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18th November 2012, 12:19 PM
Has anyone out there got any particular hints and/or tips for these devices.
I quite fancy a wireless remote but several people on our workshops have experienced difficulties with them.
Specifically, inconsistent shutter actuations.
Anyone care to comment or recommend anything in particular.
It doesn't have to be wireless, that would be nice, but reliability is paramount.

18th November 2012, 01:29 PM
I really wish the E-M5 had infrared so you could use the Olympus RM1 or compatible. As it is the trouble with any remote shutter for the E-M5, wireless or not, is that you have to connect via the USB port, which means having the USB cover open. A bit of a worry when you are anywhere near water.

Anyway, as per my post on sunsets (http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24210) I bought the Pixel RW221 from UK Highland Photography via Amazon. This is it on the E-M5:

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/500/P1030310-1_800x600.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54588)

I haven't had it long so can't really comment on reliability but I've taken about 100 shots with it and haven't had any misfires so far.

18th November 2012, 08:11 PM
I've also got a Pixel Pro - but it's the TW 282 model:

I've used it as a remote for shooting squirrels close up with a wide angle lens and it worked perfectly at up to 50 yards distance.
It has the advantage that you can also set it to fire automatically if you want, as an intervalometer to take sequential shots (not that I have tried that function). It's a bit more complicated to use if you want to make use of the automatic functions and I would have to refer to the manual in order to set it up for automatic shooting! I think that you can buy the appropriate receiver connecting cable for specific camera models separately if you ever decide change systems.

18th November 2012, 11:23 PM
I have a Yongnuo WR-159 O1 wireless remote which works reliably though I have used it for only relatively short distances. It was remarkably inexpensive at 12 from Amazon.


8th December 2012, 03:14 PM
Just received my Pixel RW-221 remote release from Highland UK Photography.
Looks like a great product but unfortunately they have sent the wrong cable.
The one I have received is I believe the one for the E5 not the E-M5.
It has the 2.5mm jack plug but on the other end a three hole female connector, whereas the E-M5 socket is not at all like this.
The questions are as follows.
(a) Is there a proprietary adapter to convert 3 hole female to whatever the socket is on the E-M5 ?
(b) Can the correct fittings be bought on line somewhere and I can manufacture my own cable?
(c) Can the correct cable be bough seperately from the remote device and if so from where?
Or, if any one has any ideas please let me know.
I just know the forum will be able to answer this query.

8th December 2012, 04:20 PM
Connection cables can be bought separately Jon. I think this is the one you want:


8th December 2012, 05:29 PM
I think David has come up with the correct answer to your problem. Olympus does not make it easy for us by using different connecters for their models. There seem to be a variety of small usb connecters to confuse us. Remotes whether wireless or wired which include the designation UC1 seem to fit the OM-D E-M5. This is the type of plug needed:-


David Morison
8th December 2012, 06:35 PM
I bought one some time ago for the E30 but when I upgraded to E5 it wouldn't fit. However the E-M5 has the same fitting as the E30 and surprise, surprise - it works!


8th December 2012, 07:02 PM
My wireless remote which works well is compatible with E410/E420, E510/E520, E30 and OM-D E-M5.

9th December 2012, 01:34 PM
Hope you manage to get the right cable, Jon. Mine came with the correct cable from Highland Photography. Could they not supply the right cable for you if they sent the wrong one?

One thing I've found with the RW221 is that you have to match the setting on the remote to the setting on the camera, otherwise the camera will 'freeze'. In other words, if you have the remote set to live bulb you also have to have the camera set to live bulb and similarly if you have the remote set to one shot, the camera has to be set likewise. If you don't the camera will sometimes freeze and refuse to do anything until you switch off the remote unit attached to the camera, and then the camera comes back to life. I wondered what the heck was going on when it first happened to me.