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Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control

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Product Highlights
  • For Camcorders with LANC or A/VR Jack
  • Tripod Grip for Secure Attachment
  • Controls Various Recording Functions

Vivitar's 8 Button Remote Control is compatible with digital video cameras that have LANC or A/VR jacks. Just connect the remote using either the LANC port or the A/VR port and the included A/VR cable and you're good to go. Once connected the remote enables a number of functions, including: zoom speed control, power of the LCD screen, a video search function, focus control for an artistic effect, zooming from wide to telephoto ranges, photo capture, power, and of course, the record button to start and stop recording. The remote also features a tripod grip for secure attachment.

Controls and Design of the 8 Button Remote
  • Tripd Grip: Allows you to securely attach the remote to your tripod
  • On Screen: Turns your camcorder's LCD display screen on or off
  • Zoom speed: Allows you to choose how quickly or slowly your camcorder zooms
  • Focus: Pressing the focus button focuses and blurs your video for a desired effect
  • Search: Rewinds and forwards through your video
  • Zoom: Zooms your camcorder between wide angle and telephoto ranges
  • Record: Starts or stops video recording
  • Photo: Takes a still picture
  • On/Off: Turns your camcorder on or off
Compatibility
This wired remote is compatible with camcorders with either a LANC port or an A/VR port. When connecting your remote to an LANC port on your camcorder, simply attach the plug connected to your remote to the LANC port on your camcorder. When connecting your remote to an A/VR port on your camcorder, attach plug A of the included A/VR cable directly to the A/VR port on your camcorder, and attach the plug connected to your remote into plug B of the included A/VR cable
Compatibility For camcorders with LANC or AV/R jacks
Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control
  • A/VR Cable
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Vivitar8 Button Remote Control
     
    3.8

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (22)
    • Lightweight (20)
    • Interfaces well with camcorder (11)
    • Improves performance (7)
    • Highly compatible (3)

    Cons

    • Flimsy design (6)
    • Poor interface (3)

    Best Uses

    • Shooting indoors (9)
    • Shooting outdoors (9)
    • Home movies (7)
    • Travel (6)
    • HD shooting (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (15), Film professional (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (26)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    INVALUABLE FOR THE PRICE

    I do A/V at church, & we're looking to upgrade to HD. We currently use 3 cameras & 1 computer to input a mixer thru S-video. We use Sony...Read complete review

    I do A/V at church, & we're looking to upgrade to HD. We currently use 3 cameras & 1 computer to input a mixer thru S-video. We use Sony D-8/Hi-8 1-ccd camcorders with Lanc jacks for remote control operation. I've been researching using Sony HDR series camcorders. These cam's have an AV/R jack instead of a Lanc jack, & it shares duties w/ analog output, so both can't be used at the same time. Unless somebody makes a combined Lanc input w/ S-video output cable, then the HDMI output into a converter to analog would be needed. I found several items to do all this w/- but don't know what will work. I found this remote when looking for ways to make my ideas work. I ordered this because the price & what you can do w/ it can't be beat!!! I tried it on my Sony mini-DV camcorder w/Lanc, & it works great! Even the focus feature works-(put in manual mode 1st.) I also tried it on my Sony HDR-CX160. It works great on that, too! Only I couldn't get the focus feature to work. The reason I gave it 5 stars is because I haven't seen anything else that has this many features for the price, plus having Lanc/AV-R duality!!! I will use this as back-up to my several Sony Lanc remote tripods I've been using for years. Yes, the zoom rocker switch does click-so what! use an external mic. The zoom speed knob is a little stiff-But, for the money, you can't go wrong w/ this unit!!! Yes, I would recommend this to a friend- Just remember it's limitations.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good Bargain, But Zoom Clicks

    I bought this so that I could control my camcorder, a Canon HF G10 without having
    to point the infrared remote directly at the camera.
    This is ok if you are behind the...Read complete review

    I bought this so that I could control my camcorder, a Canon HF G10 without having
    to point the infrared remote directly at the camera.
    This is ok if you are behind the camcorder but not if you are in front of it.
    Most 3rd party remotes work only with Sony. Canon gets no love from 3rd party manufacturers, so I was concerned when ordering this because no one knew if it would actually work with a Canon Camcorder.
    I also ordered the VariZoom VZ-EXTL20 Extension Cable 20' long, just in case it worked.
    Well the good news is it WORKS with CANON Camcorders!
    Ok, only a few buttons work with Canon and it does come with a Sony LANC adapter. The LANC cord is 14" long.
    But what does work, works pretty darn well for the money.

    The only buttons that work are the Start/Stop Recording button. The Rocker Zoom switch and the Variable Speed Dial for the zoom.
    The zoom control is fixed on a dial so you do not vary the speed with your thumb.
    The next nearest priced remote is a Libec and that costs almost 4 times as much.
    So the Vivitar is a screaming deal and yes, it does work with the extension cord.

    Ok, what's bad about it?
    Well for starters it looks and feels very 1980.
    It's big and bulky and the so called mount for your tripod handle is a joke. Maybe
    it will work on some tripods, but not on any I own.
    The zoom switch is a rocker but it clicks audibly when you press it.
    How loud?! CLICK!
    Well you know those bottle caps with the popup air seal in the middle that clicks when you press it and it drove your parents crazy? About like that.
    That might be a deal breaker for some. I've found no way to quiet it.

    So if you want a cheap way to control your Canon camcorder and you can live with a click everytime you press the zoom button, it's a good deal.
    For the money it's a bargain even with the clicky zoom switch. I was hoping the Photo button would work, but it doesn't on my Canon HF G10.
    I'll probably return it and buy the Libec because I need a quiet zoom.

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    4.0

    Good for the price

    By Joe Pepper

    from Panama City, Panama

    About Me Film Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shooting Indoors

      Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

      It have what they offer. Good for the price!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      3.0

      Not suited for quiet environments

      By Nigel

      from Brisbane AUSTRALIA

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Highly Compatible
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

        Pros

        All functions worked perfectly with the Sony camera it was intended for
        It had large controls, which is what I was looking for

        Cons
        Zoom rocker clicks quite loudly in operation. Definitely not suitable in quiet environments such as theatres and stage performances, which is a huge pity

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        • No

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        3.0

        Not a bad product for the money

        By RAF

        from virginia

        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Design

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Shooting Indoors
        • Shooting Outdoors
        • Travel

        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

        This is an excellent product for the money. It gives me the same smoothness as my more expensive lanc. There is a click in the zoom toggle switch but I don't record from my camera so for me it's not an issue. However I found to reduce or eliminate the click don't press the ends to zoom instead place your whole thumb on switch with little downward pressure and rocker the toggle back and forth.

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        • No

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        2.0

        Small remote, not for Panasonic

        By MRPWProductions

        from Mastic, NY

        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

        DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE A PANASONIC CAMERA! Or at least to my knowledge not for the Panasonic AG-AC90. It won't work. The remote is half the size of your hand and made of cheap materials.

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        4.0

        Works with Canon XA10, G20

        By Kaiteino

        from Orange County, Ca.

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Highly Compatible

        Cons

        • Poor Interface
        • Requires Extension Cable

        Best Uses

        • Remote Camera

        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

        Yes, the remote will work with Canon XA10 and G20's, but there's a catch. For some reason the LANC connector doesn't sit correctly in the XA10 or G20. However, if you get the Varizoom VZ-EXTL10 10' extension cable and connect that to the camera, then the remote, it functions perfectly. Don't ask me why. I hope this helps a few people. Other than that, the unit let's us power on/off our remote camera's and control the zoom functions by simply hot swapping from one extension cable to another.

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        1.0

        GOOD PROMISE POOR PERFORMANCE

        By RPF

        from New York

        About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Did Not Work
          • Poor Interface

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

            DID NOT DELIVER WITH CANON XA 10
            Failed to do anything.
            Too bad, it promised a lot

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By Taz Entertainment

            from Tucson, AZ

            About Me Film Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Highly Compatible
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Shooting Indoors
              • Shooting Outdoors
              • Travel

              Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

              Bought this to control a Sony EX-5 on a jib arm mounted on a moving vehicle. Weather was horrible; literally rain, hail, and strong winds. Controller held up perfectly with no issues at all.

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              1.0

              Zoom clicks - too much sound

              By KMH

              from Salina, KS

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting

                Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                The clicking of the zoom button is unsatisfactory for video purposes.

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                • No

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                5.0

                "works as promised"

                By Puerta Roja Studio

                from OKlahoma City, OK

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                    I have used it with a canon xh-a1 camcorder and it
                    works perfectly. I tried to use it with a canon 60d dslr and for some reason it made the camera act up.
                    Kept taking continuos pictures.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent performance for the price.

                    By Fletch

                    from Winston Salem, NC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Improves Performance
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Shooting Indoors
                      • Shooting Outdoors
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                      The remote attaches quickly and easily to my tripod. The interface has worked very well as advertised.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Remote control for camcorder.

                      By PonyNavigator

                      from Purcellville, VA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Interface With Camcorder
                      • Improves Performance
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                        This control was shipped promptly and worked perfectly right out of the box. The control works with my Sony HC-85 camcorder taking the "shake" out of adjusting the zoom while capturing sporting events. Clamps nicely on my tripod, and improves my video capture.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Work with Canon XF100

                        By ProdCom

                        from Montreal

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Pros

                        • Good Interface With Camcorder

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                            It work as it should and advertised with a Canon XF100. The tripod grip is a bit too big and flimsy, but ok. I'm not sure that it's that useful on a regular tripod setup. But on a Jibb, with an extension cable, it's a must have, for the price.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Works great

                            By Rhinotherunt

                            from Alabama

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Performance
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                              Makes it easy to do smooth zooms with gl2. The zoom rocker does click, but barely noticeable.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Great product for it's value

                              By Matais

                              from Bs As Argentina

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                              I use it with a Sony FX-1000 and a Sony TD10.
                              It works great on the two cameras.
                              The buttons make a little "click" noise, but nothing to worry, it isn't loud to get throw the microfone.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great remote, fantastic price!

                              By Barely B Films

                              from Broken Arrow, OK

                              About Me Film Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Flimsy Design

                              Best Uses

                              • LANC control of camera

                              Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                              I can't say enough good about this remote. Finally, a remote that gives access to all the LANC features, even the ability to turn the camera on and off remotely. And, the remote is inexpensive! Yes, it's a bit cheaply made, but at this price you can stock a spare. The only real negative is that the buttons make an audible "click" sound, even the zoom rocker. This is not a good thing if you're recording sound from the camera close to the remote. For my application this is not a problem, but you should be aware of it if you're going to locate the remote close to the camera.

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                              4.0

                              Does what I need it to

                              By oz

                              from Richmond, KY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                              Based on other reviews I was expecting certain buttons not to work with my HF G10, which was true. Photo, search, and onscreen. However, this was second thought to the more important zoom control, which works splendidly. I didn't find the "click" sound it makes as annoying as others, but when recording music concerts, it's not noticeable, and I rarely rely on my cam's mics, but if you're one to be using this in a quiet environment while capturing audio with the cam's onboard mic, it will pick up the click sound. I was also expecting to have to work out a more secure way to attach it to my pan handle when I saw the picture thinking that it would be like a mic clamp, but it was much stronger than I expected and worked fine. I did have to buy an extension cable because the cord wasn't long enough to reach my cam, at least not from where I like to adjust the pan handle length. It measures 14". One weird thing is that the "on/off" switch will turn on the camcorder, but when switching it to the off position, the camcorder will shut off, then turn itself back on, then shut off, then turn itself back on again, etc. Only resolve is to pull out remote before turning off cam. Zoom speed dial gives slow creep zoom up to brisk. And the focus buttons worked as well. Convenient to pull focus without having to touch the cam. Nothing more or less than what I was hoping for, especially at that price. Awesome!

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                              5.0

                              LANC for non-LANC Sonys

                              By JRH

                              from Cincinnati,Ohio

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Interface With Camcorder
                              • Improves Performance
                              • Lightweight
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Movies
                                • Shooting Indoors
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                                dirt cheap and comes with an adaptor that makes non-LANC equipped Sony camcorders operate remotely.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                INVALUABLE FOR THE PRICE

                                By CC

                                from Exton, PA.

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                • Lightweight
                                • versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Back-up
                                  • Inexpensive addition
                                  • Replacement
                                  • Shooting Indoors
                                  • Shooting Outdoors
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                                  I do A/V at church, & we're looking to upgrade to HD. We currently use 3 cameras & 1 computer to input a mixer thru S-video. We use Sony D-8/Hi-8 1-ccd camcorders with Lanc jacks for remote control operation. I've been researching using Sony HDR series camcorders. These cam's have an AV/R jack instead of a Lanc jack, & it shares duties w/ analog output, so both can't be used at the same time. Unless somebody makes a combined Lanc input w/ S-video output cable, then the HDMI output into a converter to analog would be needed. I found several items to do all this w/- but don't know what will work. I found this remote when looking for ways to make my ideas work. I ordered this because the price & what you can do w/ it can't be beat!!! I tried it on my Sony mini-DV camcorder w/Lanc, & it works great! Even the focus feature works-(put in manual mode 1st.) I also tried it on my Sony HDR-CX160. It works great on that, too! Only I couldn't get the focus feature to work. The reason I gave it 5 stars is because I haven't seen anything else that has this many features for the price, plus having Lanc/AV-R duality!!! I will use this as back-up to my several Sony Lanc remote tripods I've been using for years. Yes, the zoom rocker switch does click-so what! use an external mic. The zoom speed knob is a little stiff-But, for the money, you can't go wrong w/ this unit!!! Yes, I would recommend this to a friend- Just remember it's limitations.

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                                  5.0

                                  Good, inexpensive wired Remote for Sony

                                  By hdierolf

                                  from Woodside, CA

                                  About Me Aspiring Film Maker, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Interface With Camcorder
                                  • Included cable adaptor
                                  • Inexpensive
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                                      This remote control works very well with all Sony camcorders that have either LANC 2.5 mm or AV/R 10 pin connectors and is rather inexpensive. A cable adaptor to convert from LANC 2.5mm to AV/R is included. This cable adaptor alone costs more from other sources than the entire remote with cable as supplied by B&H.

                                      I am using a wired remote when I record video from a tripod and therby avoid that any vibration is transmitted to the camcorder when operating start/stop.

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                                      4.0

                                      Good little controller

                                      By Nshizz

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Film Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Upgrade

                                        Comments about Vivitar 8 Button Remote Control:

                                        It works as described.
                                        Wish the tripod mount was a little sturdier but you get what you pay for.

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