As any keen photographer knows there are times when being behind the camera is a disadvantage. Whether you’re photographing wildlife and don’t want to scare off the cute critters, or you’re snapping extreme or motor sports where getting too close to the action risks personal injury, sometimes you need to trigger the shutter from a distance.
The traditional answer to this problem has been the cable release or its modern wireless equivalent. It’s a solution that works fine up to a point but it means you can’t actually see what the camera is capturing.
XSories is a company with a long track record in the extreme sports market and it’s come up with a clever solution for remote photography. The Weye Feye is not as you might think a wireless network for residents of Kensington but is in fact a little orange box that attaches to your DSLR via the USB socket and creates its own wireless-N network. Combine this with an app on your smartphone or tablet and you can control your camera remotely but more important actually see what you’re shooting.
The Weye Feye has a signal range of up to 80 metres so you won’t have to worry about getting too close to the action – you’ll be worrying about your camera getting nicked instead but that’s by the by. Obviously the distance introduces a latency in triggering the shutter but this is only 0.2 seconds, that’s a long time if you’re trying to capture a Formula 1 car as it speeds past but shouldn’t be too much of an issue with other subjects.
There’s more to this device than just remotely triggering the shutter though. There’s a LiveView feature which allows you to control your camera setup via the app too. You can control settings like ISO and shutter speed, switch between auto and manual focus and even change between photo and video shooting modes. It also has a Gallery mode which lets you share images from the smartphone or tablet to a PC or directly to social networks and cloud storage. It works with YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and more. There’s an integrated Gallery Web Server as well which allows up to 20 users to access the gallery without needing to install the app.
The Weye Feye is compatible with most Canon and Nikon DSLRs and the controlling app is available for iOS and Android devices. It will be available in October priced at £199, more information (including a list of compatible cameras) is available at http://www.weye-feye.com/ and you can see a short video of it in action on YouTube here: