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-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
67 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
Bestseller No. 2
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
59 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. 3
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
73 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
SaleBestseller No. 4
NEEWER RT-16 Wireless Studio Flash Trigger
170 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. 5
Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
2 Reviews
Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
  • 🌿 |Built-in Bluetooth for APP Control|: You Can Connect the X2T-C to Your Phone or Tablet via Bluetooth after Download the "GodoxPhoto" APP, Then control the Flash Mode, Power Output, the Modeling Light Mode, the Beep of Godox Flashes, and etc. It is Extremely Useful When Doing Product Photography in the Studio While the Radio Trigger is Hard to Reach on the Top of the Camera
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Scan setting, One-shot and Multi-shot setting, Control of the Modeling Lamp, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, ect.
  • 🌿|New User Interface, Easy to Operate|: LCD with Clear Display Effect, With 5 Group Setting Buttons, and 3 Function Buttons to Realize Quick Setting. Relocated Control-Wheel. New Hotshoe Locking Mechanism. New AF Assist Light that Uses Visible Light Instead of A Red/Infrared Pattern. USB-C Connection that is More up to Date and More Reliable than A MicroUSB
  • 🌿 |Effectively Avoid Signal Interference|: With 5 group, 32 channels and access to 99 wireless ID settings to limit the interference from other nearby systems. Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Godox X2T-C Trigger Can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode. It can work as a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Wireless Canon Speedlights Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack
Bestseller No. 6
Neewer 16 Channel Wireless Remote FM Flash Speedlite Radio Trigger with 2.5mm PC Receiver for Flash Units with Universal Hot Shoe
568 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. 7
(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)
212 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. 8
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)
99 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.
SaleBestseller No. 9
Neewer FC-16 Multi-Channel 2.4GHz 3-IN-1 Wireless Flash/Studio Flash Trigger with Remote Shutter for Canon Rebel T3 XS T4i T3i T2i T1i Xsi EOS 1100D 1000D 700D 650D 600D 60D 550D 500D 450D 100D, EOS 1D Mark IV 1D Mark III 5D Mark III 5D Mark II 50D 40D 30D 20D 7D 6D 5D
51 Reviews
Neewer FC-16 Multi-Channel 2.4GHz 3-IN-1 Wireless Flash/Studio Flash Trigger with Remote Shutter for Canon Rebel T3 XS T4i T3i T2i T1i Xsi EOS 1100D 1000D 700D 650D 600D 60D 550D 500D 450D 100D, EOS 1D Mark IV 1D Mark III 5D Mark III 5D Mark II 50D 40D 30D 20D 7D 6D 5D
  • Wireless Frequency System: 2.4GHz
  • Operating Distance: up to 1meters
  • 16 Selectable Channels
  • Also Compatible with: Pentax K2 K11D Super, K11D, K1D, K2D, K1D, K-7, K-5, Kr, Kx, Mz-6, Mz-L
  • Includes: Wireless Camera Flash Trigger and Camera Remote Control Function (1 Transmitter, 1 Receiver) + C1 camera cable + C3 camera cable + Flash Sync Cable + PC Sync Cord + Sync Adapter
Bestseller No. 10
Godox X2T-S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Sony, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
  • 🌿 |Built-in Bluetooth for APP Control|: You Can Connect the X2T-S to Your Phone or Tablet via Bluetooth after Download the "GodoxPhoto" APP, Then control the Flash Mode, Power Output, the Modeling Light Mode, the Beep of Godox Flashes, and etc. It is Extremely Useful When Doing Product Photography in the Studio While the Radio Trigger is Hard to Reach on the Top of the Camera
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Scan setting, One-shot and Multi-shot setting, Control of the Modeling Lamp, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, ect.
  • 🌿|New User Interface, Easy to Operate|: LCD with Clear Display Effect, With 5 Group Setting Buttons, and 3 Function Buttons to Realize Quick Setting. Relocated Control-Wheel. New Hotshoe Locking Mechanism. New AF Assist Light that Uses Visible Light Instead of A Red/Infrared Pattern. USB-C Connection that is More up to Date and More Reliable than A MicroUSB
  • 🌿 |Effectively Avoid Signal Interference|: With 5 group, 32 channels and access to 99 wireless ID settings to limit the interference from other nearby systems. Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Godox X2T-S Trigger Can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode. It can work as a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Wireless Canon Speedlights Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack

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

New
Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
2 Reviews
Godox X2T-C TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Canon, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
  • 🌿 |Built-in Bluetooth for APP Control|: You Can Connect the X2T-C to Your Phone or Tablet via Bluetooth after Download the "GodoxPhoto" APP, Then control the Flash Mode, Power Output, the Modeling Light Mode, the Beep of Godox Flashes, and etc. It is Extremely Useful When Doing Product Photography in the Studio While the Radio Trigger is Hard to Reach on the Top of the Camera
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Scan setting, One-shot and Multi-shot setting, Control of the Modeling Lamp, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, ect.
  • 🌿|New User Interface, Easy to Operate|: LCD with Clear Display Effect, With 5 Group Setting Buttons, and 3 Function Buttons to Realize Quick Setting. Relocated Control-Wheel. New Hotshoe Locking Mechanism. New AF Assist Light that Uses Visible Light Instead of A Red/Infrared Pattern. USB-C Connection that is More up to Date and More Reliable than A MicroUSB
  • 🌿 |Effectively Avoid Signal Interference|: With 5 group, 32 channels and access to 99 wireless ID settings to limit the interference from other nearby systems. Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Godox X2T-C Trigger Can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode. It can work as a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Wireless Canon Speedlights Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack
New
Godox X2T-S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger for Sony, Bluetooth Connection, 1/8000s HSS, TCM Function, 5 Separate Group Buttons, Relocated Control-Wheel, New Hotshoe Locking, New AF Assist Light
  • 🌿 |Built-in Bluetooth for APP Control|: You Can Connect the X2T-S to Your Phone or Tablet via Bluetooth after Download the "GodoxPhoto" APP, Then control the Flash Mode, Power Output, the Modeling Light Mode, the Beep of Godox Flashes, and etc. It is Extremely Useful When Doing Product Photography in the Studio While the Radio Trigger is Hard to Reach on the Top of the Camera
  • 🌿 |TTL Autoflash and Pro Functions|: Support TTL Autoflash, 1/8000s High-Speed Sync, Multi Flash, Manual Flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Scan setting, One-shot and Multi-shot setting, Control of the Modeling Lamp, Adjusting All Groups' Output Value Simultaneously, ect.
  • 🌿|New User Interface, Easy to Operate|: LCD with Clear Display Effect, With 5 Group Setting Buttons, and 3 Function Buttons to Realize Quick Setting. Relocated Control-Wheel. New Hotshoe Locking Mechanism. New AF Assist Light that Uses Visible Light Instead of A Red/Infrared Pattern. USB-C Connection that is More up to Date and More Reliable than A MicroUSB
  • 🌿 |Effectively Avoid Signal Interference|: With 5 group, 32 channels and access to 99 wireless ID settings to limit the interference from other nearby systems. Only Achieve Triggering when the Channels and Wireless IDs of the Master and Slave unit are Set to the Same
  • 🌿 |SMART TCM BUTTON|: Godox X2T-S Trigger Can Transform the Flash Value in TTL Mode into the Power Output Value in M Mode. It can work as a wireless Godox Flash Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Wireless Canon Speedlights Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack
New
Godox Xpro-N 2.4G X System TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Transmitter + 2 x Godox X1R-N Controller Reciever for Nikon Flash
  • PERFECT COMBINATION - Godox Xpro-N TTL Wirelees Flash Trigger built-in Godox Wireless X System which can control camera flash,outdoor flash as well as studio flash, when combined with Godox X1R-N Reciever, it can also control the original Nikon Flashes,Featuring multi-channel triggering and stable signal transmission,perfect combination for studio flash solution.
  • TTL AUTOFLASH - Fully support TTL Autoflsh,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
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL - Can be used as a Wireless Godox Flash Trigger / Wireless Nikon Speedlites Trigger/ Wireless Shutter Release Trigger/ Flash Trigger with 2.5mm Sync Cord Jack Support E-TTL II Autoflash and Professional Functions
  • X1R-N RECEIVER - Godox 2.4G TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Remote Control Receiver for Nikon with Gr group flash and wireless grouping system (32 channels & 5 groups)and triggering the flash.
  • LCD DISPLAY - Both the Xpro-N & X1R are equipped with large LCD display,offs you convenient operation and make the work more efficient.

Remote Triggers Video

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

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