Canon RC-1 Wireless Remote Controller for EOS Elan-II/IIE, Elan-7/7E/7N/7NE, Elan, Rebel Ti (Date Version Only), IX, EOS-10 & Digital Rebel


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About Canon

This miniature infrared transmitter operates at ranges of up to 5m/16.4 ft., and may be set for either instant shutter release or 2-second delay. The RC-1 may also be used to activate mirror-lock and bulb-shutter functions.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (27),Easy to use (24),Durable (15),Reliable (8),Improves function (7),Simple controls (5)
Best Uses:
Macro photography (10),Portraits (10),Studio (10),Travel (9),Home (8),Everyday (5),Landscape photography (5),Everyday use (4),Office (4),Professional work (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (19),Casual user (3),Professional (3)

Canon Features

  • Runs on Two CR-1220 Lithium Button Batteries.

Reviews about this item

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(based on 33 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Must have

I use this for some portraits but mostly for taking shots of jewelry for a friends web site within a light box. Has a nice range and the holder clips right to the neck strap for easy access.


Most Liked Negative Review



Bad things: It may be the fault of the body itself (using with a 5D mark ii), but I find it hard to get pointed right. The lens seems to block the signal if you are on the opposite side from the sensor. It's like trying to line up a picky TV remote. Good things: Light and small enough that you can probably find room for it in your camera bag on any excursion.

Reviewed by 33 customers


The best little remote I have.


from St. Louis, MO  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

These hide nicely on the camera strap and are ready to use without having something big hanging around. I have tested mine upto a range of 25 feet and the camera has fired without second guessing. I use one on each of my cameras - 5DM2, 7D, XTi, and T2 (film). If you are thinking about getting a remote, this is the best one.


Great addition for your camera


from Tampa, FL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

This remote is great to use if you don't want to jostle the camera by pushing the button, or if you want to be able to move around freely while shooting. My only complaint is that the sensor on the camera is only on the front and could use one on the back too, but that's not the remote's fault.


Works great with EOS 5D II


from Bellevue, WA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The wireless remote works great in line-of-sight use with my Canon EOS 5D mk II.


Simple, works as it should


from Washington, DC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Pros: The unit is small, lightweight, and very simple to use. It allows you to take pictures (on a tripod) without cables or your fingers on the camera, thereby minimizing the possibility of shake to the camera. For group shots where the photographer is in the picture, it is perfect. It is a nice compliment to my wired intervalometer in my kit. Cons: You must disconnect the front housing to access the button to take pictures. I'm not sure if this is a good design feature or not. It eliminates the possibility that the button will depress in your bag. However, you have to remember where you put the front housing piece when you are done using the remote. Another con is that you need line of sight with the camera's front IR sensor in other to take a picture. If you are doing macros and a bug steps perfectly in view, if the remote does not have the line of sight, you just lost the shot. In this regard, a wired connection is preferred. All in all, a recommended product. However, I also recommend having an intervalometer in your kit.


Works OK


from Orlando, Fl  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Works only in line of sight from the front of the camera, not as useful as I thought it might be.


Canon RC-1


from Redding, Ca  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have not used this wireless remote more than a handful of times but when I have used it, it has lived up to it's expectations, only downside so far has been needing to be in line of sight with the sensor on the camera for it to work.


small but terribly useful


from Fort Madison, Iowa  -  Getting Started

Very useful and very portable. You won't forget to bring it with you as it can be attached securely to the strap.


Does NOT work with rebel XS


from Caracas-Venezuela  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I had this product for my Canon Rebel XT wich was stolen and once I was able to purchase the equipment again I had to buy the Rebel XS (sicontinued XT or XTi) and sadly found out I could not use it with the XS (the camara does not even have the sensor at the front as the others). Same goes for the RC-5 remote. It worked GREAT with my stolen camara (sob) and if you want it for a XT, XTi, XSi, you will love it. Some vendors do not even know this and as I am an overseas buyer it was not worth wile returning.


Great Price


from Hays,KS  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Haven't used it much but look forward too.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good for slow moving subjects.


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

It does what it's supposed to do, but it may not be the best for fast-moving subjects. I would sometimes have to press the button repeatedly in order for the camera to detect the signal. Also, the angle really matters. It cannot be pointed at any odd angle, like beside the camera or behind it. It may still work, but you may need to keep pointing and pressing the button a few times. The two-second shutter delay is a plus though, because it gives you enough time to hide the remote if you're in the frame.

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