The subtlest movement could prevent you from getting that sharp landscape, long exposure, and/or nature shot. So I knew I needed a remote and being a hobbyist photographer, I naturally looked for the cheapest options available:
Being a clumsy person, I was concerned that I might trip or accidentally tug the Remote Commander cord, so opted for the Wireless Remote Commander.
Though the packaging is quite big, all that comes in the package is:
- Wireless Remote Commander
- CR02 battery (pre-installed)
Summary of my Experience
When I was buying the remote, I specifically asked the Sony Kiosk staff about using the remote from behind the camera. He told me it will work (which was strange, as it’s a IR-based remote and I know the IR sensor is on the front side of the camera). But he re-assured me that the reception is very good and thus, can be used even from behind the camera.
I can confirm, that’s a big fat lie. You cannot use the remote from behind the camera, the field of view of the IR sensor is around 120 degrees (it’s not 180 due to the lens blocking off part of the line-of-sight).
Apart from the line-of-sight issue, I’ve not had any other issues with the remote.
Something to think about
If you’re like me and don’t like to lug around a heavy tripod, the chances to use the Wireless Remote Commander will be very limited; as the chances of your camera sitting flat on a surface is very rare.
If you own an iOS or Android device, my advice is to give the Play Memories: Remote app a try first, before buying the Wireless Remote Commander.
Links to the apps:
For those who are concerned about battery life, the wired Remote Commander would be the better option. However, if wireless is a non-negotiable requirement, then this is your only option.
All in all, the Wireless Remote Commander is a solid wireless remote for any Sony ILC and I have no hesitation in recommending it. Just be sure it is what you’re looking for.