I think this is one of the coolest third-party accessories I’ve seen in a long time. At our Fall Color Workshop last month, our Canon instructor, Dave Henry demonstrated the CamRanger. This is one impressive piece of technology. The CamRanger basically makes its own WiFi link to allow you to control your camera via your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android, Mac or Windows computer. Great for those long time exposures, especially when it is really cold outside!
Here are the specifics:
- CamRanger operates on a rechargable, replaceable battery (extra batteries available for purchase). Battery life varies upon usage but 5 to 6 hours is typical; however, in ideal scenarios over 11 hours can be achieved for intervalometer with no device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, or Mac or Windows computer) connected.
- Charges with and can be powered by provided USB charging cable and US AC adapter.
- Wireless network enables connections up to 150 feet. (Slow connections have been maintained at 300 feet)
- Comes with protective case for storage and secure attachment.
- Includes ethernet cable for firmware upgrades for future enhancements.
- Wirelessly stream live view from the camera to the device.
- Double tap to increase magnification.
- Single tap to focus on an area or make incremental focus adjustments.
- Perform focus stacking.
- Frame rate of about 8 – 18 fps depending on the camera.
|Take and View Pictures
- Wirelessly capture images in multiple drive modes.
- Thumbnails automatically appear on the top of the screen after taking a picture.
- Tap a thumbnail to view the image and its associated meta-data.
- Images are always saved to the camera card and optionally downloaded to the device (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, or Mac or Windows computer).
- Optionally select to have images automatically view on the device.
|View Full Resolution Images
- Double tap to view the image at full resolution.
- Supports full screen mode to maximize the screen size.
- Toggle a variety of overlays: af points, highlight, shadow, grid lines, and aspect ratio.
- Configure your device to automatically display pictures as they are taken.
- Toggle on “Client Mode” to remove camera controls from the device.
- Allows others such as clients, directors, or associates to quickly and wirelessly view the shots after they are taken by the photographer at the camera.
- Start and stop movie recording.
- View video while recording.
- Focus adjustments and touch focusing.
- Movie features are very camera dependent, see supported cameras for more details.
|Intervalometer and Bulb
- Configure as an intervalometer to take time-lapse pictures.
- Supports bulb mode with typical control and by using custom defined shutter lengths.
- No need for your device to remain connected after starting.
|View and Set Camera Properties
- Shutter Speed
- Metering Mode
- Drive/Shooting Mode
- White Balance
- Image Format
- Focus Mode (Nikon only)
- Auto Exposure Mode (Nikon only)
- Exposure Compensation & Bracketing
- Software Auto-Focus toggle to toggle AF/MF
|HDR / Advanced Bracketing
- Configure CamRanger to take a series of pictures automatically varying shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.
- Images can then be post-processed with 3rd party software.
- View camera card contents
- View thumbnails of the images on your camera’s memory card.
- Select images to be permanently deleted or download them and save into your device’s (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, or Mac or Windows computer) photo library.
- Double tap image to view full resolution image.
- Provides very precise focusing control.
- Great for situations requiring awkward camera placements.
- Perform automatic focus stacking to enhance depth of field
- (post processing with 3rd party software required).
The CamRanger, spare batteries and the USB cable required for the Nikon D800/D800E are all available at KSP. Here is the pricing:
The iOS, Android, Mac and Windows apps are available at their respective App Stores, or you can go to the CamRanger Download page.