Whether stills or video, one of the items many photographers and filmmakers often need is remote control over their cameras. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K already has one option in the form of a smartphone app, but now we have another option, the tiny Pocket Bluetooth Controller (PBC) from CDA-Tek.
The original Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera was named such because it could relatively easily fit in your pocket. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K (we’ll just call it the Pocket 4K from here) might be a continuation of that series, but it certainly doesn’t fit into most pockets.
There is some hope, though. No, the camera hasn’t shrunk and pockets haven’t gotten bigger, but there is now a pocket-sized controller for it. A new app from SayEffect offers complete remote control of the Pocket 4K from your Android device. And it does it by offering touchscreen menus that are almost identical to the camera itself.
Introduced with the Nikon D500, SnapBridge is Nikon’s proprietary system for communicating with its recent DSLRs using your mobile device. When it was first announced, I was quite excited over the possibilities, but ultimately underwhelmed with it finally released.
Now, Nikon say they’ve listened to user feedback and have released SnapBridge 2.0. The new version of the app comes with a new UI, better battery life, and more remote control options.
If you’d like to control Lightroom on your computer through your mobile device, Control Room app lets you do exactly this. Young software engineer Aaron Vizzini developed this app, and it turns your smartphone or tablet into an external control panel. This means you can sit back, control the settings on your phone or tablet, and watch them get applied to the image on your computer.
Sony first mentioned their new wireless radio controlled flash system in March and officially launched it in July. It allows the control of up to 15 separate flash units in up to 5 different groups. A very useful and welcome addition for Sony shooters. But, not every camera has been able to support the new system.
Sony have now released firmware v3.30 for the Sony A7R II. This update adds support for the new system, as well as a couple of other fixes and features.
For several years now, Camranger has been the only choice if you want to tether your Nikon, Sony or Canon DSLR wirelessly to your phone or tablet. While the Camranger is a worthy device that allows you access to all your camera settings remotely as well as instant viewing of your images, even in live view, the $299 pricetag, to me, seemed excessive. By the time you add extras such as the USB cable, mount, etc, you’re approaching $400 not including your tablet.
In anticipation of their impending release, Nikon have now released the other half of this equation in the form of an Android app, with an iOS version expected to arrive during the summer.
The specs and a first image of the Leica Q Type 116 leaked almost a week ago, with one of the features being remote control via smartphones and tablets.
The said app has now been released ahead and users can play around with it while they wait for the actual camera.
The camera itself is expected to be announced within a couple of hours.
Xiaomi’s website states that an iOS version of the camera’s app is expected to be released sometime this month, but until then here’s an unofficial app to remotely control the camera.