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CamRanger offers DSLR control from iPad

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CamRanger allows for wireless tethering control of Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras.

At the Consumer Electronics Show last month, we introduced you to CameraMator—an accesory that offers wireless remote DSLR camera control via both Android and iOS mobile devices. On the Macworld/iWorld expo floor this weekend, we found CamRanger.

Update: My on-the-fly Macworld/iWorld reporting seemed to have made me overlook many of the features from CamRanger. While we try to give thorough in-person reports from tradeshow events, sometimes the noise of the show floor can drown out important facts.

Not to be confused with CameraMator, CamRanger is a mobile-phone-sized bit of hardware that plugs into your Nikon or Canon DSLR camera, allowing for wireless remote control via an app on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Mac computer from up to 150 feet away. CamRanger offers extensive remote camera controls, including live view, touch focusing, incremental focus adjustments, full resolution image transfer/viewing, movie recording, RAW support, advanced camera property control, remote AF/MF toggle, advanced intervalometer, HDR, focus stacking and review of camera card contents.

Both CamRanger and CameraMator are priced at $299 USD. 

Let's hear from you: Have you tried using an accessory like this with your DSLR? 

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Lawrencew

$299? is this some kind of joke?

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DarkShift

If wireless is not needed, there's already much cheaper USB solutions for Android that allows live view.

iPad doesn't support USB host mode AFAIK so it's more limited.

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Suave

You can even make them wireless and still going to be much, much cheaper.

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pgphoto_ca

To expensive for Android

You can use DSLR Dashboard for Android with TP-Link router TL-MR3040 (search on B&H...and same as CamRanger) with the software OpenWrt.org

50$ solution.......not 300$...

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Martin Latulippe

I'm curious and interested by this setup. Connecting the camera to the router with a mini-USB-USB cable ? Does it have to be OTG ?
As for OpenWrt, do you need to make modification to the software or load specific packages ?
I for one would like to try this, maybe with a TP-Link TL-WR703n (20$ on ebay) and a Nexus 7 tablet.

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Sarge_

I'm planning to buy CamRanger for architectural photography. My camera is always crammed into corners, making it very difficult to use the viewfinder. The connection to liveview on Nikon allows me to see things and make adjustments (off angles, staging, etc) that I otherwise might not notice until post. At $300, it's expensive as 'toys' go, but worthwhile for certain professional applications.

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CHRISCOURTEAU

For your information, CamRanger is NOW working not only with iPhone or iPad but also with a MAC. Only with 10.8 (so far).

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premmuthu

the instruction says ...after downloading the App, it has to be launched. Can you or someone tell me how to launch the App either on Mac 10.8 or iPad

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premmuthu

I got the answer. Thanks everybody

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Niala2

And WHY.. not mention the sd-cards (Eyefi, sundisk +at least another that I forgot), the ones which include wi-fi.. ?
That would be truely talking Information..
(unless we are merely practicing "business"?)

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heavymeister

They are indeed sd-cards, mostly not working properly in adapters for CF-cards and cameras that only operate CF. And they work only in one direction, whilst CamRanger and CameraMator offer control over the settings of your camera and Liveview.

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heavymeister

I own the CamRanger and I use it to transfer images from a remote camera attached to a basketball backboard to an iPad mini. Works most of the time, sometimes it loses connection though and you have to reboot the app. I use a remote trigger to release the shutter, because that enables faster frame rate. The WiFi transfer is pretty fast actually. So I can send out hoop pictures during the game once downloaded from the iPad to my MacBook. This process would be even faster if they had an MacOS app too, so you could directly transfer from CamRanger to MacBook.
Compared to prices of WiFi units from the camera manufacturers the CamRanger pricing is ok, I think. Plus it lets you use older camera models too, like my D3.

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heavymeister

If you are interested you can see some of my remote camera shots using CamRanger in my Instagram gallery: www.instagram.com/dermaddin

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premmuthu

I have downloaded the CamRanger iOS App. How do I launch it?

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premmuthu

Got the answer. Thanks

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Herb

I have the CamRanger and have used it in Rome as well as home. I like the size and functionality. I have also used to transfer photos from camera to my iPad via WiFi. It sets up its own WiFi and I have never had an issue connecting.

It is a great device.

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aja2

Call me when they support Olympus & other DSLRs & I'll let you know how it works.

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Steven Blackwood

Should note that the Cameramator does not actually use the hot shoe.It simply has a hot shoe connector. Also, the Camranger has the added benefit of controlling video, making the ipad virtually a camera monitor. Thus, same money, better features. Both devices are overpriced IMHO but I do own a Camranger. They should also support non-Canon/Nikon DSMRs.

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bigfatron

You're not kidding its overpriced. If you don't mind being tethered via USB then you've been able to live view and even remote shoot on Android devices from most recent Canon bodies for ages using DSLRController (which costs absolute buttons).

Unfortunately for iPad it seems you can only interface for this kind of thing via wifi, hence the need for extra gizmos.

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SiPat

I've been using DSLR Camera Remote (http://www.ononesoftware.com/products/#ios) on iPhone and iPad since the app was released.

The only problem, of course, is that you have to tether the camera to your Mac. I don't find this a hurdle as everything I need is in the same room within feet of each other. I get LiveView on the D5000 & D700 but not the D40 or the D200.

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George Lepp

To the best of my knowledge the CameraMator does not support "Live View" in real time while the CamRanger does. I'm using the CamRanger on a regular basis and it works as advertised with live "Live View". That is very important. You can change focus points with the CamRanger by touching the spot in the "Live View" you want to focus on. I carry two batteries, enough for two days of shooting. The battery life between the two is irrelevant. With the CamRanger you can monitor video. Not at 24 or 30 FPS, but close. The range is 150 feet if direct sight.

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GURL

As shown, one need a tripod.

For static subjects (like sculptures) besides a tripod I use USB, the Helicon Remote app and an Asus tablet as a viewfinder. As I don't make prints anymore, what I see is actually the final result.

Without a tripod, being able to watch the last shoot on the tablet wirelessly would be fine.

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