Case Remote - Wifi Remote Control for your DSLR Back the CASE Remote AIR on indieGOGOThis is the Case Remote AIR - this tiny device allows you to remotely control your camera, download photos, including RAW files and adds several really sweet features to your otherwise dumb camera - now some of you might wonder why we need this when most current Nikon and Canon cameras  provide some sort of wifi control via an app - and my answer - have you actually used those apps? They are so barebones it is frustrating AND the case remote works with older Canon and NIkon cameras that don’t offer wifi control and even allow you to start and stop video remotely. 8338The Case Remote creates its own WIFI hotspot so you can use this anywhere, you don’t a data connection, you connect directly to the device.   The connection info is printed on the device and apps are provided for Android and iOS with desktop Mac and Windows software in development You connect the device to the camera, you can position it in the hotshoe or attach it with the strap connection if you need to put a flash in the hot shoe, it really is very light.IMG_8370 Turn it on, Turn the camera on and then connect to the wifi, launch the app.  And you should see the camera listed.  Click to launch the controls where you can then turn live view on or OFF, touch to focus and bring up the camera settings - adjusting them on the fly.IMG_9857if you have wanted GOOD wifi control of your camera with smart features - there is nothing else that provides this level of value. I’d love to see a few features added, like bramping but overall I appreciate the wifi control of older cameras and the ability to transfer RAW files from newer cameras. Back the CASE Remote AIR on indieGOGO

Eye-Fi Mobi Pro - Wireless RAW transfer

I have reviewed and generally been a fan of Eye-fi cards in the past. These are little SD cards that include WiFI capabilities along with modest storage. Last November I shared my setup of their Pro X2 cards for use in 7D Mark II, a camera sadly lacking in any WiFi capabilities.  My review of the mobi was less positive. With the mobi every photo you took transferred and for anyone taking more than a few photos this was a serious drain on battery life and something I found unnecessary. I continued to use the Pro X2 cards that required a more complicated setup allowed me easy selective transfer.   The newest card in the line up seems to marry the features of the Pro line with the ease of setup of the mobi line.Eye-Fi Mobi PROWhat does the Mobi Pro offer:

  • Cloud-connected WiFi SD card - includes 1yr Eyefi Cloud membership with unlimited photo storage
  • Transfer photos to smartphone, tablet, PC or Mac as you take them
  • Transfer both RAW, JPEG and video wirelessly at home or on-the-go.
  • Selective Transfer
  • Send RAW files to your desktop for post-processing with tools like Adobe Lightroom.

Why choose the Mobi SD card over your camera's built in Wifi?

  • RAW Transfer to desktop - This is something I get asked about frequently and few cameras offer image transfer to desktop computers and RAW transfer is even more rare.

[yop_poll id="2"]Leave a comment if you want to share a thought or different answer on the wifi in our cameras poll. Interested?  eyefi mobiPro 32GB + WifiBuy from B&H PHoto or Amazon for $99 for 32GB.

Most Popular Videos of 2014 #9 - Nikon's Wifi Dongle

This is a post in my series looking back at 2014, what videos were popular, why?  Hopefully sparking some interesting discussions about changes in technology and the focus of my viewers.#9 in the series is a 7 minute video showing the Wifi Dongle for Nikon's D7100, D5200, D3200, D3300 in action. Based on recent comments, even though Nikon now releases their DSLRs with built in Wifi there is still strong interest in this little $40 device.Do I still have mine? No - sold it for cheap to a viewer.Date Published: Feb 3, 2014Review and How-to with the Nikon Wireless Adapter.Compatible with the following Camera Models Nikon Df, Nikon 1 S2, COOLPIX P530, D3300, COOLPIX P7800, COOLPIX P330, COOLPIX A, D7100, COOLPIX P520, D5200, D3200Nikon WU-a Wireless AdapterBuy the Wireless Adapter on B&H Photo | Amazon $49.99 #10 in the series 

RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk Review with Video

RAVPower WiFi DiskI love technology that makes me feel like I am living in the future and the future is now.  The RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk or the [5-in-1] RAVPower® Wireless SD Card Reader,USB External HDD / SDD / USB Flash Disk Reader,3000mAh External Battery Pack & NAS File Server & Wi-Fi Hot Spot Wireless Media Streaming FileHub RP-WD01 as Amazon calls it is one such device. The Amazon name does a pretty good job of telling you what this device is all about but let's break it down in a few simple bullets.

  • SD Card Reader & Wireless SD Card Reader (supports SD card sizes up to 128GB)
  • Powered by a 3000mAh battery for hours of streaming or use it as a battery backup for your phone or tablet
  • File server - Files on the SD Card are accessible via wireless (up to 5 simultaneous connections). Device also supports USB drives and thumb drives
  • Wireless Bridge - Device connects to your internet so you can stay online AND access the files on the device  - Again up to 5 devices can be connected.

RavReview2My Photographer side appreciates another option for getting files from your camera to your smartphone or tablet, especially on the go.  Pop the SD card out of your camera- or if you use Compact flash you can attach a CF reader to the USB port on the device and connect your smartphone or tablet and browse the files on the card.  Copy a few files or all of the files.  You could also insert a thumb drive or small USB drive and make a backup by copying the files over to the thumb drive - all without a computer and running on the battery power of the device.    And if you wanted to be boring you could plug the WiFi disk in with the included micro USB cable - same cable that charges it - and use as a standard, wired SD card reader. RavPower provides free apps for Android and iOS to connect, browse and interact with the files. The apps are simple and easy to use.   On a computer you access the device through your browser - it is a little clunky here but gets the job done. And that is similar to the manual - it is better than I expected but could certainly have some more polish.[gallery columns="2" ids="3864,3865"]So far I have used the device to pull off multiple images, RAW and Jpeg.  I have streamed compressed video which worked very smoothly, no hiccups at all. Streaming a high quality HD video was another story. The wireless speed just wasn't fast enough to keep up with the file and it stopped and buffered at several points.    I have seen reviews of similar devices made by the big names and they have the same issues with the higher quality content.  You can also send files from your tablet or smartphone to the device.An Aside - Working with RAW files on the go. iOS users you have the excellent PhotoRaw app. Android users try Photo Mate or Raw Vision 

Full Video Review of the RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk

Buy the RAVPower RP-WD01 WiFi Disk or the [5-in-1] RAVPower® Wireless SD Card Reader,USB External HDD / SDD / USB Flash Disk Reader,3000mAh External Battery Pack & NAS File Server & Wi-Fi Hot Spot Wireless Media Streaming FileHub RP-WD01 from Amazon.