Choosing Camera Remote Controls
Camera remote controls vary from simple, single-function shutter releases to complex units able to remotely control numerous camera functions. Some physically connect to the camera with a cable, while others use radio and infrared signals, allowing you to remotely take group photos and selfies.
Common Features of Remote Triggers
While all remote controls allow you to remotely trigger your shutter, avoiding unwanted camera vibration, many have additional features such as interval timers, multiple exposures, and time-lapse photography components. Additionally, some act as transceivers able to confirm prefocus and shutter release, with some models taking this a step further with an ability to trigger flashes and strobe lights.
Tethered, Infrared, or Wireless Remotes
Tethered remotes physically connect to cameras. They let you prefocus by pressing the button halfway and then taking a shot. Many have a lock, allowing you to use the bulb setting for long-time exposures. There are two types: electronic remotes that plug into the camera remote release sockets, and threaded cable releases that screw into shutter switches. All that's necessary is to ensure the release is compatible with your camera's remote release socket.
Infrared and wireless camera remotes take this capability further, allowing you to be some distance away from the camera. While infrared devices are line-of-sight units, wireless types are more powerful, and can see around corners and through obstructions. Some wireless transmitters communicate directly with the camera's built-in infrared or wireless receivers, while others use receivers attached to the camera's hot shoe.
OEM and Third-Party Camera Remote Releases
Most camera manufacturers market their own DSLR remote controls. These have the advantage that they work perfectly with compatible cameras from that manufacturer. However, many third-party remote releases offer greater functionality, although it's advisable to carefully check that they're compatible with your camera. There are many shutter release accessories available. Some remote controls include mobile functionality with the ability to view and compose images as seen by the camera's sensor.
Trigger Accessories for Remote Shutter Releases
Enhance your photography with camera trigger system accessories such as additional receivers and splitters for triggering multiple lights and flash units. Create amazing photos with remote triggering devices for capturing water splashes and falling drops, or even connect your mobile device directly to your camera with dongle kits. Some camera trigger systems utilize motion, sound, or lighting to activate the shutter, letting you capture events remotely.
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