Pluto Trigger – The Bluetooth camera remote controlled by your phone
The Pluto Trigger provides more features than old style shutter release remotes. This camera remote controls your camera wirelessly using a Smartphone app. The free App is both Android and Apple compatible.
In this review you'll see the features of the Pluto Trigger, find out which camera models it's compatible with, and see how its features will help you capture the photos you've always dreamed of taking.
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What is the Pluto Trigger?
Pluto Trigger is a high-speed camera trigger that's controlled by using an iPhone or Android phone App. The free App uses Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) to set up your DSLR camera settings remotely.
You use the App to set your DSLR to take photos at high-speed. These can be triggered by sound, by light, or by something breaking a laser beam aimed at the Pluto Trigger (the laser is included in the package).
There are 24 camera modes in all. Camera modes include remote shooting, time lapse, High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography, video recording and lightning photography.
With the built-in PIR sensor, Pluto Trigger will take photos after detecting animals’ body heat. It can also be set to wait until a person is smiling to capture a photo, or take pictures triggered by motion or vibration. There's a mode to capture water droplets colliding in mid-air.
Pluto Trigger has infrared (IR) remote control capability, which means it can also support a wide variety of other cameras (not just DSLRs). The smartphone App can calculate depth of field and shutter speed when using an ND filter, 500 Rule and Sunrise/Sunset Time!
What's in the box?
Smartphone Bluetooth BLE Compatibility
To use the Pluto Trigger camera remote, your smartphone model must support Bluetooth Low Energy (Bluetooth LE or BLE).
Compatible Apple and Android devices include the iPhone 4s or later, iPad 3 or later, iPod Touch 5 or later, iPad Mini, and the Android 4.3 with Bluetooth 4.0 LE or later.
To double-check Android devices, go to Google Play and install the "BLE Checker" to see if BLE is supported on your device.
Pluto Trigger Operating Modes
Release your camera shutter wirelessly from your phone. Seven release modes are available: Single, Focus, Hold, Lock, Bulb, Burst and Timed.
Use the Time-Lapse mode to take a number of pictures separated by a preset time interval. Set the duration, number of shots, interval, and optional start delay before starting the sequence. Press the start button and hundreds of images will be taken automatically. Use computer software to create a fast motion video with the resulting images.
Video mode on the Pluto Trigger enables your camera to record video without a 30 minute limit. The video recording will be restarted when the 30 minute limit is reached.
Use the Timer mode to set the start time and end time to take photos or record video each day. This mode is useful for taking time-lapse images of building and construction projects, or the growth of plants. Both the camera and Pluto Trigger will need a source of power for extended periods usually required for time-lapse and use of the timer.
You have the option to set the interval to take photos, when recording video, you can set the retrigger time to 30 mins and 3 secs to overcome the 30 mins recording limit.
Vibration or shaking your phone can trigger your camera wirelessly!
Combine multiple sensors for specific scenarios (e.g. triggering your camera by sound when it is bright enough). Cross-beam laser sensors can be made using this mode.
This mode is great for the DIY-ers who like to make your own sensors to trigger the camera in creative ways such as smoke detectors and sensors, ultra-sonic or temperature sensors. You will need a 2.5 audio cable to connect to your DIY sensor to connect to you AUX port. This limited only by your own imagination!
Take photos only when it is bright or dark!
Trigger your camera based on the distance you have travelled by using the GPS on your phone.
You can voice activate the trigger simply by saying the word “Pluto” to fire off your camera.
Depth of Field (DOF) is the range of distance in a photo that appears to be in sharp focus. Depth of field is a creative decision and one of your most important choices when composing photographs in nature. This feature allows you to take sharper landscape photos.
Based on the focal length, aperture and camera type you have entered, DOF calculator calculates the hyper focal distance. This is the focus distance where everything from half the hyper focal distance to infinity is within the depth of field. This is useful when deciding where to focus such that you maximize the sharpness within your scene,
Use the actual focal length of the lens for depth of field calculations. The calculator will automatically adjust for any "crop factor" for the selected camera.
Motion photography can be used to create special effects photography. Any moving object captured by your phone camera will trigger your DSLR camera.
When in laser mode, Pluto Trigger uses its light sensor to detect the laser beam. Whenever the light beam is broken, Pluto fires the camera. The response time is about tens of micro-seconds.
Set your camera to go off when something breaks the laser beam aimed at the Pluto Trigger. (This doesn't work in daylight).
Set the number of shots, exposure time, interval and start delay. Take multiple long-exposure images to create a beautiful star trail image.
When set to Infrared mode, Pluto Trigger will detect a human or animals' body heat and take photos. This is great for night-time wildlife photography, and ideal for security footage and photography purposes.
As lightning strikes happen in such a short period of time, humans generally aren't fast enough to capture great lightning photos manually. You'll often end up with a lot of wasted photos to capture one lightning strike.
With the Pluto Trigger, it can be set to detect lightning strikes and will trigger your shutter instantly, every time.
Using the microphone on your smartphone, Pluto Trigger allows your camera to do high-speed photography triggered by sound. The sound mode is used for high-speed photography where your regular DSLR camera is too slow to take pictures of popping balloons, breaking glasses, exploding items, etc.
The idea behind using a sound trigger is that instead of triggering your camera, you trigger the flash unit. Your camera will be in bulb mode in a completely dark room. Whenever the flash is triggered, you will capture a single frame. Instead of taking a lot of images with a high-speed camera, you'll capture a single frame with your regular DSLR camera. In this setup, the speed of the flash unit is very important. The faster the flash unit, the sharper the image will be.
The Sound mode has two parameters which are Sensitivity and Delay. Sensitivity can be set to a value between 1 and 100 using the dial. Setting the sensitivity to a high value will let you to capture more sound events. If you want to capture only high level sound events, you need to set the sensitivity to a lower value. You can test to see which sensitivity level best fits your needs.
If the sound event is captured too early, you'll need to add some delay. Specify a delay so the flash unit is triggered to capture the picture at the exact moment required.
Water Droplet Collision
Water droplet collision photos need to be taken in a darkened room. To capture water droplet collision photos with the Pluto Trigger, you'll need some additional photography accessories. As well as the Droplet Valve and your camera, you'll also need a speedlite flash, a tripod and a magic arm to hold up the Droplet Valve.
Most cameras can do High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography quite well, but Pluto Trigger makes the majority of cameras more capable than what their own built-in tools can provide.
A standard DSLR does somewhere in the range of 3 to 5 images for the lower end models, and in the 5 to 9 images for higher end cameras.
Pluto Trigger will capture up to 19 images with auto-exposure bracketing. These images are later merged into a single, perfect HDR image. (Note: The fastest shutter speed is limited to 1/20).
Simply smile to trigger the shutter and take a great selfie. (iOS only). As Pluto Trigger detects your smile, a sound notification is emitted and the photo is taken 1.5 seconds later.
Sunrise and sunset times are calculated based on your local coordinates and time. You'll never miss the golden hour for photography!
ND Filter Calculator
ND Filter Calculator helps you determine the correct exposure time/shutter speed when using Neutral Density Filters. After setting the filter being used, and the shutter speed without the filter, the correct shutter speed is calculated for you.
What is the 500 Rule in photography?
If you want crisp clear photo of night stars, you need the right exposure settings, and the slowest shutter speed possible to avoid star trails (star movements). If the shutter is open for too long, the camera detects the movement of the stars and the images will come out blurry.
The Rule 500 mode on Pluto Trigger calculates the slowest shutter speed possible to avoid star movements. The stars near the equator move much faster than at galactic central poles.
Sharper photos will be taken at galactic central poles. To easily locate galactic central, download the free App called 'Planets'.
Camera Shutter Cable and Compatibility List
The Pluto Trigger supports most popular camera brands including Canon, Nikon, Sony, Minolta, Panasonic, Olympus, and Pentax.
The camera shutter cable is required for the Pluto Trigger to work with your camera. When ordering, you can select No Cable, or choose the one compatible with your camera. More than 300 types of cameras are supported with 13 types of cables: E3, N3, DC0, DC1, DC2, S1, S2, UC1, CB1,P1, L1, F and SA cables.
Check the Chart below to find the correct cable to order with the Pluto Trigger.
As well as triggering cameras via shutter cables, Pluto Trigger can also trigger most IR remote-compatible cameras. Below is the list of cameras supported by each camera cable and IR remote. Although it's okay on a mobile, this is best viewed on a Tablet or Desktop.
- Camera Brand
What about the Dimensions, Battery Life, Sensors and Bluetooth Range?
Pluto Trigger measures a tiny 2.36" x 1.57" x .74" inches (or 60 x 40 x 19 mm) and weighs 1.3 ounces (37 grams).
The Bluetooth ranges from between 33 feet to 65 feet (10 to 20 meters), and the range on the Infrared Remote is from (3 to 7 meters).
The Battery Life is around 20 hours but with Bluetooth disabled, this will extend out to 40 hours. The recharging time is approximately 1.5 hours.
Despite being so small, all the important sensors, emitters, receivers, buttons, and ports are built in. The sensors are ideal for high-speed photography and trigger traps.
- 1AUX Port
- 2USB Charging Port
- 3Camera / Flash Port
- 4Status LED
- 5Sound Sensor
- 6Charging LED
- 7Shutter Button
- 8Light / Laser Sensor
- 9Infrared Sensor
- 10Infrared Remote
What about Long Time-Lapse Sequences and Battery Power?
Your camera battery may not be able to withstand a long term Time-Lapse without being powered by an AC adapter. You can minimize camera power draw by enabling the automatic meter-off timeout in your camera settings. The camera will then go to sleep between Time-Lapse shots.
As it's needed, the trigger will wake it up and continue its work. With a properly chosen camera meter time-out, you may be able to run hundreds of frames through your camera before its battery is depleted.
You can turn off the Bluetooth module after a long Time-Lapse sequence has been started. Just press and hold the shutter release button on the trigger for 5 seconds. The downside is that you will not be able to check the progress of the Time-Lapse sequence.
If you're planning to run a Time-Lapse sequence for more than a day, you should power your Pluto Trigger from its USB charger. Unlike a camera, Pluto Trigger can't afford to sleep between Time-Lapse sequences and needs an external power source for long Time-Lapse sessions.
What you need to know before buying the Pluto Trigger
Pluto Trigger is a quality product that allows anyone to explore high speed photography at a reasonable price. There's a couple of things you need to know to avoid any disappointment with your purchase.
How much does the Pluto Trigger Camera Remote cost?
The price of the Pluto Trigger is $119 USD without the cable, but as you need the cable, the real price is $124 USD. Considering some cables can be selling for upwards of $40 on eBay, buying the correct Pluto cable that's compatible with your camera for $5 when you purchase the Pluto Trigger, is quite reasonable.
Shipping costs also need to be factored in. These are shipped worldwide from Hong Kong. Shipping costs vary from between $6 - $12 USD depending on the type of shipping you select. There is more detail on shipping further down in this article.
Can you buy the Pluto Trigger on Amazon?
I know many people love the convenience and speed of buying off Amazon, but Pluto Trigger is not currently available on any Amazon sites globally. Pluto Trigger is available from time to time on Amazon, but only in small quantities and when it is, it sells out quickly. We'll put a link here which will direct you to your local Amazon store whenever these are in stock.
Shipping Costs and Delivery Times
Pluto Trigger is shipped worldwide from Hong Kong. Orders are processed and scheduled for shipment in 1 to 3 business days, (excluding holidays) after being received. All orders are shipped using DHL Express or Standard Post.
DHL Express takes 4 to 7 days to arrive and Standard Post takes between 8 to16 days to arrive. Standard Post shipping is $6-$10 USD. DHL Tracked Shipping costs between $8 - $12 USD. If the shipping location is in DHL's list of remote areas, or a replacement battery is ordered, these orders are sent using Standard Post.
Once your order has been processed, an automated shipping notification with a tracking number is emailed one day later. Real-time tracking information is available for DHL shipping. Standard Post tracking information isn't accessible until the package arrives in the destination country, after which you'll be able to track its progress.
Customs and Import Taxes
There are no Customs or import fees for the US, UK or Australia. For European countries and Canada, there might be $20 to $40 USD customs fees if you choose DHL Express. Typically, there won't be any customs fees for Standard Post shipping.
Any Customs fees and taxes are the responsibility of the customer. Unfortunately Customs charges vary from country to country so it's hard to determine what these charges may be.
Pluto Trigger - User Manual
The User Manual is available as a PDF download in 5 languages: English, German, French, Italian and Spanish. The Pluto Trigger App has an English Manual included. Click here to download the PDF User Manual.
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