Phot­tix Plato 2.4GHz Wire­less Re­mote Sys­tem £50, $40

NPhoto - - Test Team -

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!

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