IR Remote for Nikon Camera using the Raspberry Pi (LIRC)

I finally came around to trying out LIRC on the Raspberry Pi to use it to trigger my Nikon D5100. 😀

I haven’t fully utilized the capabilities provided by it yet, but I’ve managed to get it up and running quite easily thanks to a lot of great posts and troubleshooting guides on some blogs and the Raspberry Pi forum.

I mainly followed these links:

To make a very simple remote using the Raspberry Pi, all you have to do is follow the steps given on either of these links.

Since I didn’t really have the physical Nikon ML-L3 universal remote which I wanted to emulate, I followed the steps given on these links after which:

1. I upgraded the firmware:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo rpi-update

2. Got the Nikon ML-L3 lircd.conf file:

and replaced the contents of


3. Restarted the lirc daemon:

sudo /etc/init.d/lirc restart

4. Checked if the remote was configured correctly:

irsend LIST Nikon2 "" 

This should show a list of the commands offered by the remote for triggering the shutter.

5. Tested the shutter command:

irsend SEND_ONCE Nikon2 shutter

6. Once that worked properly, (after a silent fist-pump) I decided to write a small python script that I can use for Timelapse shoots:

#Created: 09-07-2014 AM 02:38 
#Author: Mayank Joneja
#Timelapse code for Nikon Cameras using the Raspberry Pi (LIRC)
#IR LED on GPIO 22 , usage:
#sudo python [no. of shots] [delay in seconds]

from time import sleep
import subprocess
import sys

	print "usage: 'sudo python [no. of shots] [delay in seconds]'"

	shots = int(sys.argv[1])
	delay = float(sys.argv[2])

	for i in range (1,shots+1):'irsend SEND_ONCE Nikon2 shutter',shell = True)

I’m quite happy with this setup as of now, but I plan to hookup a TSOP and make a small setup for recording and transmitting IR signals with the Pi. I guess I’ll then have a simple Flask based web-app for such an IR blaster.

I haven’t really tried out the range of the setup yet but I think in case of any issues I’ll simply amplify the signal with an NPN transistor like a BC547 and add another LED in parallel for better coverage angle. I’ll post any updates on this project as and when I get to them.

P.S.:I hope to click a nice timelapse sequence with this camera ASAP and upload that too. 🙂


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