Make a Wired SONY ALPHA DSLR Remote (by Brad Justinen)

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Introduction: Make a Wired SONY ALPHA DSLR Remote (by Brad Justinen)

I created this simple but powerful shutter release remote for my Sony DSLR. With some random junk (or trip to goodwill) you can create one too.

Step 1: Find Your Items From Old Computers/electronics

Needed Materials.
To ON/OFF Buttons (I used a flip button and a push button)
Wire
Small Computer Connector (will explain more in next step)
Some kind of housing or enclosure (i used clear, flexible pvc hose - but you could use a film canister or pill bottle)

Needed Tools:
Soldering Iron
Solder
Sander (or sandpaper)
Exacto Knife
Wire Cutters
Wire Strippers

Step 2: Create Your Camera Connector

This is the actual 3-pin connector that plugs into the camera. We will have to make one from scratch (almost).

This was the most difficult part for me but now that i've figured it out it should take you less time.

1. Find a old computer connector (such as the cable that plugs into a cd-rom for audio). I doesn't matter what size it is or how many pins it has. ALL THAT MATTERS IS HOW FAR APART THE PINS ARE.

2. Cut, Trim, and Sand down the plastic on the connector so there are only three pins left. (trim everything outside the yellow box in the photo for example) I made mine from a 20+ pin connector

3. If the pins on the camera are too wide for connector you will need to widen them a little. I stuck my exacto knife in the holes and twirled it a little to open them up. (widen the holes inside the yellow box in the photo for example)

Step 3: Solder Everything Together Inside of Your Enclsure

See the photo for the complete wire diagram.

I won't bore you with the step enclosure creation process. Find your case, cut holes in it for your switches, put everything together. If your this far you don't need me to tell you how to make it. I'm sure you'll use whatever materials you have, and whatever process you want. If your completely lost, you can use a film canister and an exacto knife to cut your holes. I used clear, flexible pvc hosing and my swithes are held in place by tension.

Leave yourself a little extra wire so you can mess with it without pulling any wires apart.

Step 4: Plug It Into Your Camera and Start Shooting Burr-free Photos, Etc.

Sorry i don't have more photos if you get stuck you can contact me and i will help you out.

Enjoy!!!!

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This is great! The wiring harness from an old motherboard power light worked great, what an awesome idea. And the wiring diagram, didn't know that at all. Super handy, saved me ordering something that would do the same thing.

you all know if I can use the wired remote in order to activate the film / recordings button in my soy ALPHA A580 ??

'm doing it now, to him, and with an IR remote MOD

mvg henry

Best brad Justine,

I plan also to make your instructable but want to use it for filming (for the rec. button to switch film / movie to start recording) I have a

Sony Alpha A580 (it does have an IR remote in, but this has only two functions:

photo shooting right and 2seconds waiting to take a picture (no film / recordings button) your wire remote also works with the film / recordings button?

I have sony qx10 and qx100, is it same case to own create wire shuther? If you don't mind, could i have your email? riyanto.sigit@gmail.com please inform me, need your help

Nice I am on a tight budget and still don't have nearly enough toys
This remote will be most welcome thanks!
Now,,,can we figure how to use an arduino + android + eye-fi to get a remote controller which will operate as a remote camera viewfinder on the tablet (even if delayed by eye-fi transmission time) ,,,I want to use my Android tablet to see pics on my Sony alpha 35 and control the camera as well. (Not asking much, am I?)
Btw some great time lapse apps for androids on Google play might please earlier com enters.

if i have a mic jack, can i use that jack to put my shutter release remote... please reply

Nice article have you tried adding one of these or something similar?http://www.sparkfun.com/commerce/product_info.php?products_id=666 
I would give it a shot but having no electrical background I would be afraid of killing the camera somehow. I'm looking for a way to use my netbook to allow timed photos and using what you have coupled with one of these would be a way to get around not having that ability built into the A200.

Hmm... I lie apparently! I didn't think of using a simple Relay with the Arduino - making operating a switch like this very easy. A relay detects a voltage, and closes a physical switch using electromagnets, so the Arduino code could be written to close two separate relays; one controlling the auto focus, and one firing the shutter. I will play around with this for a little longer, until I have something more specific to bring to the table. I will be making an instructable on this if you don't mind me doing so, and I would love to collaborate if you are still interested in a year old topic!

I would also be very interested to see how something like this might work. I have played a little with the Arduino Duemilanove but so far I cannot think of a way to do this using software. As far as I am aware it is very easy to send a voltage through an Arduino pin, but it is seemingly impossible to connect two pins. The only way that I could think of doing this would be by having a servo controlled by the Arduino swing across a metal paperclip and bridge two contacts or something of these sorts, but this would be a very ineffective way of doing it. The timing function would be very simple coding when the rest is complete, the only tricky part is connecting the wires. I will keep looking into ways of doing this, and I will notify you of any breakthroughs that I find. Fingers crossed, and thanks for the fantastic instructable - you have saved me a good £30!

i made mine from epoxy and made a mold and the metal pin for contact at least it work hehe
I like your design