Not everyone needs 16x magnification. The Eliminator III in 3-12x variety offers the same features and programming as the 4-16x version, in a lighter, more compact version.
Starting at 3x magnification will provide a wider field-of-view, making it easier to quickly find your target. Having the 12 times zoom allows quickly zooming in close enough for most hunters in most situations.
There is no remote cable option for the 3-12x version.