Review – Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1

I picked up the RC1 Canon Wireless remote the other day and I am quite happy with it.

I wanted to explain first that “wireless” is a term thrown around so often that you can class dinning table as a wireless tray device!

This remote uses Infrared to send a signal to your little infrared receiver on your camera (normally the little plastic dot on the grip). Now this means you need to be in front of the camera or at least if your lucky you can bounce the IR of your subject.

The remote has a IR LED at one end and a red button at the other. The red button is used to release the remote from its holder. The holder can be threaded through your camera strap which is not hard to do.

On the top of the remote you have the Canon logo. But its the underside where all the action is. You have the battery housing (Battery is included with the remote), shutter release button and the 2 mode switch.

The switch can be set to off, instant shutter release and 2 seconds delay.

If you are using the bulb mode in your canon you can press the shutter release and then wait, move around or press the shutter release again to stop the image from being taken.

Its really a simple device.

The con is that you need to set the Canon 450D/XSi to a remote mode to allow the remote to take control. If you leave the mode on and try to take a picture using the cameras shutter release button it will run a 2 seconds delay.


Light, simple and low battery consumption.

Both instant and 2 second delay modes available.

Can attach to your gear.


You have to switch the Canon to remote mode and back again when finished.

Does not support continuous shooting.

Line of sight is required.

For 25 euros I can’t help but feel that it is a little expensive for what it can do. But when you compare to other brands they are all the same price. I still recommend this device as it is Canon and it has a good build quality.

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