Need more info? See how it all works here. The main reason why most people get a remote is so they can shoot self-portraits. You can stand a few feet away from the camera and trigger the shutter from afar with a remote. Apart from self-portraits, remotes are also helpful in a variety of technical photography. Photographers use them all the time to create long-exposure images or time-lapses.
When doing long-exposure photography, touching your camera could introduce a camera shake. Even minute movements caused by pressing the shutter could produce blurry images. Using a remote shutter release allows you to avoid camera shake. The two main types of remotes are wired and wireless. The former sends signals to your device through a wired connection.
The latter allows you to take photos either by radio or infrared signals. For modern cameras, you also now have the option to use Wi-fi or Bluetooth versions. They can be cumbersome because they have cords, and you have to attach them physically to your camera.
As mentioned earlier, there are so many types of wireless camera remote controls. They vary from simple infrared triggers to more complicated Wi-Fi versions. The most common type of remote is the infrared trigger. Infrared remotes are the cheapest and most common wireless triggers.
This is the best camera remote to use if you need to trigger your camera from a long distance. And you also need to be in the line of sight with the camera sensor to activate the shutter. But a radio version lets you trigger the shutter several metres away without having to see the camera at all.
It typically comes with an external receiver you attach to your camera. Leaving your camera on its default settings will produce blurry results. Some remotes may need an external receiver like the one pictured here.
A lot of modern cameras now come with Bluetooth or Wifi capabilities. That means you can now activate them using your smart device. It allows you to trigger the shutter wirelessly and change various settings on your camera.
Bluetooth remote for Sony cameras. Of course, there are also special camera remote controls with intervalometers. These devices have timers that trigger the camera at certain time intervals, perfect for time-lapse photos. Intervalometer for Sony cameras. It has a simple plastic body with a large button in the middle. If you want a hassle-free remote control for your camera, then the RC-6 is for you.
It has a minimalistic design with a single button you press to activate your camera. But despite its simple design, it lets you take photos with a delay, which is perfect for selfies. It also has a single-button setup but is a bit narrower than its Canon counterpart. Apart from the design, it also boasts a delay and is bulb mode compatible. This wired remote is compatible with the Lumix S Series cameras. Even though you have to tether it to your device, its slim outline makes it easy to carry around.
It comes with an extension cord in case you need to trigger your shutter from a longer distance. As with the RSE3 the build quality of the unit is impressive, and the two-stage operating button has a precise feel to it, complete with locking mechanism for bulb exposures and continuous shooting once the relevant drive mode has been selected.
Despite being a wired rather than wireless controller, the TCN3 still requires a single CR battery to power its LCD display and all-round cleverness. It also works as a straightforward remote control, with the same basic functions as Canon's RSN3 camera remote, even with no battery fitted. However, it uses an infrared beam, so you need uninterrupted line of sight between the controller and the IR receiver in the camera.
The maximum range is 5m. Nikon has never fitted IR receivers to any of its professional cameras, denying pro users access to this cheap, quick and easy remote. The tiny ML-L3 measures a mere 60 x 28 x 7mm and weighs just 10g.
Even so, Bulb exposures are easy, requiring one press to open the shutter, and a subsequent press to close it again. One major advantage of the MC-DC1 over the ML-L3 infrared remote is that it features a two-stage trigger button, which replicates the shutter button on the camera.
Nikon has designed this remote controller to match its highest-performing cameras like the D5. As such, it boasts fully pro build quality, but is only compatible with pro Nikon DSLR cameras that have pin connectors. The controller unit feels rugged and robust, and the 80cm connection cable is heavy-duty.
Meanwhile, the lockable two-stage shutter button has an excellent and precise feel to it, unlike that of the cheaper MC-DC2 controller. However, while performance and build quality are excellent, the price is very steep for what is, essentially, an extremely basic remote controller. Sony does its consumers a huge favor with this remote by supplying it with two different cables, so that it has plugs to fit the socket of most of the cameras it has ever made — including its mirrorless Alpha range, older SLT models, compact cameras and even camcorders.
A neat bonus, is that the remote comes with a cradle that allows you to stow the controller neatly onto a tripod leg. Lightweight, simple and disarmingly inexpensive, the Phottix XS is nevertheless well made and comes in a number of different versions to fit various manufacturer's connections sockets. But do be careful to pick the right one, as there are — for example — two Canon models available.
All versions have a fixed one-metre cable, which does feel a little thin and fragile when you handle it. The textured finger grip on the rear surface of the control unit that you hold in your hand provides a steady grip, and the damped button has a pleasant action for both light-press autofocus and metering and full-press shutter release.
This is one of the cheaper programmable remotes on the market, but as it is wired remote its versatility is limited. The wired link also keeps power consumption down, resulting in a huge hour battery life from two AAAs. You can program sequences up to hours long and repeat them. You do at least get a bulb mode and conventional remote release function with burst shooting capability, along with a display backlight and optional button beep feedback.
Once connected, the remote can be used to program a timelapse sequence, with customizable start time, total number of shots, exposure time and interval duration. In addition to its time lapse capabilities, the remote can also double as a conventional remote shutter release for both single-shot and continuous shooting. This convenient remote is all about long exposure and time lapse shooting.
Alternatively, the Captur can be used as a straightforward remote release, with the 2. The wireless remote communicates with your camera via a separate hot-shoe mounted receiver unit which in turn connects via a sync cable. You will however need to spend some time studying the instructions, as the pared-down controls and basic info screen info result in a cryptic interface that takes practice to master.
Remote range is increased to m, however battery life is slightly reduced at hours. All typical camera settings can be adjusted remotely. Use the intervalometer to program timelapses that can last up to 12 hours, thanks to the low power consumption in this mode. A superbly designed app interface displays a plethora of manual camera controls.
Extra features like auto exposure bracketing, intervalometer, time lapse and video modes are just as simple to use. You can even use the Digital Director to remotely control up to 13 select Manfrotto light panels. How to make your first time-lapse video. The 50 best camera accessories. The best flash triggers. The best tripods. Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future.
Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories — his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography!
With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys. Included in this guide:. Canon BR-E1. Reasons to avoid - Battery powered. Canon RC Wireless range: 5m. Reasons to avoid - Lacks a two-stage button for autofocus and light metering before shooting. Canon RSE3. Cheap and with a reliable wired connection - Canon users can't go wrong here. Wireless range: -.
Reasons to avoid - The 60cm cable is a bit on the short side, but extension leads are available. Canon RSN3. Canon TCN3. Reasons to avoid - Pricey compared with similar controllers from other manufacturers. Nikon ML-L3.
Remote-controlled and automated photography also gives you the opportunity to step away from the small screen or tiny viewfinder to compose your photos from a different vantage point. Here's an example of a remote photo that was taken 28 floors below where the shutter was pressed using an iPhone app we'll talk about later on. It can allow you to set up a home photo studio for practically no investment beyond your camera as well.
While your options will depend on the type of camera you have, pretty much every digital camera from the primary manufacturers offer some way to use a remote. In this post we're going to look at your various options, how to put them to good use, and get some great photos you couldn't achieve by just pointing and shooting. The easiest way to remotely control your camera is with—surprise! If your camera has a built-in infrared receiver you can build or buy a remote to click the shutter from afar.
While building a remote can be fun and a pretty cool weekend project, there's really no cost advantage. If you're a skilled electronics-building hobbyist, you might even be able to make a more functional remote than you can buy. But for most people, purchasing a simple remote will be the way to go. For the most part, these cheap remotes will only provide you with a couple of options: clicking the shutter remotely and clicking the shutter remotely with a two-second delay.
Nonetheless, for basic remote control that's probably all that you'll need. This option is cheap and simple, but it's really only great if you want to take basic pictures of yourself, of you with other people, or set up the camera and press the shutter from a distance. It makes remote photography possible, but you can't control all aspects of your camera.
If you're looking to do much more—and you really should, because it's awesome—read on for the more complex solutions. Smartphones are fantastic controllers, but also have varied support for different types of cameras. Nikon DSLRs have slightly fewer options, but there are still some great choices.
If you have a DSLR with an infrared receiver, you can do more with your smartphone than you could necessarily do with a purchased remote unless it's a particularly expensive controller but your options are definitely more limited. Point and shoot owners are unfortunately out of luck in this category. Let's start with the stuff mostly everyone can use and work our way up to the infinitely controllable Canons. We've previously looked at how you can build an infrared controller for your smartphone and use it with an app to control your camera.
Before you go either route, however, make sure your smartphone doesn't have an infrared controller already. You won't find one in an iPhone, but a fair amount of Android phones can send and receive infrared signals. Check your manual if you're not sure. Once you've got your infrared setup, you're going to need an app. All you have to do to start shooting remotely is plug in the infrared transmitted to your smartphone, put your camera in remote shooting mode if necessary—it'll say in your camera's manual , and open the app you downloaded.
From there you can just start pointing your smartphone at your camera from generally up to 30 feet away and press the resulting buttons to snap a picture. It's about as simple as using a hardware remote, but the software often offers significantly more features like high dynamic range imaging HDR , timed exposures, and more.
Things get really exciting when you start using apps that interact directly with your camera. You'll be able to change your lens' aperture, the camera's shutter speed, the ISO sensitivity, how many photos the camera takes in succession, and almost anything else you can think of.
If your camera supports Live View mode, you'll even be able to see what your camera is seeing from your Android device and tap on the screen to focus. It's pretty amazing, and all you need to buy is a female USB adapter for your device if it doesn't already have a USB port.
You just hook up your camera, turn it on, and launch the app. You'll be able to control everything from there. It controls virtually every aspect of your camera over Wi-Fi. To reach your camera you'll need to tether it to a computer via USB and run server software so your iPhone can find it on the network, but you can just leave the tethered laptop near the camera and go anywhere you want. It can even copy images and videos to your computer as you shoot so you don't have to transfer them off the card later.
The primary advantages of using these smartphone apps is that they can let you see your image before you shoot it. This is extremely useful when shooting self-portraits or photos with others. A short lifespan of the remote control is also possible, and those with defects do not work at all. The bigger the range of operation the convenient the shutter release is. And this what you get from the RFN-4s.
It has a maximum operational range of feet. With this range, you can photograph the dangerous objects since you only need to set the camera and then stay as far away as meters. It most suitable for wildlife photographers but great for every photographer.
Also, it supports bulb mode setting which allows you to capture high-quality photos even in limited lighting. The transmitter uses AAA batteries which are readily available while the receiver is powered by the camera. There is an allowance for single shots or continuous ones depending on your preferences. Some Nikon camera models are not compatible, and this would cause you problems trying to make it work.
Sometimes the press button may fail to disengage after firing successfully. The receiver does not screw to the body of the camera tightly hence the risk of losing it altogether. The traditional way of photo shooting is tiring, and due to camera shakes, the clarity of images taken is significantly compromised.
However, with the IR remote control, you can comfortably capture pictures with your Pentax or Samsung camera within a distance of feet. With an operating temperature of between degrees Celsius, you can continue capturing your best moments even in harsh weather conditions without risking damages. As a bonus, it comes with a cleaning microfiber cloth ideal for safe cleaning of your camera lenses. Also, you get to take as many shots as you want and the battery will not be dying any time soon.
This is where you get value for your money. Even so, the remote control has its downside. With continued use, the shutter button may eventually fail. Also, is not compatible with all models of the cameras it was designed for. The Opteka RC-4 for the various series of the Canon cameras allows for a shutter release from a distance of up to 16 feet. Combined with a 2-seconds delay, it is perfect for group photos and selfies. The zoom buttons help you achieve the correct focus on the object you want to capture and video recording is also possible with the remote control.
While you may be tempted to constantly worry about batteries depleting in the middle of a photo session, you need not to anymore. The package comes with batteries that will last up to two years while giving you over 10, exposures. The worst part of this remote control is that some of them come with defects. They work for some time and then break down completely. Some will not even work on arrival. Also, not all series of the canon camera is compatible, and so it is better to check compatibility before purchasing.
The RC-6 combines versatility with a great price. Depending on your preference and what you are photographing, you have two options for shutter release mode. One is immediate, and the other is the two-second delay option. The latter works best if you need time to prepare yourself before the shot is taken. To make it even better, if you need more preparation time, the remote has a built-in timer which allows for a second delay before capturing the image. This will suit well you if you love taking selfies.
It is battery powered, and its range of operation extends to 16 feet in front the camera. With the remote, you can start and stop video recording remotely as well as the choice of taking single or continuous shots. Besides being easy to operate it is also conveniently portable. Despite being made for the Canon cameras, this remote control is only compatible with selected models. It is important to determine if your camera is one of those before purchase. Some come with defects failing to work from the start while others fail after some time.
Specifically made for Nikon cameras, the FTML remote eliminates the need for being near the camera for you to take great shots. From a distance of 16 feet, you can trigger the shutter capture amazing photos even of objects that are hard to approach. The wide scope makes it great for taking group photos and selfies.
Besides being lightweight, its size is very small that it somehow disappears in your hand and will not appear when you take self-portraits. It comes with long lasting batteries ensuring you enjoy every photo shooting moment without interruptions. Also, it supports the bulb mode which helps you capture amazing photos even in low-light scenes. If you are using the D camera, then it will not be compatible with the remote control.
This due to the absence of a built-in IR transmitter. Sometimes the press button may fail to work while at other times the remote may break down completely. Sometimes performance is compromised when at the farthest point from the camera within the range of operation.
AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control. If you involuntarily tremble when taking photos with a camera resulting in blurred images, the AmazonBasics remote control is your best solution. It helps eliminate camera vibrations which in turn increase the clarity and quality of pictures you take. Therefore, with it, you can capture amazing shots that rival those of professional photographers.
The wireless remote is compatible with a wide range of Canon and Nikon cameras models, and the shutter can be activated remotely from any distance within a radius of 10 and 16 feet respectively. Because of this, it is suitable when capturing a wide range of photos.
Also, the slim design and light weight make it convenient to use and carry around. The risk of misplacing this remote control is high if you are not careful given its small size. If you love instant photo shooting, you will be disappointed since it has a 2-seconds delay. However, if you are comfortable with the delay, then it is less of a bother.
Each remote control is only compatible with a particular camera model. When deciding which one to buy, it is good to check compatibility to avoid disappointments. Some remote controls have a very short lifespan. Only a few days of use and they break down. Go for the most durable. A working range determines how far the camera can receive the signals from the wireless remote control. Depending on your taste and how you intend to use it, there are varying distances. A good remote control should give you many hours of service.
However, that is not always the case, and some drain the power faster than others. Go for the one that is energy efficient. Since you want value for your money, the cost of the remote control should equal the quality of work it produces. Even so, some give high-quality results at a lower price. If it suits your needs and it is cheap, then buy it.
Gone are the days when you had to take long hours to train how to handle a camera if you were to do anything meaningful with it. To produce a piece of work similar to that of a professional photographer, you only need to invest a few dollars into purchasing camera remote control, and you are good to go. Consider the above reviews, pick one that suits you and begins your journey to successful photography.
Share 1. Pin Canon Wireless Remote Control 9. Opteka Wireless Remote Control 8. Pixel Remote Shutter Release 7. Canon Intervalometer Remote Shutter Release 5. IR Wireless Remote Control 4. Canon Wireless Remote Controller 2. Nikon Wireless Remote Control 1. Bestseller No. Sale Bestseller No. Can be controlled while facing any direction Product dimensions are 0. Adopt an easy to use and simple LCD screen Compatible with Nikon, Fujifilm, Pro Kodak and Coolpix camera models Powered by AAA batteries Supports single-shooting, auto-focus, delay shooting, bulb shooting, continuous shooting Delay time to up to 59 seconds and up to 99 shots.
The transmitter is powered by AAA batteries Ideal for professional Nikon camera models A bulb mode function More flexible antenna and more robust pins Operates within a range of up to feet or meters 16 channels and uses 2. Timer schedule mode that can be set to up to 99 hours, 59minutes and 59 seconds Receiver, transmitter, 3V lithium battery and a shutter cable Manual and an 18 months warranty FSK system and built with 2. Uses infrared connectivity Working range of up to 16 ft Provides an instant shutter release or a 2 seconds delay Helps you minimize camera vibrations Perfect for capturing difficult to approach subjects.
A lightweight design of just 1. Weighs about 0. Powered by a single lithium battery Perfect for capturing with minimal vibrations Ideal for difficult to approach subjects For selected Nikon camera models such as the D, D60D, D40 and D90 A pouch for convenient storage as well as carrying.
Powered by a CR2 battery included in the package Maximum working range of up to 10 feet Weighs about 0. You may also like. What to consider when buying a wireless remote control Compatibility: Each remote control is only compatible with a particular camera model. Durability: Some remote controls have a very short lifespan.
DSLR Remote Control will allow you to remote control and trigger your Canon or Nikon DSLR camera from your phone or tablet with a tethered USB OTG cable. 1. Canon BR-E1. Wireless remote control for the latest Canon cameras ; 2. Canon RC A no-frills, super-simple infra-red remote for older Canon. Our best camera remote controls · CamRanger Mini · Manfrotto Digital Director · Hahnel Captur Timer Kit · Vello FreeWave Fusion · Phottix Aion · Hama.