What Are Remote Triggers?

Everyone knows the frustration of trying to take a family photo. The internet is full of hilarious pictures featuring the poor photographer trying to run around to the front of the camera at the last second. But timed photograph frustrations come in more verities than just family photos. Sports shots, action shots, even nature photography can be hard to get just right, and in some cases nearly impossible with the cameraman manning the camera. That is where remote triggers come into play.

Remote triggers are mechanisms that are attached to your camera in order to allow you to take a photo without touching your camera. For precision shots or instances that require split-second timing, the remote trigger allows the cameraman to shape the shot without risking the final product.

Since most remote triggers are made to work with certain kinds of cameras, make sure to do your research in order to find the right remote trigger for your camera brand. Otherwise, you risk the disappointment of buying an incompatible trigger.

Here are the most common forms of remote triggers and how they can be used.

Best Remote Triggers For The Money

Here are some of the better examples of remote triggers available to buy:

Bestseller No. 1
Godox Xpro-S for Sony TTL Wireless Flash Trigger 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
61 Reviews
Godox Xpro-S for Sony TTL Wireless Flash Trigger 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, TCM Transform Function, Magnfication Function, One-Shoot & Multi- Shoot Setting, Group Modeling Lamp Control, Group Zooming, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, etc
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Long Press TCM Button can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode; Short Press TCM Button Enables the Groups to be Switched Between the One-Group and Multi-Group Mode
  • 🌿 |Versatile Using Methods|: As a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Wireless Sony Speedlights Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack. Xpro-S Can Control the Sony Original Flashes Such as F42AM/HVL-45RM/HVL-F60M/HVL-F43M/HVL-F32M/F58AM When Using In Combination with Godox X1R-S Receiver(Sold Separately)
  • 🌿 |01-99 WIRELESS ID|: Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same, Avoiding Signal Interference effectively
  • 🌿 |LARGE LCD Display|: 16 Groups and 32 Channels to Wirelessly Control and Trigger. Full Graphic Display of 5 Groups simultaneously
Bestseller No. 2
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
54 Reviews
Godox Xpro-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD: 16 Groups and 32 Channels to Wirelessly Control and Trigger. Full Graphic Display of 5 Groups simultaneously
  • Versatile Trigger: As a Wireless Godox Flash Trigger/A Wireless Canon Speedlites Trigger/A Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/A Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack
  • 01-99 Wireless ID: Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same, Avoiding Signal Interference effectively
  • Smart TCM Button: Long Press TCM Button can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode; Short Press TCM Button Enables the Groups to be Switched Between the One-Group and Multi-Group Mode
  • Fully Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, TCM Transform Function, Magnfication Function, One-Shoot & Multi- Shoot Setting, Group Modeling Lamp Control, Group Zooming, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, etc
SaleBestseller No. 3
NEEWER RT-16 Wireless Studio Flash Trigger
157 Reviews
NEEWER RT-16 Wireless Studio Flash Trigger
  • This wireless trigger is control discreteness for camera to trigger hot shoe flashgun synchronously
  • Easy installation, low power consumption
  • No any damage to camera
  • High-speed and synchronous for 1/200 second
  • Max. working distance: 30M (open area, without interference)
Bestseller No. 4
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash Speedlite Radio Trigger with 2.5mm PC Receiver for Flash Units with Universal Hot Shoe
539 Reviews
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash Speedlite Radio Trigger with 2.5mm PC Receiver for Flash Units with Universal Hot Shoe
  • This flash trigger device is control discreteness for camera to trigger hot shoe flashgun synchronously. It's made up of two parts named signal transmitter and receiver. Work through wireless wireless remote signal controlling
  • The transmitter is consisting of advanced designed circuit and component,and works through sending encoded signal. It comes with 2.5mm sync port,which permits the camera without hot shoe using this flash trigger
  • This flash trigger can work with all camera with stand hot shoe mount and those cameras with 2.5mm mm port.(but not work with Sony flashes)
  • Very low voltage working make sure that high level of safety and no damage to camera
  • It is very useful when you want to trigger 2 flashes at one time
Bestseller No. 5
(2 Trigger Pack) Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger for CANON w/ Remote Shutter (Canon EOS 80D, 77D, 70D, 60D, Rebel T7i, T6i, T6, T5i, T5, T4i, T3i, T3, SL1, SL2 DSLR Cameras)
200 Reviews
(2 Trigger Pack) Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger for CANON w/ Remote Shutter (Canon EOS 80D, 77D, 70D, 60D, Rebel T7i, T6i, T6, T5i, T5, T4i, T3i, T3, SL1, SL2 DSLR Cameras)
  • Kit Includes: Wireless Flash Trigger Kit for Canon (1 Transmitter, 2 Receivers) + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Multi-purpose trigger set allows you to wirelessly trigger your camera or flash.
  • Operating Distance: up to 30 meters (100ft)
  • Compatible with all Canon cameras with a standard hot-shoe.
  • Backed with Digital Goja 90-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Bestseller No. 6
Godox Xpro-N TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
46 Reviews
Godox Xpro-N TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transmitter for Nikon 1/8000s HSS TTL-Convert-Manual Function Large Screen Slanted Design 5 Dedicated Group Buttons 11 Customizable Functions
  • Xpro N Trigger Can Control the Flashes with Built-in Godox Wireless X System e.g. Camera Flashes, Outdoor Flashes and Studio Flashes. If You Want to Control the Nikon Original Flashes, Please Use Together with Godox X1R-N Receiver
  • Large Dot Matrix LCD: 16 Groups and 32 Channels to Wirelessly Control and Trigger. Full Graphic Display of 5 Groups simultaneously
  • 01-99 Wireless ID: Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same, Avoiding Signal Interference effectively
  • Smart TCM Button: Long Press TCM Button can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode; Short Press TCM Button Enables the Groups to be Switched Between the One-Group and Multi-Group Mode
  • Fully Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, TCM Transform Function, Magnfication Function, One-Shoot & Multi- Shoot Setting, Group Modeling Lamp Control, Group Zooming, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, etc
Bestseller No. 7
Godox X1T-S 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Transmitter for Sony A77ll, A7ll, A7R, A58, A99, ILCE6000L A6500 etc. with TTL HSS 1/8000s Group Function LED Control Pannel
3 Reviews
Godox X1T-S 2.4G Wireless Flash Trigger Transmitter for Sony A77ll, A7ll, A7R, A58, A99, ILCE6000L A6500 etc. with TTL HSS 1/8000s Group Function LED Control Pannel
  • Built-in 2.4G wireless transmission, operating distance can reach up to 100 meters. Support GR group flash, max.5 groups & 32 channels.
  • As a Wireless Godox Flash Trigger/A Wireless Sony Speedlites Trigger/A Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/A Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack
  • Big and clear LCD panel offers convenient operation. Support USB firmware upgrade. Versatile functions such as synchronization delay setting, wireless shutter release, zoom setting, C.Fn custom functions, etc.
  • Fully Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, TCM Transform Function, Magnfication Function, One-Shoot & Multi- Shoot Setting, Group Modeling Lamp Control, Group Zooming, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, etc
  • X1T-S transmitter can remote control the Godox Flashes which has built-in 2.4G wireless X system. When using in combination with XTR-16 or XTR-16S receiver, X1S transmitter can remote control the Godox flashes which do not have built-in 2.4G wireless X system.
Bestseller No. 8
(2 Trigger Pack) Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger for NIKON w/Remote Shutter Release (NIKON DF D3200 D3100 D3300 D3400 D5100 D5200 D5300 D5600 D7100 D7500 D850 D610 D750 D500 D5 DSLR Cameras)
239 Reviews
(2 Trigger Pack) Altura Photo Wireless Flash Trigger for NIKON w/Remote Shutter Release (NIKON DF D3200 D3100 D3300 D3400 D5100 D5200 D5300 D5600 D7100 D7500 D850 D610 D750 D500 D5 DSLR Cameras)
  • Kit includes: Wireless Flash Trigger Kit (1 Transmitter, 2 Receivers) + MagicFiber Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth
  • Multi-purpose trigger set allows you to wirelessly trigger your camera or flash.
  • Operating Distance: up to 30 meters (100ft)
  • Compatible with all Nikon cameras with a standard hot-shoe. (Wired trigger not Compatible with Nikon D3400 and D850)
  • Backed with Digital Goja 90-Day 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.
Bestseller No. 9
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash Speedlite Radio Trigger with 2.5mm PC Receiver for Canon 580EX II 580EX 550EX 540EZ 520EZ 430EX, Nikon SB900 SB800 SB600 SB28, Neewer TT860, TT850, TT560, YN560 III, YN560 II, YN560 I, Olympus, Pentax,Sigma, Sunpak, Vivitar 285HV and Other Flash Units with Universal Hot Shoe (1 Trigger&1 Receiver Set)
87 Reviews
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash Speedlite Radio Trigger with 2.5mm PC Receiver for Canon 580EX II 580EX 550EX 540EZ 520EZ 430EX, Nikon SB900 SB800 SB600 SB28, Neewer TT860, TT850, TT560, YN560 III, YN560 II, YN560 I, Olympus, Pentax,Sigma, Sunpak, Vivitar 285HV and Other Flash Units with Universal Hot Shoe (1 Trigger&1 Receiver Set)
  • The remote trigger for studio flashes and outdoor flash is used as the controller of synchronous trigger studio flash of cameras. It consists of a signal sender and a receiver trigger and works by means of the frequency modulation wireless remote control.
  • The signal transmitter adopts the advanced circuit and components, and can transmit the coded FM wireless signa. The circuit of the transmitter has the function of standby and hibernation, thus it has low power consumption; the products can work under the standby mode for more than one year with only one battery; continuously trigger for thirty thousand times.
  • Receiver trigger adopts dry battery for power supply, which is safe, energy-saving, and convenient. The product adopts micro-computer for controlling the decoding, Which has superior anti-interference capability; sensitive reaction speed, the highest synchronous speed can reach 1/250 sec.
  • The trigger current is only 0.01MA, which will definitely cause no damage to the flash contact of the camera. The transmitter is applicable to the traditional or digital camera with hot shoe or PC controlling interface.
  • Note: PT-16/PT-16NE use the whole new system,So it can not work with any other flash trigger.
Bestseller No. 10
GODOX X1R-C 32 Channels TTL 1/8000s Wireless Remote Flash Receiver Shutter Release for Canon EOS Cameras GODOX X1T-C Transmitter
20 Reviews
GODOX X1R-C 32 Channels TTL 1/8000s Wireless Remote Flash Receiver Shutter Release for Canon EOS Cameras GODOX X1T-C Transmitter
  • Compatible with Godox X1T-C transmitter.
  • Support GR group flash, max.5 groups & 32 channels.
  • 2.4G wireless transmission, operating distance can reach up to 100 meters.
  • Can be used as a shutter release.
  • LCD screen for convenient operation.

Types of Remote Triggers

Remote Triggers Items

An Example Of Remote Triggers

Remote triggers come in two forms: wired and wireless. While wireless triggers are much easier to work with, they usually have a limited range of operation and can suffer from a slight button delay. On the other hand, while wired triggers can be more precise, they also have a limited range and run the risk of the cord breaking over time. Which remote trigger is right for you depends on the situation and your unique photography needs.

Wired remote triggers attach to your camera and act as a replacement for the shutter button. Some wired remote triggers feature recording controls on the console as well as the usual shutter button. With lengths that vary depending on the size and style of remote trigger you are looking for, these triggers are perfect for the moments you have to carry out a one-man-show of photography, such as while adjusting the lights or staying securely out of frame during key moments. While not ideal for distance controls, wired remote triggers are useful for reaction-based photography and can help with precise photography. After all, nothing ruins the perfect shot like unsteady hands or a shaking tripod.

Wireless remote triggers allow you to set up your camera and walk away while still maintaining some amount of control over the recording device. With options as complex as full flash controls for some models to a simple shutter button, these remote triggers are useful for nature shots, as well as for those family photos of internet renown. Wireless remote triggers can help you maintain control over your filming or photography environment while still allowing you to get in on the action or to keep your distance. However, it is important to note that wireless triggers do tend to be more expensive than wired remote triggers and do need to be recharged every once and a while to ensure they don’t die mid shot.

No matter the need, remote triggers can help add to your photography and filming toolset by letting you capture the action without interacting too closely with your camera (or the subject, if need be). Whatever your uses, remote triggers can help take some of the struggle out of photographing split-second moments and can help you capture rare shots from a distance.

The Latest In Remote Triggers

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Wireless 4 Channels Practical Flash Trigger Transmitter with 2 Receivers Set for Nikon for Canon PT-16GY
  • 100% brand new and high quality.
  • It is professioanl and so practical.
  • 4 channels with hot shoe connector for external flashes
  • Special working options are available
  • You can trigger both the flashgun and studio lights with this trigger

Remote Triggers Video

Here is a YouTube video discussing various types of remote triggers:

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