Stay out of sight, avoid camera shake: it’s all possible with the wonders of remote control
We’re testing camera remotes to get you in the know
There are times when it’s best to have a hands-off approach to photography. Physically pressing a shutter button during focus-critical macro work or a long exposure shot could cause motion blur.
Alternatively, you may need to trigger from a distance to avoid casting a shadow over your subject, or in the case of wildlife, to keep yourself concealed.
Remote releases used to take the form of plunger-type cables that screwed directly into a shutter button, but these days you can opt for various wireless solutions. Basic infra-red button remotes are good, but more advanced radio frequency triggers offer greater range and don’t require a direct line of sight. Then there are Wi-fi adaptors that plug into your Canon and create a wireless hotspot so your smartphone or tablet can control your Canon via a companion app.
We’ve selected five remotes that all offer something a bit more special than just a basic remote shutter release.