using only 3 PocketWizard radios: the one in your hands, a Plus III cabled to your remote camera, and the one connected to your remote flash. The Plus III cabled to your remote camera will receive a radio signal and trigger the camera's motor drive, then switch to transmit mode and trigger your PocketWizard-connected remote flashes, all automatically. Start the sequence by simply pressing the TEST button of any PocketWizard Transmitter in your hands. Remote cameras require motor drive cables.

Long Range Capability - Under ideal conditions, The Plus III Transceiver works up to 500 meters (1600 feet). Shooting environments are seldom ideal, so the Plus III incorporates two range extending modes for the challenges of the real world. Use Long Range Mode (LR) to nearly double the effective triggering distance in almost any environment. In very challenging environments or extremely long working ranges, place a Plus III in Repeater Mode (RP) between your transmitter and receiver to repeat the signal and complete the connection. These modes take a little extra time to do their jobs, so maximum X-sync may be reduced when firing remote flashes in LR or RP modes.

High Speed Receive - Normally, the Plus III is capable of triggering lights or cameras at a sustained rate of up to 12 frames per second (FPS), a standard for PocketWizard radios. Set the Plus III to High Speed Receive Mode (HSR) and trigger at rates up to 14.5 FPS, beyond the capability of most of today's cameras. This mode can also help high FPS triggering compatibility for any flash.

Simple User Interface - The Plus III has an intuitive user interface where all channels, zones and modes can be easily engaged via a soft-touch keypad, and displayed on an easy-to-read backlit 2.5cm (1") LCD display. When you're working in dark environments, simply press any key other than TEST to Illuminate the LCD.

Mode & Power On/Off Button - To turn on your Plus III, hold down the MODE/Power button for about two seconds. Press the MODE button to select the Mode of operation you want to use. Press and hold MODE button down for a few seconds to turn the Plus III off

Sync Speed - Ultra-fast microprocessors allow for reliable sync speeds of 1/250 for focal plane shutters and 1/500 for leaf shutters.

Easily Connected - On your camera, the Plus III slides into the hot shoe with no cables required. For your remotes, it features one do-it-all sync port. The industry-standard miniphone (3.5mm or 1/8") connector is much more reliable than a PC connection, so each Plus III comes complete with a miniphone-to-miniphone cable, and a miniphone-to-phono (1/4" or 6.3mm) adapter for triggering the majority of modern flashes. And it even comes with a miniphone to locking PC cable for triggering some remote speedlights, or for using your Plus III on-camera when you can't put it in a hot shoe. Other miniphone connector cables are available for major brands of lighting equipment in a variety of lengths. Dedicated remote camera triggering cables are also available for popular camera systems.

Very Compatible - The Plus III is compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers of the same frequency* including PocketWizard-enabled photo gear from Profoto, Dynalite, Norman, Photogenic and Sekonic light meters. The PocketWizard wireless system allows for total flexibility with whatever lights or cameras you may be working with. (*FCC and CE PocketWizard radios operate on different frequencies)

Sleek New Design - The Plus III features a durable, side profile design with an unobtrusive, internal antenna minimizing visual obstruction between you and your subject. By utilizing an internal antenna, there's no chance to kink or break it when on location. The total height of the transceiver and antenna is less than 5.25 inches, and it weighs only 4 ounces, including batteries.

On-Camera Hot Shoe Mounting - The Plus III mounts facing to the side to provide a smaller profile while shooting. This unique mounting position enables quick Channel and Mode selection as well as easy setting of zones. No other radio triggering system offers this kind of positive operation

External Power and Firmware Upgradeable - The Plus III is normally powered by two AA (IEC:LR6) batteries. For long term remote placement, use a compatible AC adapter that plugs into the standard Mini-B USB port of the Plus III. The USB port also enables future upgrades of the Plus III operating system.


CE model: 433.42 – 434.42 MHz


32 channels

1-16 standard channels 
17-32 selective Quad-Zone Triggering channels 
Reverse compatible with all PocketWizard radios of the same frequency* using standard or Quad-Zone Triggering channels (*FCC and CE PocketWizard radios work on different frequencies)


A – B – C – D 
Compatible with other PocketWizard radios with Quad-Zone Triggering channels


Precision tuned internal coil


Backlit 2.5cm (1.0”) liquid crystal display (LCD)


Up to 500 meters (1600 feet) 
(actual range is dependent on multiple factors including equipment, mode, environment, positioning, orientation and interference)

Sync Speed

Up to 1/250 for focal plane shutters 
Up to 1/500 for leaf shutters

Triggering Speed

Up to 14.5 FPS

Contact Time

62 milliseconds in normal operation 
2 milliseconds in High Speed Receive (HSR) Mode

Status Indicator

LED: Green, Amber, Red status indications

Transmit Output Power

Less than 1 milliwatt (0.001 watt)


Two (2) AA (IEC:LR6) alkaline recommended 
NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, Lithium acceptable (these chemistries may not report battery life accurately) 
USB (optional AC adapter PW-AC-USB available)

Battery Life

Up to 50 hours (with alkaline batteries)

Max Port Sync Voltage

300 Volts (Camera/Flash Port)

Max Current Handling

1.0 A peak, 0.2 A (1/5 Amp or 200 milliamp) continuous current limited

Voltage Present

3 volts, safe for use with all digital and film cameras


USB 2.0 Mini-B Connector


High impact plastic with captive battery door


120 grams (4 ounces) with batteries installed


Height: 13.3 cm (5.25”) 
Width: 5.1 cm (2.00”) 
Depth: 3.2 cm (1.25”)

Operating Temperature

Above -15° C (5° F) and below 50° C (120° F).


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice



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