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So, I looked up this:


  1. Does a remote move the camera's face? I mean, if I have a movable LCD monitor on the DSLR and I am far away, will I be able to adjust the composition of the scene through remote only?
  2. Do the remotes control:
    a. Shutter speed?
    b. Aperture?
    c. ISO?
    d. Metering?

Is there anything that a remote can NOT control in a DSLR?

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None of the above, I'm afraid. The Nikon remote is essentially an infrared (wireless) version of a cable release. Just about all it does is half-press and fully-press the shutter button remotely.

You can get a lot of camera control using Nikon Camera Control Pro software with the camera connected to a computer via USB and set to Live View mode. That will let you change a lot of the settings as well as choose an area to focus on. The autofocus is contrast-detection rather than phase-detection in Live View, though, so it's a little on the slow side. (The included software is the big let-down for Nikon owners -- all of the good stuff requires extra-cost programs like Camera Control Pro and Capture NX2. Other makers include those features with their cameras.)

As for actually moving the camera around, you would need a remote-controlled camera mount. They vary between simple wired motorized units with a huge and crude-looking control box with three or four switches and sophisticated servo-controlled units, and they're not particularly inexpensive. (The cheap units used for miniature surveillance video cameras aren't up to the task of dealing with a DSLR.) It's very specialised equipment, and most people who need a system like that only need it for the occasional shoot, so it's usually a rental item at well-stocked pro dealers.

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Thanks, but was a disappointing news. :( Anyways, what is a camera mount? Is lens mount called a camera mount? – TheIndependentAquarius Dec 22 '11 at 5:30
A camera mount is more-or-less the same thing as a tripod head. In this case, it would be a pan-and-tilt type or a three-way type head with motors attached. They're heavy enough that you can't use them on the same sort of tripod you'd normally use for a DSLR; you'd need something that would look at home under a 4x5" format view camera. – user2719 Dec 22 '11 at 5:36
Can you please post a link here showing the knid of mount you are talking about? – TheIndependentAquarius Dec 22 '11 at 5:38
Sorry, knid is wrong, I meant kind. :) – TheIndependentAquarius Dec 22 '11 at 5:53
The wireless remote can cause the camera to focus and meter before taking the shot (if in AF mode and a program mode). But you cannot change the shutter speed to a setting of your choosing. – MikeW Dec 22 '11 at 8:18

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