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Monday, May 26, 2008

Review: Canon Remote Control RC-1 for EOS Rebel XTi / XSi

Do any of these apply to you?

  • Have you ever taken a group photo and you cannot seem to get it right because of the timing of the timer on the camera?
  • Perhaps you run to get into the right position, but you do not have enough time to get set?
  • Or maybe you just want to set you camera in a position to take a few random photos during an event without being too intrusive?
I know that they have applied to me on several occasions. For awhile now, I have wanted to pick up a remote control that I could pair up with my Canon Rebel EOS XTi (and XSi that is on order) camera. After minimal searching, I came across the Canon Wireless Remote Control RC1 for Digital Rebel on for only $20. (link here) Without much thinking, I dropped the accessory into my shopping cart, found a couple of fillers and waited for it to arrive.

Box shot of the Canon Remote Control RC-1 for Canon EOS Cameras including the XTi 400D and XSi 450D (Canon part 2465A001[AA])
The package containing the Canon RC-1 (Canon part 2465A001[AA]) remote controller arrived from in just a few days and I took the opportunity to open it up right when it arrived. I was happy to to find that the size was exactly as I expected -- about 2.5 inches long by 3/4" wide. It also included a clip that you can put on a belt or camera bag fairly easily. I was curious as to what type of batteries it took and if they were included.

After removing the case, I was pleasantly surprised that Canon included the two batteries for me. The RC-1 Remote Controller takes the CR1220 3 volt lithium battery also known as the coin battery. Canon includes a couple of Sanyo CR1220 batteries, already installed for my convenience.

The RC-1 Remote Controller takes the CR1220 3 volt lithium battery also known as the coin battery. Canon includes a couple of Sanya CR1220 batteries, already installed for my convenience.
Getting the remote control setup to work on the camera was very easy. All I needed to do was hit the timer / remote button, select that status and my camera was configured. Then on the controller itself, I just flipped the switch from "L" (power off) to the circle (immediate picture), choosing to skip the second option "2" (2 second delay before taking the picture) and the Canon Rebel XTi responded immediately taking a snap shot.

I toyed around with the RC-1 remote controller for a few minutes to understand what kind of angle and range was effective. Since it a line of site infrared controller -- best performance was either from the rear or straight on -- with varying results from angles.

The manual states that the effective range of the remote transmitter is 5m or 16.4 feet from the camera. However, I found the range with my Rebel XTi and this transmitter to almost be double that. In a basic test (see below photo) with the camera sitting on a table, I was able to take several pictures at 33 feet (or approximately 10m) from the camera. It is always great news when an accessory performs better than expected.

In summary, if you are looking for a cheap but well performing IR (infrared) remote controller for your Canon EOS camera -- you should consider the Canon RC-1, especially for only $20 from Amazon. It is hard to beat the price and in my experience the controller was able to double the stated range by Canon.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

Great- to the point- informative review. I go & pick up my RC-1 today , to use to night at a black tie banquet. I dont have to spend the night stooped overthe camera & tripod in my tux. Your write up answered questions I had, I googled "RC-1 Batteries" so I would know what sort of batteries I need, but also found you answered my question relating to where I have to stand for the IR beam to work. Thanks.

Arun Sundar said...

Very useful, Thanks!

Happy Daisy AZ said...

Glad I found your blog - I just purchased a super cheap remote off Ebay and I was thinking it was defective. Didn't realize (duh!) I had to switch a setting in my camera to get it to work. Would't have know that so quickly if I had searched and found your instructions!

Thank you!