Knockoff game controller makes a fine remote shutter release

remote-shutter-release

[Duncan Murdock] received a Canon DSLR camera for Christmas and wanted a remote shutter release to go along with it. Since nary a store was open on Christmas, he was pretty much out of luck. Scrounging around in his parts drawer, he found all sorts of goodies waiting to be reused, including a knockoff Wii nunchuck.

He pulled the original cable from the nunchuck and replaced it with an old telephone wire, attaching a 2.5mm plug to the end. The plug goes directly into his camera’s control port, allowing him to trigger the auto focus and shutter mechanisms with the push of a button.

We like the idea of a junk controller being recycled for use in a camera, though we think it has far more potential than being used as a simple wired trigger. If both the nunchuck and camera were fitted with some sort of wireless interface (Bluetooth, IR, etc), we think it would make a great addition to any hobby photographer’s kit.

Comments

  1. mcfly says:

    Car horn stalks from scrap cars make a handy button in a pinch when you snap one off.

  2. aztraph says:

    That’s cool, I wonder if you could hook up the zoom to it as well, maybe a tripod that pans and tilts.

    • Colin says:

      For a DSLR, zoom control would require a whole apparatus to adjust the zoom on the lens, as this is controlled mechanically by twisting the lens and not electronically. Using the joystick to control a tripod would be pretty awesome.

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