Phottix Wireless Remote Control Review

For most general purpose photography you probably won’t ever need a remote control. However, if you are doing product shots, macro shots, and especially long exposure shots, using a remote control can help avoid the camera shake of pressing the shutter on the camera. There are both cheap and pricey wired remotes but Phottix decided to go one better and make their remote wireless. Continue reading to find out all the details.

Summary
The Phottix Wireless Remote Control (C3 model) is designed for use on Canon DSLR cameras. The receiver plugs into the remote controller port on the camera and there is a transmitter model you use to operate the remote. The wireless system supports all of the shutter modes such as pressing half-way to set the focus/exposure, single shot, continuous shot, and bulb mode.

Features
There isn’t much to say about a remote control that performs basic shutter functions, the system has a single task and that’s all it does.

 Transmitter Receiver
Battery Life One Year Standby 20,000 flashes
Channels 16 16
Range 320 feet without obstacles
Monitor Light Two Color LED Two Color LED
Frequency 433Mhz

Usage
Using the remote is a pretty simple process. You should turn off the camera, plug the receiver cable into the remote control port, press the button on the receiver to turn it on, then turn the camera on. To use bulb mode, put the camera into bulb mode and then hold down the button on the transmitter to set it to bulb mode.

To test it, we used the remote control in a variety of conditions. The first setup was in the studio to do some simple product shots, this is absolutely the best time to use a remote as often you want to use a longer shutter speed and the vibration of pressing and releasing the shutter can cause camera shake. Being wireless, you don’t even have to worry about vibration from accidentally pulling on the remote control wire.

But what about range? The specs claim 320 feet without obstacles, and since I figured that would also be without any other type of radio interference I decided to come up with a simple distance test. As you can see from the photo, I put the camera on a tripod on the sidewalk and paced off 350 feet. I slowly started walking back towards the camera pressing the shutter button every few feet. After reviewing the images to see the first shot that was captured, I could then go back and check the distance. While there was a direct line of sight, there were trees and cars on both sides of me and I ended up four houses down the street, this actually measured out to about 250 feet. Considering the possible sources of interference along the way, the houses, trees, cars, light poles, mailboxes, etc., this is a very respectable distance. For setting up a remote camera at most sports events, a wedding, or similar event, this range is quite usable. The Phottix wireless camera remote has earned a spot in our standard studio equipment bag and will be used quite often.

Features: 4
Quality: 5
Results: 4
Price: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 4.6

Website: http://phottix.com

Author: Kerry Garrison

KerryG

Kerry Garrison lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with his wife and two dogs. With 10 years of experience shooting products and 5 years of experience in the wedding industry, Kerry brings a good deal of technical know-how and can explain topics in easy-to-understand terms.

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18 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Does this have any interference with any other wireless signals? I know in some cases there can be issues using something like this.

    Over all it looks like a good deal, plus you can get them on freebay for like $25.00 shipped.

  2. Fortanelli says:

    Does this have any interference with any other wireless signals? I know in some cases there can be issues using something like this.

    Over all it looks like a good deal, plus you can get them on freebay for like $25.00 shipped.

  3. Fortanelli says:

    Does this have any interference with any other wireless signals? I know in some cases there can be issues using something like this.

    Over all it looks like a good deal, plus you can get them on freebay for like $25.00 shipped.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Does this have any interference with any other wireless signals? I know in some cases there can be issues using something like this.

    Over all it looks like a good deal, plus you can get them on freebay for like $25.00 shipped.

  5. KerryG says:

    There have been a few places where they just dont want to work right and others were they never miss a beat.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There have been a few places where they just dont want to work right and others were they never miss a beat.

  7. KerryG says:

    There have been a few places where they just dont want to work right and others were they never miss a beat.

  8. Anonymous says:

    There have been a few places where they just dont want to work right and others were they never miss a beat.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Sorry but i have to say the Phottix may need a better QC, our team bought some of their wireless camera remote last month, unlucky, 3 unit (7 in total) can not work well… They promise replacement but we have send them back first, we think that is not worth to cost more on postage. Anyhow, others work well, at least in 100-150 feet…

    I heard from our friend there was another brand of same item, Aputure (or Apeture), do you have any idea about this one?

  10. FotoGearFan says:

    Sorry but i have to say the Phottix may need a better QC, our team bought some of their wireless camera remote last month, unlucky, 3 unit (7 in total) can not work well… They promise replacement but we have send them back first, we think that is not worth to cost more on postage. Anyhow, others work well, at least in 100-150 feet…

    I heard from our friend there was another brand of same item, Aputure (or Apeture), do you have any idea about this one?

  11. FotoGearFan says:

    Sorry but i have to say the Phottix may need a better QC, our team bought some of their wireless camera remote last month, unlucky, 3 unit (7 in total) can not work well… They promise replacement but we have send them back first, we think that is not worth to cost more on postage. Anyhow, others work well, at least in 100-150 feet…

    I heard from our friend there was another brand of same item, Aputure (or Apeture), do you have any idea about this one?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Sorry but i have to say the Phottix may need a better QC, our team bought some of their wireless camera remote last month, unlucky, 3 unit (7 in total) can not work well… They promise replacement but we have send them back first, we think that is not worth to cost more on postage. Anyhow, others work well, at least in 100-150 feet…

    I heard from our friend there was another brand of same item, Aputure (or Apeture), do you have any idea about this one?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Does the unit let you know if it successfully fired the camera?

  14. KimBrun says:

    Does the unit let you know if it successfully fired the camera?

  15. KimBrun says:

    Does the unit let you know if it successfully fired the camera?

  16. Anonymous says:

    Does the unit let you know if it successfully fired the camera?

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