Until now, there hasn’t been a great a way to use your iOS device to remotely control high end, DSLR cameras. While the iPad’s multi-touch display is great for monitoring your camera, it’s not always possible to have an internet connection when you’re out in the field shooting.
Thankfully, this problem might become a thing of the past thanks to the CamRanger, a neat device being shown off at Macworld that lets you remotely control your DSLR from your iOS device without an internet connection.
The CamRanger is a small box that you attach to your DSLR which creates an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network. From there, you can connect your iOS device or Mac to the network and use the CamRanger app to remotely control your camera.
There are plenty of advantages to a setup like this, since having a larger display to monitor your picture from can be a great tool when trying to lock a really sharp focus point or if you need to see a far away detail.
Since the CamRanger is a remote, you can perform most operations on the app that you’d be able to right on the camera. You can even automatically display the images on your device after you’ve taken them. Since the CamRanger works over a Wi-Fi network, it has a range of about 150 feet.
At this time, the device is compatible with most newer Canon and Nikon DSLRs, and can be purchased for the introductory price of $299 at the CamRanger website.