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Is There a Cheaper Alternative for WiFi DSLR Tethering than CamRanger?

March 29th, 2017

Jean-Louis asks:

I am thinking of getting a WiFi tether and can’t make up my mind between CamRanger ($300) and Case Air ($150). Obviously, Case Air makes more sense economically. I know they are pretty similar in performance; I am wondering about their APP. Which one is the best? I will use it when I have a multiple off-camera flash setup. Being able to zoom in, focus on an area, and decide on exposure with the help of a good histogram are the main features that what I am after.

Over the years we have discussed CamRanger a lot and the cheaper alternatives (including Case Air).

The bottom line is that CamRanger is very widely used by real estate photographers. It is good quality, reliable, works with most DSLRs, works on IOS and Android, and has great customer service. Most serious photographers that want a device like this are more than willing to pay $150 more to get good gear that works.

I’ve personally tried several CamRanger alternatives and none of them are worth the annoyances they create. You get what you pay for. CamRanger is worth the extra $150. How do others feel?

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18 Responses to “Is There a Cheaper Alternative for WiFi DSLR Tethering than CamRanger?”

  • build it yourself. same router. $50.00. will post details later. not at office.

  • This is how I feel about my CamRanger: If it broke today and they doubled the price to replace; would still be my favorite tool in my case. H-I-G-H-L-Y recommended. Great company too, very friendly support for people (like me) that are too ADD to read the directions…

  • I use qDSLR Dashboard and the same $40 router that CamRanger is made from. The app runs on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac and even Linux! Easy to set up and easy to run.
    https://dslrdashboard.info/introduction/

  • Camfi works great!
    My collegae uses the joopic and is very happy with iT.
    Ive been using the Camranger but broke the USBport caused by the extensive use on my Pole. Now i use a 5d4 and is the best investering ever ????

  • Here is the TP-Link router, the same one Cam Ranger uses. and DSLR Controller, an Android App. http://www.the-digital-picture.com/News/News-Post.aspx?News=9023

    I have built 2 of them as I believe in redundancy, especially at this price.

  • I’ve tried the alternatives, but it’s CR’s app and customer service that keep me a customer. The app is just plain awesome that has all the information I need (and want) in a really clean interface.
    You can’t beat the customer service. I had an issue on a Saturday evening that I emailed them about. Hoping to get a solution by Wednesday or so, I got an email Sunday morning that fixed the issue! Very few companies would do that.

  • While I have limited reason to use it (besides the few elevated pole shots I do), I built a Camranger clone from the TP-Link router (got it on sale on Amazon for $15!) and qDSLR. Works fine.

  • I have the CamRanger and love the apps interface but rarely use it, unless it is for an elevated shot. I just prefer using the cameras live view 90% of the time. That way I can use the live view levels to make sure walls, floors and ceilings are straight in camera. I also have trouble keeping my cameras (D750 & D7100) connected to the CamRanger. The cables tend to work lose at the USB port on the camera. I even use a Tether Tools Jerkstopper (https://www.tethertools.com/product/jerkstopper-tethering-kit/). When this happens connectivity between the CamRanger and the camera is intermittent and I find I just do not have the patience to fiddle with it.

    I would love to find an alternative app with the interface similar to the CamRanger but uses the cameras built in wifi connection and some of the in camera tools like the live view levels.

  • I love my CamRanger.

    However, does anyone know an equivalent for SONY A7 cameras. The CamRanger doesn’t work with Sony cameras, and I wish it did. If any Real Estate photographer are using Sony and a wifi tether tool, please share.

  • Check out my blog posting about making your own CamRanger type device for about $40. It works great. I use it every day in my shooting…

    http://blog.alanlawrencephotography.com/control-your-dslr-for-less-than-40/

  • OK… what am I missing with qDSLR? Is there a good place to learn how to use the darn thing? I’ve got it connected, but it only shoots brackets and it takes FOREVER to get the image to preview because it’s sending the full size, raw image. I know I’m doing something wrong, but I can’t find a place on the web to teach me how.

  • James, set your camera to shoot RAW (if that’s what you desire) + small jpeg. That way, only the small file will be sent to the tablet. Check out https://dslrdashboard.info/ under the documentation tab for some instructions. Not sure if I read it there or some place else but, “long push” means holding a button down on the app’s interface. I use an older version but “long pushing” the BKT button is a shortcut for turning bracketing on and off. Play around and you’ll learn some neat stuff.

    One nice thing about the DSLRDashboard (the older version) and probably qDSLRDashboard is that it works with a camera’s built in wifi and doesn’t need the hardware. My camera is older and without any wifi builtin. But, I have controlled a friends D750 with my tablet directly without the external wireless router.

  • Awesome… Thanks, Robert! I have 5D MkIII. No wifi.

  • I have wifi built into my canon and I’ve been using the canon camera connect app… It is driving me nuts and every update seems to cause more headaches. Would the qdslr app be better than canons app (looks like it is)? Any other contenders out there for android or has anyone come across a review/comparison on the different apps that can control wifi cameras?

  • I use Camranger on my Canons and it is a fabulous app and I am completely happy with it. I have to agree with Larry on its stability and general excellence. It has made me a lot of money in the two years I have owned it.

    Just looked at Camfi and they seem to support Sony.
    I am interested in Camfi as I have been toying with the idea of getting an A7RII for my 17 TS-E.

  • Let me start by saying that I am here because I want to learn more about the CamRanger and other options since I have never used them. What I have done is use my iPhone 6 with the Canon (since I have a Canon 80D with wifi) and from what I can tell it gives me a much better view of what the camera is seeing. As said above, the converging lines. That and some controls. I have no idea how that compares to the other equipment mentioned already. I use it with a cell phone holder attached to my hot shoe mount.
    But for studio work I can also use my aging iPad 2 since the Canon utility works with that too so a much bigger screen for very detailed work. I use an iPad music stand holder that clamps to the tripod or a light stand. So can you fill me in on what I am missing? Would love to know.

  • Just purchased my camranger when on sale at B&H for $200. Added a case for my ipad pro 9.7 from innovative care products. I see this as a real lifesaver for a senior with less than perfect eyesight.
    Also, many homes in my area have rustic log or wood interiors. The camranger lets me set up in 10 second timer mode, hit the capture button and then put both hands on a large reflector and angle the light back where it is needed.
    Great product.

  • Followed the process to connect via the TP-Link and qDSLRDashboard to my D700 with no luck. I am connected to the WiFi on an iPad and it appears the camera is connected as the light comes on the transmitter when the camera is turned on but, the app does not link up to the camera (works fine on my D5300 with its built in WiFi). Any suggestions?

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