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| p.2 #2 · Satechi introduces Bluetooth 4.0 Smart Trigger |
After taking my trigger on a short turnaround trip up north to San Francisco, I can say that the execution is pretty good for the price. Setup is fairly quick and painless, just requires turning bluetooth on (I leave this on at all times because of a Nike+ Fuel Band that I wear anyways) and turning on the trigger.
Shots in standard mode, bulb, and intervalometer are very easy to set up.
I will say that I have never used the official Canon TC80N3, but I can compare this trigger to a Vello Shutterboss that I also own.
One thing that is a bit strange for me is that there is no tactile feel when pressing the shutter release button on your phone. The Shutterboss has a dual press button on the shutter release similar to the one found on camera, which I can assume is similar to the TC80N3.
Another issue I can see is battery life. The Smart Trigger I am sure can withstand an all-day time lapse with no issues. The downside becomes the battery in your phone, which unlike those in your trigger and camera, are not user-replaceable. Unless your phone is left plugged in to a power source or all other phone functions are disabled, I can see the battery dying long before you are finished.
Otherwise the Smart Trigger is a great way to get into wireless triggering that does not require line-of-sight and time lapses, provided you already own a Bluetooth 4 enabled device.