Camera remote release pinout listCanon
Most DSLR and SLR cameras can be triggered remotely using a release cable. Unfortunately the connectors used for the external release have rather exotic shapes. Below you will find the pinouts for the common camera types. The standard solution consists of three wires: ground, focus and shutter. To focus the camera the focus wire has to be connected to ground. To release the camera both wires have to be connected to ground.
All Canon EOS cameras are equipped with a remote release connector. There are two types of plugs. Refer to this article for more details on the electrical data of the external trigger ports. Most types can be released by pulling down just the shutter wire.
2.5mm Jack Connector
This connector is used with the EOS 350D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 60D and the 70D. The 60D is the first two digit camera using a jack plug. It's is a DIY friendly stereo (3 pole) 2.5 mm jack plug. It is not the standard plug used in mp3-players etc. which has a diameter of 3.5 mm! But don't worry, you can buy this smaller plug in a bigger electronics store. The 'official' remote controller with this plug sold by Canon is called RS-60 E3.
This connector is used with the EOS 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 5D, 5Dmk2, 7D and all types of the 1D. The only way to get the connector is canibalising a cheap remote control. The 'official' remote controller with this plug sold by Canon is called RS-60 N3.
With three different types, Nikon is the unbeaten leader in inventing remote release connectors.
This type fits the D70s (not D70!) and D80.
This type fits the D90, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000, D7100 and D600. It was probably introduced to connect the GPS-receiver. The D90 was the first cam to appear with this new connector.
10-pin connector (MC-20, MC-22, MC-30, MC-36)
This is the connector found in the bigger Nikon cameras like D200, D300, D700, D3, D3x etc. It is also used by the Fuij S3 and S5 Pro. Nikon offers a cable called MC-22. It's an adapter cable for the round 10 pin plug ending with three banana connectors for own circuitry.
Unfortunately the modells D40, D60, D70 (without s) and D3000 don't have a cable release connector.
Pentax are the good guys and use the common 2.5-mm stereo jack plug. The pinout is the same as for Canon cameras (see above). Unfortunately the K-r and the K-x have no remote control socket. These models can be released per IR only.
This is the plug found on the Olympus RM-UC1 remote release. According to the Olympus web site it fits the modells E-PM1, E-PL2, E-P1, E-P2, E-P3, E-620, E-30, the E-400 series, E-510, E-520 and OM-D EM-5. It's also compatible with the compact cameras XZ-1, SZ-20, SZ-30 MR, SP-565, SP-570 and SP-590. One user reported that plugging in the remote cable into his E-520 blocks all controls on the camera body. The settings have to be done before attaching the cable.
The plug shown above can be found on the Olympus RM-CB1 remote release. Compatible camera models are E-1, E-3, E-300 (via battery holder), E-10 and E-20.
Sony has a rather exotic connector fitting all types. Many modells do not have a remote control connector. Both focus and shutter must be connected to ground to release the camera. Shutter only doesn't work. The connector was invented by Minolta before Sony bought them.
Panasonic/Lumix goes an unusual way and uses just one wire to control the focus and the shutter.
As shown in the picture above, only the shaft and the first ring are used. Resistors are used
to choose the function. This connector is used by the Panasonic G1, G2, GF1 etc.
My experiments showed that the more common resistor values of 33k, 3k3 and 2k2 also work. A possible wiring of the cable is shown here. Note that the grounds of the plugs are not directly connected.
Sigma (SD-14, SD-15)
The plug is the same like Canon, but the shutter and focus pinout is swapped. Thanks to sigma_fan for providing the info!
No guarantee for nothing. Please be careful when experimenting with your camera.
The timers /auto shutter remotes those are easily available in markets are only connecting these (ground+shutter) wires after a set of intervals.
My Question is...
..i have a DC motor, that is attached with some mechanism (i made) with RAIL + MY DSLR CAMERA.. if i power that motor, this camera drags on the RAIL... is it possible if i connect the same timer as parallel connection to the camera for timelaps and the motor to drag a bit after every interval... will it be safe for camera.. because.. to switch on the motor i use power and in camera only two connector is being connected..
I hope you understand my question.
I think fail power pin conection. Is the input wire conection a 3V or 5V?
If you don't mind cutting the cable and re-attaching the wires the opposite way around, this can be fixed however.
The ebay sellers foto4easy and cam.plus also sell these cables.
Note, the phottix cables seem to be wired differently than the Pixel/Cactus cables. I think the Pixel/Cactus cables have the ground wire at the tip, the focus in the middle, and the fire closest to the cable, and the Phottix has it the other way around. However, be sure to test it manually yourself, no matter what cable you get.
But I seem to remember someone who sold cables with a 2.5mm stereo connector on the end opposite the camera connector. Phototix cables have a 3.5mm stereo connector. I would like to find those with the 2.5mm connectors.
Is there any adapter or cables+adapters combination to convert mc-dc1 shutter cable to mc-dc2 shutter cable type. I got a 5 meter shutter cable for d80 that I want to fit to d90 camera.
Many thanks !
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