The Canon EOS R is a pretty great camera but it’s missing a couple of amenities. The built-in time-lapse movie mode is great if you want to have a finished 4K timelapse out of the camera as a video file. If you want to capture still images for later editing and assembly, however, you are out of luck with the in-camera options.
Luckily, there’s a pretty affordable solution that gives you easy control over intervalometer functions on the EOS R (as well as other Canon cameras using the Sub Mini remote input). The Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote Switch allows you to capture still images with customizable exposure in JPEG and/or RAW format using an intervalometer inside the remote. You can then edit those photos later in your software of choice and assemble them as a time-lapse.
I reviewed the Canon 3-pin version of the Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote nearly five years ago. Nothing has really changed with regard to the overall performance and functionality of the remote even on the new Canon EOS R. It works like a charm and the Sub Mini connector version works on the Canon Rebel series of DSLRs, as well the M5, M6, and several PowerShot models.
You can set the number of shots between 1-399 or set it to unlimited and stop it when you get ready. The LCD is backlit for low light operation and the menu system is fairly intuitive. You can also use the remote to trigger bulb mode by pressing to open the shutter and releasing the button to close the shutter. For extra-long bulb exposures, you can lock the button in the open position. It will also operate as an extended timer with up to 99 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds delay. It is powered by two AAA batteries and can run timelapse shoots up to 60 days long with standby time up to 2 years.
If you are a time-lapse shooter interested in the Canon EOS R (or any Canon Rebel model), the reliable Vello ShutterBoss II Timer Remote is a must-have for your camera bag. You can find it here at B&H Photo.
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