I thought I'd write up a quick review of the YouPro wireless remote control. For years I've been using a traditional corded remote control made by Neewer. When I needed something a little more 'hands-free' I'd flip over to a cheap infra red remote I got off eBay. But neither were really cutting it for me, so this is where the YouPro comes in!
In the box...
The YouPro YP-860 comes as a small package with clear instructions written in English. An added bonus are the batteries included in the box! I purchased it from Amazon for £18.50 and it arrived within a few days. I've had it for about 3 months and so far I'm really pleased with it. It's apparent when you hold the product the build quality is solid. I did have concerns that I'd end up with a device made from cheap flimsy plastic. But the YouPro YP-860 feels good in the hand and so far has gone unscathed with me as it's owner.
It has all the core features you'd expect from a remote control:
- Single shooting
- Continues shooting
- Delay shooting (4 second countdown)
In the box you'll find x1 transmitter, x1 receiver, instructions, batteries and a cable to connect the receiver to the remote/cable release of your camera. As I own a Canon 700D I opted for the E3, which simply denotes the bundled cable. On the reverse of the box are ten different cable types covering a number of camera manufactures and camera models. So when purchasing make sure you get the right one!
What I like about this remote is the ability to to half press the shutter button and the camera will being to auto focus. A feature that's probably native to most DSLRs and a nice touch to be able to do it remotely.
When you go in to BULB mode a solid red light will appear on the receiver which gives a clear visual indicator that the shutter is open. To open the shutter just press the shutter release button once and when you're done press again to close. On one occasion I was pushing the distance for this device and found that any break in signal between the transmitter and the receiver will cause the shutter to close.
If like me you use a wireless transmitter for your off camera flash you'll hit this snag. My transmitter has to sit in the hot shoe of the camera. The YouPro YP-860 is also designed to sit in the hot shoe. Obviously you can't have both so I leave the YouPro dangling down at the side of the camera. Which is fine if you are working just on a tripod. That said, if I were moving around I'd have to think of a better way to secure it to the camera. If you're not using any other device that takes up the hot shoe, then you wont encounter this problem.
All in all I'm very pleased with this remote control, even more so for the reasonable price tag. That said the corded remote will always have it's place in my kit. Mainly because of the programmable features for stop motion and the configurable bulb intervals, something the YP-860 lacks. The infra red remote on the other hand I can't really see myself using again, perhaps only as a backup.
With the YouPro YP-860 it's made solo shoots much easier and I don't have to break poses as much, if at all, to trigger the shutter. In short, if you haven't got one these in your kit yet, buy one!