OM Digital Solutions released a new battery grip and a wireless remote control for the OM-1 camera. The new RM-WR1 Wireless Remote was made specifically for the OM-1 camera but still can be used with Olympus OM-D cameras with a remote cable port and the included cable. The RM-WR1 Remote Control also works wirelessly with the OM System OM-5.
The RM-WR1 connects wirelessly via Bluetooth so the connection is line of sight and limited to a distance of around 16 feet. The RM-WR1 only connects wirelessly with the OM-1 not with older Olympus OM-D cameras. The RM-WR1 remote can also be connected to the OM-1 with a wired connection.
How to Pair the RM-WR1 Remote Control with the OM-1
The RM-WR1 pairs with the OM-1 in the Wrench menu – Wi-Fi/Bluetooth submenu – Wireless Shutter Setting – Start Paring. Then move and hold the dial on the RM-WR1 remote to connect. The remote will then pair with the camera. Also in the Wi-Fi/Bluetooth submenu, make sure the Bluetooth is running on the camera.
Likes and Dislikes of the OM System RM-WR Wireless Remote Control
- Super Convenient. Pair it once and it automatically connects to the OM-1 when you turn on the remote.
- It’s wireless when used with the OM-1. You don’t have to worry about a dangling cable messing up your pictures or worry about it falling out when moving locations.
- Size. It’s super small. It easily fits in any pocket.
- It comes with a cable so it can work with other Olympus OM-D cameras.
- IP57 dustproof and splashproof construction.
- Separate photo and video modes.
- Price. $99 for a remote control is expensive.
- It’s just a remote. There is no intervalometer or other features. A wireless remote with an intervalometer would have been nice for astrophotography.
- Half press the shutter for focus or other functions is touchy. I used the remote for Live Time where half pressing the shutter refreshes the screen and histogram. Several times I prematurely ended an exposure instead of half pressing the shutter.
The RM-WR1 Wireless Remote is an example of a product that does one thing and does it well. It is a super convenient, weatherproof remote control. Just turn it on when using an OM-1 and its ready to go. I just wish it was a little cheaper or came with an intervalometer to justify the price.
Written by Martin Belan
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