LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – Hyper has been juicing up our iPhones, iPads, iPods and Macs for ages. Now they want to juice up your camera: not with mere electricity, but with advanced smartphone functionality. Their latest product is called the CameraMator, and it basically allows you to control your SLR with your iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Here’s how it works. The Cameramator is a tiny device about the size of a small deck of cards that connects to your camera’s microUSB port and sucks in everything coming into the view finder, then pipes it wirelessly to an app on your device. The Cameramator can plug into your hotshoe for convenience, but it can also be slung elsewhere if you have a flash.
What are the advantages to all this? Myriad. For one thing, you can remote control your camera by seeing what your SLR sees, even from across the room. You can also instantly slurp in photos as they are taken to your device, or control your SLR from across the room.
Inside the CameraMator, there’s a small 3300mAh rechargeable battery that gives up to 8 hours of battery life. 4GB of memory allows you to queue up more than 500 continuous shots, and the CameraMator connects to most Nikon and Canon cameras, with all the wireless duties happening over 802.11n ad-hoc WiFi, not battery-intensive Bluetooth.
The Cameramator looks like a very cool product, and we’re looking forward to putting a review unit through its paces. It’s available right now from hypershop.com for $299.95.