View DSLR Photos on an iPad Wirelessly with the iUSBportCAMERA

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The LCD screen on most DSLR cameras doesn’t exceed 3.2” in size, which is a pretty tight space in which to judge the quality of your work. However, if you shoot near an Apple iPad, or a Mac computer, a new product called the iUSBportCAMERA makes it possible to instantly send your images wirelessly to their screens, so you can quickly review a large version of the image you just shot. A free app makes it possible to control your camera with a mobile device, as well as giving you time lapse, HDR bracketing and cloud storage capabilities.

A true mobile device itself, the iUSBportCAMERA runs on an internal rechargeable battery, and mounts on the shoe of your camera or to a tripod via its integrated 1/4”-20 thread. It can be used in the studio utilizing an existing Wi-Fi network, or it can create its own Wi-Fi network to interface the connected camera wirelessly in the field. In short, you can use the iUSBportCAMERA anywhere you go.

Using the device is relatively simple. There is only one control on the iUSBportCAMERA: the Power button. It ships with two cables, a mini-USB to USB cable for connecting it to your camera, and a USB charging cable. To use the iUSBportCAMERA, you simply power it up, connect the USB cable to the camera and the device, and tap on the Settings icon on your iPad or iPhone. In Settings, select the iUSBportCAMERA from the list of available Wi-Fi networks. A small LCD screen and a blue activity LED on the device keep you informed of its current state.

The free iUSBportCAMERA iOS app features three modes: Remote Camera, Session Preview and Local Folders. The Remote Camera mode allows you to adjust the camera’s ISO settings, aperture, shutter speed and white balance, as well as take and view pictures. A histogram is provided in the bottom right corner of this mode as well. The iUSBportCAMERA sends JPEGs to your iOS device, so you’ll have to set your camera to RAW + JPEG mode if you want to shoot RAW files with your DSLR. If you’re sending images to a Mac wirelessly with the iUSBportCAMERA, you can send full RAW images.

Once the image file has been wirelessly transferred to the Apple device, you can pinch-to-zoom in order to more accurately judge the sharpness of focus and other aspects of the image. The Remote Camera mode of the app is also where you control time lapse settings.

The Session Preview mode of the iUSBportCAMERA app allows you to examine the pictures that you’ve taken so far, without being able to adjust the settings on the camera or take more pictures. This is a good mode to put the app in when you’re going to hand the Apple device to a client or subject, so you can be sure that they won’t accidentally change the camera’s settings. The Local Folders mode allows you to navigate and view files stored on your camera and other areas within the connected network.

Some of the most interesting equipment released these days tends to originate from Kickstarter campaigns, and the new iUSBportCAMERA is no different. However, unlike other Kickstarter products, the iUSBportCAMERA made the transition from campaign idea to a physical product that shipped in less than four months. It was the perfect combination of a new product concept that people actively wanted and a company that was organized and prepared to act.

The shoe at the base of the iUSBportCAMERA doesn’t feature a lock to fasten it solidly to the camera, so the Pearstone Accessory Shoe Adapter is a good accessory to accompany this device. The Pearstone adapter fits into your camera’s shoe and locks into place, and a 1/4"-20 stud on top of it can be screwed into the iUSBportCAMERA, holding it firmly in place.

If you have any more questions about the iUSBportCAMERA, we encourage you to submit a Comment, below. You can also visit our SuperStore in New York City and speak to a B&H Sales Professional, call us at 1-800-606-6969, or join us online for a Live Chat.

Transfer Speed 1MB/sec
Screen Mono 132 x 32 px LCD
Ports 1 x high speed 480 Mbps USB 2.0 (5W power)
Wireless 20 Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n access point, ad-hoc and infrastructure mode
Memory 4GB built-in buffer for continuous shooting
Software iUSBportCAMERA App for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Battery  3300 mAh rechargeable Li-Poly battery, up to 8 hours of battery life
Power 10W (5V, 2A) via standard USB port, 5-6 hours to full charge
Supported Cameras Canon 1Ds Mark III
Canon 1D X
Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 7D
Canon 40D
Canon 50D
Canon 60D
Canon T2i
Canon T3
Canon T3i
Canon T4i
Nikon D2X
Nikon D3
Nikon D3S
Nikon D4
Nikon D80
Nikon D90
Nikon D200
Nikon D300
Nikon D300S
Nikon D600
Nikon D700
Nikon D800/D800E
Nikon D3000
Nikon D3100
Nikon D5000
Nikon D5100
Nikon D7000
Dimensions 3.31 x 2.83 x 1.46" (84 x 72 x 37mm)
Weight 3.14 oz (89 g)

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Does this product allow full control of the camera?

And where is the App, could not find it on the Apple store, apparently this product was called the CameraMator before Sanho took it on and now it's back where it started, what does this all mean...

The App is again available to download here.

This link allows you to access files but not control the camera

Yes, the app only allow you to access the files, you cannot control the camera setting with this app. Disappointed.

In Remote Camera mode, it will allow you to adjust the camera’s ISO settings, aperture, shutter speed and white balance.

Hi,

thank you for the presentation of this new product.
Compared with CamRanger and the pricing and the provided features of this product looks a little bit poor.

2 questions:
* How is a Nikon D800e connected to this device ? The Nikon D800e has a USB 3.0 connection, not a USB 2.0

* In the description of this device in your shop, you announce a 'live view picture'. In this article here 'going to depth', the live-view isn't even mentioned.
So, does this device offer a live-viw picture and is it possible to zoom into the live-view-picture ?

Thank you for professional answer
Soenne (writing from germany)

For your first question, the camera is backwards compatible to USB 2.0. You will be able to use the iUSBportCAMERA, however it will only transfer images at USB 2.0 speeds.

The iUSBportCAMERA does offer live view. There is no option to zoom the live view in the application.

Can this be set up to send the files to a PC computer instead of an iPad or Mac?

Secondly, is it possible to control which images are sent? (rather than having all of them transferred?)

The iUSBportCAMERA will share files on your network. They can be accessed by a PC using FTP, Samba, and WebDAV, and mounted as a drive. (With the exception of FTP) With the drive mounted, you will be able to copy individual images using Windows Explorer, or an application such as Lightroom.

Are there plans to put out a version that works with the Windows or Android operating systems?

Yes, however at this time there are only Apps available for the iPhone, and iPad. I would recommend checking their site periodically for updates.

Video?

HI -

The iUSBportCAMERA has a buffer of over 500 images to enable continuous shooting.   According to SanHo:

Shoot photos and videos remotely with Live View

Remotely start and stop video recording

View actual live video feed during recording

Tap anywhere on screen to refocus video

Ability to stream or transfer recorded video to mobile device (e.g. iPad)

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

3/19 Newsletter states in its description, "Compatible with iOS, Mac, Windows and Android, it offers Photoshop, Bridge and Lightroom integration."

Is the app available for Windows and Android?

Can it tether shoot to Lightroom?

I also want to know if it can be used for tethered shooting with Lightroom?

And to confirm that the app isn't needed for this, and to know if there is anything different (than using a standard cable tether) that must be done (other than making sure the WiFi connection is setup)?

Using the iUSBportCAMERA with Lightroom will not have the same capabilities as with a direct USB connection. You will be able to setup a watch folder to import the photos. Camera control would not be available in Lightroom. Currently that is only available using the iOS App on the iPad.

Sanho does state that there will be a Windows, Mac, and Android app available for the iUSBportCAMERA, however at this time, they have not been released. You can still access the cameras photos over a standard WiFi Network using FTP, Samba, and WebDAV clients. Please note that this will not give you live view, or camera control. (Current Mac, and Windows OS have this built in, and there are third party apps for Android devices)

Once you have the iUSBportCAMERA drive mapped on your computer, you can set it up as a watched folder in Lightroom for an automatic import.

What if there's a Pocket Wizard Transceiver already mounted on the shoe of the camera to fire off the lights, where else can iUSBport Camera be mounted to? Will it work without being mount on the shoe of the camera?

Thks
Kenneth

The iUSBportCAMERA does not require the hot shoe. It connects to the camera with a USB cable. The connection to the hot shoe is for convenience only.

Does it just dangle from the camera or is there some other way to secure it?

Hi -

It is designed to physically slide into the camera's hot shoe or to a tripod via its integrated 1/4”-20 thread.  I suppose that a bit of velcro could be used for another mounting option.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

There several accessories that can help you manage your hot/cold shoe mounted devices.
For Pocketwizard, you could use this bracket. B&H # VECB510.
For cold shoe, you could consider these brackets B&H # VESE10, B&H # BRB1MICRO, B&H # RYHSE and for the ultimate, the four shoe B&H # BRB1MICROU.

Does this work with a pc or android?

The Sanho site lists support for both Android, and Windows, however at this time; there are only Apps available for the iPhone, and iPad. I would recommend checking their site periodically for updates.

Does it have support for Sony nex series cameras

I'm sorry, no. It does not currently support Sony cameras.

Will it ever be compatible with the Sony A850.

At the moment, it appears that they are only supporting select Canon, and Nikon cameras. Currently there has not been any mention of support for other brands.

Can it work in the video mode?

HI -

The iUSBportCAMERA has a buffer of over 500 images to enable continuous shooting. According to SanHo: Shoot photos and videos remotely with Live View Remotely; start and stop video recording; View actual live video feed during recording; Tap anywhere on screen to refocus video; Ability to stream or transfer recorded video to mobile device (e.g. iPad).

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Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions: AskBH@BandH.com

Hi,

even if I didn't get any answer on my questions on my first post, I still have questions:

* How is a Nikon D800e connected to this device ?
The Nikon D800e has a USB 3.0 connection, not a USB 2.0

* Is the battery changeable ?
When I'm on a photo-shooting I need this device all day. There won't be any possibility to wait 5-7 hours to charge the battery when it runs out of power.

Thank you for answering maybe this time.

The iUSBportCAMERA will work with the D800e, and its USB 3.0 port, but only at USB 2.0 speeds. The camera is backwards compatible.

The battery is permanently installed into the device and it is not interchangeable.

I just got the device today only to find out that the iPad has to be running iOS 6.0, my iPad is running iOS 5.1.1.

I didn't see anything in any of the literature that said anything about IOS 6.

Is there anything that can be done?

If your iPad is a 2nd generation or newer device, you can upgrade the operating system by plugging it into your computer. With iTunes open, click the “Check for Update” button. Be sure you have a current backup before upgrading.

If you have an original iPad, it cannot be upgraded past 5.1.1. In that case you would need a newer iPad, or return the device.

Yes, return it and buy a Camranger

Will this work with other 3rd party photo apps on the iPad, such as shuttersnitch?

Thanks.

Not directly. You would first need to download their application for the iPad, and import the photos. From there you will be able to copy them into your camera roll. Once the photos are in the camera roll, you will be able to access them from third party applications.

Too bad it's limited to Canikon. How hard is it to make something that works via USB do other brands? My monitor doesn't seem to care that I do not shoot with a Canikon.

Is it possible to designate through tagging in the camera which files are sent via the device.

s

Hello,

No, I am sorry. The device will look for a targeted folder and image files contained within are transferred.

Being a professional. I just cant see myself using this device. The person who invented this has obviously never spent time in a studio. I saw similiar devices at WPPI but they all share the same fundamental flaw. When I am shooting in studio I use my flash mount for my wireless flash trigger! where am I gonna put my pocketwizard when im using this? Im certainly not going to use a cable! and USB2? Are you kidding me? For high end studio work? silly device..

Try using the pc sync that all "professional" cameras have.

I think these types of devices are just using the flash mount as a HOLDER, instead of having it flopping around dangling from your cameras USB port. But if you have some other way of strapping it to the camera or maybe you can put it in your pocket or attach it to your tripod, you can still mount the flash on there or anything else you want since its not using the hot shoe electrically.

When will it work on a canon 6D

While the Technical Specifications on Sanho/HyperDrive's website states it is compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, it does not list a specific rollout date for specific camera models.  I would recommend contacting the company direcly by using their CONTACT US webpage  or by contacting by e-mailing their distributor, OmegaBrandess, at customerservice@omegabrandess.com.

Would I be able to use this device using its own created wifi network to connect to a wifi printer and print the image that I have just taken?

Hi -

This product does not offer an app or drivers that will allow printing at this time.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

What, no Pentax K5 support?

Hi Stephen -

Unfortunately Sanho has not elected to extend compatability to Pentax or to other camera brands.  You may want to pose this question to the folks at Sanho.

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