Every so often, I surf around the internet looking for that luxury photo/video accessory that I don’t really need but would be a luxury to buy. While this practice can be fun, it can sometimes reveal items that are so expensive that relative to my budget, the experience can only be described as having “champagne tastes and Pepsi pockets”.
Recently I stumbled across the reasonably priced Promote Systems Promote Control which is an advanced all-in-one remote control for DSLR cameras. This remote control claims to be highly customizable to user preferences, and to be a replacement and extension of manufacturer-specific remote controls. Its specifications include an advanced Time-Lapse mode with optional sequence start delay, the ability to perform a fully automatic, user-defined, delay for Mirror lock-up before every picture is taken, and it can automatically put the camera into Bulb mode when performing bracketed exposures longer than 30 seconds. There are also many more features which are too many to list here.
Firmware upgrades can be performed via its USB interface and a PC, and it is powered by two AA batteries or via its external AC jack. The Promote Control is stated to be compatible with digital cameras supporting PTP/MTP protocol for controlling DSLR functions via USB.
If you would like to learn more about the Promote Systems Promote Control, or if you are convinced that you are ready to pick one up, you can head over to B&H Photo Video to check it out. The base package costs a mere $329.