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Wireless Remote Control Shutter Release for Olympus PEN as RM-UC1
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The instructions are in diagrammed and words and are very easy to follow. All set up and firing within two minutes. Can't beat that and at a great cost.
XZ-10 has no flash hotshoe though, or anything else to easily mount the receiver to. You'd need to leave the receiver dangling from then USB cable, clip it to a tripod, somehow attach it to tripod mounting, or something.
I have the same remote for another camera and my review of that model pretty much holds for this one:
The transmitter and receiver do not look or feel like the most durable of equipment - so perhaps not suitable for daily use in rugged conditions, and certainly not in wet weather. But for occasional amateur use it seems perfectly adequate, if well looked-after. And actually, I like that it adds very little weight to the camera.
You can choose from 16 different wireless channels, to avoid conflicts with other wireless devices. This is achieved using mini DIP switches inside the battery compartments of the transmitter and receiver - just make sure the switch settings are the same in both.
It comes with batteries so you can use it immediately.
The transmitter button works the same as the camera's shutter release button: half-press for auto-focus and exposure, full press to shoot. The receiver has its own shutter button that works the same way - so you can use it as a wired shutter release, if needed.
The single, timer, and bulb modes work as expected.The "multi" mode simply fires a single shot repeatedly every second or two as long as you hold the button. If you actually want to fire a "proper" burst, better to put the camera into burst mode, and use the bulb mode on the remote instead.
It isn't feasible for me to test the "100M" range, but it certainly works from several meters away, with my camera in the garden and me indoors looking at it through the window.
The only "issue" I found, is that the on-off button on the receiver, and the shutter release button on the transmitter - are raised. This makes it nice to use, but the buttons might easily be pressed accidentally while in a packed bag or a pocket. I suspect you could well unpack your transmitter after some time, to find the batteries dead because of this. With care, this can be avoided though.
Despite the minor issue above, and the lightweight construction - I give this 5 stars for its combination of a) ease of use, b) flexibility of the 4 modes, c) wireless channel selection, and d) cheap price.
Please ensure you push the cable pin all the way in - I hadn't because it felt a little stiff, and of course it wouldn't work each time. Once we'd worked that out, it performed perfectly well.
A couple of small things to note:
- Clearly on lenses that don't have a decent focus, it won't work miracles
- The screw to tighten it into the hot shoe is quite tight, consequently mine kept working it's way out. Make sure you tighten it well.
- The sequential setting isn't as fast as the sequential shots on your camera, so perhaps not ideal for that.
- The camera still makes a noise when you take a photograph
- It will focus the picture, but it won't drive your lens, so you'll have to frame the picture as you require it, then use the controller to focus
- It can be a little awkward when manoeuvring your camera on a tripod
- It won't turn itself off, even when your camera might have done
Excellent value for money though the plastics, especially the battery covers, may not stand up to much abuse. Goes in the bag everywhere, now. Very pleased with it. Should have bought one ages ago.
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