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Gear Review: The Pulse DSLR Camera Remote

By: Dan Nelson - March 31, 2017


For the diehard hikers still shooting dSLRs, the Pulse Camera Remote from Alpine Laboratories offers a new level of photographic freedom. The slim Pulse slips in your camera’s hotshoe and provides remarkable remote shutter — and indeed, camera — control. Not only does the Pulse give you a remote trigger for individual shots, it allows creative control for some truly artistic imagery.

As someone who has been shooting and selling images from the backcountry for nearly 30 years, I am completely thrilled with the Pulse. This little tool has elevated both my enjoyment of outdoor photography, and the images that result from my shooting.


Using a control app on your smartphone (iOS or Android) and connecting via Bluetooth, photographers can capture long series of time lapse images, and control those time lapse series with exposure ramping to improve image transitions. The Pulse and app also give photographers remote control over long exposure shots, and HDR bracketing (up to 7 exposure value steps) as well. And unlike most other remote triggers, users don’t have to keep their phone connected to ensure they get the right shot. Simply connect, adjust your settings as needed, and walk away. The app even allows you to control up to three cameras at once.

Additionally, photographers can also adjust shutter and aperture settings, set the camera’s ISO, review thumbnails and histograms, and time-delay the shutter release too. It’ll even allow you to start and stop video recording too, which is not something that is found on most other remotes.

Pulse and App

The Pulse unit is compatible with more than 60 different cameras, weighs a mere 1.5 ounces and is powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can provide up to 12 hours of battery life. It is USB chargeable as well, making it a breeze to keep it functioning both at home and in the field.

All of this for just $99. Find out more at


About the Author

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson is the fly fishing editor of Gear He is a veteran outdoor journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. Follow him at Google+.


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