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REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon D90/D3xxx/D5xxx/D7xxx (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')
REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon D90/D3xxx/D5xxx/D7xxx (aka 'Intervalometer')


The product I'm reviewing here is a remote control timer or what they call an 'intervalometer'. Being a cheapo myself, this one was the cheapest I could find. Guess what? I bought it for only P300 somewhere. If you bought things like this, you'd pay a ridiculous 2,000 Pesos for that.




One of the benefits of using it is that it saves your camera's battery power, and also keeps your camera cool. I swear, it was 11 months ago when I last used the interval timer on my camera and swear, it was burning hot like about to explode!


Okay, so this was my first try back in January. Needs improvement.

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REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

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SUMMARY


You can use it without batteries and do the timing manually, and it allows you to lock-hold the shutter button for that purpose. Then you can also use it with batteries for automated timing.

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')
The two buttons on the top are (left) to light the LCD and (right) to start/stop the timer.



So let me just explain how this thing works. It runs on 2 pieces of AAA batteries, but I recommend using the rechargable ones if you use this very often. The batteries I had lasted only 2 days... and they said it was supposed to last two months! (Maybe I'm just a heavy user...)

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')



You can use it on any camera brand and model, by simply changing the adapter plug shown below.

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')
The adapter plug shown below can be used on my Nikon D5200.

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')
Please refer to this chart for the proper adapter to use on your camera.



There are five functions in this intervalometer. It is very intuitive even without reading the manual, and the settings are conveniently/ergonomically arranged in this order:

1) The first setting allows you to set the time before it activates.

2) The second setting allows you to set the shutter speed. You can set it from 1 second or longer. Note that if the camera's shutter speed is set faster or shorter than in the intervalometer, the shutter will follow the speed set on the camera.

eg. The shutter speed set on the intervalometer is 8 seconds, but 1/2 second on the camera. The camera will only shoot in 1/2" speed.

3) The third setting allows you to set the interval between shots.

4) The fourth setting allows you to set total number of shots.

5) The last setting allows you to toggle the sound on/off.

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')



Conclusion

This is the cheapest I could ever find, and I don't see any benefit if I would get those that sell for 10x or 20x more. They all look the same to me. I'm glad I bought this, not the infrared wireless remote that I was rooting for earlier.

I was always pleased with this product and never thought that any function is missing. Simple yet effective. It does exactly what I bought it for -- time lapse, long shutter speed, and the occasional selfie.

Maybe you should get one too, if you're planning to do time lapse.

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')

REVIEW: Remote Control Timer for Nikon (aka 'Intervalometer')




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