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Friday, July 20, 2007

Remotely Possible: Wirelessly Fire Your DSLR

Can you trip your shutter wirelessly with your TV remote? You'll never know unless you try.

The RCA Universal Remote model 403 or 404 will apparently fire the shutter of a Nikon D50, D70, D70s or a D80. Probably a D40 and D40x, too, as they use the same Nikon remote control. Just set your manufacturer code to 066, use the TV function and hit VOL+ to fire away.

This last part almost tripped me up: Remembering to set your camera to "remote" mode. This is typically in the single/continuous motor drive function.

I know we have lot of remote controls sitting out there, ya buncha couch potadas. If you find a combo that works with your camera, please post the info on both in the comments. Or you can yak about it here.

(Thanks to Eduardo for the heads-up!)


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11 Comments:

Blogger hellkn1ght said...

I used to trigger my D50 via remote. Unfortunately this doesn't work with a D200 :(
A tip: My D50 used a SANYO-TV code, so you might want to test these first.
In Germany's Media Markets you can buy the Supertech RC-10-1 (URC-V10 Universal Remote Controller) Picture
Set it to TV and use "182" for the D50 :)

July 20, 2007 4:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have used my PDA (Dell X50v) to trigger my D70s. You can download a "recording" of the original Nikon IR remote on the internet (I forgot the link, though, sorry). Alledgedly, the range of the PDA's signal is even greater than the original remote's, but I have not been able to check that.

The one thing I did notice, though, is that wires are much more reliable than IR (which needs "eye contact" between the sensor and the remote).

Another disadvantage is that the IR trigger does not fire the camera right away, but triggers focusing before. That means you have to trigger the auto focus on your camera by pressing the shutter release button halfway, then switch to manual focus, and then walk away and use the remote. If you don't do it, you will get an awfully long delay between you pressing the button on the remote and the camera actually taking the picture.

July 20, 2007 5:12 AM  
Blogger Josh said...

Does anyone have a similar suggestion for canons?

July 20, 2007 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Or for about 6 bucks more than the RCA you could just get a Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote which will probably fit inside the battery compartment of the RCA remote.

But then it wouldn't be half as fun as using an Apple Newton to open your garage door with, now would it?

July 20, 2007 9:33 AM  
Blogger Will V said...

Many universal remotes have a "learning" function where you simply point the original device at the remote, and then capture the IR commands. While you'd need access to a working remote trigger to "learn" from, it would be fairly easy to set up in about 20 seconds from a willing signal donor.

July 20, 2007 9:45 AM  
Blogger David said...

On a slightly different note, but on the same subject of using the same object for two different uses - The USB cable that comes with the D50 also works for the Motorola RAZR - I can use it to transfer files and charge my phone's battery.

July 20, 2007 11:50 AM  
Blogger DigitalOxygen.ca said...

OmniRemote code for Palm 300D/350D/400D !

I absolutely love google. Just a bit of quick searching and BAM! OmniRemote is that I was using on my Palm.

Hope this works for the 350D too. Have to try it when I get home

forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1031&messag...

July 20, 2007 6:49 PM  
Blogger Aleks said...

Maybe I just have more money than sense, but it's worth 20 bucks to me to have a remote that fits in the accessory pouch of my camera case. A giant universal remote would be more like an optional piece of gear, rather than just something I always have with my camera.

July 20, 2007 7:55 PM  
Anonymous Eduardo Aspe Montaño said...

Wonderfull! i tried an RCA universal remote(crk76ad1) whit a D70S works little better( 2 meters more ) than the original nikon remote.

July 20, 2007 9:37 PM  
Blogger Ricardo Francés said...

The coolest part about using a PDA is that you could program lots of codes for your cameras with the learning function that programs like Novii Remote has for the Palm

July 20, 2007 11:06 PM  
Blogger Ryan Gladstone said...

This is Nikon only, I take it?

July 21, 2007 12:48 AM  

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