Sometimes even the best photographers need a helping hand to capture an exact moment. Luckily, smart camera remotes can use sensors to trigger a camera faster than human reflexes would ever allow. Miops Mobile is a camera remote which uses the sensors and smarts of a smartphone to tell a DSLR or mirrorless camera to take a photo when it senses movement, vibration or noise.
Currently looking for funding on Kickstarter, Miops Mobile is a follow-up to the Miops Camera Trigger, which launched in 2014, and offers similar functionality to devices like the Nerotrigger or TriggerTrap. However, there are important differences and the slimmed-down device boasts a particular skill set thanks to the smartphones it can wirelessly connect to and make use of.
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The Miops Mobile connects via cable to the shutter release port of a camera, and is compatible with hundreds of cameras, though you'll want to double-check your shooter is supported. It then wirelessly connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to an iOS or Android smartphone running the free Miops Mobile app.
Within the app users can select from an array of creative modes which use the smartphone as a trigger to take better timed photos than most photographers could manually, or to take a series of shots over a period of time. Examples include a visual motion mode which uses the smartphone's camera to identify when movement is taking place, and automatically triggers the camera remotely.
The camera can also be triggered when the smartphone senses a level of vibration or noise. In addition to featuring a standard time-lapse mode, Miops Mobile has a HDR (High Dynamic Range) time-lapse, and a road-lapse setting where a photo is taken at set distance intervals using GPS. An interesting-sounding scenario mode in the app can also be used to combine any of the available trigger options, and schedule shooting events. The rechargeable battery is said to be good for 24 hours use on a full charge.
Miops Mobile is currently on Kickstarter with a pledge of US$79 required for a Miops Mobile remote unit, or $99 for the remote unit with a dongle cable for specific camera models, and a flash adapter. Should funding be successful, and everything else go to plan, the Miops Mobile is due to start shipping in April 2017.
You can check out the Kickstarter promo video for the Miops camera remote below.