Best camera remote shutter releases

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Canon RS-80N3 - £40/$45

Best camera remote shutter releases

A little larger than the Canon RS-60E3, this controller features a thicker, more business-like cable and plug that fits three-pin remote controller terminals as featured on the likes of the Canon EOS 5D and Canon EOS 7D.

The cable itself is a bit longer at 80cm, and if you require greater reach, Canon produces a 10m extension lead (ET-1000-N3), although it's very expensive to buy at around £80/$75 - twice the price of the controller itself. The build quality of the unit is impressive, and the two-stage operating button has a precise feel to it, complete with locking mechanism for bulb exposures and continuous shooting once the relevant drive mode has been selected.

Hama Wireless Remote DCCS - £40 (around $62)

Best camera remote shutter releases

Costing just a little more than Hama's CA-1 and CA-2 wireless RF remotes, its DCCS model is a much better option. There's no extending aerial on the transmitter but the range is much greater nevertheless, at 150m as opposed to 30m.

The transmitter features a drive mode switch with single, continuous, self-timer and bulb options, while the receiver also goes one better with its own two-stage shutter button, which can be used to trigger the camera in wired remote mode, even with no batteries fitted. An additional connection cable makes it compatible with Canon, Kodak, Olympus, Samsung, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic, Sony, Konica-Minolta, Nikon or Pentax DSLRs.

Hahnel Combi TF - £40/$90

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A versatile remote with a wireless RF range of 100m, the Combi TF comes with both three-pin and mini-jack cables to ensure compatibility with all Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic DSLRs. Switches on the transmitter module provide options for immediate or four-second delayed firing, and there's compatibility for continuous drive and bulb exposures.

Uniquely among the units on test, the transmitter can also be mounted in the camera's hot shoe to enable firing of a remote flashgun, the only frustration being that the flash will only work in manual mode and not with TTL flash metering. Extras include a dual-colour LED that indicates a light press or full press of the two-stage shutter button.

Hama Timer Remote DCCS - £40 (around $62)

Best camera remote shutter releases

Unlike the Hahnel Giga T Pro II, this timer remote is wired rather than wireless, but boasts a similar range of shooting options. These include single, continuous and time-delay modes that can be selected using the controller, and bulb exposures using a timer that's displayed on the LCD panel.

A four-way pad makes for easy adjustment of settings for time-lapse shooting, including the number of shots in the sequence and the delay between each shot. However, it lacks the Hahnel's option to set dual parameters for short bursts of shots at intervals throughout a longer overall time-lapse sequence. Separate cables make it compatible with Canon, Kodak, Olympus, Samsung, Fuji, Leica, Panasonic, Sony, Konica-Minolta, Nikon or Pentax cameras.

Phottix TR-90 - £50/$61

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The TR-90 is a timer remote that connects via an 80cm cable, without any wireless aspirations. As such it's similar to the Hama Timer Remote, but lacks the option of alternative cables for mini-jack or three-pin terminals; so while you don't need to spend extra money on connection cables, you do need make sure you buy the correct version to suit your camera.

There are no onboard controls to select different drive modes, so this has to be done on the camera itself. Its time-lapse option is simple to use, and long exposures can be captured using either the self-timer and locking shutter button mechanism, or by pre-programming the required exposure time. Cables are available to link it with Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Kodak, Sony or Olympus DSLRs.

Nikon MC-30 - £59/$57

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This remote control attaches to any Nikon camera that features a ten-pin socket, such as the Nikon D300s, via an 80cm cable. The MC-30 replicates light-press and full-press actions on the shutter button and includes a locking mechanism for Bulb exposures. Build quality is good, but it's very expensive for a basic model.

Secureline Twin 1-R3 TRC/TRN/TRS - £60/$50

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Available for upmarket Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLRs, this remote includes a receiver for wired and wireless shutter release, the latter with a 100m range and selectable communication channels. A half-price, wireless 'UT' version is available for DSLRs with infrared receivers.