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Start-up Shutterbug plans for next-gen DSLR smartphone remote

The Shutterbug Remote plugs into your DSLR's shutter release port and lets you wirelessly control your camera via iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

The creators of the Shutterbug Remote have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support efforts to bring a more sophisticated version of their product to market.

The current product is a small device that plugs into a DSLR's shutter release port via a camera-compatible cable (not included) and allows you to wirelessly control numerous camera operations using the free Shutterbug Remote iOS app installed on a compatible Apple device such as the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, 5th generation iPod Touch or the new iPad and iPad mini running iOS 6.1 or later. Shutterbug Remote uses Bluetooth Low Energy standard to conserve battery life.

Helpful for time lapse, time delay, night photography, HDR bracketing and more, the Shutterbug Remote lets you remotely control focus and trigger the shutter from your mobile. Long exposures, including a bulb setting for extended exposures and an intervalometer for timelapse are also available, as well as delay, ramp and mirror lockup. Direct line of sight is not required for app-to-remote communication, which is possible at up to 300 feet. Once the camera is set up to shoot, it will perform as programmed even when the iOS device is turned off. You can launch the app again to check how many images are left in a timelapse capture or the remaining time in a long exposure.

Developers hope to extend the product's capabilties and compatibility further through a new campaign to crowdsource funding in support of both new hardware and software — and hopefully an Android version. Supporters can participate at several different price levels, including a $69 pledge that promises one of the new Shutterbug Remotes from the first production run slated for this September (a $10 savings off the current product price).






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Our newest Android app for the Shutterbug Remote is now available on the Play store. Press release here:


Hi all -

So Google has finally come through with Android support for BluetoothLE! We've ported our app and it is now available on the Play Store.

You need a device running the latest version of Jelly Bean (4.3) so be sure to try and download the app first. Manufacturers are rolling out 4.3 updates quickly, so most Android phones and tablets should be supported soon. For now, we have tested on Google's Nexus devices with success.

And be sure to check out our Crowdit Campaign in the next 2 days to get a discount:

Email us with any questions

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I don't like this .i'd rather like play it by my hands


I bought a wireless remote timer because I could not find a Bluetooth Android one at the time.

For timelapse this would have been better for 4 reasons:
1) The one I bought has transmitter and receiver. So one less gadget to carry around.
2) One less battery to charge or change too.
3) The smartphone screen is bigger and clearer to use. And illuminated!
4) Possible upgrades can allow new functions in future.

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Thanks to everyone for the comments and questions. Let me address a few points that have come up: (1) Why only iOS? At this time, iOS is the only option for BluetoothLE. HTC is getting on board as we speak, and Google should offer Android support this October. We have Android versions of the app waiting in the wings and we'll get them out the door ASAP. (2) How does a smartphone interface offer any advantage? The flexible and intuitive UI is clearly a plus. More importantly, the Shutterbug runs independently of the phone/tablet. We believe that this is a very important differentiating feature. Once your phone tells the Shutterbug to begins taking photos, the Shutterbug processor takes over and your phone is free to take calls, answer texts, or simply leave.

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It's like buying a thread mill to work out on: to power the compressor under the mat to fill air in your bicycle, when just buying a simple tire pump from a supermarket would have sufficed...


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What advantage is there to using a phone to trigger the camera over, say- a cheapo eBay trigger? This seems overly complicated. And what happens if a call or a barrage of texts come thru during a session?
I just don't see the advantages o using a phone, Bluetooth, etc over a simple wireless trigger.


Interesting product in that it uses Bluetooth and doesn't require line of sight. It is small and compact enough to fit in a pocket. Too bad it can't be used to control Lv and video functions. If it could do that, it would be a Camranger killer (which costs $300).


Too bad this doesn't work on Android phones. I would have bought one today if it were. Oh well....there are other options I buy. Nice try though Shutterbug.


Hi all - the "SMART" version of Bluetooth used by the Shutterbug will not be available on Android until this October when Google releases the newest API. We (and many other developers) would love to have seen it earlier in the year. When that does happen, we'll get right on porting the app! In the mean time, we have been working with HTC to release a version for their hardware, specifically the HTC One. The app is in beta and should be available for testing in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for it.


Really. I thought just the point and shoot crowd was Appleophilic.

Here ya go. My X-E1 works with this Canon plug.

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Thanks for the heads up on this device PenGun. This looks like it will work nicely on my camera.

I'm also getting a bit weary of the Apple worshiping (and those who in a herd like manner cater to it, thus losing business from people like me).

Thanks again! :)

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