Is There A Cheaper Alternative To The CamRanger?

June 19th, 2016

CamRangerDaniel recently said:

This might be a good alternative to a CamRanger at a cheaper price:  https://alpinelaboratories.com/pages/pulse.

I’ve evaluated several apparent alternatives to the CamRanger. But what I find is the gear I’ve tried that is $80 and $125 is in my opinion junk. I think what it boils down to is that to create a good piece of hardware a good application and good support is around $300 (what the CamRanger costs). Anyone creating a product less than that has to make shortcuts some someplace.

By the way, I tried my CamRanger out with my iPad Pro (the 12.9″ one) and it blew me away. It is an awesome combination. You don’t need a screen that large but it sure is cool. I like it much better than using Lightroom on a tethered laptop!

What do you think has anyone tried a less expensive alternative to the CamRanger that they really like?

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14 Responses to “Is There A Cheaper Alternative To The CamRanger?”

  • The problem I see immediately with the “Pulse” from Alpine laboratories is that it takes over your hotshoe on your camera. I use a Yongnuo YN560TX flash controller in my hot shoe on my camera which also gives me a remote shutter release. Using the Pulse would not allow me to do this. If Alpine labs added a pass through hotshoe to the top of the Pulse that would be great or if they added the ability to trigger and control my off camera flash to the software, even better. While I don’t own a CamRanger it still allows me to control my flash units and use my 560TX controller. Maybe there is a way do this with the Pulse but I couldn’t find it on their website.

  • Hey Larry… I didnt know you can remote control the shutter as well with the yn560tx. Do you have a link to a video to show me how to do that?

  • Love my camranger! Only problem I ran into lately was not being able to use my iPad on really hot days. After a few shots in locks up due to heat????

  • You can make your own using http://www.dslrdashboard.info and a low cost of the shelf TPLINK 3040 ( same hardware camranger use ) excellent alternative.

  • Hi Brandi,
    Yes, you can. Connect it to the camera with the cord (in my case it’s the 10 pin Nikon connection). Then I use a Yongnuo RF-603N II as the trigger. The 10 pin cord I mentioned comes with the RF-603N II. You will need to get the RF-603 that is compatible with your camera (they come in pairs). I know it works on my Nikon but can’t say for sure on Canons or any other Nikons but I’d guess it will work as well with those.

  • I’ve been using an easy to work with product found on eBay – http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wifi-Wireless-Liveview-Remote-Nikon-D810-D610-D800-D7000-D7100-D4-Df-iphone-ipad-/360389678734?hash=item53e8e6168e:g:5uQAAOSwL7VWlf4I

    They delivered it pretty quick, considering it comes from Australia. Turning it right side up was no big deal :-).

    Software – http://dslrdashboard.info/

    While it works great, I do have two very minor complaints. I don’t use it very often and because it uses a rechargeable battery, sometimes it’s not ready when I need it. Second, it may not tie up the hot shoe, but attaching it to the tri-pod with Velcro isn’t exactly the sophisticated solution you’d like. A shoe mount with a pass-through would be a better solution.

    It has a lot of features and ‘usability’ with complete control of your camera. If you shoot JPG’s, it’ll upload the pics to your smartphone immediately for instant delivery to your client. Yes, I would recommend it.

  • I recently picked up this CamFi – at $130 it was exactly what I needed. Wireless remote triggering with live view on my iPhone, and I can browse and send a few “instant” photos to my clients on-site for their pre-marketing needs. (Often my agents are already getting inquiries about the property while I’m shooting.)

    It comes with a cold shoe mount so that you can put it in your hot shoe, but if your hot shoe is being used you can let it hang or apply a velcro strip or band to attach it elsewhere. It does not NEED to be in a shoe…

    Here’s where it is on Amazon – http://amzn.to/28JtK0B (affiliate link) First heard about it on Phlearn in Aaron Nace’s giveaway.

  • Nikon do a little dongle WU-1a which plugs into the side of the camera and generates its own wifi which can be used with dslrdashboard.
    Really cheap too at £30 ($60)

  • $300 is a good price point. Any cheaper and the product is going to be poor and/or there will be no customer support. I hear that the CamRanger has great support.

    Brandi, my Yongnuo YN560TX came with a cable to connect to my Canon 3 pin shutter release and I use a RF-603 as a remote. If I get a Camranger, it will trigger the shutter and I will use the RF-603 in the hot shoe and carry the TX with me velcro’ed to the back of the tablet to make adjustments (ala Rich Baum).

  • I created a comparable version using an app called DSLR Controller and a TP-Link MR3040. I think that it’s the same router the Cam Ranger uses. Super cheap.

  • @Adam Pendleton, It’s the same router, but the CamRanger software is cleaner and there is factory tech support.

  • As a few others already mentioned… qDSLR Dashboard is a great alternative. It’s exactly the same hardware as camranger (TP-Link MR3040). The router costs about $30 on Amazon. Then you simply have to upgrade the firmware. (easy instructions are on the website) DSLR Dashboard is open source so there’s always smarter people than I creating new stuff for this thing. It’s also free… but they request donations. The smartphone app is $10! Total cost for DSLR Dashboard $40 plus your donation to qDSLR.

    I have had both a CamRanger and the qDSLR setup. I will say that the CamRanger interface is more robust, but not so much that it’s worth the $300 price tag. For 1/8 of the price… I stayed with the qDSLR Dashboard.

    Check it out… http://dslrdashboard.info/introduction/

  • I have one for sale for $150, I now use a Canon 6D with built-in wi-fi software. Please email me at royce@stringerdesign.com if interested.

  • These guys put out the Case Remote a couple of years ago. They are just about to start a new Indiegogo campaign in July for a new product called the Case Air. Their website is http://www.caseremote.com. Their current products are around $125-$150. I haven’t had a chance to use their product yet, but there are reviews on their website and youtube.

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