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This review is from: 300m Wireless Remote Shutter Control for Canon EOS 100D 60D 70D, 1100D,1000D, 700D 650D, 600D, 550D, 500D, 450D, G12 G15 G16 G1X SX50 as Canon RS-60E3 (Electronics)
I have a Canon 400D and was originally shopping for a Canon RC5 remote because I have to take some group shots with me in them. Trouble with the RC5, same as similar infra-red remote camera triggers is that it has to be line of site to the sensor on the front of the camera, pointed directly at it (not ideal if your going to be in the photo and your the one pointing the remote at the camera!) and it has limited range.
While looking at the selection of alternative (cheaper) products to the canon RC5 I stumbled across this radio controlled remote. And I'm glad I did! As can be seen from the product images it has two parts. The receiver plugs into the camera remote-trigger socket. The sender unit is about the size of a car remote locking keyfob.
The receiver has an on/off switch for the wireless operation. Even when switched off you can still use the button like a remote trigger. It works exactly the same as the real camera shutter release button - half press for auto-focus and shutter/aperture settings and full press for shutter release. It works exactly as if you pressed the real camera shutter button and it obeys all the same settings - single shot, continuous shooting, 10sec delay, etc. And if you're using a flashgun it will trigger the flash rangefinder/focus-assist beam. It came with a CR2 battery (about a half-height AAA sort of size like this one Energizer CR2 3V Lithium Photo Battery ) which is easy to fit and replace when necessary. It has dummy plastic hot-shoe shaped fitting that allows it to be slotted into the flash hot-shoe on top of the camera if required. If, however, you will be using the flash it gets in the way of the pop-up flash and obviously you can't have it sitting there if you're going to use a proper flashgun either. Its not heavy and I had no qualms about letting it just dangle down from the camera. The cable that plugs into the camera is about 30cm long. (It would probably be just as easy to tie some string around the hot-shoe fitting and clip the other end to your tripod or camera strap if you're worried about letting it hang from its plug). Its got a single LED which illuminates red/green. Red when its turned on and ready to receive. Green when it receives a signal from the fob.
The fob has a single switch and the shutter release button. (As another reviewer noted there's no on/off switch on the fob so you'll need to make sure it can't be pressed by accident if you keep it in your camera bag. It won't be able to activate the camera but it might run the battery down.) The switch is for instant-shot or delay. The delay of about 2secs is provided by the unit itself, and does not set the 10sec timer delay on the camera. When set to delay, you press the button on the fob, the LED on the receiver blinks for 2sec then activates the shutter release on the camera. Again the button on the fob operates in exactly the same way as the real button on the camera - half/full press, and you can even hold down for continuous shooting (if thats what you've set on the camera).
The only reason I give this 4 stars instead of 5 is firstly it comes with no instructions, but if you know how to work an SLR you'll have no problem figuring it out. Secondly the battery is already in the fob. The lack of instructions means I don't know what type of battery it is or how to replace it. The fob is screwed together by 4 tiny screws - you'll need a set of jewellers screwdrivers to get the back off, and when the time comes, I hope that the battery will be easy to replace. However, thats a problem for the future.
As this device is wireless, not infra-red, it does not need line of site to the camera. You can trigger it from behind, or off to the side, I even tried it in the next room through brick walls and closed doors and it works fine. It will also have a much further range than an IR device. The product description says 100m - I've tried it from about 10m to 15m so far without a problem.
For me, to take a group shot with me in it, I can conceal the fob in my hand or pocket or out of site behind my back and still trigger the camera. Brilliant. And its a fraction of the price of the Canon RC5 which is an IR line-of-site device.
All in all I'm very pleased - and since the price was so good I even got one of my kids to cough up for it for a Fathers Day prezzy.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2011 19:28:00 BDT
Hi, I'm wondering if you can help me... I've just got this remote and can't figure out how to use it! I've plugged the receiver in and the button on that releases the camera fine but for some reason the FOB is flashing but not releasing the trigger?
Posted on 20 Oct 2012 11:46:24 BDT
Mr. M. C. Bayliss says:
A brilliant review and extremely helpful
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 15:45:15 GMT
Have u switched the receiver on? as i noted in my review, even when the receiver is switched off you can still use it as a connected remote trigger for the camera.
it only responds to the fob if the receiver is switched on. if its on, the receiver should display a red LED, which will turn green when its getting a signal from the fob.
if that doesn't help, sorry i don't know. maybe you've got a duff one and it needs to be returned?
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