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Nero Multi Trigger Test - The Nero Multi Trigger delivers a range of ten remote control options for photographers to capture photographs triggered by sound, movement or light. Peter Bargh prepares for a voyage into the unseen.
The Nero Multi-Trigger is a neat looking device that has light, sound and laser sensors to trigger the camera remotely. It can be used to photography lightning or make long exposures or time lapse photographs, as well as record exploding or fast moving subjects. It's available to fit the following camera systems Nikon (MC-30), Nikon (MC-DC1), Nikon (MC-DC2), Sony (A Series). Canon (RS-80N3) and the
Canon (2.5 mm) tested here using Pentax SLRs.
The controls are around the side. The left side features the on /off switch with a 3.5mm jack socket for flash and 2.5mm jack socket for DSLR connection cables. DSLR? What if I have an advanced compact or maybe, perish the thought, a film camera? It will still work, but Nero are missing a trick excluding photographers with sophisticated compacts and compact system cameras... and film cameras. Change the label to "Camera" to avoid any confusion.
On the right side is what appears to be a volume control and two buttons marked C and M.
The volume control is actually a sensitivity wheel, while the C is used to change the function and M to change the mode? Confused? You will be!
- Lightning Trigger
- Sound Trigger
- Sound Trigger with Lock
- Time Lapse (1-10 secs)
- Time Lapse (1-10 mins)
- Laser Trigger with Delay
- Laser Trigger with MultiShot
- Long Exposure
- Super Bulb
- Manuel Trigger
With that in mind you'd expect the controls to be large or easy to use. They may be easy to set, but you have no idea, without the user manual, what you are setting. You press the M button to set a mode and then use the sensitivity dial or C button to run through the functions. The setting is indicated using bright LEDs that are easy to see in low light, but the scale markings aren't, so you may be able to tell when you're at the extremes of 1 or 10 but not 5 or 7. Also without the manual (or a good memory) you don't know which mode or value the LED scale is set at.
Other than that, it feels well built and will cope with the odd knock or two. And refinements have been made to the hot shoe which apparently was quite crude in early samples sent out for review, but now offers a solid fastening to the camera shoe so it won't slip off easily. It's not much use for Sony users though!
One issue with handling is the on / off switch which is easily caught and switched on. As there's no auto off you could find the batteries flat if you accidentally switch on when storing away in a bag or case.
Right: indicates the mode being used - in this photo it's Mode 4 - the Timelapse Trigger.
You will need mini tripods or similar support for the trigger and the pen. The TriggerSmart we reviewed recently comes with all the bits you need, as does another new device called PhotoTrigger that we will be reviewing soon.
There's a built in light and audio sensor so the Lightning Trigger, Sound Trigger and Sound Trigger with Lock all work and sensitivity is adjust using the scale which goes from least sensitive to most sensitive. Again it's all trial and error. I tried recording a party popper and a bursting balloon filled with water and one with a small amount of flour added. It worked fine for the loud popper bang and empty balloon burst but didn't pick up the sound of a balloon filled with water popping as the sound was quieter. The TriggerSmart worked better for this. I'm please with the shots I got of the loud exploding items though.
Balloon with a small amount of flour inserted | 10 sec | f/22.0 | 74.0 mm | ISO 200
Popper with a small amount of flour inserted | 39 sec | f/16.0 | 37.0 mm | ISO 200
The Time Lapse is spilt into two modes - one with 1-10 secs and one with 1-10 mins. A good feature of this is you can adjust the setting while it's active. So you could do five frames at 1 sec apart and then scroll up to 10 seconds for the rest of the sequence.
What you can't do that's really useful is combine modes, so with time lapse on a cheap remote control I bought on eBay I could set it to a five hour delay so the time lapse sequence would start recording in the early hours of the morning. You also cannot set the number you want. This is useful for star trail photography where you may want a 120 shot sequence. You can do that on many products, including the Hahnel Giga T Pro II.
The Long Exposure mode is useful for those using Big Stoppers and similar 10x ND filters. This has settings from 30sec, which is not really needed as most cameras have this setting, up to 4 hours. It's easy to end up needing a 30min exposure when a Big Stopper is used with a small aperture. I've never needed a 4 hour exposure though!
The Super Bulb mode will just lock the shutter open indefinitely so you can be more precise than the long exposure mode and set 3min 45 seconds. or 50 hours if you want! You need some other device to time this though.
And final Manual Trigger will trigger the camera a number of times in sequence from 1 to 10x. Well that's what it should do! Our review sample shot three frames when the indicator was on 3 or 4, and only managed seven frames when the marker was on 10x. A second attempt and it worked fine. After a few more trials it seems a bit erratic! Also when the cable is plugged into the camera you can't half press on the shutter button to activate the display or set focus as the camera fires on half pressure.
This is a sequence taken with the camera shutter at 1/400sec and the Nero Multi-trigger set to manual trigger mode and ten frames.
Value For MoneyThe Multi-Trigger is $199 (est £150). That's quite lot for a device that doesn't have some of the necessary extras to make aspects work such as laser and Mini Tripod Stands. However when you buy a unit with all this included like the TriggerSmart, the cost can be much higher at around £230. Hahnel's Giga T Pro II is a better device for time-lapse and long exposure at just £80 but lacks the sound and laser triggering. So as an all round unit the Multi-Trigger is decent value, but another unit we're about to test, called the PhotoTrigger seems better value at £129 with all the necessary extras included (apart from batteries!).
An LCD is called for, and is something that's on the PhotoTrigger that we will be testing soon - the Photo Trigger also has easy change battery chamber! I've been shooting a few star trails recently and this unit isn't as good to use as the Hahnel Gig T Pro II, it also doesn't appear as senstive or accurate as the TriggerSmart so it's a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none. It would be fine if there weren't other options available, but this part of photography is finally starting to get lots of attention and some really interesting gadgets are appearing.
Nero Multi Trigger ProsSolid build
Versatile range of modes
Nero Multi Trigger ConsScales position hard to see in low light
Instruction manual or good memory needed
Scale not working effectivly
Modes cannot be used in combination
On/off switch easy to catch and switch on
Batteries not easy to change
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