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The remote shutter release works in the same way as the camera's shutter button. I bought this remote release for my S9500 and wanted it to help minimise camera shake and get better quality exposures.
The RR-80 is compatible with:
* Fuji Finepix HS20EXR
* Fuji Finepix S200EXR
* Fuji Finepix S100FS
* Fuji Finepix S9000
* Fuji Finepix S9100
* Fuji Finepix S9500
* Fuji Finepix S9600
If you have a different model of the Finepix range then I would drop them an email to see if your camera is compatible. Some retailers didn't include the S9500 in the list of what models it was compatible with, so I would double check with Fujifilm.
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I bought mine from an independent camera store in Halifax and paid; £24.00. It is available online for around the same price but watch out for those delivery costs.
The remote feels sturdy and good quality. The length of the cord is approximately 80cm. Which is fine and does not need to be any longer for my purpose; if I wanted a longer lead I would have looked into a radio remote but these are a lot more expensive and I'm not sure I would get full benefit from it.
The remote weighs approx 44 grams. So it is nice and light to hold. The dimensions are 92 mm × 28 mm × 15 mm. The button on the remote has little ridges on so your thumb fits comfortably on without slipping off. The lead is connected to the camera via the USB port in the side of the camera. Once connected, the remote acts as the shutter release where you can even hold it down for longer exposure times. There is lots of scope for playing around and experimenting.
The remote is a good size and fits neatly in one of the pockets of the camera bag. I would have expected that it came with a pouch to store it in, as I have had another remote for a different brand and I had a cloth bag to store it in to protect the lead from damage.
The functions of the remote are simple and it is really straight forward to use. If you half press the button for pre-focus and exposure, full press to release the shutter and you can leave the release button down for long exposures.
I've had fun experimenting and managed to have some fantastic results as the remote and the tripod I have guarantees the camera to stay steady so does not shake about. I have taken the remote to my god daughters christening where I was supposed to be in charge of the photography and had some really great group images and portrait shots. These photographs are fantastic and have been blown up to canvas size and look fantastic.
I'd recommend the product; for around £15.00 you can get a decent second hand one and it is worth seeing what type of results you get. So long as you have a decent tripod, you can't go wrong!