Remote tethered shooting/LiveView wirelessly
Posted 06 March 2013 - 07:23 PM
Remote DSLR tethered shooting and LiveView
There are fancy solutions. Basically it is to "making the Camera's USB cable disappear and still use all USB functions wirelessly". I.e., set all DSLR parameters, LiveView display, snap a picture, set a capture plan and shooting.
Some camera mfgs make them and make them only for limited models (and charge them $$$ accordingly, hint hint.) They are expensive and designed for pros.
The big teaser is: some talented developers have almost worked out a very inexpensive wireless solution that
- has a tiny size
- not expensive (about $60)
- connect to DSLR thru USB
- connect to the remote end thru WiFi
- the remote end may be a PC or a smartphone (Android)
- It's a PTP to PTP/IP bridge.
- IP transmission is done through WiFi 2.4GHz b/g/n 1x1 (max. 72 Mbps).
- The workable tiny device (for now) is WU-1a, still work in progress.
- All credit goes to the talented developer(s) Joefitz joefitz.com
Also note: there is another possible solution: using USB/IP then WiFi the IP transmission.
P.S. some high-end DSLR/Mirrorless have such function built-in (e.g., Panny GH3) to the camera body.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 08:07 PM
There is another possible solution which is using a Arduino with BT in one side and "USB Shield" in the other. The solution is limited to 2.1Mbps (BT Piconet) and also limited by BT transmission power/no repeater. linkie <-- completed project. Ready to use.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 04:22 AM
The second platform that can support image downloading is Android. There are several apps at the moment. Only DSLRdashboard offers TCP/IP communication for remote control. It is also open-sourced.
The neatest solution is the Android TV stick connected to a DSLR and a client via a built-in wifi.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:19 AM
...Android TV stick connected to a DSLR and a client via a built-in wifi.
Mass production of consumer goods is the key factor.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 08:21 AM
Good find. I think it's a flavor of PTP/IP.
... Only DSLRdashboard offers TCP/IP communication for remote control. It is also open-sourced.
Nikon one is also a flavor of PTP/IP; probably is more official "CIPA DC-005-2005" portion of the document Copyright FotoNation, Inc.)
P.S. the second post Bluetooth linkie also has the wireless component but no details about it (PTP over BT PAN, maybe.)
Posted 07 March 2013 - 09:19 PM
I hope the BackYard EOS will be updated this year to take advantage of full wifi camera control.
I want to do Hyperstar imaging this summer. I hope that wifi will allow me to focus and image without a diffraction causing USB cable to my Canon 6D.
Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:50 PM
Yep. High-end DSLR may have built-in WiFi (inside is PTP/IP over WiFi) like your 6D, Panny GH3, etc. It's included in the camera price tag .
Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:38 PM
Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:39 PM
(Dry run only! Need to mod WU-1a a little bit to wake up this PTP/IP bridge with WiFi for wireless.)
Posted 16 March 2013 - 09:33 AM
Just my .02 after fighting with the 'perfect' setup for 2 years.