"Wireless tethering is the holy grail of location shooting. This Kickstarter project will make it a reality." --- CNET Australia
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What Is CameraMator?
CameraMator takes tethered photography to the next level: wireless. Imagine being able to instantly preview and share your photos beyond your camera’s viewfinder. Well now you can with CameraMator!
We have a lot of features planned for CameraMator, starting with the following available at launch:
- Camera Control
- Instant Image Review
- HDR Bracketing
- Photo Sharing
What Can CameraMator Do For You?
With CameraMator’s control and preview capabilities, you can:
- Use CameraMator to instantly upload your photos to your iPad/iPhone with no messy wires or cables involved
- Preview and edit your images instantly while you shoot
- Place your camera in a ‘hard-to-reach’ setting in order to take a good shot and still be able to control your images remotely via your iPad/iPhone
- Have a faster, more efficient photo shoot that gets the client buy-in before you wrap the session
- Save time and money by avoiding potentially expensive re-takes
The CameraMator idea originated during a trip to Florida in late 2011 when I attempted to connect my DSLR to the iPad and transfer images in real-time. Finding no adequate way to do so, I set out to build a device that would allow wireless tethered photography.
After successfully exhibiting at the WPPI LaunchPad event in February, I became convinced that there was a growing need for a cost-effective way to wirelessly integrate the iPad into photography workflow.
I teamed up with Matt Hurley (whom I met at an Orange County iOS developers' meetup) to accelerate the development. Several prototype boards later (and many iterations of the iOS app), we had a fully functional device working with all the top cameras from Canon and Nikon.
Why We Need Your Help?
CameraMator is ready for production and we have a firm quote from our manufacturer in China. Reaching our goal will allow us to get the ball rolling for the production run. A small portion of the proceeds (< 10%) will be used to expand our testing lab (so we can test with more cameras).
And if we can raise substantially more money than our goal, we will put up some stretch goals for your feedback.
With the circuit boards tested and ready and a 3D printed case in hand, our next steps are as follows:
How Does It Work?
CameraMator consists of the CameraMator unit, a sleek wireless component that attaches to the DSLR and the CameraMator iPad/iPhone app that controls the camera and displays the images.
The CameraMator device creates its own network (or join an existing WiFi network). Just put the iPad on the same network as the CameraMator device, launch the app and start shooting. No wires involved!
We have tested CameraMator with the following cameras so far, with more on the way:
Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D800/D800E (new!)
We will update this list as we get our hands on more cameras. On our test bench:
Canon 5D Mark III
Thank you for your support.
The iOS app transfers JPEG files from the camera to the iPad/iPhone. Mac client will transfer both JPEG and RAW files.
Captured files are always saved on the Camera ((RAW+JPEG). The JPEGs are also copied to the iPad/iPhone.
We provide Aperture, Shutter, ISO and White Balance control for all supported cameras. We are planning extended apps for those cameras that allow more control.
The range can vary based on the environment. We have successfully tested it over 100 ft in studio setting.
The current battery will provided 4-5 hours of normal operation. We are working with the manufacturer for a larger battery. Stay tuned!
Yes! The CameraMator unit creates its own network when no exiting Wi-Fi network is available. Just add your iPad/iPhone to the CameraMator network and take control of your camera.
Yes! The app is supported on iPods running iOS 5 or later.
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