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CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras
 
4.7

(based on 105 reviews)

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    (24)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (81)
  • Lightweight (70)
  • Compact (41)
  • Great picture quality (21)
  • Durable (18)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (34)
    • Wildlife photos (30)
    • Macro photography (23)
    • Studio (22)
    • Travel (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (21), Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-professional (16), Professional (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (88), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Big Plus for Macro Photography

    I've only begun working with this fantastic contribution to macro photography. I tend to work in a OSX /iOS environment, and there are limitations when using an iMac, but no limitations that I've...Read complete review

    I've only begun working with this fantastic contribution to macro photography. I tend to work in a OSX /iOS environment, and there are limitations when using an iMac, but no limitations that I've found yet with iPhone 4s. I intend to add an iPad to my collection soon, and that will add yet another option when using the CamRanger.

    I use a Canon T3i with a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens for a lot of my macro work. It is just a superb lens and versatile enough to accommodate a range of shooting situations. The CamRanger is fully compatible with the T3i and with the 100mm lens. I have several other macro lenses and plan to test each of them, in turn.

    Working with the CamRanger is fairly intuitive once you've connected everything correctly and registered the device with the manufacturer. While iPhone 4s has a relatively small screen, it is certainly better than the LCD on the T3i, and it is fine for manipulating camera controls, including aperture, shutter speed, and focus.

    I didn't have as much luck working with an iMac and the CamRanger, but believe the problem was distance from Mac to device rather than any performance problem with the CamRanger.

    In a nutshell, I am thrilled with the performance of the CamRanger. It is the perfect addition for the type of photography I do.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good functions - bad craftsmanship

    Reviewing this product (hard and software) is somehow twofold. On one hand it is feature rich and works flawlessly but on the other hand it feels and appears like a cheap and plastic...Read complete review

    Reviewing this product (hard and software) is somehow twofold. On one hand it is feature rich and works flawlessly but on the other hand it feels and appears like a cheap and plastic product from China due to its flimsy housing. It reminds me on those cheap mobile phones allowing you to change their outer shells quickly. Any soap box would do better.

    Additionally I do not like the idea of hanging this unit on to a tripod outside in windy conditions while stored in its pouch. It is a no go. Assuming this already while ordering I added a "Tether Tools Rock Soild Mighty Mount 1/4-20 adapter" with an accessory cold shoe adapter to the order list hoping I could stick/glue it to the CamRanger's housing allowing to slide it into the camera's hot shoe, but this housing isn't stable enough to give the adapter a strong hold.

    For that reason you shouldn't change the battery often, otherwise you are very likely to break those tiny and flimsy hooks inside holding the housing's lower shell.

    Furthermore I don't like the idea of registering your remote unit online, i.e. iPad, iPhone, Mac etc. before you are able to use it.

    The software is feature rich and self explanatory and so is the installation process.

    The mechanical issues made me switch to iUSBportCamera which is available here as well.

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    5.0

    Great add to my kit

    By JDOK

    from Oklahoma

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

      I loved this product right from the start. Downloaded the app for my iPad, took a quick look at instructions, charged the battery, hooked it up and started shooting. Would be hard or impossible to hook it up incorrectly and very easy to use. Really can't find anything negative excpet maybe the zipper pouch included. Would be nice if the wire to the camera or the zipper on the pouch were located differently so that the zipper could be fully closed while in use. It closes enough that it isn't going to fall out and it's really only a very small gripe. All in all, 5 stars.

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      5.0

      Plug and Play Perfection

      By Anymouse73

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Good battery life
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Architecture
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro
        • Studio
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

        My new favorite photographic gadget! The easiest tethering device I've ever seen. It worked with my Nikon D800e first time I hooked it up, right out of the box. Live view on the screen, immediate review of taken images, ALL camera adjustments directly from the tablet, smart-phone, or computer. It is actually easier to control the camera from the tablet than from the camera! It transfers an image to the tablet for viewing, so I shoot both RAW and JPEG. The jpeg is transferred more quickly to the tablet than the huge RAW file.Note: The first time it is hooked up, you MUST have an internet connection to register the device with camranger.com, which also unlocks the device for use. (Just do that at home while you follow the easy directions to learn the simple hook-up.) After that, no network is needed. It creates its own ad-hoc wifi connection with the tablet, smart phone, etc. It works out in the boonies.You can even connect it to multiple tablets (devices) in "client" mode, so a customer can see the images, but not control the camera.Best of all, it truly works as advertised. I highly recommend it for tethered, remote control of a camera. (Be sure to check camranger.com for list of compatible cameras.)Also, check out B&H's video review with Larry Becker on YouTube. There is so much RIGHT about this device, I almost can't believe it! In my opinion, the CamRanger is totally amazing.

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        5.0

        Total Game Changer!!!

        By H4D

        from Birmingham, AL

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Audio Quality
        • Good Video Quality
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

          I was working a wedding and I needed to be in some of the family pictures, so I needed something where I could take the shots while I was in the shots. This not only helped me accomplish this, but it gave me so much more control over my shots. I use it all the time now. I love being able to show my clients their pics as soon as I take them so I can know exactly which pictures they would like for me to edit for them. Saves me so much time and energy. I'd recommend this to just about any photographer out there. Works great!

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          PLUG n PLAY

          By SNAP

          from New York City

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

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            Cons

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                Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                First product that claimed to be plug and play that actually was..did not have to sift through a mind boggling manual or look up info on blogs or press 1 or 2 for help..it worked right out of the box GREAT PRODUCT..feels a bit cheap but the case takes care of that issue So I deducted 1 Star for build

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                5.0

                WORKS GREAT

                By LSIMMONS

                from MAYFIELD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                  I USE THIS PRODUCT ON A CANON 5D MARK2 AND SO FAR IT WORKS LIKE THEY SAY IT WOULD.

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                  5.0

                  CAM Ranger - W O W!!!!

                  By pjr

                  from Boca Raton, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Video Quality
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                      Excellent piece of equipment. It works extremely well with my D800. Used it the day after I received it on a Corporate Shoot. The Clients were quite impressed that they could review their pictures them moment I captured them. ALL features work well. Highly recommended piece of equipment.

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                      5.0

                      Outstanding Product

                      By Jim Patterson

                      from Phoenix Arizona

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro
                        • Travel

                        Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                        Nothing new here to give it 5 stars. This works with my Canon 5D Mark III and ipad mini. Perfect for macro photography.

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                        4.0

                        Works great!

                        By Big Boy

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                          I haven't used this in the field yet, but I have played around with it in my studio and, so far, it works very well.

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                          4.0

                          I like it

                          By Travel Photographer

                          from Sacramento, CA Area

                          About Me Pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                            I have been using the CamRanger for controlling my camera hands free to help assure a sharp picture. I also use it to view my images to assure I get the sharp photo I am looking for. I am still experimenting to see just all I can do with it. Seems well built. Only drawback is that the laptop program is a beta and so far I have not been able to get the unit to connect. It works great with the IPad and IPhone.

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                            5.0

                            Great for Photos at a Distance

                            By Cal

                            from Hutchinson, KS

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

                            • At A Distance
                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good For Low Images
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Instructions not clear

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Photos At A Distance
                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                            I have used this to capture images that are too close to the ground for me to get to. I simply put my camera on a tripod and look at the image that is on my iPad. The CamRanger connects to the iPad through a WiFi connection. I have also used this to capture images of birds at the feeder while sitting in my kitchen. This is a great device that works great. I can change the focus on the image by touching the i{ad screen and then touch capture when I am ready.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent way to shoot a wedding

                            By VideosBySnow

                            from Old Bridge, NJ

                            About Me Pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Video Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                              The camranger is an invaluable to for any professional video shooter that needs to cut the budget on man power but not on camera angles. I recently used the camranger for a wedding where I set up a canon 7d with a large rig tascam audio recorder and let the camera run along with the audio for the entire ceremony. I was able to remotely watch the focus and framing but with the auto-restart feature and the audio recorder I was able to operate an additional camera while catching the faces of the wedding couple for the entire ceremony allowing me to cut back and forth between the priest, congregation and couple. With a low end budget this is an essential video tool in my arsenal.

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                              5.0

                              So far, so good.

                              By Dave

                              from Charleston SC

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Video Quality

                              Cons

                              • Hangs From Camera

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Time exposures
                              • Travel

                              Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                              Had this device a couple of weeks now. So far, so good. Connects easily to my ipad, controls are easy to use. I like it for doing long exposures of landscapes. Works well for macro photography too. the focus is fine tunable as well... so far a good product.

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                              5.0

                              CamRanger- Extra camera control

                              By John

                              from Connecticut

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                  I have only used the CamRanger a couple times so far but it does work as promised- It has given me the ability to extend some of the functions of the camera- Bracketing function is independent of Bracketing that is programmed in to the camera and allows me to extend the range of the bracket beyond the cameras limits-

                                  My client was thrilled when I was able to remotely Live View the shot for them even though the camera was in a hard to get to spot

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                                  5.0

                                  Wow

                                  By David

                                  from Pompano Beach, FL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                    Amazing piece of technology. To be able to use an iPad to view and control the camera is stunning. Set up was manageable, even for me, and it has worked very easily. I look forward to experimenting more with it.

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                                    5.0

                                    HDR time-lapse is a piece of cake!

                                    By filizefe

                                    from Seattle, WA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Hdr Time-lapse
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Time-lapse

                                      Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                      I've got my CamRanger a couple weeks ago and it's definitely one of my fav tools already. HDR time-lapse with CamRanger is a piece of cake!

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                                      4.0

                                      Works as advertised

                                      By Lloyd

                                      from Ann Arbor

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Wildlife Photos

                                        Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                        I've already used this to control my camera while shooting a hummingbird. Instead of having to bend low to look through my viewfinder at an awkward angle looking at the nest in the tree, once I have the camera set up and aimed at the nest, I can retreat to the shade and use my iPhone or iPad to focus on the nest and then trigger the camera when the bird lands. It feels a bit like cheating, it is so effective.

                                        Only suggested improvement, so far, is that I would like to be able to pan from the iPhone or iPad while zoomed in. I may have missed that because I haven't had to read the directions in detail, yet.

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                                        4.0

                                        Great!

                                        By NYC Shooter

                                        from NYC

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

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                                          Cons

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                                              Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                              How is that just some little company is the only one doing this? This thing is incredible. I used it for a food shoot and my stylist and client saw everything I shot on the iPad in real time. Invaluable.

                                              I'm subtracting a star because I wish it had a 1/4 20 thread or something similar.

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                                              3.0

                                              Works, but...

                                              By Ori

                                              from Exton, PA

                                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Great Idea
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Error Prone
                                              • Slow

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Video

                                              Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                              The CamRanger arrived without the correct connecting cable for my Nikon D800. B&H showed their usual great customer service and sent me the correct connecting cable within 2-3 days.
                                              I tried to use the CamRanger during a portrait shoot. It was virtually useless. While I was able to focus and shoot using the CamRanger, the download of RAW images was SO slow, that I apologized to the subject, and proceeded "old school" using the actual camera to focus and shoot – what a concept.
                                              I also shoot landscape, and here is where I think the CamRanger will do better, because the pace is much slower. Another situation that may work better is remote video shooting, where I can set up the camera, and be somewhere else.
                                              The Android app is OK, but too many times error messages slow down shooting. I am on the fence regarding keeping this hardware or returning it.

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                                              5.0

                                              Cam Ranger

                                              By Carol Photo

                                              from Alexandria, VA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Compact
                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Great For Wldlife Landsc
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                              • Not As Good For Macro

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Family Photos
                                              • Landscape/Scenery
                                              • Photography In Field
                                              • Travel
                                              • Weddings/Events
                                              • Wildlife Photos

                                              Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                              Cam Ranger tethers you camera to an IPAD or IPhone and allows to take pictures using the mobile device. It is a great product because you can focus, set ISO and other camera features directly on the mobile device for up to 150 ft away.

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                                              4.0

                                              Works great for video with Canon T3i

                                              By Jim

                                              from North Carolina

                                              About Me Casual Photographer

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easy to Use
                                              • Lightweight

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                                • Video
                                                • Wildlife Photos

                                                Comments about CamRanger Wireless Transmitter for Select Canon and Nikon DSLR Cameras:

                                                Used once so far at a hotel and had issues with it going back and forth between Hotel WiFi and Cam Rangers WiFi. Once I selected "Ask to join networks" in my iPad it was better.
                                                It has worked every place else I have tried it, (several other houses and my house). No issues otherwise.

                                                Tech Support was fast on the email, I had an answer that day about the WiFi issues.

                                                It is great to stay in your seat when videoing a conference in a large room and you do not want to stand with the camera in the middle of the room and block peoples view. Put it on the tripod and go to your seat and watch the show.
                                                I will come back and give it another star after I try a few different hotels.

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