Did You Know: Your Xbox Headset Can Work as a Camera Remote

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From the Dept. of “I Wonder What Will Happen If I Shove This Into There” Research comes news of handy substitute for a dedicated remote camera trigger.

Electronics explorer Gurnarok noticed that the remote port on his Canon EOS 1100D matches the 2.5mm jack on his Xbox 360 headset. Plugging one into the other, he found that pressing the on/off button for the headset’s microphone triggers the shutter release. (Plugging the headset in also deploys the on-camera flash, a potential drawback.)

Gurnarok’s test bed is rather limited, but other Web-published research suggests widespread applicability for any phone/game console/whatever headset with an inline on/off switch. You could even chop off the headphones and make it look considerably  less cumbersome.

Feel free to do you own experiments and let us know what works.

  • agk71

    I think he deliberately deployed the flash to demonstrate the shutter releasing rather than it being as a result of the headset

  • Nils Winnwa

    I think the deploys only triggers because he is in Auto-Mode. Really cool Idea!

  • Jonathan Maniago

    Aye. Even Canon’s own RS60-E3 uses only 3 contact points (autofocus, shutter trigger, and ground). Shorting the autofocus will bring up the flash if the Auto-Mode thinks that the scene is too dark.

    Hats off to whoever in Canon’s engineering department chose the 2.5mm jack for the design. You can walk into just about any hardware store to buy audio cable extension cords and 3.5mm-2.5mm adaptors.

  • 9MrEvil

    Does he know how to f’in shave at all..