The new Radiopopper Nano manual radio flash triggers are now available for $69.95 each, for separate transmitter and receiver units.
The Nano are a super simple all manual transmitter and receiver, with very solid up to 500 metre range to rival the PocketWizard Plus series flash triggers.
- Simple manual triggers for speedlite and studio lights
- Powerful, reliable, and relatively inexpensive at $69.95 per unit.
- Up to 500 meter range
- 4 channels
- Compatible with Radioppoer JrX and PX
- Hotshoe for directly connecting a speedlight without any cord needed
- Battery life indicator, on test fire 1 to 4 LED blinks showing battery condition
- Auto power off after a certain period to save batteries
- Touch sensitive buttons – so no mechanical parts to break
- Standard 3.5mm sync port
- Fire speedlight and studio strobes – (trigger voltage likely 200 to 300 volts)
- Fire one flash via the hotshoe, and a second via the PC sync port
The Nano simply fire the flashes only. There are no advanced features like TTL, HSS (High Speed Sync) or Remote Manual power control.
The main advantages the Nano offer over the PocketWizard Plus X, are a hotshoe on the receiver for direct speedlight mounting without any cords needed, and a compact, lightweight, and low profile transmitter unit.
Like the PocketWizard Plus series the Nano are also simple single firing pin triggers, so they are compatible with many camera models, which is becoming more important with many people using their other brand mirrorless cameras alongside the traditional Canon/Nikon/Sony DSLR’s.
Unlike the PocketWizard Plus series the Nano are traditional separate transmitter and receiver units, which can be a slight disadvantage over the PocketWizard’s transceivers, as those are both exactly the same unit providing back up transmitters if needed.
A dedicated transmitter and receiver have the advantage of allowing each unit to be designed nicely for the function required though. The Nano transmitter being a nice compact and low profile unit when mounted on the camera. The locking ring has easy access, for mounting and removing the transmitter to the camera quickly and easily. Something many triggers still constantly overlook.
Unlike the PocketWizard Plus series, the Nano actually have a hotshoe on the receiver, which makes them more speedlite friendly as there are no cords required to connect and fire a speedlite, and no trigger dangling around via the cord.
There is no foot on the receiver. Which keeps the profile (and therefore flash mounted) lower, and forces you to use the threaded mounting hole in the base which eliminates the all too common broken feet (which is often the fate of many other receivers).
The receiver is quite long with the antenna, but at least Radiopopper have designed the case with flat sides, so that they can stack closely side by side.
The sync port is standard 3.5 miniphone, which is the most preferable option.
Notable features are an Auto Power-Off function, which saves batteries if you leave the triggers on accidentally when not connected to a (switched on) flash.
And another very good feature is the Battery Level Indicator. Which is extremely handy, as it stops you unnecessarily changing to new batteries. Pressing the channel/set button simply blinks the LED indicator from 1 to 4 times showing the current battery level each time its pressed.
Buttons are also touch sensitive with no mechanical parts so they are sealed from the elements and can’t physically break at some point.
There is no mention of a shutter release function, but with transmitter and receiver style triggers you need a complete separate set of triggers to do that anyway. And there are better dedicated shutter releases available specifically for that purpose.
One criticism of the Nano has been the non standard CR123 Lithium batteries used in both transmitter and receiver. Early inexpensive flash triggers started out this way, and most have since evolved to standard AA or AAA batteries due to customer demand. Lithium batteries do last a very long time though, and you simply need to keep some back ups on hand.
The Nano are compatible with Radioppoper JrX, and PX TTL capable triggers.
Price and Availability
The Radipopper Nano are now available to order for $69.95 each, transmitter and receiver.
Radiopopper – Website.