Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Gadget Bag: Look! No Wires!
WiFi technology now lets you compose, shoot, review, send and share your photos free from physical tethers
Built-in wireless features have most often been found in the compact camera market, frequently viewed as a way to quickly share photos with social-media networks.
But now the technology has taken on a wider scope, with manufacturers bringing the technology to higher-end cameras, triggers and card readers, and incorporating additional creative control and design. To this end, photographers are now able to use wireless features in every step of the workflow, picking and choosing which wireless features best adapt to individual needs.
Typically, most wireless technology has followed the schema of using a proprietary app on your smart device to connect to your camera for viewing and transfer of photos. This is still the norm with many, but some manufacturers are adding control functions to the app, or eliminating the smart device intermediary and integrating apps ability in the camera itself.
Using a QR code for quick connection, the Olympus OM-D E-M1 mirrorless camera (www.getolympus.com) uses the IO Share App for asset and transfer, but takes wireless control a step further, giving you the ability to preview composition, make basic setting adjustments and use live-touch autofocus, as well as trigger the shutter from a distance. You can transfer images to up to four different smart devices. List Price: $1,399.
Breaking away entirely from the smart device-as-controller concept, the Samsung Galaxy NX (www.samsung.com) uses an integrated Android 4.2 Jelly Bean Operating System for 3G/4G and WiFi connectivity. This makes it possible to upload and share your images to social media directly from your camera, as well as download additional Android apps. The app functionality gives you the ability to edit photos and videos from the Galaxy NX before sharing. You can also upload to Dropbox to access your assets from any smart device or computer. Estimated Street Price: $1,599.
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