Pluto Trigger

Pluto Trigger

Pluto Trigger

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Product Highlights

  • Infrared Remote or Wired Triggering
  • Controlled by Mobile App for iOS/Android
  • Capture Time Lapses, Star Trails, & More
  • Range: 10-23' (IR) / 33-66' (Bluetooth)
  • Light, Sound, and Infrared Sensors
  • Intervalometer and Phone Sensor Modes
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE for Phone Connection
  • Built-In Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Aux Port for Attaching Optional Sensors
  • Optional Camera Connection Cables
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Pluto PLUTO overview

  • 1Description

Take the guesswork out of triggering a camera with the features of the Pluto Trigger. It has the ability to function as either a simple infrared remote or it can connect to a smartphone over Bluetooth 4.0 LE for programming and setup of advanced modes. This provides users with a plethora of options and sensors to help them record time lapses, fast-moving subjects, and much more. The Pluto Trigger features multiple built-in sensors, including light, sound, and infrared, as well as an aux port for attaching other sensors. This can dramatically speed up response times to certain subjects, allowing the capture of balloons popping, lightning strikes, and more. This is augmented by the various intervalometer settings for creating specific shooting settings for your scene and the ability to use the sensors of your phone to access other, more unique triggering modes.

The Pluto Trigger features a standard 2.5mm camera connection that allows users to pick up different cables to work with their cameras. Also, this port can be used to connect a flash with the included PC sync cord. Alongside these ports is a micro-USB connection, which is how users can charge the built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can run for about 20 hours with normal usage.

General Features
  • Can trigger a camera via an infrared remote and the physical shutter release button or by using an optional connection cable.
  • Connects to smart devices using the iOS/Android mobile app via Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy with a range of about 66'.
  • Status LED will alert you to the current settings, battery life, and connectivity strength.
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers a normal life of about 20 hours or 40 hours when Bluetooth is turned off.
  • Offers a 2.5mm aux input for using optional sensors.
  • The 2.5mm camera output can also be used to connect a flash via the included PC sync cable.
Intervalometer Modes
  • Shutter Release: For simple triggering of your camera, this mode offers a variety of options on how to trigger your camera. This includes single shot, focus (press to focus, release to take a photo), hold (press to open shutter, release to end exposure), lock (press to open shutter, press again to close shutter), bulb, burst, and timed.
  • Time-Lapse: Set the Pluto Trigger to take a set number of photos with a preset time interval and an optional start delay. It can use either your camera settings or perform bulb-ramping for more advanced time lapses.
  • HDR: Shoot up to 19 photos for an HDR sequence with exposure step values between 1/3 to 3 stops.
  • Star Trail: Create long exposures of the night sky for clear images with star trails.
  • Video: Use the Pluto Trigger to automatically start recording again once you hit your camera's recording time limit.
  • Timer: Set the trigger to take photos or record video at a specific time each day for long-term projects.
Pluto Sensors
  • Laser: Using the included laser pointer in combination with the trigger's light sensor, users will be able to create a setting that will trigger the camera when the laser beam is broken. This has a response time of tens of microseconds.
  • Sound: Trigger your camera upon hearing a sound, such as popping a balloon or breaking glass. This mode allows users to set sensitivity and delay for achieving the appropriate response time.
  • Light: Triggers the camera when the light sensor notices an increase or decrease in ambient light.
  • Lightning: Quickly triggers the camera when it senses a bright flash of light.
  • Infrared: Triggers the camera when there is a change in infrared emissions, such as from a passing animal or person.
  • Droplet: When the trigger is connected to the optional Valve Kit users can easily capture water droplets through a pre-programmed method.
  • Aux: Users can attach various sensors to the trigger's 2.5mm aux port to trigger the camera with various other methods.
  • Fusion: Combine various sensors together to create a more specialized setting for your specific shoot.
Smart Sensors
  • Sound: Users can use the microphone in their smartphone to trigger a camera when a sound is heard.
  • Vibrate: Using the accelerometer of your phone, this mode will trigger the camera when vibration hits a pre-determined threshold.
  • Motion: By using the camera of your smartphone users can create a setup that will trigger the camera when motion is detected in front of your smartphone's camera.
  • Distance: This mode will capture photos as you travel over distance using your smartphone's GPS. This prevents unnecessary photos from being captured when you stop.
  • Voice: Users can use the voice command "Pluto" regardless of ambient noise levels to trigger the camera remotely.
  • Smile: Take selfies easily by using the camera of your smartphone to tell the trigger when you are smiling.
Tools
  • Depth of Field: This calculator will determine the hyperfocal distance based on the lens focal length, aperture, and camera type.
  • Sun Position: Provides official and civil sunrise and sunset times based on your current location and local time. Two countdown clocks are available to shoe upcoming events.
  • ND Filter Calculator: Calculate the correct exposure time when using neutral density filters. It uses the filter strength and current shutter speed to provide an accurate shutter speed.
  • Starscape Rule: By selecting your camera model and actual focal length this tool will calculate the slowest shutter speed possible for sharp, pinpoint stars. Users can select Rule of 500 or Rule of 400 based on the speed of stars in their location.
UPC: 732240367543
In the Box
Pluto Trigger
  • Laser Pointer
  • PC Sync Cable
  • Shoe Mount Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Drawstring Bag
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Pluto PLUTO specs

    Range Infrared: 9.8-23' / 3-7 m
    Bluetooth: 32.8-65.6' / 10-20 m
    Connectivity Bluetooth 4.0 LE
    Micro-USB
    2.5mm sensor port
    2.5mm camera/flash connection port
    Power Source Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
    Battery Life Normal: 20 hours
    Bluetooth Off: 40 hours
    Recharge Time 1.5 hours
    Operating Conditions Temperature: -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
    Dimensions 2.4 x 1.6 x 0.7" / 60 x 40 x 19 mm
    Weight 1.3 oz / 37 g
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    Package Weight 0.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 4.1 x 2.7"

    Pluto PLUTO reviews

    Trigger is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poor design, poor customer service I have connected it to my camera after a full charge thenconnected with application. But only cable release modes of the trigger worked. The sensor modes don't work as advertised. I have charged the battery again but after a few tries it died. Now, I cannot connect to device via app. I have written to manufacturer via their website but I could not to get a response back until now. Poor design, poor customer service. Not recommended!
    Date published: 2017-07-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Always do your homework My out of the box experience was disappointment. I normally research purchases extensivly but in this case I made a last minute switch from a wireless Vello ShutterBoss II to the Pluto Trigger. The price difference seemed worth it for the added functionality. But I hadn't done enough research to realize that you also need to order an extra cable specific to your camera. I now see they have a drop-down menu to help you add the needed cable, but it would be helpful if they added a warning for customers who overlook this detail. Hopefully I have the option to re-rate this after I get the cable and have a chance to actually use the product which will continue sitting uselessly on the shelf until that cable arrives.
    Date published: 2017-05-12
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad for the price; could be better. Pros: - The concept is great compared to similar products have their own interface. Why bother when I can just my own smartphone via Bluetooth? It's more convenient and allows more control via a full-featured mobile app. - Less expensive than similar products while having more features. - Plethora of cool triggers to play around with, including the ability to chain them together. - Decent accessories, including a laser pointer with a lightstand screw mount and PC cable for attaching to a flash (you still need to get a remote shutter release cable for your model of camera). - Most triggers work without issue (more info below in the cons). HDR mode easier to configure and use than my camera's bracketing feature. - Mobile app intuitive to use and well-documented. - Being able to precisely time bulb exposures from 20' away is very nice. If you're a night landscape photographer, this feature alone might be worth the price of admission. Cons: - Wish it was more solidly built. I have a feeling one drop would damage it. - Mobile app initially worked fine on my phone (Google Pixel XL) but then started immediately crashing each time I opened. it. I had to uninstall and reinstall it to get it working again. This concerns me about the stability of the software. - Lightning strike sensor is a major disappointment. Even after adjusting sensitivity in the app for 30 minutes, I still couldn't get it to consistently trigger. It would sometimes randomly trigger on the night sky, and then later ignore actual lightning. I found that using the plain light trigger to work better (but not amazingly well). - Laser trigger a pain to set up with a flash. This isn't great because high-speed photography is better done with a flash rather than just a fast shutter. I wanted to drop my cat in front of the lense and capture her mid-fall. This required connecting the Pluto Trigger to my on-camera flash via a PC cable, enabling the radio transmitter on the flash to trigger an off-camera slave, aim the laser pointer (on a light stand) at the front of the Pluto trigger while simultaneously point the front of the Pluto at the IR port on my camera so it could trigger the shutter. *Way* more of a hassle than it ended up being worth doing. - In HDR mode (bracketing mode, really) the fastest shutter speed supported for my camera (Canon 5D Mk III) is either 1/10th or 1/15th of a second. This really limits my ability to capture all the shadow detail I'd like in outdoor shots. All-in-all I see this as being more of an interesting toy to experiment rather than a must-have item in my gear bag. Maybe my opinion will change though as I continue to put it through it's paces.
    Date published: 2017-07-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed! I was not able to pair the trigger with my Android devices (tried with a Honor 6x and a with a Huawei P9 Lite). The Pluto Trigger app sees the device, but just doesn't connect to it with no error messages at all. Not connected to the app, this device only works as an extremely expensive manual trigger. It might have been fun to try all the promised features, provided that they worked!
    Date published: 2017-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pluto trigger Only used it with Pluto valve so far. Results can be seen john a. Lynch photography on Facebook. Seems worthy of 5 stars.
    Date published: 2018-01-18
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too complicated I'v e �been shooting since I went to Navy Photo school in 1955. Shot many drops etc. Even one where somone was stealing our morning newspaper from our front door. But I can't figure out how to use your system. Do I NEED a cell phone? Does it have to be the latest and greatest. If so, the advertisement does not say this unless I missed it. Very anxious to use it. I may have to wait until my grandkids visit me from college.
    Date published: 2017-12-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Solution for A7III's missing Apps Since Sony removed the timelapse app from the new A7III I needed something to control my shutter. The Pluto trigger does way more than that as it can sense lightning and loud noises among many others. I have experimented with many different ways to use the Pluto trigger and it amazes me what I can achieve with this.
    Date published: 2018-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A versatile phot tool I have been having fun with this little device for a couple of weeks. It works just as advertised, although it takes reading through the application settings a few times before you figure out just how it works. It seems to be well manufactured, although I wouldn't call it robust.
    Date published: 2018-01-30
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