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GF1 Remote Shutter Schematic?

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by DarrenG, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    I know I can get a cheap remote shutter release but as I prefer to make things where I can, I want to make my own.

    It's a simple thing but I need the schematic. Ideally, once I've made one I can easily then add extra features such as interval, timed release, remote trigger etc etc.

    Edit: Is it the same remote shutter release for the GH1 as the GF1? If so then I have the schematic, just need to order a 2.5mm 4-pole plug!
  2. Danny_Two

    Danny_Two Mu-43 Regular

    Oct 30, 2010
    The GF's the G's and the GH1's have the same single jack plug, according to the model list on the remote shuter I have.
  3. Alan_N

    Alan_N Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 22, 2011
    Yorkshire UK
    I am a GF1 user as well but as far as I am aware they all use the same one.
  4. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    Thanks guys, although I wasn't finding any hits on GF1 schematic, searching on GH1 threw up a few that provided what I need so parts have been ordered and I'll be making one soonest.

    It's actually a very simple circuit but I'll be able to expand it easily enough for use with remote triggers etc and it's always nicer to have one you've built than some cheap Chinese product.
  5. BrianK

    BrianK Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 20, 2011
    Lansing MI
    LOL I am the exact opposite, I would much rather find the cheap $5 solution first : )

    FYI the FotoDiox remote release for the G2 is the best $10 bucks I have spent so far on G2 accessories.

  6. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    Fair enough, but I've plans for much more with mine than just a basic remote shutter release and I enjoy the fun of the build as well :) 
  7. qball

    qball Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    Nerd alert! Whoop whoop! Nerd alert!
  8. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    I may have it

    I believe I have the diagram at home. I'll check and will post it. But before you decide to build it, you'll have to find the rather rare 4 conductor plug that it uses. The remote consists of two buttons (normally open) and two resistors. I purchased a wireless receiver and transmitter from EBAY and built my own wireless controller.

    Regarding the cable, it's the same plug that Nokia used on their cell phones several years ago. I found the plug with a 3 ft cable on a wired Nokia ear piece at my local $1 store. Cut the ear piece off and you'll have the plug prewired.

    All Panasonic "G" series and "FZ" series cameras use the same design, though there have been three different model remotes. All work just fine.
  9. DarrenG

    DarrenG Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 3, 2011
    Hampshire, UK
    Thanks Bob but it's ok, I built it this afternoon. I Had to order in the 2.5mm 4-pole plug but had all the rest of the bits, resistors, stripboard etc.

    Wish I'd thought of using a pre-wired cell phone cable as the most difficult part of the whole build was soldering to the 2.5mm plug. There is very little clearance on the posts and it took the most time.

    But I got there in the end. I went with one momentary switch for focus and a latching one for shutter so I can use it in bulb mode. It works fine but I may add another momentary switch in parallel for non-bulb mode.

    Now all I need is a clear night sky so I can use it to image the ISS as it passes over and try out some star trail photography.
  10. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro

    OK !

    Ah, now I remember you! OK, well I'll post it for the benefit of others, just in case!
  11. Igor

    Igor New to Mu-43

    Feb 8, 2011
    Austria (EU), Vienna
    I'd be interested to see more details about your solution?! (I own a GF1 myself)

  12. Wasabi Bob

    Wasabi Bob Mu-43 All-Pro


    I'm really sorry I took solong to post this, but I had to search my archives! This will work on all "G" series cameras (except GF2 which has no remote connector) and any FZ series that have the connector.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/wasabi_bob/5472323149/" title="FZ WIRED WIRING by Wasabi Bob, on Flickr">
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  13. spark

    spark Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2010
    I just found the perfect rocker switch for this circuit. It is a 2 position rocker found in an old hair dryer.

    0 is unpressed
    1 is half pressed
    2 is full pressed

    The nice thing about this type of switch is that it won't lose the focus lock when transitioning from half to full pressed.

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