Frequently Asked Questions
Spark works with almost every DSLR and mirrorless camera on the market. Check the link or the list below to see if your camera is on the list (it probably is). www.alpinelaboratories.com/pages/spark-cable-checker
Canon: 1 DC, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 1D, 1DX, 1DX Mark II, 5Ds, 5Dsr, 5D Mark 1, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 10D, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, EOS 60DA, 70D, 80D, SL1, EOS IX, 100D, 300D, 350D, EOS 300, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, Kiss Digital, Kiss Digital X, Kiss X2, Kiss X3, Kiss X4, Kiss X6i, Kiss X7i, Kiss X8i, Digital Rebel, Rebel Ti, Rebel XTi, Rebel XTi, Rebel XS, Rebel Xsi, Rebel T1i, Rebel T2, Rebel T2i, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i, Rebel T4, Rebel T4i, Rebel T5, Rebel T5i, Rebel T6, Rebel T6i, Rebel T6s, SX50, G10, G11, G12, G15, G16, G1X
Nikon: D1, D1H, D1X, D2, D2H, D2Hs, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D4s, D5, D40 , D60, D70s, D80, D90, F90x, F90x, F100, F5, F6, D200, D300, D300x, D300s, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810A, D810, Df, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200, COOLPIX P7100, COOLPIX P7800, 1 V3
Sony: a33, a55, a57, a58, a65, a77, a77 II, a99, a99 II, a5000, a5100, a6000, a6300, a6500, A7, A7II, A7R, A7RII, A7S, A7SII, a100, a200, a300, a350, a450, a500, a550, a560, a580, a700, a850, a900, NEX-3N, HX50V, HX300, 5000L, RX 100 II, RX 100 III
Olympus: XZ-1, XZ-2, EVOLT SP-510, SP-550, SP-560, SP-565, SP-570, SP-590,E3-0, E-620, E-600, E-520, E-510, E-450, E-420, E-410, E-400,E-300, E-30, PEN E-P1, PEN E-P2, PEN E-P3, PEN E-P5,PEN E-PL2, PEN E-PL3, PEN E-PL5, OM-D E-M5, E-M1, EP1, EP2, EPL2, XZ1, EPL3, EPM1, EP3, E-M5, E620, E1, E3, E5, E10, E20,E100 RS
FujiFilm: X100S , X100T, X100F, X-T1, X-T2, X-E2, S3 Pro, S5 Pro, HS50, HS50EXR
Panasonic: DMC-FZ50 SERIES, DMC-FZ30, DMC-FZ100, DMC-FZ1000, DMC-FZ30, DMC-FZ20, DMC-FZ200, DMC-G1, DMC-GX1, DMC-G2, DMC-G3, DMC-G5, DMC-G10, DMC-GF1, DMC-GH1, DMC-GH2, DMC-GH3, DMC-GH4, DMC- L1 & DMC-L10 SERIES,LC-1,L-1, Lumix GX7
Pentax: K3, K5, K7, K30, K500, K50, *istD, *istDL, *istDs, *ist, *istDL2, *K100D, K110D, K10D, K200, K20D, K5 II, K5 Iis
Samsung: GX, 1L, GX 1S, GX-10, GX-20, NX10 & NX100
Contax: 645, N1, NX, N Digital
Hasselblad: H Series
Sigma: SD1, SD9, SD10, SD14 & SD15
Konica Minolta: DIMAGE A2, A1, 9, 7HI, 7I, 7, 5, 4, 3, DYNAX7D, DYNAX5DLast updated:
Spark talks to your phone through Bluetooth Low Energy. This gives Spark a range up up to 100ft, allowing you to use your phone to control your camera wirelessly from up to 100 feet away.Last updated:
Yes! To add more than one Spark to your order (up to 3), just add $44 (or $39 if you're in the early bird tier) to your pledge for each additional Spark. Your shipping cost will stay the same.Last updated:
Just Like Radian, Michron, and Pulse, you can program your time lapse and then disconnect your phone from Spark. This is a very important part of our products in regards to time lapse, and once your settings are uploaded via bluetooth, your phone is no longer needed to continue the time lapse.Last updated:
Though Spark and Pulse look similar, they are actually very different. In designing Spark to be a versatile and thought-free camera remote, we focused aggressively on size, battery life, and wide compatibility. In order to do this, we moved from away from Pulse’s USB control of your camera, which allows for full control of your camera’s settings, as well as image retrieval. Instead Spark uses your camera’s wired trigger port, which allows for wider compatibility and much lower power consumption, while still allowing for photo, burst, and long exposure triggering.
We also added the top button to Spark in order to allow it to be used free from the app. This lets Spark act as a basic IR trigger, wired bulb remote, or even a basic intervalometer, without the need to bring out your phone.
Lastly Spark is a bit smaller. It may not seem like much, but this small difference is actually pretty important for when you want to leave Spark in the top of your camera while, even when not in use.
Don’t get me wrong- none of us are throwing our Pulses away. I mean, who could just turn their backs on wireless aperture control, image review, and exposure ramping? But we are excited to add Spark to our own camera bags, for all the reasons above.
And if the above has you a little bit Pulse-curious, you can read more about it here- https://alpinelaboratories.com/pages/pulseLast updated:
Nope! Spark plugs into your camera's shutter port and just uses your hotshoe as a physical mount. Spark can be hung off to the side of the camera, and we are considering developing a solution to attach Spark to the side of your camera to free up space in your hotshoe during use.Last updated:
The cost of international shipments is much higher than shipping domestically. This is both from the cost of shipping, but also from the high cost of insurance and support for packages that get lost in transit. For this reason, we automatically ask for a higher amount to ship international.Last updated:
Spark can control how long your camera takes a photo for when you put your camera into Bulb mode. The Spark app then will allow you to set the HDR exposure vales (for example, -2, 0, 2) from a set exposure length and control the timing between the HDR photo gaps.Last updated:
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