Shooting directly to a computer (tethered) has long been a favorite technique for the studio photographer. In its simplest form, communication between the camera and the computer has been a one-way affair, providing only for image transfer to a nearby computer. Nikon and Canon have both provided software that has allowed a level of two-way control, facilitating not just image transfer, but remote control of camera functions also. Software applications such as Apple's Aperture and Adobe Lightroom also support direct tethering of many DSLR cameras, via a USB connection. While convenient for the studio, this method has serious limitations in the field.
Truly wireless methods for image transfer have also been provided by both Nikon and Canon, but these solutions are very expensive (Nikon's WT-5A transmitter, for example is over $550) and typically rely on having an existing wireless network. This is problematic when shooting in locations where a wi-fi connection is not available. A cheaper solution exists in the form of the Eye-Fi card. These wi-fi aware SD cards are compatible with a wide range of cameras and permit transfer of images both to computers and mobile devices. The obvious disadvantage of the Eye-Fi card is that it will not work with cameras that lack an SD card slot. They also require a pre-existing wi-fi connection.
When the CamRanger is switched on, it generates a local wireless network, which the accompanying mobile device or computer needs to join. Each CamRanger has a unique serial number which also acts as the network password. Initial setup was very easy and only took a few minutes.
- Remote tether (via WiFi) to a native iPad app
- Remote tether to a native Mac/PC application
- Remote shooting
- Seeing what the camera sees via live-view
- Touch-focusing of a DSLR by tapping on the screen
- Control of many functions of your DSLR (ISO, aperture, shutter speed, white balance & more)
- Remote “Client” view to limit user control
- Remotely start and stop video recordings
- View live video during recording
- Stream and/or transfer recorded video to mobile device
- HDR Bracketing
- Focus Stacking
- Streaming media from a USB flash or hard drive and transfer files from that device
- Operation with two devices