How can I release the shutter remotely?

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  1. Lisa Marie

    Lisa Marie TPF Noob!

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    I hope this is the right place to ask (bear in mind this is my first post).

    I was wondering if anyone could give me some advice? I'd really like to be able to release my camera's shutter remotely without having to use the timer. There are loads of times when I want to be close to the subject of a shot (or in the shot myself) rather than behind the camera. I'm using the auto timer, but it would be great to be able to use some kind of device to release the shutter remotely.

    One problem is I only have a point-and-shoot camera. (Canon PowerShot SD800/Ixus 850.) It's not exactly a professional camera, but for my purposes it's perfect because I can take it everywhere I go so I never miss a great photo wherever I am.

    So is there anything I could use to achieve this? My ideal would be a short cable for working near the camera and a remote for working farther away from the camera. And it would be capable of holding the shutter down for continuous shooting.

    Any thoughts?
     
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    I think your options are going to be pretty limited with a point & shoot...

    Might be something you'll have to make yourself (think cable release). Does that camera even have a sensor for a remote? If it does you might be able to find/make a wireless remote for it.
     
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    About your only choices are the self timer, or hire someone to push the shutter release button for you. Doesn't look like that camera supports anything else.
     
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    All cameras support a soldering iron. But admittedly some skill would need to go into the design of such a modification.
     
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    Does it have to be a Canon specific soldering iron, or would a Nikon or Sigma do? :lol:
     
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    Lisa Marie TPF Noob!

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    If I were to upgrade my camera… what would I be looking for? Is there a specific name for a device that does what I want, or any way of knowing if there's compatibility with such a device?

    Could you give me any more details? I'm not too sure how I could go about building my own thing, but I'd be willing to try.

    I could make something that pushes the shutter fairly easily, but how I could move that via a cable (or remote) I have no clue.
     
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    Most modern DSLR cameras have an input of some kind somewhere on the body for a remote shutter release be it wired or wireless. The alternative to that would be an infrared receiver that allows the use of an infrared remote. They are all electronic these days. The old film days they were mechanical. You screwed in a shutter release into a socket in the shutter button. If you want to up grade make sure you look for one that has remote capabilities. All modern DSLR's do that I am aware of have some capabilities. In the P&S range you would just have to check it out. I'm not a P&S owner or user.

    As for doing one yourself, you would have to know the electronics of the camera and know how to wire a release socket into the body from a technical and physical standpoint. Not really the thing that you probably want to do. There are some DIY'ers out there that do make modifications. Mostly to things like flash units. Canon is a prime example. The old 580 and 430 EX flash units did not have a plugin for a pc cable. There are several people that have come up with DIY mods to add one. Unless you are well versed in electronics etc, not really something that you would want to consider.
     
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    Chuck Norris can do it.
     
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    I was thinking about something that you could attach to the camera, something that would work in much the same way as a mechanical cable release.

    If you're not afraid to take the camera apart & cut wires, you'll probably have a lot more options... But I wouldn't go there unless you know what you're doing and have another camera.

    And yeah, if all that fails, call Chuck Norris - he'll scare it into doing whatever you want. ;)
     
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    About 4 or 5 years ago I saw a little gadget in the shop that would clamp onto any compact that had the SR button somewhere on top - as per usual. It operated on an air hose the size of fish-tank tube and put a squeeze-ball in the operator's hand. There was a hose-clamp that would allow long "B" exposures too. I think it sold for $15 or $20.
     
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    I have an infrared remote shutter release with a 16 foot range. I love it for long exposures or self shots. It's for a Nikon but I'm quite sure most other dslr manufacturers have em.
     
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    Problem is that she only has a Point & Shoot - they typically don't have the IR sensor for the remote (are there any that do?).

    This sounds like exactly what you're looking for. You might even be able to make one yourself.
     

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