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CASE Remote: smartphone remote for your DSLR

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Many modern digital cameras can be remote controlled via dedicated apps on your smartphone and a Wi-Fi link. Unfortunately this option is not available on older or lower spec models that come without a built-in Wi-Fi module. However, as so often help is at hand via accessory makers and a range of third-party Wi-Fi controllers with varying feature sets, such as Camera Mator or Triggertrap, are available. 

CASE Remote now offers a new option. The first version of the device, simply called CASE, started out as a successful Indiegogo campaign, and the upgraded version, CASE Remote is currently being readied for the market launch and again available for pre-order on Indiegogo.  The device is compatible with a large number of Nikon and Canon models and slots into the camera hotshoe.

Feature set and UI are not too dissimilar from other products that are already out there. Once camera and smartphone are connected you can see the camera's live view image on the screen of the latter. You can manually adjust focus and modify most basic shooting parameters, such as shutter speed, aperture, ISO and white balance. The smartphone interface also allows for some degree of customization.

Once an image has been captured a thumbnail appears in the app and you get the option to download the image to your mobile device at which point GPS data will be embedded into the image's EXIF data.

Advanced features include modes for focus stacking, HDR and timelapse shooting, all of which offer a number of parameters to play with. CASE Remote can currently be pre-ordered for US$79 on the project's Indiegogo page where you can also find more information on compatibility and features. Shipping is projected for the end of August.

Source: Indiegogo


Comments

Total comments: 31
Stanchung
By Stanchung (2 months ago)

very fiddly

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Cary Maures
By Cary Maures (2 months ago)

I have a 7D camera.Which port on the camera does the Case connect to? The reason I ask is my a/v port no longer works with my DSLR Controller software.

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Michael Piziak
By Michael Piziak (2 months ago)

I don't think this device is for me. I'm lucky to figure out my camera as it is.

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mrjam
By mrjam (2 months ago)

Not sure these folks really know cameras that well when they consider the Nikon 300/700/800 cameras as "amateur", and put them in the same column as the Canon Rebel series.... Are you kidding me?

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djsphynx
By djsphynx (2 months ago)

"Unfortunately this option is not available on older or lower spec models that come without a built-in Wi-Fi module"

Is the D810 lower spec'ed or just too old? /s

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

I assume Nikon considered the feature too "consumer" to include it in the D810.

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (2 months ago)

Or, they just want to charge 400-500 bucks for a "Pro" solution...Because they are ass holes. The feature comes for free on cheaper smaller cameras.

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djsphynx
By djsphynx (2 months ago)

From Nikon's website
"Wi-Fi is available for Nikon’s pro digital cameras (D4, D3 series, D800, D700 and D300s) as photojournalists and other pros need a way to get their images from the camera to their picture editor or wire service so they can be posted online shortly after being captured"

Let's agree that Nikon feels that WiFi isn't too "consumer" and does serve an important purpose for working pros and their cameras. Instead of building it into the camera so as to not have widgets hanging off the camera or taking over the hot shoe, they'd rather we buy an adapter.

FYI - not aiming my frustrations at you Lars... Just didn't like my D800's 10 pin connector caving in because of an external GPS unit that could have been built inside the camera.

Cheers

R

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

hey, no problem, I am not saying it's a good thing they did not build it into the camera!

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (2 months ago)

djsphynx said:

From Nikon's website
"...Instead of building it into the camera so as to not have widgets hanging off the camera or taking over the hot shoe, they'd rather we buy an adapter."

Huh?
Had they built it in, there would have been nothing 'hanging off' or in 'the hot shoe' - No loss of ports and nothing superficially 'breakable' or forgettable...
As it is, any solution hangs, adapts or plugs into a D800 and batteries may not be included ;)
Who is this 'system' good for? (Hint, not the consumer).

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djsphynx
By djsphynx (2 months ago)

@Jerry - I think you need to re-read my post more carefully.

Comment edited 14 seconds after posting
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JerryShots
By JerryShots (2 months ago)

Did I mis-characterize your post?
I think if you re-read my post you will see there is no point of contention...So what point are you trying to make now?

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djsphynx
By djsphynx (2 months ago)

Indeed you did mis-characterized it.

I'm certainly not pro-widget.

The second paragraph spells out Nikon's philosophy (one that I don't agree with - see below).

My last paragraph indicates my frustration with said philosophy and the damage widgets have caused in the past to my D800 (which Nikon did not fix properly, but that's another story).

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (1 month ago)

So the point you are trying to dispute with me is...?

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djsphynx
By djsphynx (1 month ago)

Aha! I fell for it.

I clearly forgot Internet rule #1: don't feed the trolls. Thanks for the reminder. You clearly don't have reading comprehension problems, you're just teaching me a lesson.

We can now both move along and resume our respective lives. I promise to do my best to not respond to troll comments anymore.

Thanks again!

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (1 month ago)

So if I make the same point you are making, I'm a Troll...
Okay Dokay - I'll reflect on that.

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1PhotoFan
By 1PhotoFan (2 months ago)

This device needs a live histogram when setting exposure.

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six34sigma
By six34sigma (2 months ago)

If the camera makers want declines in sales to stop they need to incorporate technology like this into their cameras. This should not be an add on. Get with the modern world Nikon/Canon.

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PhotoKhan
By PhotoKhan (2 months ago)

....errr...but they are "getting with the modern world".
My Canon M2 has Wi-Fi remote control capability.

I see products like this CASE with a very limited life scope.

Funnily enough, in the very near future, I would need my M2 to have wired remote control capability also, something it does not feature.

(I am a future ADA user)

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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six34sigma
By six34sigma (2 months ago)

Not on their DSLRs they are not. Nikon definitely not, Canon at some level but far from thinking forward. They are not thinking from a systems/workflow viewpoint.

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viking79
By viking79 (2 months ago)

I agree, plenty of APS-C mirrorless cameras that offer excellent built in remote camera features. M2 is not even available in my market (US), but there are plenty of great cameras here that will do that. None of them are Canon/Nikon as far as I am aware.

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DaGurney
By DaGurney (2 months ago)

Amen. Canon is too stupid to put an intervalometer on their cameras. There's no excuse for ANY camera not to have this simple, free-to-include feature.

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Jorrit
By Jorrit (2 months ago)

DSLRController with an MR3040...

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tedbare
By tedbare (2 months ago)

That looks great IF you have an android device.

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (2 months ago)

works with iOS, too.

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (2 months ago)

Who doesn't have an Android device?

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racenviper
By racenviper (2 months ago)

All I have are Android devices.

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EricCul
By EricCul (2 months ago)

@JerryShots, those who can afford to upgrade ;-)

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JerryShots
By JerryShots (2 months ago)

@EricCul, pay away, LOL - Perhaps you'll find satisfaction with the next version...Or the one after that!
The fruit always seems to go bad so fast - Too bad you guys can't get one 'right enough' to actually want to stick with. My Galaxy seems fine, still :)

Comment edited 53 seconds after posting
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racenviper
By racenviper (2 months ago)

I had a X in 2011 and just upgraded to Galaxy s5 Active. I cannot deal with the fruit going bad every year either.

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h2odavid
By h2odavid (1 month ago)

I read case never delivered items to people who paid for the last version of CASE. Can you trust this company.

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