Canon T2i / 550D Timer Remote (TimeLapse)

Here's a quick run through of what to expect from the Aputure Timer Remote when getting the Intervalometer ( Timelapse ) feature started. This timelapse remote is for the Canon 550D / T2i and will not work with the Canon 7D or 5D Mark II. The connection to the camera is similar to a mini stereo headphone jack. The other cameras use a different round connection type with several pins. This Timelapse is remote pretty straight forward once you do a quick run through on the user manual. There are much more features for this remote that I haven't dived into yet, but that will be posted up soon. There is no option to start and stop video (I get alot of those questions). It's a great little remote for the price of $22.00 dollars.

canon 550d timelapse timer remote

For Canon 7D & 5D Mark II owners, here's the proper remote (works on both).

23 thoughts on “Canon T2i / 550D Timer Remote (TimeLapse)

  1. Scott

    Anybody get the issue figured out with shutter not releasing with this timer remote? I'm having the same issue and ready to send back. Thanks.

  2. Bartolomeo

    @Michael I have a 550D and have the same problem. The remote only releases the shutter if I press the central button. None of the timed modes work.

  3. Emm

    Post author

    @Jerry - I have done timelapses on my 60D with this remote. You should be able to, but you have to adjust it in the menu.

  4. citizensofshred

    @micheal... i too are having the same issues with the remote. how ever i have found if you set the long exposure then set the intervelometer it will work for the 60d (min 1 sec exposures) tell me if you have success.

  5. Michael

    I may the same problem as Chris, but on my 60D. The timer counts down but doesn't release the shutter. If I set it for 3 exposures it will count down 3 times but not take any pictures. On the other hand, I can autofocus and take a picture with the big central button, and the long-exposure function works when in bulb mode, but the self-timer and intervalometer functions don't release the shutter on my 60D. And this is my 2nd one (I returned the first one)! Disappointing.

  6. Chris

    I have a 550d and when I use the Aputure the camera focuses but no photo is taken, I have tried using the Manual focus and same issue occurs. Is there a special setting on the camera I need to do?

  7. Emm

    Post author

    @Alex - One guy did a timelapse of a building over a span of 4 years. Something impractical to do with video. With Timelapse you can take a frame once a week or even once a year, it's up to you. If you're trying to minimize mirror noise, you'll want a 'mirrorless' camera like a Four-Thirds or smaller point and shoot. The Canon G12 I have done Timelapse with and has the option to turn off the sound so it's completely quiet as you take pictures.

  8. alex

    Got 2 questions:
    Can you leave the morrow up with the t2i. So you don't have the clicking noise every time a photo is taken?
    Is the technique to take a car ride "speeded up" also called timelapse?
    Where is the difference to just speeding a video up?

  9. Emm

    Post author

    Maybe it's 'trying' to focus. The camera won't fire if it's searching for a focus point. change the lens to manual instead of AF.

  10. Colby

    I just got mine in yesterday but it doesnt work..
    Is there any setting the camera has to be on?
    I followed the video and the settings you put on the video but the camera doesnt take the picture. It focus' but it doesnt take the picture.
    Please Help

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  13. Looks like a great little project. I ordered one with the intention of doing some time-lapse type of shooting. I hope this isn't limited to 99 shots per session. The other thing i worry about is battery power. If i am running on the stock battery i wonder how long i could shoot for.

  14. Martin Calvi

    When I press the "light" button, the time for the mode that I'm on changes... and I don't even have the time "blinking" when this happens.
    Anybody has the same problem or is it just me?

  15. admin

    Post author

    I'm hoping someone can chime in on this, but I too wonder why they don't have that option. If you're really stuck on a Remote for the video, you can always use USB to a small netbook and run the EOS utility. You can start stop video as well as change all the exposure settings and focus points.

  16. Lawrence

    I noticed your comment "There is no option to start and stop video (I get alot of those questions)"

    I wonder if it is because the simple wired socket on the Rebel has no provision to differentiate between mode 1 and 2 as on the IR remote? It is just off/on.

    I am beginning to think that remote Timer video control on the 550D might be impossible - other than via IR

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