Wireless flash communications specialist PocketWizard has introduced a new version of its Plus series transceiver that features a top-mounted hotshoe. The new hotshoe allows a flash unit to be fitted while the PocketWizard Plus IV is attached to the camera, as well as when the flash is positioned remotely and being controlled wirelessly.

PocketWizard says that the Plus IV facilitates full TTL communication between the hotshoe-mounted flash and the host camera when the transceiver is mounted in the camera’s own hotshoe. It is confirmed that the system is compatible with modern Canon, Nikon and Panasonic Lumix cameras, while Fuji X and Olympus models are still being tested.

When used as a receiver the Plus IV can trigger virtually any hotshoe-style flash unit, according to the company, so long as the flash has been set to manual power output. Other than the new hotshoe, the PocketWizard Plus IV offers the same features the Plus III model does. The Plus IV is due to come to market in January 2016 at an as-yet undisclosed price.

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Press release:

LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus IV Transceiver.  The new Plus IV includes all the features and reliability of the Plus III and adds key new functionality. When used as a transmitter, its top shoe provides on-camera TTL compatibility with most Canon, Nikon and Panasonic cameras and flashes. And although testing is not complete, we are optimistic it will work with some Fuji, and Olympus gear. When used as a receiver, you can easily mount and trigger virtually any speedlight in the shoe, set to a manual power level.

“Photographers love the Plus III, but they’ve expressed their desire for a Plus III with a top shoe.  So we designed one.  We took it a step further and added TTL pass-through for an on-camera flash, and a metal foot.  It’s like a Plus III on its side, with the most-requested features added in,” comments Heather Ambrose, PocketWizard Marketing Manager.  “The Plus IV is by no means a replacement for the Plus III. They complement each other.  An ideal set-up might be a Plus IV for on-camera flash in TTL mode, another Plus IV with a speedlight mounted in manual mode and two Plus IIIs connected to studio lights. The Plus IV features the same Quad-Zone Triggering as the Plus III so you can easily turn any one of those remote flashes on or off directly from the camera, and either create different looks or work in different areas.”

The Plus IV has the performance enhancing features of the Plus III including Long Range and Repeater Modes to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments, opening the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display.

The versatile new PocketWizard Plus IV is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. The standard ISO compatible hot shoe can accommodate almost any speedlight for simple manual triggering, including newer Sony models. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.