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CamRanger: A Breakthrough Remote Camera Camera Controller Product

Published: 09/01/2013
By: larry

CamRangerWow! 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Wirelessly stream live view to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Complete focusing control with touch focus, incremental adjustments, and focus stacking.
  4. Intervalometer (shoot time-lapse sequences).
  5. Shoot brackets (for EF or HDR) much like the Promote Controller.
  6. Perfect for macro photography where your camera is in awkward locations or very precise focus control is needed.
  7. 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:

  1. General purpose wired remote controllers like the Canon TC-80N3 for $129 which does a tiny fraction of what the CamRanger does.
  2. 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?

16 comments on “CamRanger: A Breakthrough Remote Camera Camera Controller Product”

  1. I just got the camranger this past week. Wow. It is perfect for Real Estate Shooting.
    I used it with my iPad to look at shots as I lit them. This thing works as advertised. When I put the camera up on my painters pole, I pull out my iphone and set the shot. It saves me so much time guessing what the shot looks like. I did, however find that I still used my remote shutter release with the camranger. The capture button works but I prefer to use my remote hanging on my belt. I shoot on raw+small jpeg which quickly loaded on the ipad. It was tethered shooting wihtout the hassle of dragging around a laptop. (which I never did due to the time it takes). I highly recommend. Its pricey but for what it does and the only one like it, I say for now its worth the cost.

  2. I got mine about a month ago and it's pretty much as advertised. I use it with my pole so I can see what I'm shooting - far faster than using an EyeFi card, which is what I did use before. Price is a bit high, but it definitely delivers on what is promises.

  3. I got mine about a month ago also. I've only had the opportunity to use it in the field a couple times. But within minutes of starting the first shoot, I knew I'd made the right decision. This thing is GREAT.

    A few little things I wish they would change, such as having the ability to "swipe" from image to image, rather than having to touch each thumbnail. But overall, this is a great (although expensive) device. No more making decisions about RE photos by looking on the tiny LCD screen.

  4. If you are using this in a business the price is very fair. Not only can you impress a client with a large image on the iPad but as Dave points out you can get views that can give you an advantage over your competitors .

  5. @Charlie- Until you mentioned this, I'd not put my 5DMKII in and out of video record with the CamRanger so I just tried it. I have no problem going in and out of live-view and controlling focus while in live-view... very cool... just touch where you want the focus to be with your finger on the iPad screen. The only thing I can't seem to do is turn video record on and off... the documentation says it's suppose to do this but I can't do it with mine... there could be something I'm missing. It also could be do to the fact that my iPad is an iPad 1 so it isn't running on IOS 6... it's stuck back on IOS 5.1. I have a new iPad on it's way to replace this old one.

    Does anyone else have trouble going in and out of video record with the CamRanger?

  6. I read Larry's comments on the CamRanger yesterday morning. Got one of the last three at Amazon ordered 10 minutes later and, with the help of a few extra shekkles for overnight delivery I used it in a shoot this afternoon. Setup was a painless 10 minute proceedure and ...BANG!... I was looking at shot after shot on my retna display iPad 3. This thing is absolutely the coolest gadget I've ever seen! Totally painless and flawless operation - absolutely intuitive operation. Haven't found anything yet that is not as advertised. Brilliant.

  7. The eye-fi card I'm currently using cost half that and only does one thing. The wireless Nikon things for the D800 are twice the price plus the cost of software if you want remote live view, and from what I've read the software interface isn't anything like what you guys are saying about this thing. I'm all in.

    I just spent some time reading reviews and watching videos and I do have a question or two:

    I capture and the ipad displays a preview. If I want a better look I download full file from card to iPad. If I decide it's not a keeper can I easily delete it both from the pad and the camera card from within the app?

    Can you rate photos on the ipad as shooting progresses?

    TIA

  8. @Charlie Dresen- I just confirmed with John Nilsson above that going in and out of video record work just fine on his iPad 3. The problem I have is in fact due to my iPad 1 can just run IOS 5 rather than the latest and greatest IOS 6 version. So the answer to all your questions is YES!

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