Pierre-Alexandre Huguenin — Portrait Photographer based in Geneva, Switzerland. © 2019 All Rights Reserved.

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How to control your Samsung NX with a remote control?

Since the acquisition in 2015 of my Samsung NX 500 and in 2018 of my NX 1, I have been building a special relationship with the Korean brand’s cameras. As a matter of fact, even today, these two cameras have nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to the latest technological advances in photography. For my outdoor sessions and landscape photos, the NX1 and NX500 are my favourite cameras. Their functionality, ease of use and image quality are largely unmatched by the new APS-C cameras recently released. Although Samsung withdrew from the market in 2016 and the company no longer provides hardware support, I am not about to abandon this system.

An update that caused trouble

If you own a Samsung NX camera like me, you may have noticed that the Samsung Camera Manager application no longer works since the update to Android 9 (Pie). Samsung Camera Manager is a convenient application, as it allows long exposures to be made via the camera’s Bulb (B) mode. Without this application, it is impossible to exceed the 30-second limit imposed by the camera. However, don’t worry, there is an alternative to replace the application. After some searching on the web, I came across this remote control: the JJC TMN LCD.

After unpacking, I realised that the remote was quite complex to use. The manual doesn’t really help, and it’s easy to get lost. In order to avoid a nervous breakdown, I propose here a small illustrated homemade tutorial.

Connect your Samsung NX camera to the JJC TMN LCD remote control

  1. Make sure the camera is turned off.
  2. Connect the remote control via the camera’s micro-USB port.
  3. Turn on the remote control.
  4. Turn on the camera.
  5. Switch the camera to manual mode (M) and activate manual focus (MF).
  6. Decrease the shutter speed until you reach Bulb (B) mode (located just after the 30-second bar).
  7. The remote control offers two ways to take the picture: option one, hold down the “HOLD” button until the desired exposure time is reached. The exposure time is displayed on both the remote control and the camera. Option two, slide the button upwards to start the exposure. Once the desired exposure time has been reached, slide the button down to finish the exposure.

There you go! In the end, it’s not that complicated 🙂 This remote control can do many other things, but I don’t need these features for my photo usages.

And you? What do you think of this remote control?

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