Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver

Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver

Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver

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Product Highlights

  • 80-Channel Wireless Control
  • 4 Individual Groups
  • Sync up to 1/250s
  • Range: up to 720'
  • Hands-Free Shutter Release Function
  • Auto-Syncing
  • Backwards Compatible with PowerSync 16
  • Backlit LCD Screen
  • Male Shoe Mount and Female Hot Shoe
  • Built-In Antenna
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Configuration: Transceiver

Transceiver Two Transceivers

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Impact PS-80 overview

  • 1Description

The PowerSync 16-80 Transceiver from Impact is a combination wireless transmitter/receiver with 80 channels for elimination of interference, as well as 4 groups that can each handle multiple devices that can be triggered individually or simultaneously. Besides remote flash triggering, with the appropriate optional cable, the PowerSync 16-80 can focus and trigger your camera in single, continuous, and bulb modes or be used as a wireless shutter release.

The PowerSync 16-80 is used with at least 1 other unit. In its most basic mode, one transceiver slides onto the camera's hot shoe or is mounted to a bracket's cold shoe and is connected to the camera using the included 2.5mm to PC cable. A second transceiver acts as a receiver and accepts a shoe mount flash using its built-in hot shoe or is wired to the flash in the case of power packs or monolight. The connected flash will fire at distances up to 720'. You can even extend the range further by adding a third intermediate transceiver to extend the range to 1,440'.

A similar technique is used to fire your camera remotely by connecting a transceiver to it using an optional dedicated cable - a handy feature for macro photography. Add another handheld PowerSync 16-80 to trigger the camera remotely, like a wireless cable release. Pressing the release button halfway focuses the camera; fully depressing it triggers the shutter. Taking this a step further, you can fire the camera and a flash remotely with just 3 transceivers - one connected to the camera, one to the flash, and one handheld acting as a transmitter.

The long exposure mode brings you into the realm of the unit's additional features. With a wired transceiver or a wireless 2-tranceiver setup, depressing the bulb button activates a digital stopwatch on the LCD screen that indicates elapsed time. Stop the exposure by depressing the button fully.

Ideal for surveillance or wildlife photography using a remote camera, Continuous Focus Lock minimizes triggering lag time by locking the camera into focus mode, similar to depressing the camera's focus release button half way. With the PowerSync 16-80, you'll never have to miss a shot because you had to wake a sleeping camera.

The grouping function allows you to assign each light in a portrait setup to one of the 4 groups allowing you to use all of the lights in unison or to add or subtract an accent, hairlight or backlight, for example, at will for different effects. Alternatively, you can assign a channel to 4 different lighting setups in a large studio and move from setup to setup for different looks or products. Each setup would require at least 1 transceiver wired to a master light to set off the optical slaves on the other units. With its reasonable cost you could, of course, wire a transceiver to each flash in the studio.

The PowerSync 16-80 runs on 2 included, easily-sourced AA batteries. Also included are 2.5 mm to PC and 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm flash sync cables, a lanyard, pouch case, self-adhering accessory shoe, and a 3.5 mm to 1/4" phono adapter. The PowerSync 16-80 is backward compatible with PowerSync 16 but limited to 16 channels.

Note: Compatible with all cameras that feature the standard universal hot shoe (incl. Sony Multi-Interface Shoe).
Compatible with all flashes (set to Manual mode), except for Sony brand Multi-Interface Shoe series flashes (e.g. HVL-F60M etc.)

Digital Wireless Transceiver
Powerful multi-purpose transmitter/receiver can act as a flash trigger and remote shutter release for multiple devices simultaneously
80 Digital Channels
Ideal for operating multiple devices wirelessly without having to worry about radio or flash interference
Digitally Coded 2.4GHz Signal
A stronger and more reliable radio signal that allows the units to communicate, even with barriers between them, eliminating the need for a line-of sight between devices
Four Individual Groupings
Provides the user with the ability to wirelessly bundle multiple units in clusters, creating separate groups with alternate settings
Ideal for Long Exposure and Macro photography
The hands-free shutter release features of the device make it ideal for photographic situations where eliminating camera shake is desired
Extended Wireless Range
The PowerSync 16-80 has the ability to extend its signal range using multiple units for flash and camera triggering
Auto Syncing
Synchronizes your remote flashes with a camera's shutter release using only 3 transceivers
UPC: 847628577954
In the Box
Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver
  • Lanyard
  • Pouch Case
  • Flash Sync Cable: 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm
  • Flash Sync Cable: 2.5 mm to PC
  • Cable Adapter: 3.5 mm to 1/4"
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • Self Adhesive Adjustable Accessory Shoe
  • User Guide
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Impact PS-80 specs

    Channels 80
    Groups 4
    Wireless Range 720' / 220 m
    Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz
    Sync Speed 1/250 Sec
    Ports 1 x 2.5 mm (Flash)
    1 x 3.5 mm (Camera Shutter)
    1 x Mini-USB
    Battery Type 2 x AA
    Dimensions 4.75 x 1.75 x 1.25" / 120 x 44.5 x 31.7 mm (Transmitter)
    Weight 2.9 oz / 82.2 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.605 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.55 x 5.35 x 2.05"

    Impact PS-80 reviews

    PowerSync16-80 Transceiver is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 17.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything I need with capabilities to spare I use these triggers to fire my Canon flashes from my Fuji cameras. Great range. Very reliable. Seem to be very durable. I've dropped them and had stands tip over with them and still good to go. All the features I need with some to spare and the price was right. I bought cheaper ones and the reliability was just not there. I've been completely pleased with these units. I plan on buying a third unit soon so I can use two speed lights on location. Only negative so far: The location of the hotshoes (one on the bottom, one on the side makes them a little challenging to use with speed lights mounted on stands. Opted to use a sync cable instead of hotshoe, but a minor inconvenience easily solved.
    Date published: 2015-08-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great but didn't work for me in one particular place I've used these for flashes time and time again and they work reliably. The Transceiver is much more robust than the transmitter I've broken two of those. I would recommend these for flash use. I've never had a problem with that. However, at one outside wedding I couldn't get the remote camera shutter to work. I tried different channels, switching cameras, using different combos of transceivers and receivers, nothing. The test button worked but putting the transceiver on the hotshoe did not. When I brought the setup inside off location, it worked as expected. So there was something about the outdoor situation I was in that was interfering with the reception. It's difficult for me to determine if the flashes suffered the same glitch because when they didn't fire I assumed it was recycling time, not the trigger. Could also be the cable, I'm exchanging that.
    Date published: 2015-09-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Efficient, powerful, multifuncional and cheap Before to order a couple of these transceiver, I had serious doubts because I wasn't able to find some reviews or unboxig. Still, the price it's a really great deal if you compare with some other brands like the newest PocketWizard. I've been use them now for two months and they work great, they never loose the frequency and it's really easy to set up different channels for multiple task like remote shooting. I've been working with cheap flashes like the Yongnuo 460-II until some respectful Impact lights and in both occasions, the PowerSync 16-18 had a great performance. Before, I was working with a super cheap Youngnuo transceivers and they often lost the signal between them, that was annoying specially if you only have one chance to catch the moment, like in weddings or sports, but the PowerSync16-80 never lose the radio signal even if you work in areas with different radio devices.
    Date published: 2015-08-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bang for your Buck I needed a wireless option to use in my photography business. I use speed lights on location but strobes in the studio. I wanted something that I could use with both types of lights. After much research I found these and the price couldn't be beat. I purchased the two transceiver set that also included the cord to trigger a Canon camera. They were easy to set up and to use. The only issue I have had is sometimes they won't fire my flash. When this happens changing the channel always does the trick.They come with a nice case that will hold the transceiver, cables and bracket. The jacket is a nice addition as it will allow you to attach the transceiver to the light stand. I use this with my Canon 600EX-RT speed lights, Alien Bees, White Lighting and Westcott lights. It works reliably with them all.
    Date published: 2015-11-09
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from PowerSync16-80 works fine PowerSync is simple to use, to connect and to work with. Could set settings without any knowledge and sync the flash signal from PowerSync TX on camera to PowerSync RX on the studio flash. Until now had two photoshootings and got nothing to complain. The PowerSync is only backwards mountable on the camera (Sony A77M2), so that's not possible to use an additional flash on the PowerSync TX. I stompled over a website, describing Sony A7 accessories. Never found a hint, that's mountable for Sony A77m2, too.
    Date published: 2015-04-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from sweet As a wedding photographer I needed a remove that works very well in many different environments and the PowerSync fit the bill - so far. Easy to use and set settings.
    Date published: 2014-12-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from little with a lot of bunch these work great. works behind walls, ovens, stone walls and from inside washing machine. I was supprised on the reliability of this transceiver.
    Date published: 2015-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple, Powerful It worked great right out of the box as we opened it on shoot morning.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
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