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Pluto Trigger

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Pluto
Pluto Trigger
Key Features
  • 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)
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.

Pluto PLUTO Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2General Features
  • 3Intervalometer Modes
  • 4Pluto Sensors
  • 5Smart Sensors
  • 6Tools

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

Pluto PLUTO Specs

RangeInfrared: 9.8-23' / 3-7 m
Bluetooth: 32.8-65.6' / 10-20 m
ConnectivityBluetooth 4.0 LE
Micro-USB
2.5mm sensor port
2.5mm camera/flash connection port
Power SourceBuilt-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery LifeNormal: 20 hours
Bluetooth Off: 40 hours
Recharge Time1.5 hours
Operating ConditionsTemperature: -4 to 158°F / -20 to 70°C
Dimensions2.4 x 1.6 x 0.7" / 60 x 40 x 19 mm
Weight1.3 oz / 37 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.525 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.05 x 3.7 x 2.25"

Pluto PLUTO Reviews

Harder than it needs to be

By Ed
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-20

I bought this because my AEO Photo Lightning Strike Pro 4.0 stopped taking a charge (after several years) and B&H lists it as 'No Longer Available' and AEO Photo seems to have gone out of business. This one, while less expensive offers more features (most of which I won't use) and is much more complicated to set up, configure, and use. This runs through an APP on your smartphone and the app contains the user manual which is convoluted and not very user friendly. There are far too many screens with far too little explanations. You trigger the device with the smartphone. My need is basically twofold. A lightning trigger and a motion detector. I use it for (obviously) lightning strikes, and although I am not in an area known as 'lightning alley' by any stretch, and when they do come, I'm not so egotistical as to think I'm fast enough to catch the strike with my stubby little finger on the shutter release button. I also use it for catching birds on the various feeders, so I mount the camera on a tripod, adjust my camera setting, turn on the trigger and go play in the workshop. However, for the Pluto to perform the same function, I have to leave my smartphone near the camera with the app running and have no guarantee the shutter will trigger when it detects movement. The camera shutter also has a lag time between the Pluto picking up movement and the shutter activating. It has so many features that most photographers won't ever use them. Many YouTube videos exist running 20 minutes explaining how to use this device. If you are a star trail buff and want long exposures of the night sky, this may work well for you. Rather than one long exposure, it takes several hundred (or any number you choose during whatever time period you set) and combines them into one exposure. Not my thing, but if it's yours, it might be worthwhile. It comes with a laser so if you want to catch a balloon being popped or a bullet strike into a watermelon, you aim the laser at the camera and whatever breaks the beam triggers the camera. The manual spends a great deal of time telling you how to get water droplet collisions, if you have a desire to capture those, but, again, not my thing. All in all, It has proved too complicated for the simple tasks I require it to perform. It's kinda like I'm asking for the time and it's telling me how to build a watch. The AEO was pure simplicity for 4 times as much money. Attach it to the camera hot shoe; plug the cable into the camera; turn everything on; aim it at the storm and walk away. I'll keep it, but It's not my favorite toy in the camera bag

Nice unit

By Robert
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-04

I have not used all the functions of this trigger yet but the ones I have tried have worked well and been user friendly. With all the different ways it can be used it is good value for the money.

Makes Photography Easier

By Daniel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-04-29

I have been able to do so many things with my Canon DSLR after buying this device.  Instead of doing everything manually it sets my camera to take photos while I relax indoors.  Right now its doing a star trail. Tested it last night and I was really impressed.  Tonight Ive adjusted some of the settings.  This device is versatile and helps to make a novice like me a better photographer.

Perfect Solution for A7III's missing Apps

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-06-21

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.

A versatile phot tool

By JeffT
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-30

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.

Pluto trigger

By john
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-18

Only used it with Pluto valve so far. Results can be seen john a. Lynch photography on Facebook. Seems worthy of 5 stars.

Super easy and solid

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-05

I connected my Pluto trigger to my d850. It was seamless and worked like a champ. The iPhone app works well to control the functionality of the trigger. Would highly recommend.

Only worked while connected to a computer

By John
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2021-02-04

I contacted pluto customer support, no phone number only an email address, it took several days for them to respond. I had already returned it to B&H. They said it may have been incorrectly assembled. I did pair it to a phone, it pretty much needs to be connected to a phone to work. The instructions were a little confusing but as long as it was connected to a computer it worked for the motion trigger. If you decide to buy one I would get it from some retailer like B&H that responds quickly to returns as you may need to return it.

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Asked by: Kerry
Yes, it will work with the D7500, click the link below for the appropriate match; https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1337056-REG/pluto_trigger_with_shutter_release.html
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Asked by: R.J.
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Has the Pluto trigger passed FCC certification?
Asked by: Todd M.
Yes a quick Google search revealed, This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules as stated in the Pluto Trigger User Manual Version 1.1, section 1.3 from 2016.
Answered by: James B.
Date published: 2018-08-27

Doe it works with Sony a7 ii?

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Asked by: Rodrigo
Yes this would work with your Sony A7II.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-10

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Asked by: Anonymous
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Date published: 2019-07-24

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