Thursday, September 26, 2013

Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release Review

Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release
The Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release is a 3rd party alternative to the Canon RC-5 and Canon RC-6. The remote is compatible with many Canon cameras in the EOS line including the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. This remote is an infrared remote, so the camera has to be set in the infrared remote mode in order for this to work. The remote works approximately 16 feet (depending on lighting conditions) from the front of the camera (because the infrared sensor is on the front of the camera). Obviously, due to the fact that it works via infrared, the remote has to work line-of-sight and will not work through obstacles.

With all that said, here are my opinions about the product. While the product is nice and compact, the uses of it is very limiting compared to a wired remote shutter release. This remote does have a immediate take or a 2 second delay which is nice, but again, the line-of-sight is very limiting. You have to point the remote at the front of your camera due to the fact the camera has no infrared sensor on the back. The remote does not have a "half press" to focus system, but instead pressing it will cause the camera to focus and take the photo. The second thing I don't like about the remote is that I had trouble removing the battery door to get the battery out. There is this little tab you have to press to get it out, but sometimes the door just jams up and you can't get it out. The unit itself is less than 1/2 of what Canon charges you for and at the time that I bought the product, I got it for around $8. At this price, you can pretty much get a new unit once the old one goes dead because button cell batteries cost about that much anyways.

Overall, the product is nice depending on what you want to shoot. If you are constantly taking photos of yourself and you have no other cameraman, this would be a great product for you. For me, since I am usually behind my camera, I've actually only used this remote twice and I've had it for years now. If you are like me, I recommend you just go for a wired shutter release and not bother with this product. That is pretty much it! Please share your opinions with me below. Please don't forget to share the blog post with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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