I’m glad to see more and more things that make my Camera Control script obsolete! See this Iphone Nikon remote control application.
Now you can get full control of your Nikon (not just PTP things but full SDK control including liveview) via an iphone or itouch. It’s only $20 too so very reasonable – there is a “lite” version for $2 also.
Downside is that it isn’t really the iphone controlling the DSLR, actually the iPhone talks to software on your PC (via what they call “server” software) and the PC talks to the DSLR so you do need a PC (windows or apple) meaning this is not quite the lightweight solution it appears at first glance.
I have not actually tried this myself (I don’t have an iphone) but it sounds like a great idea.
[via Scott Kelby]
Two of my scripts let you press a key on the keyboard, or click with the mouse, and remotely release the shutter. But just like the built in Windows Explorer technique for doing these they both only are able to trigger JPG, even if the camera is set to RAW.
Until today. It turns out this is not that hard to fix. But the programatic technique is a bit of a laugh; because Windows Image Automation does not officially support RAW the NEF files on my Nikon D300 are typed as being of “undefined” type. Unlike JPG files which WIA does know are JPG files and are typed appropriately.
So to get the WIA Take Picture command to get me a NEF I actually have to ask for a picture of type “undefined”! It’s amazing it works, I guess somewhere an engineer (I’m not sure Microsoft or Nikon) decided that undefined=NEF. I have no idea of this will also work with Canon, it might or it might not.
Anyway it works, and it opens up a whole range of possibilities I’ll be exploring soon with the scripting. But until then head over to the posts for those remote scripts and you can download the latest versions which support RAW.
PS. Please please no religious RAW vs JPG comments. It’s a free world, people are entitled to the file format of their choice.
Well so much for my expensive remote control script for the D300 — yes it does work, but my script is entirely redundant as the same feature is actually built in to the Windows XP Camera and Scanner Wizard! You know the one, described here. It’s how most people get their digital images into their PC , even while those of us who “know better” use Adobe Bridge, or a card reader.
In fact the Wizard has advantages; as a built in part of Windows it is even better as it gives you a immediate thumbnail of the image as soon as you take it.
All you have to do is connect your PTP capable camera and when the wizard pops up you advance to the step where you can see thumbnails. Now down below them is a row of icons for rotate left right and so on. Well the last one in the line is “Take Picture”!
Click that and my trusty Nikon D300 instantly takes a picture, and moments later the thumbnail appears in the usual space.
It works great — and the financial breakdown is still the same as with my script, so it is either the most expensive or the cheapest wireless dslr shutter release in the world.
But is it good *enough*? Thumbnails are great but a bigger view would be even better. And by combining my remote shutter release script with the Tethered shooting / Adobe Bridge script that should be my next step.
Yes, to go with my expensive D300 — I now find I have no wireless remote control shutter release. The handly little not-particularly-cheap ML-L3 remote that worked for my D40 is no good for the D300.
Instead I’m supposed to buy an ML-3 remote — which costs about ten times the price. Sure it does a lot more, but I don’t particularly want more, I just want to press a button in my hand while the camera is on a tripod at the other side of the room as I do endless self-portraits while practicing my off-camera lighting.
So, what is a geek to do? Well, build something yourself of course — with the techniques in mind that I used for the Tethered Shooting script I realized I could put together a wireless remote with things I had hanging around.
Now if I add up the cost of all those items it comes to about 25 times the cost of the ML-3, so that would have to count as the most expensive dSLR wireless remote control in the world! But… If I already have all the gear then the extra cost to me is zero.
So once again it’s a bit (ok a lot) of hardware tied together with a few lines of code – Windows only (XP SP2 minimum) in the version I’m doing, but I’m sure Macs can do something very similar.
Details tomorrow when I get it all packaged up.