The Minolta RC-3 Remote
Digital Camera, Dimage, RC-3, RC3, Infrared, Remote Control, 8782-100,
8782-107, PDA, UniRemote, Palm OS
Minolta RC-3 Remote, part
If you own a Minolta digital camera that supports the RC-3 Infra Red
remote control and you want to purchase one, you might come across two
- Minolta Infrared (IR) Remote Control RC-3 for Dimage S304
E201, part number 8782-100
- Minolta Infrared (IR) Remote Control RC-3, part number
Both have the same model number, both look exactly the same, but the
(8782-100) is about half the cost of the (8782-107)!
Since I own a Minolta Dimage S414 digital camera, I decided to call
Minolta's technical support and ask. The tech support person looked it
up, and told me he can't even find an RC-3 remote control with part
number 8782-100. The only remote he found was RC-3 part number 8782-107.
Based on that, I think that initially when Minolta came out with the
RC-3 remote, they only had two cameras supported, the S304 and the E201.
Later they started adding the same feature in the newer Dimage models.
Since the original remote was sold as supporting only two models, they
had to release a "new" RC-3 to support all the cameras. The new one has
part number 8782-107 and not surprisingly, looks exactly the same as
the "old" RC-3. As a matter of fact, when I purchased the RC-3 remote, I
looked for a part number on it, and could not find anything!
So, the bottom line is that I purchased a brand new RC-3 part number
8782-100 and it works great with my Dimage S414 and I paid about half of
what I would pay for the current model.
Another interesting feature is that I downloaded a piece of software
for my Handspring Visor called UniRemote. It is a couch-potato software
designed to turn your favorite PDA into a learning IR remote. I used
the RC-3 to train the UniRemote, and I can now use my PDA to snap
photographs as well! This is very convenient for me at work.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is based on my personal
consumer experience. My reasoning and conclusions might be faulty,
plain wrong. I do not work for Minolta, nor am I associated with them
in any way. I am just a consumer which purchased one of their products
wanted to share a money saving tip with others like me. I do not, and
will not accept responsibility for the outcome of any purchase you make
based on my conclusions!
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