Homemade Remote Shutter Using Earphones.




Introduction: Homemade Remote Shutter Using Earphones.

About: Known in other pages as Juanke234 or L99, I'm a young person which likes to make great things with few resources.

Hi, I'm Kevin.

Yesterday I received a Canon 1000D as birthday gift and I'm happy with it. Checking the conexions and the manual I discovered the possibility to use a remote shutter. Although they're cheap (~15€), I wanted to make one by myself since I found some headphones with the same Jack as the required for this accesory.

Materials you will need:

  • Earphones with a 2,5mm* Jack. Better if they're broken to not waste them.
  • A normally open button. I recycled it from a broken ATA optical drive.
  • A lighter to remove wires' varnish.
  • Scissors to cut the cables.
  • A solder (optional).
  • And the camera, of course.

Ready? Go to the next page!

*This can vary in each camera.

Step 1: Cut the Earphones' Cable and Find the Correct Pair.

I don't have to explain this: grab your scissors and cut the cable. That's all!

Now you'll have 3 or 5 cables (left/right ear, mic. and button). One of them can be composed of fine wires. Isolate that wire from others to work easily with them.

Now use the lighter to burn the end of each wire. After this, connect the Jack to the camera and try various combinations with the wires, by pairs. If your camera takes a photo, remember that pair of wires. In my case they're the blue and green wires.

Step 2: Preparing the Button.

Some phone earphones have a button/mic built in the cable. Unfortunately, in my case the camera takes infinite photos when I plugged them, so I had to do this stuff to get it working correctly.

Take a button (normally open) and join to it the wires you identified before. If you have a solder use it instead of wrapping them.

If you camera has a Bulb mode and it requires to hold the shutter, you can use a switch - it will be more comfortable.

Step 3: Test and Enjoy It.

To make it look better you can decorate it, but unfortunately I haven't got any materials for it.

Now you can connect your "new" remote shutter to your camera and take photos easily.

Hope this was useful.


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5 years ago

Really easy.
But it doesn't work with my Nikon D5200 (don't know why).


Reply 3 years ago

Check the wires you have connected and check it with your phone that it works or not. If it works with your smartphone then it might be possible that your camera doesn't support this method.


Reply 5 years ago

Hi TimeMen.
I checked your camera's manual and it seems the remote shutter you need uses an infrared signal. In addition, the accessories port isn't a Jack, but a special one.
Thanks for let me know that!

Kevin (Filconat)


Reply 5 years ago

Hi Kevin,
Thanks for that quick replay.
I can control my Nikon remotely via a special USB cable and my Linux PC (gphoto2 or darktable). In addition I have the WIFI stick WU1A which allows me to control the cam with my smartphone. But that isn't that what I want.
Perhaps I can find out which parts of the USB-A cable have to be shortened to capture or to focus.

My Sony DSC HX50 which I also could use for my new project has only an micro USB port. I can't control the Sony via my PC but there's an intern WIFI.

So it could be quite difficult to control the cam with a switch or with an arduino. There are some tricks using an octocopler but for that is a Jack needed i believe.

Firstly i have to build my RC car with an arduino.
Then i'll think over how to connect my cam to the arduino.