If you want a small, versatile,
inexpensive remote shooting accessory, look no further than the Canon
Remote Control RC-6. Despite its diminutive size (32 x 63.5 x 6.5mm), this
device can be used for a number of different tasks.
Camera compatibility: EOS 5D Mk II,
5D Mk III, 6D, 7D, 60D, 300D, 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D,
700D, 100D, EOS M, 10, 100, 30, 30V, 33, 33V, 50, 50E, IX
The RC-6 is a wireless transmitter
(infrared rather than radio waves). To work, it needs a receiver. which
built into a range of EOS models. The RC-6 has a small hole in the bottom
left corner for attaching a lanyard (not supplied). The RC-6 is a very
simple device, controlled by just a button and a switch. Make sure the
drive mode is set to remote control. Aim the small black arrow in the
silver circle at the camera and press the button to fire the shutter. A
switch on the back gives the option of immediate firing (‘•’), or firing
with a 2-second delay.
Infrared devices normally need to see
each other – often known as ‘line-of-sight’. Based on this, it would seem
that you can only use the RC-6 from in front of the camera, and you will
find this quoted in some reviews. But it’s not strictly true. If you hold
the RC-6 a few inches above the shutter release, aiming down, the shutter
will fire when you press the remote button – useful as an alternative to a
remote switch. It will even operate from behind the camera if the infrared
beam is reflected back from a nearby surface.
When aimed from the front of the
camera the range is given as 5 metres, though this will vary with the
If you shoot in bulb mode, pressing
the camera shutter button opens the shutter. It stays open for as long as
you hold the button down – not very convenient for exposure times of more
than a few seconds.
A remote switch is better. You can
press and lock the remote button so that you can move away from the camera
while the exposure is in progress.
But best of all is the RC-6. Press
the button on the remote control unit to open the shutter, press it again
to close the shutter. If you have the remote control set to 2-second
delay, there will be a 2-second delay before the shutter first opens.
During the exposure a timer displays the time elapsed on the LCD screen.
If you have a camera compatible with the RC-6, using this technique is
much easier than attaching a cable to the remote socket.
An obvious use for the RC-6 is for
shooting self-portraits. Set One-shot mode. When you press to RC-6 button
the camera will autofocus and then fire. However, if you do not want to
include the RC-6 in the image, set the RC-6 switch to 2-second delay. Now
when you fire the RC-6 at the camera you will have a couple of seconds to
move the device out of the field-of-view before the picture is
You can use the RC-6 to start and
movie recording on the EOS 60D. As with all uses of the RC-6,
make sure that the drive mode is set to one of the remote shooting options
(there are two options available in the EOS 60D – it doesn’t matter which
Set the switch on the RC-6 to ‘2’.
When you press the RC-6 button the recording will start immediately.
Pressing the button again will stop the recording. If the switch is set to
‘•’, pressing the RC-6 button will take a still photo.