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Great unit that could use a couple of improvements or upgrades
on December 18, 2012
I purchased this for used with my Panasonic Lumix fz200
Boxed as Oppias RW-221 by PIXEL Products
It works quite well
Although I do have one nitpick..
Specifically about how it works with the built in pop up flash. on the FZ200
IMO the cable included should be a double right angle OR a right angle at the other end. (the 2.5mm 3 ring end)
the receiver end is straight the camera end is right angle. (the 2.5mm 4 ring end)
Normally it's a non issue EXCEPT when using the unit with the built in flash.
The receiver either has to be turned 90 deg or 180 to allow room for the flash to pop up.
That's not an issue except that at 90 deg the straight connector prevents use of the viewfinder
and at 180 deg the receiver itself prevents use of the viewfinder.
Because of that issue I can't just leave it on there most of the time
but that said the unit does work with and allow use of the built in flash if rotated to either of those positions.
IF it came with or I had a cable with 90 deg on both ends the receiver could be rotated 90 deg (so it extends to the left) and you could still make use of the viewfinder. with a right angle plug the flash would also work with the unit rotated to the right 90 deg but the unit would obscure the view of the control knobs and buttons.
IN addition, a 90 on both ends would just be a cleaner looking set up and extend the cable reach a little.
As it is, for non flash use I face the receiver forward an route the cable back under the flash, around the bottom of the lens then back up so the right angle 4 ring plug plugs snugly against the camera body
It would really be nice if the the unit could be left in the shoe all the time AND be able to use the viewfinder AND the built in camera flash.
Minor issue, the instructions are very much translated into English.
fortunately the pictures are fairly understandable.
I read reviews concerning removal of the batteries.
It appears that leaving batteries in the unit is not an issue.
the back button on the top is the on/off button so you can turn the unit off
and the remote likely doesn't consume power unless the button is pushed.
Just make sure you turn it off (red light no longer flashing) and try to make sure the button doesn't get pushed in the camera bag to turn it back on.
Oh and although the remote does have a lanyard connector point, no lanyard was included. Force of habit already from using wired shutter remotes I've drop this one twice. Neither time with any damage but I'll be looking for a small wrist lanyard for it, the lanyard connection is on the front rather than the back so it actually requies a longer than normal lanyard possibly a 10" long or so would work well.
And of course looking for either a double right angle cable or simply a right angle adaptor to make it more used friendly. (easier to say than actually find)
And note although I'm stressing the negatives this unit as fair warnings, it's overall a great little unit, just needs a couple of small upgrades to make it about perfect.