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| p.1 #10 · Initial reactions to CamRanger, Eye-Fi and ShutterSnitch |
First, Eye-Fi. I don't like using it by itself (I can appreciate being frustrated with it), I haven't found a problem with that and ShutterSnitch. Try it with ShutterSnitch, what a difference. So far that seems to work great for me in terms of downloading photos to my iPad or iPhone.. It only downloads jpegs, even though it is supposed to download RAW. Eye-Fi by itself is really not very good....but with ShutterSnitch it is much better, enough that I bought two more cards. ShutterSnitch is available in the App Store. Runs about $16......but it works based on my limited fussing with it this past weekend. Works best if you are not tied into any other networks, in that case with the iPad open and on, when a photo is taken, the iPad and ShutterSnitch find the Eye-Fi card, connect and automatically download the photo. From when the photo is taken to when it loads into the iPad, the first time I did it tonight and measured it, it took 1 minute to load one photo. I then took 5 consecutive shots with my 1DsIII and the camera found the iPad and started downloading at 38 seconds and had loaded all 5 shots in 22 seconds. These photos show an actual size of about 6.7MB, so decent size.
I ran the 5 shot test one more time and again, the iPad was finding the Eye-Fi/ShutterSnitch in about 30 seconds, starting download at around 38 seconds and completing the download of 5 large photos to the iPad before the 60 second mark.
One last test, single shot. The two setups found themselves in about 23 seconds and the single photo was downloaded by about 30 seconds.
Moving on to the CamRanger. Interesting....CamRanger is really a TP-LINK Battery Powered Wireless N Router. model number TL-MR3040. Pop out the battery and all the information is right there. The battery is a TP-LINK 68A2000
There is information on the web page link on the specific unit and battery.
There is a code that links the router to the software. You can't open the software without the code. Without the software it just doesn't work.
The key is the software to drive the camera through the router.
CamRanger loaded the photo through the wireless connection in under 4 seconds. The big difference is that CR keeps a dedicated WiFi connection where EF/SS had to find each other, there isn't a dedicated connected WIFI signal between the card and iPad like there is with CR.
CR battery is easily changed and supposedly gives 3 to 4 hours of life per charge. You can control the camera from CR, I haven't figured out how to do that with EF/SS.
I view the two devices very differently.
If I wanted to control the camera remotely, then CamRanger. Probably for settings where the camera was stationary on a tripod or similar location. The refresh rate through the camera in live view doesn't lend itself very well IMO for action sports. Using the camera with the CR as a download it would be no problem. Remember there is a cable from the camera to the CR wireless router.
CR has limited cameras that work with it right now. Dave, the developer told me that he was working with CR to work with the 1DsIII. He thought he was a couple of weeks away. Check the website for cameras that he has cracked the code on already.
What else can I tell you?