Over the past year I have been investigating different options for a Wi-Fi remote trigger system. There are a range of various products on the market that provide carrying level of camera control from smart devices. I wanted something that is durable, versatile and not one that will blow my pocket. Recently, I found an answer from a company called CamFi. The CamFi system is feature rich and the control is very slick. It remotely controls the camera, displays the captured pictures and transfers them if desired to the mobiles, tablets or computers. They have apps for both Android and IOS devices.
Currently it supports twenty Canon cameras, twenty-seven Nikon cameras and seven Sony ones. Mine is a 5D Mark II which happens to be supported. The CamFi system costs me £92 (including a discount). The full price will be £108 on Amazon. I can’t seem to find it anywhere cheaper. This is half the price of the Camranger, a major competitor.
The device mounts onto the hot shoe and creates a Wi-Fi network that you can connect to using a PC or Mac as well as Android and IOS devices. The network initially is unsecured however you can apply a password and an access code once you are connected. I do strongly advise that you should secure it first thing before attempting to do anything else. Wireless range is more than reasonable and will I imagine be more than sufficient for the majority of applications.
In my testing with the 5D Mark II I have found the CamFi to be simple, responsive and intuitive to use. The only downside so far is the lag that I get on my iPad. But I do not think it’s the CamFi’s fault as my iPad is getting quite old and sluggish. On my iPhone and iMac, it works wonderfully well. Having said so, there are a few things I would like to see in future generations of this product. It would be beneficial to have a battery indication to show how much charge remains in the device. I’d like also to see some weather resistance to be incorporated to the CamFi. As it currently stands, the USB and Lan ports are completely exposed. Using this in the rain would not be a wise thing to do. I also wish that the live view would offer a histogram as it currently only shows this after the photo is taken. Another function would be great to have is the option to display only JPEG files instead of both RAW + JPEG. Raw are the files I use to edit; JPEGs are for instant viewing. When both are being transferred, it slows the system down.
Come to conclusion, the CamFi system is relatively inexpensive and easy to use. For those DSLRs that do not have Wi-Fi capability, it could be an important tool for remote shooting and quickly sharing photos to social media. I look forward to be regularly using it, especially when I make cinemagraphs.