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NewsPoster Feb 2, 2013 12:35 AM
Hands on: CameraMator wireless tether for DSLRs, iOS devices
Photography is always a popular theme at the Macworld Expo, where Hyper brought its <A href="">CameraMator</a> wireless viewfinder for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. <em>MacNN</em> has taken a closer look at the Kickstarter-funded device, which enables users to preview snapshots or trigger the shutter from an iOS or Android device.<br />
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CameraMator attaches to the cameras hotshoe and connects to the AV port, though it can be connected to a separate bracket so the hotshoe can be used for a flash module. The approach enables a wider range of compatibility, in contrast to proprietary accessories, such as Nikon's WU-1a adapter, which may be limited to just one camera or a single manufacturer.

The <a href="" rel='nofollow'>iOS app</a> is straightforward, with clear options to trigger the shutter or adjust settings such as aperture, ISO levels or white balance. Pairing the CameraMator attachment with a Retina iPad is arguably the best way to take advantage of the previews, though any tablet and many smartphones will provide a much better visual representation than a DSLR's built-in LCD. To take the concept another step further, the system can also send the preview images to a Mac.

The CameraMator may not be a sensible purchase for every casual photographer, as it carries a $300 price tag, but it could prove indispensable anyone who already owns a supported camera and has been otherwise left without any effective alternative.
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