Camera Remote Control Solutions

Use an Adapter to Wirelessly Control Your Camera

You can use an iPad to control your DSLR wirelessly or send images direct to your smartphone for easy on the go sharing Here are some options to give you and your camera wireless freedom. With more people using smartphones and mobile hot spots, a camera featuring Wi-Fi gives you the control, quality and flexibility of an ardent camera with the ability to back up to a mobile device, cloud service or computer while you shoot, or share shots online without first offloading to a computer. Although many new point-and-shoots have built in Wi-Fi, fewer DSLRs and mirrorless cameras feature wireless connectivity. Also, if your camera is only a year or two old, you're not ready to charge out and get a new one just to adapt wireless functionality to your shooting style. There are several ways to add wireless features to your present camera, though. Some are just for transferring images or for remote control using a tablet or smartphone, while others can do both and even more.
Wi-Fi-enabled SD cards
Obtaining a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card is the simplest way to add some wireless functionality to your existing camera. Considering you're acquiring storage and wireless in one card the price is reasonable. They work with the majority of cameras that take SD cards, and once you have one installed and set up, it's relatively easy to use. Nonetheless, the initial setup can be precarious, and the cards use more of your camera's battery, so you can expect somewhat less battery life.

The most known name is Eyefi, which has a pair of SD card options: Mobi and Pro X2 . (Now if your DSLR camera uses CompactFlash instead of SD cards, you can go for an adapter.) Most cameras are compatible, although if you have an Eyefi Connected DSLR camera (of which there are many) you get added features such as the ability to turn the Wi-Fi radio on and off, and to select and prioritize the images you want to are transfer.

The Mobi card is the simplest to setup and use: just download the Mobi app to an Android or iOS device, put in the activation code supplied with the card, and you're basically finished. With the app open you can begin taking photos, and the card will connect with your device and begin transferring images to it.

Also, you can also use a Windows or Mac desktop application to convey images direct to a networked computer. The card will only accept JPEG transfers along with video formats supported by your computer, phone or tablet.

In addition to Eyefi, there is the FlashAir card from Toshiba , which works a little different than Eyefi's. Instead of just establishing a single alliance between the SD card and your computer or mobile device, the FlashAir acts like a hotspot, allowing as many as seven wireless connections at the same time.

One advantage of the FlashAir card is that after a device or computer is connected, you only need to open a browser window to see the images on the card. Also, a FlashAir II card firmware update provides an Internet pass-through feature, allowing your mobile device to still connect to a normal Web-connected access point.

However, the cards won't automatically send your images to your device: you'll must select the shots you want and download them from the card to your tablet, smartphone or computer.

You can look at the list on Toshiba's site if you want assurance the your camera and the features you're looking for are available, however the cards are compatible with most cameras.

A Flucard installed in a Pentax K-3 turns your tablet or smartphone into a wireless remote viewfinder and controller.

In addition tj the two above there is Trek 2000's Flucard (there's one made specifically for Pentax cameras that lets you to remotely control your camera using your smartphone) and Transcend's 32GB Wi-Fi SD card . Judging by user reviews, they seem a little hit-and-miss.

One last option, Monoprice and some others offer a microSD-to-SD card Wi-Fi adapter. It seems to function similar to the FlashAir cards by establishing a hotspot that as many as five devices can be connects as if they would to a typical Wi-Fi network. Then you simply point to an address in your browser to view and download images.

You can use your own microSD card as large as 32GB is supported), so you're not constrained with a single size. And using an adapter could be a bottleneck for high-speed photography, however if you just require a simple solution, this could be your best bet (and the least expensive, at under $40).

Camera manufacturer-specific adapters
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon WULAThere aren't too many options when it comes down to wireless accessories offered by the camera manufacturers themselves. In fact, there are only a few models from Canon and Nikon.

Nikon, offers the WU-1a/WU-1b. This tiny dongle plugs into the Micro-USB port (or Mini-USB port on the 1b) on your camera, and you can then turn it on using a menu setting. You can connect this device using your Android or iOS device simply by selecting it from the Wi-Fi settings on your mobile device.

Using the Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app you can see the images and videos on DSLR or ILC and move them to your device. You can also employ the app to act as a remote shutter release and viewfinder.

The adapters cost around $60, although you can often find them for less. All they do is transmit to mobile devices, so if you need to wirelessly send shots to a computer you'll require something else. Nikon has professional solutions for this, although they're closer to $1,000 than $100.

Canon RC6 RemoteCanon doesn't offer a mobile solution such as the WU-1a/b, only professional transmitters for the Canon EOS-1D X, 5D Mark III, and 6D. Additionally, there also transmitters available for older model Canon DSLRs, too, although they all cost hundreds of dollars. If you can go the DIY route, do a Web search for installing Wi-Fi to a Canon DSLR and you'll find a few interesting solutions.

Third-party Adapters

Camranrer remote

There are a few third-party adapters that deliver quite a bit of functionality without being over the top expensive.

The CamRanger , iUSBportCamera and Weye Feye are currently the chief options available. They function about the same, too, allowing you tether a Canon or Nikon DSLR to your Android or iOS or tablet or phone or to a computer.

Connect one of these to your camera's USB, turn it on, and you can establish an ad-hoc network among it and your mobile device or Windows or Mac computer by choosing them in your wireless network settings.

Once a connection is established, you can use the free Android or iOS app to take control your camera's settings, see a live view from the camera (if it has has live view), tap to focus, and press the shutter release.

You can set them to automatically transfer images to your device, or you can just view the images you've captured. The apps also feature a bulb mode, an intervalometer, HDR bracketing, self-timer and macro photography controls.

The $300 CamRanger appears to be somewhat more polished compared to the iUSBportCamera, but the latter also cost around $100 less.

The Weye Feye weighs in at around $100 and falls under the CamRanger and iUSBportCamera, and can essentially provide the same things such as full control over the camera using a mobile device. It, too, only works with Canon and Nikon DSLRs. although, the company is working on the Weye Feye S which will work with DSLRs and ILCs manufactured by other camera companies and allows you to wirelessly see and transfer images and videos among cameras and Android and iOS devices or anything featuring a Web browser.

camranger remote
For Canon and Nikon

Remote DSLR control via iOS Device Photo/ Video Capture, Live View, HDR Intervalometer, Bulb, 

Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Control

a simple, compact wireless infrared remote  possible to fire from as far as 16' (4.8 m). Rating
mobipro 32
eyefi MobiPro

Wirelessly transfers JPEG and RAW images and videos from your camera to your phone, tablet or desktop as you take them.
Flash Air III Wireless SD Card
Flash Air by Toshiba

The Flash Air III Wireless SD Card includes a wireless LAN chip plus an antenna that makes it accessible to any WLAN-capable PC, smartphone
Flu Card Pro
Flu Card Pro

Newly developed for PENTAX digital SLR cameras, offers wireless LAN connection to a compatible smartphone.
iUSB PortCamera
iUSB PortCamera

Photos shot are instantly and wirelessly sent to near mobile devices (e.g. iPad).Control your camera Live View with Touch Focusing
Nikon Wu1a Remote Adapter
Nikon Wu1a Remote Adapter

automatically send great images to smartphone use your smartphone to remotely capture images from camera .
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for Nikon D40, D40x, D60, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras
NIkon ML-L3 Wireless Remote

wireless shutter release capable of instantly triggering the shutter of select Nikons,
5 Star Rating
Olympus RM-1 Remote Control
Olympus RM-1 Remote Control
A wireless remote control for Olympus film point-and-shoot cameras and the IS series cameras. The remote will allow you
Sony Wireless Remote
Sony Wireless Remote

A multi-function remote control that is compatible with Sony Alpha NEX and DSLR cameras. With this single remote
XSorories Weye Feye
XSorories Weye Feye

Gives you the ability to remotely control your DSLR camera by generating its own Wi-Fi network. Allow operation from up to 262'


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