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WiFi-enabled DSLR remote with live-view, time-lapse, four built-in triggering sensors, and shoot & push to make photography more fun!
WiFi-enabled DSLR remote with live-view, time-lapse, four built-in triggering sensors, and shoot & push to make photography more fun!
WiFi-enabled DSLR remote with live-view, time-lapse, four built-in triggering sensors, and shoot & push to make photography more fun!
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CamBuddy Pro: World's First Do-It-All DSLR Smart Controller

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What is a prototype?

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Proof of Concept

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WHAT IS CAMBUDDY PRO?

CamBuddy Pro is the most powerful and the only "do-it-all" solution to remotely control your cameras from your smartphone. With CamBuddy Pro and the free Joopic app, you will be able to:

  • Get WiFi-based remote control from up to 100 feet away.
  • Browse and transfer pictures/videos instantly from your modern digital cameras to your smartphone, no need to copy them to your desktop computer first.
  • Create time-lapse photography with the built-in intervalometer.
  • Have a matchbox-sized product packed with light sensor, sound sensor, laser detector, and radio transceiver that make your innovative high-speed photography easier than ever.
  • Control up to 128 cameras to capture stunning "Matrix bullet time" footage.
  • Fully control popular DSLR cameras from smartphone: live view, parameters adjustment, taking photos and videos.

The following chart shows the main technical features of CamBuddy Pro:

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Stretch Goals

Stretch goals are product improvements and accessories that we would like to provide to you backers, but can only happen if we reach certain funding goals. This way, we are sure we will have enough resources to pursue these features without compromising our original promises.

  • $100k - Release Joopic App for Mac and PC by Christmas (UNLOCKED)
  • $200k - CamBuddy Pro ships in full retail packaging (UNLOCKED)
  • $400k - CamBuddy Pro provides support for shutter ramping (in the update in Jan. 2017) for intervalometer shooting, and focus stack and HDR shootings (in the update in Mar. 2017) (UNLOCKED)

Please help us to promote this project! Or if you are already our backer, please see our Backer Referral Program below.

 

 

 

FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS

Long-range full control with live view 

The long operating range (up to 100 feet) of CamBuddy Pro allows you to capture the wildest creatures' close-up from a safe distance. You have a real-time view of the image and can adjust the exposure time, aperture, ISO, exposure compensation, shooting delay, and other parameters any time on your smartphone. The app also allows you to auto-focus by tapping anywhere of the image or fine tune with manual-focus.

Time-lapse photography    

Through CamBuddy Pro’s intervalometer function you can create time-lapse photography on you smartphone easily. You can set the number of shots, interval, and delay time; Moreover, you can quickly play back the pictures by using our app and create a time-lapse video.

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High-speed photography with four built-in sensors

CamBuddy Pro is equipped with four sensors - sound, lightning, laser, and radio, as well as a built-in radio transmitter. Combined, it unlocks many creative photography modes including sound/light/laser/radio activated shutter or flash, or use sound/light/laser/Joopic app to activate the built-in radio transmitter to set other cameras to go off. You can capture high-speed motion scenes and fleeting moments, creating amazing pictures with ease. 

  • Sound-triggered shooting

Set the trigger to go off at a desired sound level. Capture the clinking of glasses or activate the camera by hand clapping.

Sound triggered shooting
Sound triggered shooting
  •  Lightning-triggered shooting

Set the trigger to go off when lightning strikes. You can also synchronize multiple CamBuddy Pros with a flash to shoot an object from different angles simultaneously. 

Lightning triggered shooting
Lightning triggered shooting
  • Laser-triggered shooting

Set your camera to go off when something breaking a laser beam aimed at CamBuddy Pro. Capture the transient object or wildlife in action. A CamBuddy-specific laser generator is included in the laser bundle. 

Laser triggered shooting
Laser triggered shooting
  • Radio-triggered shooting

Set your camera to go off by radio-waves. Radio trigger is immune to harsh environmental conditions and can be used to set off multiple CamBuddy Pros synchronously. CamBuddy Pro has a built-in radio transmitter that can be activated from the app, or by light, sound, and laser. You can also get a handheld CamBuddy-specific radio transmitter by supporting the "radio bundle". 

Ultimate selfie from 100 feet away 

No need to challenge your arm's strength. Take a selfie from 100 feet away with an easy smile and a simple click. @Ben Stiller could retire his world record long selfie stick of just 28 ft.

Shoot-and-push

Photos taken are automatically pushed to your smartphone through the Shoot-and-Push function. You can also edit, manage, and share the pictures on social media.

One smartphone, 128 cameras 

Connecting and controlling multiple cameras to shoot one object from different angles is a key and original innovation of CamBuddy Pro. 

Simply, you can setup the cameras connected in synchronized mode, and every camera works under the same trigger function (e.g., sound trigger, lightning trigger or radio trigger). When there is a sound, lightning, or radio signal, all cameras will capture pictures at the same time from different angles. By using Joopic app, you only need to setup one CamBuddy Pro's work mode, others will follow up. Under synchronized mode, you can even setup every camera in the array has an equidifferent delay time.

CamBuddy Pro provides the ability to connect to up 128 cameras to capture stunning Matrix bullet-time footage,  as demonstrated in the video.

When you are in a wedding ceremony, you may want to use two or more cameras to shoot bride and groom from different angels. For this situation, we can setup the cameras to work in master-slave mode. You can hold the master camera and capture the close range scene. Meanwhile, the slave cameras, which are fixed in other positions and controlled by CamBuddy Pros, can be triggered by a lightning from your external flash or a radio wave from a handheld radio transmitter.  

This scenario can also be used to monitor your home or office. You can set the master CamBuddy Pro to work under laser trigger mode. When someone break the laser, the CamBuddy Pro can be triggered to send a radio wave, which then trigger other cameras to take a picture or start to record a video.

  • Control multiple cameras simultaneously through wifi-connection
  • Control multiple cameras in master-slave mode through CamBuddy Pro build-in radio transceiver

 

SOFTWARE

Essentially, CamBuddy Pro is an app-controlled smart device. So we spend many efforts to develop the app and the firmware.

The Joopic App is now free to download for iOS and Android:

iOS app linkAndroid app link 

The next big update of Joopic App will be available before this Christmas Day. In this update, Joopic App will provide a completely new module for CamBuddy Pro. The following picture shows some screens of Joopic App for CamBuddy Pro:

We are also developing the app editions for PC and Mac. The following pictures show the design of the desktop editions of Joopic App:

 

 

We will release the desktop editions of Joopic App before this Christmas Day. 

TECH SPECS

Widely Supported Cameras

By using CamBuddy Pro and Joopic app, you can remotely capture pictures through the shutter release port of your camera. Therefore, if your camera has a shutter release port, you can use CamBuddy Pro with it.

Fortunately, almost every DSLR camera has a shutter release port (only a few old DSLR cameras have no shutter release ports). Therefore, you can use the remote shoot, the intervalometer, the smart trigger, the multi-camera control functions of CamBuddy Pro with your DSLR camera, including those from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, Leica, Hasselblad, and Ricoh.

Especially, the following DSLR cameras are fully supported; CamBuddy Pro provides all features mentioned above for these cameras:

Canon EOS:

1D Mark IV, 1D X, 1D X Mark II, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DSR, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 50D, 60D, 60Da, 70D, 80D, 100D (Rebel SL1), 550D (Rebel T2i / Kiss X4), 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss X5), 650D (Rebel T4i / Kiss X6i), 700D (Rebel T5i / Kiss X7i), 750D (Rebel T6i / Kiss X8i), 760D (Rebel T6s), 1300D (Rebel T6)

Nikon:

DF, D3X, D3S, D4, D4S, D5, D300, D300S, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D90, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200

Almost all modern non-SLR cameras, for example, mirrorless or general digital cameras from Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Samsung, Panasonic, and Fuji, are partially supported by CamBuddy Pro. You can use CamBuddy Pro to browse and transfer the pictures and the videos taken by the camera to your smartphone instantly without copying the files to your desktop computer first.

 

If you are still wonder whether your camera are supported by CamBuddy Pro, please send a message to @creator or leave a message as a comment. We will answer your question as soon as possible.

The diagrams below illustrate the ports and the cables used to connect a CamBuddy Pro with a camera or other devices.

  • A) You can use the micro USB cable included in the product package to charge CamBuddy Pro. Note that the cable is for charging only, not a USB data cable. 
  • B) You can use the USB data cable shipped with your camera to connect CamBuddy Pro to your camera's USB port. If you want to use live view or remote shoot, or transfer pictures from your camera, you use this port.
  • C) You can use a shutter release cable to connect to your camera's shutter release port. When you use the intervalometer or the smart trigger functions, you can choose this port to release the camera's shutter. 
  • D) You can use a standard 3.5mm PC flash cable to connect to an external flash. When you use the intervalometer or the smart trigger functions, you can choose the port to trigger the external flash.

REWARDS

What are the perks? 

Early bird and Kickstarter special. Get CamBuddy Pro for a discount of up to 40%. Please note shutter release cable is required for high speed photography and different models of your DSLR might require different cable. If you don't already have one for your camera, we suggest you to purchase it from adorama http://bit.ly/2ddPALz, or other online store.

Christmas special. Get your CamBuddy Pro before Christmas! Empower yourself to capture the scenes of the holidays, or have it as a perfect gift for your loved ones. We will include a set of shutter release cables that cover all camera types, so it can be made sure you're ready to shoot the season wherever you will be. 

CamBuddy Pro + radio transmitter. Radio trigger is best immune to the environmental factors. CamBuddy Pro has a built-in radio receiver, which works best with the radio transmitter included in this bundle. 

CamBuddy Pro + laser generator. CamBuddy Pro's built-in laser sensor works best with the laser generator designed specific for CamBuddy. A power bank is also included in this bundle.

Studio pack. Get three units for everyone in your studio or all your gears.  

Matrix pack. Get six units and unlock the Matrix bullet-time mode. A radio generator is included in the bundle to provide another way of synchronized control.

BACKER INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

Backer Referral Program

Refer your friends and earn free stuff! Simple.

We count the number of CamBuddy Pros referred. So if your friend orders 6 CamBuddy Pros, you get credit for 6 referrals. What a good friend.

The referral rewards
The referral rewards

Referral Program Rules

Procedure:

  • Find your backer number. To find it, please use a desktop browser to log in Kickstarter and visit https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/backings. You will find this project under "Active pledges." Scroll down, you will see your backer number at the bottom of the pop-up window.
  • Affix your backer number to the beginning of joobot.com followed by a period (no commas). For example, if your backer number is 1,024, you use 1024.joobot.com as your unique referral link.
  • Share your unique link with friends and family.
  • If they use it to order, you will automatically get credit!

Rules:

  • You must pledge for your own CamBuddy Pro(s) first.
  • Referral credits are calculated after the campaign is over.
  • We cannot respond to individual requests for referral count status.
  • Cancelled orders or failed payments do not count.
  • Your referral must use your link to pledge in one session or the referral will not register.
  • Please do not try to game the system (we'll know) or you will forfeit any and all rewards.
  • If someone has already pledged once, they cannot re-pledge using your link.

3 days before the campaign concludes, we will post referral totals for all backers so you can get an idea. However, the official count will only come after the campaign concludes, as some referrals may cancel their pledge.

Thank you and good luck!

Extra Reward for Returning Backers

If you pledge for a CamBuddy Pro yet again, we'll send you one free gift bundle of:

  • Mini Bluetooth speaker ($10 value)
  • LED fill light ($10 value)
  • Camera Strap ($10 value)

Our sincere gratitude, again.

ABOUT US

Our Story

We’ve come a long way to make the best and only all-in-one DSLR remote. We believed innovative picture taking could be more fun, and photos could be shared more easily and instantly. With these beliefs in mind, our team spent countless nights designing, programming, and prototyping to bring CamBuddy Pro to life. Credits also go to volunteers around the world who helped us during beta testing, making CamBuddy Pro perfect. 

The enthusiasm from the community convinced us CamBuddy Pro will be a big success. We already made the investment on all production equipment needed and your support will allow us to start now. We will not wait until the end of the campaign, but start production as soon as the campaign goal is reached. Back us with the "Christmas Special" perk and put CamBuddy Pro on your holiday list. 

Our Team - Engineers 

Our operation in Houston, TX is supported by an amazing engineering team based in Beijing, China. Our engineers have the strongest background and every expertise in hardware design, coding, and manufacturing. We have gone through numerous rounds of prototyping and now present to you the CamBuddy Pro that we are proud of. 

Our Team - Beta Testers

We are a small team supported by a big community of photographers. We knew we couldn't build the best product without listening to you. Special thanks go to @Julie Everhart who volunteered to offer us tremendous insights to make CamBuddy Pro more powerful and intuitive to use. We are honored to have her as CamBuddy's first ambassador. Check out her posts about what she can do with CamBuddy: 

https://www.facebook.com/julieeverhartphotography/

https://twitter.com/julev69 

https://www.instagram.com/julev69/ 

We are fortunate to have many volunteers like Julie around the world to help us beta test CamBuddy Pro. They have undergone extensive testing to find bugs and help us make improvements until perfection. 

A video review from @Kerrie Meister

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Another review from @Chad Wildermuth

http://bit.ly/2dlw6ES

See more what beta testers are able to do with CamBuddy Pro at 

www.twitter.com/urcambuddy

www.facebook.com/urcambuddy

Risks and challenges

Hardware project is very challenging. There are many unexpected obstacles along the way which we have experienced:(. That is why we are very careful not to make unrealistic promises to our backers. We are launching the campaign because we now are fully confident that we will deliver CamBuddy Pro into your hands on time.
We have done extensive beta testing, thanks to many volunteers in the photography community. We fixed bugs, made improvement, and added extra features as demanded.
Our app has been ready for download since August from the app store and play store. Our factory is ready to manufacture. We only need your support to reach the goal so we can start making CamBuddy Pro immediately!

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