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Trigger Happy Camera Remote: A Pre-View Review of a Photographic Product

Coming to you soon via +Kevin Harrington on Kickstarter

The idea is that you can control your camera with a simple cord from your iOS/Android device (audio jack) on most all DSLRs

--Simple-Cord interface with camera (Via phone Audio Jack)
--Replaces the expensive remote trigger
(with an expensive device that you already own ... your smart-phone)
--Makes bulb mode easy
--"HDR Features"
-Makes interval timing way easier
-Plus now you can do bulb time lapses easily

Canon people should go nuts because they don't really have a great interval timing solution. And it is an easier menu than the Nikon interval timer I already use with a few extra features.

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Skip to 1:25 on the video to get a good idea of how it works

Possible future upgrades to the APP:

>Trigger the camera when accelerometer data of the phone changes.
>Face detection. When a face enters the phone's view, the camera can fire.
>Lightening detection.
>Audio waveform detection.
Worlds most advanced camera remote! Trigger a camera with an iOS or Android device. Long exposures, intervalometer, and bramping.
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great idea, especially since on the Nikon DX cameras the nikon made Intervalometer doesnt work, I had to get a third party one from Hong Kong.
I really want to see this for the Android +Scott Jarvie .. but I think the retail price of $69.99 is a bit high. At least would love to see it work before I shelve out that amount for the software! What do you think?
I like the idea. DSLR Controller works for Android and Canon systems in a similar fashion, although you also get live tethering. Competition is always good though!
+Scott Jarvie I think I may have to spring for this one so +Colby Brown stops giving me a hard time for owning an iOS device instead of Android :D

I'll take a look at this more in detail when I get home today, thanks for bringing it to my attention!
I would welcome anything to make things easier. My camera does not have a very functional plug for standard remote, so anything that uses USB or otherwise would be a help for me.
Thanks Jarvie! Looks cool.  I actually need an app like that, when can I get it?  Does he
need beta testers or reviewers? I could use it in Death Valley and Joshua Tree national parks this week.
What note is that chord? Maybe I can simply hum it instead... :P
That looks cool, but I'm not sure that will sell well - $69.99 retail price for an iPhone accessory? I'm used to paying less that than for my remotes on eBay.
I hear you Ivan, the issue is it's a very expensive cable to make because of a complicated embedded circuit.
I have had a bluetooth device for over a year now to allow my iPhone to control my camera and add GPS coordinates and never use it, might in the future. It does look handy for some uses. I have remote cords and only use when I use mirror lockup.

I want wireless if I am to buy
Problem is (or maybe it is not a problem) I am not used to paying that amount of money for memory cards or software that often! There is no beta or trial version to try out in this case!
+Jim Davis - still waiting for wireless remote I used to have on cheaper SLRs. Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy with my rip off remote cord from China for which I paid a grand total of $29.99. If it drowns in the ocean - I'll just buy a new one. If iPhone drowns in the ocean, that won't be good.

+Kevin Harrington have you guys thought about wireless solution that may work?
+Ivan Makarov I'm using my Nikon MC-20 remote cord I've had since the mid 1990's!! on my new digital cameras, how's that for backwards compatibility and durability. The device I have for bluetooth control works well and I should really use it more.
I built an Open Camera Controller interface for a used Nintendo DS Lite - I can do up to 25 brackets, astrophotography scripting (drag and drop), intervals, etc, etc...

However, this looks great - although running a phone for 10 hours over a night shoot doing stars might be tough, at least on my iPhone 4 :)

My Nintendo DS can run from 10+ hours easily.

A 12V power pack fixes these issues, or something smaller - but that is more to carry.

Still, I would like to try it / buy it.
+Cameron Siguenza ... I am a geek, but you are the double geek... plus I dont have a nintendo DS to spear.... .specially since I own zero nintedo DS's :) ... but thanks for sharing!!--- Oh... and I also shoot Nikon!
Whether this is interesting to me depends entirely on how sophisticated the app is. More specifically, if all it offers is the same kind of timing control I can get from a standalone intervalometer or built in intervalometer it's not worth it, but, if the app allows one to program in complicated sequences and timings and add things like scene metering to impact ratios in shutter speeds and fun stuff like that, it could be well worth the cost. I already have a rig to mount my iPhone on my camera's hotshoe...
+Ricardo Williams a Nintendo DS Lite is cheap though, I got mine for $60... I never owned one before :) you can get someone to build the interface for $80 or so, a guy in Germany does it. So this makes for a cheap solution that has source code for the app.

Also, the Nintendo DS is virtually shock proof, quite water resistant and kid proof - so it works well in the field. Too bad it doesn't work with Nikon though :)
Well, for t2i, t3i, 50D, 60D, 5D and even there's the magic lantern firmware available. Not sure why I should buy an cable when I can use a software internal solution for bulb and interval.

Other question: do you really want to leave your expensive phone out there in the dark when shooting a night timelapse for several hours. And smartphones aren't supposed to work well in cold conditions for hours.
Looks cool, but not anything that other iOS apps aren't doing already. I like the idea of not having one more thing to carry though. I've managed to forget my remote more than once, but I always have my phone with me. I agree with +Jim Davis also. Wireless is the better way to go.
+Scott Jarvie I think it sounds very useful. I often stand watch over my camera with my stop watch and flash light in hand timing bulb exposures. That coupled with my need to bracket night shots... I think this sounds great. I could program my X shot bracket with 2min, 4min 8min timings and not worry about missing the time. I could be standing there thinking about the next shot or painting with light.
+Daniel Hoffend Nope I would not leave my camera unattended. But I would like to not spend my time watching my stop watch...
I think I'll stick with my Promaster timer remote. It's a whole lot cheaper than Canon's version, does all the intervals I need, plus long exposures, and doesn't tie up the smartphone (if I had one).
I've never been much of a gear head photographer. This may be blasphemy, but I use a Yongnuo wireless shutter remote. It does interval timing too, As long as I set my AEB, I can use it to do Long exposure HDR too. It's never failed once either.
I just got a vivitar intervalometer controller to use with my Nikon.... I hope this is all I have dreamed about...
I will probably buy one of these, I like having lots of remote options.
I am with everyone who says that the price is too high. Another couple of things about the market: In my portfolio, percentage of photograph who use the capabilities is very low (less than 1%) and I am unlikely to replace the remote that I already have (unless it breaks). I agree that competition is a good thing.
Nice idea but I am happy with my eBay $20 remote. I don't know if the price tag is worth it, probably for somebody with this specific requirement it's a good tool.

Also I think seen there is as a hack on the net to use the headphone jack to fire the camera but cant remember how it was fired from the iPhone. The trigger circuit is simple just need to connect to pins to complete the circuit so that camera fires. Ever wonder how the remote works without a battery just to fire the camera. That's why!!
+Zachery Jensen We are adding in advanced shutter controls, such as 9 image HDR in bulb with up to 16 stops of dynamic range. We also offer some advanced features for bulb ramping. The beauty about this is that updates are very easy since the App runs on iOS and Android.
+Kevin Harrington I know this would complicate things and you would need to produce a receiver but make this bluetooth and I can see it's use but the wire thing for me is a deal breaker. Check out for a device I have currently
+Kevin Harrington How long is the battery on the smartphone going to last running this app and controlling the camera for Timelapse? Does the smartphone screen go into sleep mode to save power?
+Romain Guy that looks awesome! As does your thing +Jim Davis

It's funny that I had no idea about any of these other options and they all come out when I post this one. Kinda fun.
+Romain Guy That is a great product, but unfortunately there is no support for iOS. With TriggerHappy, our goal was to make it cross platform, working for iOS and Android. So that's what we did. Plus we wanted a power friendly app that wouldn't eat your battery when taking long time lapses. That's one of the issues with the USB interface.
+Kevin Harrington There are also other consideration for example:

__I often let me remote dangle from camera while I am composing a photo. or walk around the area with remote hanging on the camera. Cant do that with a smart phone.
__On occasions I have dropped remote in the water, dirt, mud and it can be easily cleaned off and reused once it is dry. I would have to be very careful on how I use my smart phone.

While the bulb ramping and HDR functionality are great, the market for those would be even more limited than an inexpensive device which acts as just a remote. From MFG perspective, I would recommend you look at Foxconn, or some other overseas MFG/assembly house to reduce cost. Lot of the overseas have offices in US that can be used for prototypes and proof of concept.

Great concept...Good luck.
Gotta say, im excited about this. Especially if the lightning shutter works!
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