It’s incredible how far camera remotes have come. Back in the olden days (aka back in the 90s) all camera remotes were capable of doing was triggering the shutter.
And while the original camera remotes were designed to perform this simple task, the top camera remotes for 2019 do so much more.
Sure, the top camera remotes lessen the vibrations on a camera to improve sharpness, but they also feature things like automated time-lapse shooting and remote control over camera settings like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
Having a capable camera remote is a Godsend when you’re in the field, whether you need to be in on a family portrait or whether you want to set up a day-to-night timelapse and adjust the camera settings remotely from the comfort of your camp chair.
So, without further ado, here are PhotographyTalk’s top camera remotes for 2019.
One of the most important qualities I look for when I’m shopping for wireless camera remotes is whether or not they are accompanied by an app for my phone.
I’ve used a DSLR camera remote before that wasn’t app compatible, and I’ll never do it again.
The Foolography UNLEASHED camera remote has one of the most streamlined apps I’ve ever used.
You can change the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO from the companion app.
You can make timelapse videos (with day-to-night transitions!), from the app too.
You can also shoot long exposures and start and stop video recording from this app.
You can even geotag your photos in-camera.
And the kicker? It works for up to 6 cameras at a time.
Aside from the many ways this camera remote allows you to actually be remote, it also is tiny, which I appreciate given my propensity to bring way too much of my gear with me to each shoot.
Check it out on the UNLEASHED website.
While I just spent a minute bragging about how all of my top camera remotes have easy to use smartphone apps, the liveview screen on the Hahnel Inspire makes up for its lack of one.
This DSLR camera remote comes with a 3.5 inch color LCD display that allows you to view your photographs in real time up to 196 feet away.
Plus, it saves the past 99 images for you to quickly scroll through.
The Inspire can’t handle quite as many cameras as the UNLEASHED, but it still works with up to 4 cameras at a time.
For shooting in highly trafficked areas (think tourist destinations or sports games) you can’t go wrong with the Nikon WR-1.
While other top camera remotes only have one or two channels, this Nikon WR-1 has 15 so you know you’ll be able to get a clear signal even when other photographers are hogging the space.
It also works up to a whopping 394 feet away, which is helpful for wildlife photographers that need to put some distance between themselves and their subjects.
Plus, this mirrorless camera remote can control 4 cameras at a time and can sync those cameras in order to snap the same moment from different angles (again, a nice quality for wildlife photographers).
You can also power the Nikon WR-1 directly with the camera, or with 2 AA batteries, so it will be really difficult to run this one out of power!
While the other top camera remotes on this list are incredibly high-tech and powerful, for those of you who like to keep things simple and old school, the Sony RM-VPR1 is for you.
It does exactly what it’s supposed to do and not much else, which is to say it allows you to control the shutter release, optical zoom, digital zoom, and bulb modes on your DSLR.
It’s cheap and effective, but don’t expect to be hundreds of feet away from your camera while using it because the cord is 31.5 inches long.
Nevertheless, this remote makes our list of the best camera remotes because it offers excellent functionality and the price is hard to beat!
GoPro Smart Remote
I couldn’t write a list of the top camera remotes for 2019 and not give a nod to GoPro, who has been surprisingly killing it with their smart remotes.
Obviously, you can only use this smart remote with the GoPro line, but they’ve made it incredibly easy to do so. This camera remote controls all GoPro functions.
You can wear this smart remote as a watch, which works well with their branding and for you. You can also control an incredible 50 cameras at one time, each of which can be placed up to 600 feet from you.
It’s also waterproof up to 33 feet.
For the price, I think it’s foolish to own a GoPro without it!