Phottix Plato 2.4GHz Wireless Remote System £50, $40
The Nikon edition of the Phottix Plato costs £10 more than the competing Hama remote (and in the US it’s $30 cheaper) but comes with batteries and three cables to ensure compatibility with all three types of Nikon accessory terminal. The cables can also plug into the transmitter for wired remote firing. Similarities between this and the Hama include the same four drive mode options, selectable direct from the transmitter – this time with a two-second rather than four-second self-timer delay.
Instead of manually switchable channel frequencies, the Plato has a ‘smart’ system for automatic channel selection. This works well in practice, although the 100-metre maximum range is more limited than in the Hama. In our tests, the Plato had more problems working through solid walls.
If you’re shopping in the US, the Plato is a real bargain!