The Polaroid Shutter Release Timer Remote available on Amazon is a convenient choice for Canon DSLR owners wishing to operate the camera without touching it. This is an excellent way to start taking long exposure photographs on a tripod, without any camera shake.
Whether you use this remote control for landscape photography, time-lapse photography, or even astrophotography – this affordable little camera accessory is worth looking into.
In my case, it was for long exposure astrophotography, where the slightest movement of any kind will ruin the photo. Not to mention, the Polaroid shutter release cable also automates the imaging session, allowing for a series of exposures to be set.
Essential for stock photography (landscapes)
This has opened up an entirely new opportunity of selling stock photography images of nature backgrounds. That’s right, this remote shutter release cable has been used in several images that were sold on both iStock photo and Shutterstock! The reason this device is so crucial is that because the moderators of the stock photo companies do not accept images with any amount of blur or out-of-focus details.
Capture razor sharp long-exposure landscape images that get accepted by stock photography websites.
Polaroid Shutter Release Timer Remote Review
This particular model has been around for years and can be seen branded under different names. It is essentially the same product, but I happened to order the Polaroid-branded version as it was the most reputable name on the list.
It is important to choose the right remote timer for your camera model. This device covers a number of Canon EOS DSLR’s in the Rebel series. See the complete list of compatible cameras further down the post.
Also known as an intervalometer, devices like this are a welcome addition to any amateur photographers kit. The can be used to trigger exposures while at a distance, without touching your camera. There are also many wireless versions available on the market for both Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras. This review applies to a corded version from Polaroid.
Despite its aging appearance, this shutter release cable works flawlessly
You cannot ask for more from a photography accessory that is less than $30 US! It is a simple design, but it has everything you need to start taking longer exposures with your Canon DSLR. If night photography interests you, then a device such as this will likely be on your shopping list.
Here are some examples of images shot using the Polaroid Shutter Release Timer Remote:
The remote shutter release cable I am referring to in this review is considered the replacement for the RS-60E3 remote for Canon DSLR cameras. This remote works for the following Canon EOS digital SLR’s:
List of Supported Cameras:
Features of the Polaroid Electronic Shutter Release Cord
There are many new photographic opportunities that open up once you add a remote shutter release cable to your camera bag. Some of the features of this cable are:
Set Timer Delays & Intervals
Backlit LCD Display
Take Photos without Camera Shake
Great for Time-Lapse Recording
Set Number of Shots/Unlimited Shooting
Video Review on YouTube (Linkdelight)
As I said earlier, this product has had several different brands on it. The version in this video is “Aperture”. However, I can confirm that this is the exact same model as the Polaroid variation.
My favorite feature of this model is the ability to set the number of shots of a certain exposure. For example, I can shoot with my Canon EOS Rebel T3i through a telescope, and take a series of 3-minute exposures to capture deep sky objects. For exposures this long, a German Equatorial Camera Mount such as the iOptron SKyGuider Pro must be used to prevent star trailing.
By using a high ISO setting (ISO 800), a long exposure on a tracking camera mount can pick up enough light to expose a dim nebula in space. Without this remote shutter release cable, the camera would be limited to shots of 30-seconds or less.
Perfect for Landscape Photography
Because you can set a delay, and do not need to touch the camera – shots like the one below are now possible. Long focal lengths like the 300mm used in this photo magnify camera shake. Thanks to the Polaroid Shutter Release Timer Remote Control cable, this shot of the full moon is razor sharp, even though it was not a short exposure.
The Polaroid timer remote control with interval timer connects to Canon EOS DSLR Cameras with a single cord and plug. This allows you to set exposures longer than 30-seconds in Manual or Bulb mode. you want. The overall length of time between shots (Called the Interval) and the number of exposures you want to shoot are completely customizable.
You can even set a delay before the first shot is taken, or between shots. This device uses two ‘AAA” batteries. In my experience, the Polaroid shutter release timer remote control does not consume much power, and the batteries will last for months.