Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras

Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras

Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras

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Product Highlights

  • Real-Time Live View Monitoring
  • Controls Camera Functions from iPad
  • Interactive Focus and Digital Zoom
  • Remote Shooting Control
  • In-App Image Editing
  • Job Organization
  • Simple Image Sharing
  • ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz Microprocessor
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  • 1Description

Control your Nikon or Canon DSLR from the Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 from Manfrotto. The Digital Director is an advanced tether solution comprised of three main components: a user-supplied iPad, an Apple Certified Digital Director iPad holder with a built-in microprocessor, and the Digital Director App. These three components work together seamlessly to provide you with control over your camera's still and video functions right from the iPad.

The heart of the Digital Director is the iPad holder which is customized to securely fit the iPad mini 2/3 and features a lock to prevent accidental release. The iPad slips into the holder and the Lightning connector provides communication between the iPad and the built-in ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz microprocessor, and a USB cable connects the unit to the camera. The processor allows for real-time live view monitoring when shooting stills or videos, as well as fast download speeds when transferring full size JPEGs from the camera's memory card to the iPad.

Digital Director App
  • The intuitive iPad application controls key functions of your Nikon or Canon DSLR camera such as focus point, exposure, aperture and shutter speed.
  • The app provides real-time live view monitoring, manual focus control with focus peaking, and touchscreen point autofocus.
  • Interactive Focus can be used to select the focus point anywhere on the iPad's screen. Digital zoom magnifies the selected focus point to ensure crisp and accurate focus.
  • A toolbar shows histograms, exposure controls, focus controls, color temperature, the shutter button, and audio levels when shooting video. In full-screen mode the floating toolbar can be moved anywhere on the screen, and the individual control can be opened and flicked away to remove on-screen clutter.
  • Image star ratings allow you to sort images, and the app can organize them into albums, shoot profiles, and connection profiles.
  • Download full-size JPEGs to the iPad and adjust the image's exposure, contrast, and light. You can also crop and rotate the image, check the histogram and EXIF data. Once complete, you can share your edited images via FTP, Email, or on social networks directly from your iPad's camera roll.
  • The app allows you to choose between single shot mode or continuous mode using the large shutter button on the iPad screen.
  • A plug-in for Adobe Lightroom is available to help import additional Digital Director metadata from images taken while using the Digital Director.
  • Digital Director iPad Holder
  • The Digital Director consists of a custom-fit frame to fit the iPad mini 2/3 and an electronic interface with an ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz microprocessor. The frame is user-replaceable so that it maintains compatibility with future iPads.
  • A 3/8"-16 female thread allows the holder to attach to a variety of supports, and two notches to match up with Manfrotto's anti-twist mounts.
  • Four cold shoe mounts on the back of the Digital Director are provided for attaching various accessories.
  • The holder is powered by four user-supplied AA batteries or by the included AC adapter, which includes four international adapters: North America, Italy, Germany, and UK.
  • The Digital Director connects to the camera via the USB port and up to a 32.8' USB cable.
  • Camera Compatibility
    Canon:
    • EOS-1D X, 1D C, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark III, 6D, 7D Mark II, 70D, 60D, Rebel T6s/760D, Rebel T6i/750D, Rebel T5i/700D, Rebel SL1/100D, Rebel T5/1200D

    Nikon:
    • D4S, D4, D810, D800, D800E, Df, D750, D610, D7200, D7100, D7000, D5500, D5300
    UPC: 719821383796
    In the Box
    Manfrotto Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras
  • Digital Director
  • Power Supply
  • 4 x International Adapters
  • 3.3' USB Cable
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Release Type Wired
    Camera Connection Canon USB Terminal, Nikon USB Terminal
    Interval Timer/Programmable No
    Live View Yes
    Mobile Device/App-enabled Yes
    Cable Length 3.3' / 1 m
    Transmitter Power Source AC Adapter, Battery
    Transmitter Battery Requirements 4 x AA
    Transmitter Weight 9.9 oz / 280 g (with batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.95 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.9 x 8.3 x 3.3"
    Digital Director for iPad mini 2/3 and Nikon and Canon DSLR Cameras is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Digital Photography's Greatest Aids The Director was very easy to setup and worked first time out of the box. I use it primarily for Still Photography while accepting that is was designed for Video use. The focus selection is both very fast and extremely accurate. Shooting RAW files does not in any way slow down the viewing process. Files are available in high res jpegs in seconds. The ability to rate favourites is a great asset but would be even more useful if the selection were synced to Lightroom. The wheel system for f-stop shutter selection etc works but a slider would be easier and more familiar. For Landscape, Architecture and Events this is fantastic.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Nice I love the product all around. I give 4 stars in stead of 5 because the discs to adjust f-stop and ISO are a bit tough to use. I'd like to see a bar of some sort. Besides this, the product is great for checking focus. It's a money saver as well if you don't wish to spend more money on a higher end external monitor.
    Date published: 2016-05-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not working at all Simply not working at all, not able to detected DSLR, message not connected first then the Digital Director APP is crashing, spent 4 hours trying to find out a solution. I'm working in IT. Weird thing really. I will not wait weeks for the APP bug fix.
    Date published: 2016-02-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I can use my old I pad mini 2. I can visualize the setting of my video with ease and can send pictures quick and easy
    Date published: 2016-05-02
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Long Latency I wanted to use my iPad as a field monitor so I thought this would do the trick. The built-in processor made it seem it would have little or no lag at all. I'm mostly a run-n-gun shooter so I need as little lag as possible. I was very disappointed. My 6D has tolerable lag on its LCD but the lag on the DD was much longer and I was unable to use my rig to follow action or pull focus. I shot a video of the lag with a second camera and sent it to Manfrotto. Their Category Manager, Thomas Howley, told me to go buy a monitor system if I didn't find the DD fast enough. I have seen videos online where the latency is acceptable but apparently not with all cameras they list as compatible. If you search Vimeo, Manfrotto Digital Director lag with 6D you will see the footage. I think this is for still use only
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Device This item really does a great job, gives you total control of your camera. Maybe they will find a way to make it wireless.
    Date published: 2015-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well to live view and control my camera Canon 5ds r users need to use the cable that came with that camera or order a longer cable that has the correct plug. The mini usb cable that comes with the DD doesn't fit the camera.
    Date published: 2016-10-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mini iPad: More stable than the CamRanger but still locks up Bad: 1) App for the mini iPad 2 has stability issues; in all 7 photo outings, it has locked up once or twice. 2) No cable for the Nikon D7100; used the one that I had for the CamRanger. 3) Does nothing for bulb mode; want something to take exposures over 30 secs, get an intervalometer. 4) Non-std screw size for attaching to tripods. 5) Another item that takes up backpack space & setup time; lot faster than the CamRanger. Good: 1) Stellar for low-angle photography, where the camera is close to ground level or the tripod is perched on some awkward rocks. 2) Using Live View to focus OR the sun is washing out the camera's display; resolution on the iPad is no different than the camera, but extra size of the display still helps. 3) Fast transfer for chimping, after taking a photo; shoot exclusively raw & it's still faster than CamRanger by a long shot ... but no where near the speed of the D7100 LCD display. 4) Live histogram, while shooting. 5) Zebra filter to show over & under exposed areas of a photo before shooting. 6) Overall, very good iPad app. Used with: Nikon D7100, MeFoto backpacker series tripod (to support the Digital Director & mini iPad), Nikon 17-55 lens (only once), Zeiss 100mm f2 lens, and Nikon 14-24 lens (most frequently used w. the Digital Director). Best uses: 1) Low-angle photography, or any situation where the camera is difficult is use the VF or Live View. Digital Director shines here; even the Nikon DR-6 right angle VF is not as useful. 2) Manual Focus using Live View; again, you are not gaining resolution on the iPad, but the screen size & ability to move it away from the sun's glare helps a lot! 3) Focus Stacking; would have never explored this without the Digital Director's ability to zoom in on what the camera's sensor is seeing. Took off 2 stars because the mini iPad app should be more stable, as well as not evening mentioning the needed cable for the camera --> If not included, should be mentioned in the product description provided to a merchant. Ideal user: Patient person, who uses a super or ultra wide lens, where the camera has to be placed in an awkward location. Macro lens users, especially those with short working distances will also appreciate this device. And wildlife photographers, who want their perspective subject to only a camera, but a not person behind the camera. 7 uses in 5 1/2 months is not much use. Rented the Nikon D810 for a national park vacation & exclusive use w. the 14-24, and had I realized how often the camera was barely above the ground, would have bought the D810 USB cable; even w. the lockups, it would have been worth it to use the Digital Director in this situation.
    Date published: 2016-12-11
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