Sony RMT-P1BT offers cordless control for Alpha mirrorless cameras

Sony is introducing a new wireless remote for its latest Alpha mirrorless cameras. Launched to coincide with the CP+ 2019 exhibition in Japan, the Sony RMT-P1BT is a Bluetooth device that is designed to give remote control over a number of the camera's functions. It has been produced to help control during landscape, architectural, astro and group portrait photography – and has an operating range of 5m.

With five different buttons, the remote control offers focus buttons for manual control over subtle focus changes, a remote C1 custom button that can be adjusted based on user preference. It also includes Start/Stop movie recording and control over power-zoom or digital-zoom functionality, making it the ideal accessory for remote movie shooting. For those shooting in ‘Bulb’ exposure mode, the remote commander can be set to open and close the shutter with respective clicks of the main button, eliminating the need to press and hold the button throughout exposure time

Three switches along the sides of the remote provide a lock, a zoom/focus toggle and allow you to switch between movie and still operation.

The remote features a fast 0.05sec response time, making it suitable for use with moving subjects. There is also an LED light that indicates operating status to camera by flashing or lighting continuously. 

The remote is is dust and moisture resistant and can work in temperatures ranging from -10°C to 50°C - so can cope with most usual working environments. 

Price and availability

The RMT-P1BT Wireless Remote Commander will be available in April, and will retail at a recommended price of £65 / $80.

To be compatible with various models in Sony Alpha camera range. Models listed as compatible so far are the Sony A6400, A7 III, A7R III, and the A9. The camera needs to have a firmware update which will be released in time for the remote's availability.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.