Having a wireless remote trigger for the shutter of your camera is extremely convenient. Instead of waiting for the 10 sec timer you can remotely trigger your camera to take a photo with this handy little device. The unit is compatable with both the Canon Digital Rebel and the Rebel XT. The range I’d say is about 15 ft, but if your using it in strong sunlight outdoors, it may be reduced some.
To use the remote control, all you have to do is set the camera up in timer mode, point the RC5 at the camera and press the button. The light on the camera flashes and takes a photo after a 2 second delay. I find this very useful when I wanna be in a portrait with the family. Instead of running like a madman into the scene, I can casually walk over and prepare myself. I also find it helps when I do product photography. I can take a photo of a product remotely, re-arrange or adjust lighting, and fire off another shot without having to go back to the camera.
This is a must have accessory for anyone doing a lot of family shooting. It can be found for about $25 CDN and I use mine all the time. The only downside is it is just a basic remote. I doesn’t have any zoom, aperature, shutter speed adjustments. The only unit that seems to be able to do this is the much more expensive Canon Wired controller.