Multisystem IR Remote Control
This is an inexpenive infrared remote control that will work with four different systems (Pentax, Nikon, Canon, and Konica-Minolta).
This unit is sold under a number of different brands, including Jianisi, Jue Ying, Photon and Phottix. Prices vary between vendors (search eBay for this item).
I bought mine on eBay from Hong Kong based ndfotoshop and paid USD 3.49, including postage. In the auction, the unit was branded “Jianisi”, but the unit I received was branded “Jue Ying”. I think all these brands are interchangable.
This inexpensive remote is marketed as a low cost replacement for manufacturerer's dedicated infrared remote controls, such as the Pentax WP, the Nikon ML-L3, and the Canon RC-6.
As far I am able to tell, it is functional equivalent to the original units, but unlike the original Nikon ML-L3 or Canon RC-6, there is no holes in this unit for attaching it to the camera strap.
As seems to be the norm with Chinese units, the original instructions included in the package are very brief, and sometimes confusing. They tell you very little about how to operate the unit, and leave out important details, such as how you open the battery compartment to change batteries.
Below is an edited version of the instructions that were included in the package. I have corrected punctation and spelling, put strikeout over text that may be misleading for users with some camera models, and added some extra explanations (in square brackets).
To Use the Remote Control
- For the first time use, please pull out the plastic separator at the battery holder.
- Mount the camera on a tripod or place the camera on a stable, level surface.
Press the button and rotate main command dial until delayed remote or quick response remote is displayed in the control panel.[Turn on the wireless remote control function on your camera. For instructions about how to do this, see your camera's manual, as this vary from model to model. For instance, on a Nikon D80 camera, you press the shooting mode button repeatedly until the symbol for delayed remote or quick response remote is displayed in the camera's LCD panel. On a Canon 300D camera, you press the shooting mode button repeatedly until the symbol for self-timer/remote appears in the camera's LCD panel.]
- Aim the transmitter on the remote control at the infrared receiver on the camera ([it is] usually within +/-30 degree of the lens axis, from the left to the right and from the top to the bottom) and press the remote. Outdoors, make sure that the subject is not backlit and that the line of sight between the transmitter and the infrared receiver is not blocked by the lens or other obstacles. [Certain types of fluorescent light may interfere with the signal from the wireless remote. Try to avoid having fluorescent light hitting the receiver directly.]
- How the camera focuses and shoots depends on the option selected for your camera's custom setting. For futher information, check your camera's manual.
- Infrared cannot be seen by human eyes. So you will see no visible light from the LED on the front end of the remote control when operating.
- Battery: CR2025. [See below for instructions about how to open the battery compartment to replace the battery.]
3. General Impression
Infrared remotes, including those made by the camera manufacturer, are very basic units that only fires the shutter once, when you press the button. There is no continuous shooting mode, and usually no way to emulate the half-press click of the main shutter button. (Pentax, however, seems to have found a way around this.)
The remote has a glossy plastic finish. A plastic film protects all new units. Simply peel of the plastic film once you've taken the remote out of its box, remove the plastic separator the prevents the battery from discharging when the unit is stored, and it is ready to use. There is no on-off switch.
The buttons on the unit are membrane buttons. This is not the most durable of technologies, but at least in my case, this is not an item that will see constant use.
I have only tested it with Nikon and Canon cameras. As far as I am able to tell, it works as advertised.
As you can see from the photo, the unit's control panel is divided in four different segments, marked (from top to bottom) “P”, “N”, “C” and “KM”. This is for the four different camera systems the unit will work with. For details, see notes for each system, below.
See compatibility chart for models the unit is compatible with.
The Pentax segment on the remote control consists of two buttons labeled “S” and “W/T”.
On a compatible camera, pressing the “S”-button trips the shutter.
To make sure that a Pentax DSLR focus before firing the shutter, you must enable the AF with Remote option in the custom setting menu, and also make sure it is in single drive mode (AF-S).
The “W/T”-button will let you zoom in and out on a compatible Pentax Optio compact camera. This button cannot be used with a SLR or DSLR camera.
The Pentax compatibility has not been tested by me, but it has been tested by readers, who report that it works well with the Pentax models listed as compatible, as well as some others.
Readers report that pressing the W/T button in the Pentax area on the remote triggers focusing with the Pentax K-01 and K-5 cameras (this emulates the half-press click to focus). This does not work on the Pentax K-7.Remote Control WP
Tested with a Nikon D80. See compatibility chart for models the unit is compatible with.
The Nikon panel is the simplest one, and only contain a single button, marked “S”. You press this button to remotely trigger the shutter on a compatible Nikon camera.
You select delayed remote mode or quick-response remote on the camera. How you do this depend on the model. On the D70, D70s and D90, you press the remote mode button and rotate the main wheel until the right mode appears in the top display. On the D50 and D80 you just press the remote mode button until the right mode appears in the top display. For Nikon bodies without a dedicated remote mode button (D40, D40x, D60, D3000 and D5000), you select select delayed remote mode or quick-response remote through the shooting mode menu.
In delayed remote mode, the self-timer lamp will light for about two seconds before the shutter is released. In quick-response remote mode, the self-timer lamp will flash after the shutter has been released. If the camera is not pre-focused and is in focus priority mode (on a D80, this is when AF-A or AF-S is selected in autofocus mode), the camera will return to stand-by mode without releasing the shutter if it is unable to lock focus. In manual focus mode, if the camera is in release priority mode (on a D80, this is when AF-C is selected in autofocus mode), or if the camera is pre-focused, the camera will release the shutter without pausing to focus.
Like the Nikon ML-L3 infrared remote control, this remote unit can be used for exposures up to 30 minutes. To do this, select exposure mode M, set whatever aperture you want and set shutter to “bulb”. Then select quick-response remote shooting mode. This will display the shutter time as “––” on the top display. The shutter will open with the first press on the shutter-release button on the remote control, and will close when the button is pressed a second time, or after thirty minutes (whatever happens first).
The D80's IR port is located on the front of the camera, at the one o'clock position, directly above the “D80”-badge. There are reports that infrared remotes work less well without a direct line of sight to the camera's IR port, for instance when you are positioned behind the camera. However, testing this in my living room in the evening, the remote worked fine from all positions – front, behind, left and right. If I did't have a line of sight, I just aimed the remote at a wall (my living rom has bright walls) in front of the camera, and the shutter fired.
Bouncing off walls will not work outdoors, where there are no walls the infrared light can bounce off.
To fire the camera from the infrared remote outdoors, while positioned behind the camera, I constructed a simple bounce card from a piece of cardboard, a paper clip, and a brass strip salvaged from a document binder. The home made bounce card in use is shown on the photo to the right.
After fitting the bounce card as shown, I had no problems using the remote while standing behind my D80 and aiming it had the bounce card outdoors, in the sun.
Here is how I constructed the bounce card assembly: The paper clip holds together the cardboard and the brass strip. One end of the brass strip is attached the card, and the other end is fastened between the camera and the tripod plate. The brass is rigid enough to hold the weight of the card, but flexible enough to be bent to position the bounce card in the right place and angle.
No range was given in the specifications for the remote, but Nikon says that their ML-L3 remote has a range of “approximately 16 feet in front of camera” (≈5 meters).
To test the maximum outdoors range of the “Jue Ying” remote, I placed the camera on a tripod and walked away, while trying to trigger the camera with the remote at various distances. The test was conducted in dull weather, and with fresh batteries.
The image to the left shows me standing in the middle of the frame around 30 meters (≈100 feet) away from the camera. This was as far as I could go from the camera, and still be able to fire the shutter.
Tested with a Canon EOS 300D DSLR and a Powershot G5 compact digicam. See compatibility chart for models the unit is compatible with.
The Canon segment on the remote control consists of two sets of buttons. The top row (labeled “S” and “2S”) is used to remotely trigger the shutter on a DSLR. The second row of buttons (labeled “S”, “W” and “T”) is meant to be used with Canon compact digital cameras.
To be able to use the remote, you select self-timer/remote mode on the camera. On my 300D, this is done with the shooting mode button positioned on the right side on the camera's top panel.
On a compatible DSLR, pressing the “S”-button in the top row trips the shutter immediately. Pressing the “2S”-button introduces a 2-second delay before the shutter is tripped.
Like the Canon RC-6 infrared remote control, this remote unit can be used for exposures up to 150 minutes. To do this, select exposure mode M, set whatever aperture you want and set the shutter speed to “bulb”. Then use the drive mode button to select remote control. The shutter will open with the first press on the shutter-release button on the remote control, and will close when the button is pressed a second time, or after 150 minutes (whatever happens first).
On a compatible compact, pressing the “S”-button in the second row starts the timer that will trip the shutter after some delay.
The “W” and “T” buttons allow wireless remote operation of the built in zoom motor of a compatible Canon compact. “W” to zoom wider, and “T” to zoom towards the tele end.
Konica-Minolta was taken over by Sony in 2006. The unit uses the same infrared protocol as the Minolta RC-3 and will work with a number of legacy models from the Konica-Minolta era. It is also compatible with the Sony α100, which was based on the Konica-Minolta Dynax 5D. See compatibility chart for models the unit is compatible with.
For newer Sony DSLRs, Sony offers the Sony RMT-DSLR1 remote commander (search eBay for this item). This wireless remote is not compatible with those bodies.
The Sony segment on the remote control consists of two buttons labeled “S” and “2S”. On a compatible camera, pressing the “S”-button trips the shutter immediately. Pressing the “2S”-button introduces a 2-second delay before the shutter is tripped.
5. Battery Compartment
There is no on-off switch, so if the unit is stored for a long time with the battery activated, it will discharge. For that reason, I prefer to store it without the battery inserted.
It is tricky to open the battery compartment. You have to pull the small square tab (arrow) towards the centre of the remote. At the same time you have to pull the whole battery slot out of the remote. If it feels stuck, just pull the first tab as hard to the centre as you can. I find it easiest to push my thumbnail between this tab and the body of the remote to lever the tab inwards, then using the index finger of the same hand pull the battery compartment out.
It is possible to put the battery compartment in the wrong way. When you are facing the rear of the unit, the square opening tab should be on the left, and the “+” side of the battery should be up. Also see photo above.
6. Compatibility Charts
I received my unit in august 2009. The list of compatible models included in the package appears to be last updated in 2006. I expect that the remote also will work fine with newer camera models not listed that was launched after 2006, that use the same IR protocol.
The compatibility charts below is reproduced verbatim from the package. I have not tried the models listed for compatibility, so I don't know how reliable this data is. The package I received also included a compatibility chart for Olympus. I've left it out. The unit is not advertised as being Olympus-compatible, nor is it. (Yes, I've testet.)
Remote Control for Pentax
Here is the compatibility chart for Pentax that came with the unit:
|Pentax||*ist DS||*ist DS2||*ist DL||*ist DL2|
|Optio S6/S60||Optio S5z/S5n/S5I||Optio S4i/S4||Optio SV/SVi|
|Optio 550/500||Optio 750Z||Optio 330/430(rs)|
Readers have verified that it is compatible with some newer Pentax camera models newer camera models that can be triggered by the Pentax WP infrared remote, such as K-7, K-5, K-x, K-r, K-30, Q and K-01.
Remote Control for Nikon
Note that the Nikon 3100, Dx00-series (D100 – D300, D700) and Dx-series (D1 – D3) does not have an IR port and will not work with any IR remote unit.
Here is the compatibility chart for Nikon that came with the unit:
|F55||F65||N65||F75||N75||Nuvis S||Lite Touch||Pronea S|
I've also verified that is is compatible with newer camera models that can be triggered by the Nikon ML-L3 infrared remote, such as P7000, P7100, D90, D3000, D5000, D5100 and D7000.
Remote Control for Canon
Note that the following Canon DSLRs: 1000D/XS, 1100D/T3, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D and 1D-series do not have an IR port and will not work with any IR remote unit.
Here is the compatibility chart for Canon that came with the unit (only the European names are listed for the Rebel-series models):
|Canon||EOS 300D||EOS 350D||EOS 400D|
|S1 IS||Pro1||Pro90 IS|
|EOS 10||EOS 30/33/30V||EOS 50/55||EOS 100||EOS 300V||EOS 300X|
|ELAN 7||EOS kiss III||EOS kiss III L||EOS IX||300VQD|
|IXUS Jr/II/III||Rebel T1/T2 Date||SureShot Z180u|
I expect that it will also be compatible with newer camera models that can be triggered by the Canon RC-6 infrared remote, such as EOS 450D/XSi, 500D/T1i, 550D/T2i, 600D/T3i, 60D, 5DII and 7D.
Remote Control for Konica-Minolta (Sony)
Konica-Minolta A mount cameras were marketed as Dynax in Europe, Maxxum in the USA, and Alpha in Japan. Similarly, Minolta compacts were marketed as Riva in Europe, Freedom in the USA, and Capios in Japan. To save space, I've only listed the European names in my reproduction of compatibility chart that came with the unit:
|α100||DiMAGE F100||DiMAGE F200||DiMAGE F300|
|DiMAGE A200||DiMAGE S414||DiMAGE S404||DiMAGE S304|
|Dynax 3(L) Date||Dynax 4 Date||Dynax 5 Date|
|Dynax 40||Dynax 50 Date||Dynax 60||Dynax 70|
|Riva Zoom 20||Riva Zoom 75W||Riva Zoom 115 Date|
|Riva Zoom 125 Date||Riva Zoom 130|
|Riva Zoom 140/160(A)|