How To Use – The Canon RC-1 Wireless Remote Control

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About the Canon RC-1 Wireless Remote


The RC-1 Infrared Wireless Remote Controller can be used to release the shutter from up to 5 m (16 ft) away from a number of popular Canon EOS camera bodies (including EOS 10, Elan family, EOS IX, EOS Kiss III and EOS Kiss III L).

Check your specific camera manual for compatibility information, since similar models in different markets may have different features. (e.g. EOS 50 Elan 7E )


The strap holder is used to secure the RC-1 to the camera strap for storage. Push the red button on the RC-1 to unclip it from the strap holder.

Thread the camera strap around the two lugs on the strap holder before attaching the strap to your camera. Arrange the clip so that you can attach and detach the controller using one hand.

Set switch on the RC-1 to the “L” position to disable the button on the RC-1 and prevent accidental tripping of the shutter.

Setup your shot by positioning your camera and lens on a tripod, and checking your composition. If you cannot be sure that a subject will be covered by an autofocus point, use manual focus instead.

When you are ready to shoot, Switch your camera ON, then select the remote release mode. Set the switch on the RC-1 to • then point the RC-1 towards the front of the camera and push the button to release the shutter immediately.

The camera will only respond to a remote control signal for approximately 4 minutes to prevent draining the battery. After that, the remote sensor is shut off, and the remote control icon will disappear from the camera LCD panel. Switch the camera off, then re-enable remote mode for another 4 mintues.

The RC-1 can only be used for shooting photographs one frame at a time. It cannot be used for continuous wind, unlike the RS-60E3 wired remote.

When the camera is set to BULB mode, pushing the RC-1 opens the shutter. A second push of the RC-1 closes the shutter. This behaviour is similar to “T” mode mechanical shutter release.

Setting the switch on the RC-1 to 2. When you push the button, the camera will release the shutter after a two second delay. If you are in the shot, this should be sufficient time to hide the remote controller.

Replace exhausted batteries with two fresh 3 Volt CR-1220 coin-type cells. Open the battery compartment by sliding the cover in the direction of the arrow.

Length 60 mm (2 3/16″) Width 25 mm (1″) Height 13 mm (1/2″) [Not including retaining clip] Weight 10 g (0.4 oz) [including battery]

Two button-type CR-1220 (3 Volt) cells

5 m (16.4 ft)
Outdoors use requires a direct line of sight to the sensor, which is usually located on the front of the camera handgrip. Reflections from indoor walls, floor and ceiling are often enough to allow indirect triggering (e.g. from behind the camera).

I have confirmed this wireless remote control to be working flawlessly with the Canon Rebel XSi.

Update (Dec 2015)

The Canon RC-1 was replaced with the Canon RC-6. I purchased the latest version, Canon RC-6 from Amazon:

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller for Canon XT/XTi, XSi, T1i and T2i Digital SLR Cameras


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