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Canon RC-1 Remote Review

I’ve now had my Canon RC-1 Remote Control for a couple of months and at £14.95 plus £4.00 postage it has become a value for money asset to my photography “arsenal”.


The RC-1 is wireless so there’s no hassle with bringing it around. It communicates with the camera through infra red, just like many other remote controls. It also attaches nicely to the camera strap so you can carry it around wherever you go without feeling extra bulky.

The remote control has the following functionality:

  1. The round button is the release, which will set off the camera
  2. The oval switch has 3 functions: the “L” function switches the remote off; the “dot” function takes an instant image; where as the “2” function waits for two seconds after you press it before it releases the shutter. This enables you to remove any potential vibrations before the photo is taken – I use it mostly for long exposure shots where I want to make sure there’s no vibration at all.
  3. The rectangular part that looks like it can open is, yes you guessed it, where the batteries are located. It consists of  two 3 volts round batteries, which come with the remote control and you shouldn’t have to worry about changing these in the near future.
  4. That red thing to the left is what connects the Canon RC-1 to its holder.
Canon RC-1 Remote Control (Front)

Canon RC-1 Remote Control (Front) - Source:

There’s not much more to say about the RC-1 Remote Control in this review, as it’s a pretty simple product and doesn’t cost too much compared to much of the other gear you’ll be buying for your camera. So I’ll finish up the review by listing its pros and cons and list some pictures:

Canon RC-1 Pros:

  1. Should fit and work with most Canon SLRs but I’d check with the manufacturer to be sure (it works on my 400D)
  2. It’s a real easy and cheap way to get shake free photos, whether you’re taking macro, long exposure or self portraits/group shots.
  3. It fits nicely onto your camera strap so will always be nearby and handy – Just don’t lose it as it’s quite small.

Canon RC-1 Cons:

  1. As it’s infrared, you always need to direct it towards the camera for it to work. It’s also sometimes difficult to use it from the back, especially on my camera where the IR receiver is at the front of the camera.
  2. It’s quite small, so make sure you always put it back in its holder when you’re done! But would you want it any bigger? I don’t think so, as it’d be too bulky.

Remote Control with Holder - Source:

RC-1 Remote Controller on Strap

RC-1 Remote Controller on Strap

In conclusion the Canon RC-1 Remote Control is an all essential tool for macro/long exposure/portrait/group photos and makes it so that you don’t have to wait for the 10 second timer every time!


3 responses

  1. Pingback: Canon RC-1 Remote Controller « Torstein’s Photo Blog

  2. Mark

    Great review.

    One question: Is it compatible with Canon EOS Rebel XSi ?

    Thanks for your response.

    Aurora, CO

    February 1, 2009 at 1:36 am

    • good6u

      It should be as the Rebel is the same as the 450D, which is the next version of my 400D.

      February 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

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