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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

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CamRanger (www.camranger.com) offers complete camera control, photo/video viewing and high-resolution file transfer for Canon and Nikon DSLRs at up to a 150-foot range. Connecting to your camera via USB, it then turns your iOS device into a control pad using its own WiFi connection, making it particularly useful in remote locations. Detailed camera controls, such as live touch focus, exposure bracketing and white balance, are easily adjusted, along with HDR and intervalometer settings. List Price: $299.

WiFi Card Readers
Once you've shot your images, sans cables, it's natural for your focus to shift to image transfer, viewing and sharing capabilities. There are now a handful of small, pocket-sized wireless readers that provide their own wireless connection, making these tasks simple to do on location. Utilizing proprietary apps, each device has the ability to connect to multiple mobile devices at once. Through this connection, not only can you conveniently transfer files between the card and your smart device, but you can also view and share photos and videos on the card or device.

Kingston's MobileLite Wireless (www.kingston.com) is compatible with iOS and Android devices, and includes USB, SDHC/SDXC and microSD readers. It can also be used with your computer as a wired reader. With up to five hours of continuous usage, it can stream three videos to three separate devices. With a built-in battery, it can be used as an emergency phone charger. List Price: $59.

The SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive (www.sandisk.com) connects to your computer, tablet and smartphone and reads SDHC/SDXC cards. In addition to being a reader, it also has its own internal memory, making it a convenient on-the-go storage device. It streams up to five different HD videos to separate devices at the same time and operates for up to eight hours of continuous streaming on a single charge. Estimated Street Price: $79 (32 GB); $99 (64 GB).


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