January 8th, 2013
Wow! The chocolate truck (that’s what my grandkids call the UPS truck) just brought my CamRanger a few days ago and I have to say I’m still dazzled by everything the CamRanger can do. If you have 16 minutes for the full story watch this video from the CamRanger site. Here is a condensed list of what this puppy does:
- Remotely change and view camera settings: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, Drive/Shooting Mode, AF, Metering Mode, Image Format, Auto Exposure Mode, and Exposure Compensation and Bracketing.
- Capture images in all drive modes. Then view full resolution images in JPG or Canon RAW and optionally save to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch.
- Wirelessly stream live view to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Complete focusing control with touch focus, incremental adjustments, and focus stacking.
- Intervalometer (shoot time-lapse sequences).
- Shoot brackets (for EF or HDR) much like the Promote Controller.
- Perfect for macro photography where your camera is in awkward locations or very precise focus control is needed.
- Wirelessly record movies to view and edit later. CamRanger supports touch focusing during movie recording for many Nikon and Canon cameras.
Currently the CamRanger works with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch and is in development for Android, Mac and Windows 7 and 8.
My sense of CamRanger after using it for just a few days is everything works like you expect it to. The setup is simple and intuitive and the interface. It is very well designed and implemented!
Probably the biggest problem people will find with CamRanger will be the price ($299). But think about what this device does compared to other remote controllers:
- General purpose wired remote controllers like the Canon TC-80N3 for $129 which does a tiny fraction of what the CamRanger does.
- A remote controller like the Promote Controller for ($299) that just aids in shooting brackets.
The CamRanger does far more than any existing remote controller for not all that much more. Is anyone else using the CamRanger? What do you think?