I’ve created a short video guide on how to setup and use the Sony RMT-P1BT remote commander. But if you don’t like the look of my face or the sound of my voice, just keep scrolling down for the text version of the setup steps 🙂 I’ll be adding the user guide here soon as well, but you can also find this in the video already.
Sony RMT-P1BT Setup
Check that the battery is inserted correctly and that the lock switch is in the down position. When you press a button on the remote the red light on the top should flash, if it doesn’t then the battery may not be inserted incorrectly.
Enter the settings menu on your camera by pressing the Menu button on the back of the camera and navigate to the [Network2 (2/3)] settings, then select [Bluetooth Settings] as shown in the following image:
From here turn the Bluetooth Function to [On].
Now go back to the menu and navigate to the [Network3 (3/3)] settings, from here make sure that Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl is set to [On] as shown in the following image:
Now go back again to [Network2 (2/3)] settings, select [Bluetooth Settings], and select the [Pairing] option.
You will be asked to perform pairing on the connected device. Now you need to hold down the large round shutter button together with either the – or + button on the remote control for a full 7 seconds.
If this works correctly you should see the following screen. Simply click OK.
All being well the Sony RMT-P1BT should now be setup and working with your camera. If it’s not working please check the tips below for help or leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help.
Sony RMT-P1BT Tips
1. If pairing fails, the Remote Commander’s indicator light will flash rapidly. If this happens, redo the above steps and cross your fingers.
2. The remote appears to have a range of about 18m (60 feet) and works just as well outdoors as it does indoors. Unlike the older RMT-DSLR2 infrared remote, the RMT-P1BT also works perfectly from behind the camera when shooting outdoors.
3. If you use the remote on a different camera you will need to pair it again when connecting with the first camera you paired it with. So using this remote with two different cameras is going to be a pain.
4. You cannot use the function for linking location information with a smartphone when the [Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl] is set to [On].
5. You cannot use an infrared remote commander like the RMT-DSLR2 while [Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl] is set to [On].
6. While [Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl] is set to [On], the camera will not switch to the power-saving mode. Change the setting to [Off] when you are done using the Bluetooth remote commander.
7. According to Sony the remote is not guaranteed to be 100% dust and moisture proof.
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