Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Toolbox: Wireless Solutions
Options for controlling your camera and downloading images untetheredADDING WIFI TO YOUR CURRENT CAMERA
For photographers already invested in a camera system, adding WiFi can be as simple as plugging in an SD memory card. Eye-Fi produces two lines of WiFi-capable memory cards at up to 16 GB of capacity. The Mobi line of cards is a simplified WiFi solution that syncs Android, iOS and even Kindle Fire devices with the free Eye-Fi app through a 10-digit code. Extending the capabilities to RAW file compatibility, the more advanced Pro X2 cards require computer setup, but the card works with home or office networks for image transfers at up to 90 feet unobstructed and roughly 45 feet when working indoors. For X2 users, the Eye-Fi View service holds uploaded files for up to seven days, and the Eye-Fi Premium archival cloud service updates Eye-Fi View to an archive of automatic backups through a monthly or annual charge. List Price: $49 (Mobi 8 GB); $79 (Mobi 16 GB); $99 (Pro X2 16 GB); $49 a year (Eye-Fi Premium).
Available in 16 GB and 32 GB capacities, Transcend also offers WiFi SDHC cards at a lesser price, but with a shorter range of only up to 32 feet. (When counting on WiFi, this range can matter quite a bit, especially if working indoors or at events or weddings.) The Shoot and View mode allows you to monitor preview JPEGs from smartphones or tablets, and you can choose from several of the most popular social-media sites for direct uploads. Estimated Street Price: $69 (32 GB WiFi SDHC Class 10 Memory Card); $54 (16 GB WiFi SDHC Class 10 Memory Card).
With a wireless network range of up to 150 feet, the CamRanger for Canon and Nikon DSLRs allows remote control of most basic camera functions from iOS, Android and Mac computers. The tethering solution has advanced features like movie capture, an intervalometer for time-lapse, bracketed HDR abilities and automatic macro focus stacking. The 4-ounce CamRanger module attaches through USB to the camera where it creates a WiFi network and lasts for up to six hours with normal operation and for more than 11 hours as an intervalometer. You can focus via your smart device with support of full-resolution viewing and a Client Mode where camera controls are removed from images as they're previewed on a tablet or device. List Price: From $299.
Similarly, Pentax Ricoh has chosen to release the optional O-FC1 FLUCARD for the Pentax SDHC memory card rather than adding WiFi directly to their cameras. Newly developed for the Pentax K-3, the 16 GB SDHC memory card connects to smartphones through a wireless LAN connection for checking live-view images, shifting focus and releasing the shutter from iOS and Android units. The card is compatible with several iOS and Android applications for direct uploads to popular social sites and other features like photo tagging and geotagging. No pricing is available yet.
Compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLRs, the HyperDrive iUSBportCamera wireless tethering device streams a live-view preview of exposures and histogram to iPads through the native iUSBcam app, as well as Android devices, PCs and any device capable of running Chrome or Safari browsers through a dedicated web application that works like FTP. You can set up a specific folder for wireless downloads on Macs and PCs through the iUSBport Pipe software, and with a working range of approximately 50 feet and 20 Mbps transfer rates, the iUSBportCAMERA houses an internal buffer with 4 GB of built-in memory for up to 500 continuous shots without slowdown. The remote trigger functions include shutter, aperture, white balance, ISO, intervalometer, bulb mode, HDR bracketing, macro mode and self-timer. List Price: $299.
The Triggertrap Mobile app is a sophisticated wireless option for accessing and controlling cameras from most of the major manufacturers. In addition to wireless preview of images, the Triggertrap app provides a number of HDR and intervalometer functions for time-lapses and extended exposure settings. The Triggertrap can trigger the camera shutter through vibration or sounds, and an optional flash adapter allows you to set off flashes from your phone or tablet. The application is free, and it pairs with a dongle that attaches to the camera through an included cable. List Price: $31 (Mobile dongle and cable set); $10 (additional connection cable); $31 (flash adapter).
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