Smartphones Can Command DSLRs with the TriggerHappy Remote

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Getting the most out of your high-end DSLR—like taking pro-quality time-lapse shots or long exposures—is a lot easier when you're using a remote. But why blow a bunch of cash for some standalone remote when you've already got smartphone that'll do the same with a TriggerHappy adapter?

The TriggerHappy remote is a three-foot cord that connects the camera's input port to the the phone's 3.5mm audio jack via a small embedded signal processor. Using either the Android or iOS app, users can perform pretty much anything you can imaging doing with a DSLR. According to the TriggerHappy site, this includes "single-shot triggering to time lapse modes where the shutter length, interval, duration and number of shots per interval," can all be individually adjusted. It also includes some slick other features, such as the ability to snap shots based on phone's accelerometer activity, facial recognition, or lighting and audio detection (lights go on or someone makes noise, the camera will fire). It's even got an HDR mode.

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It works with all modern Canon and Nikon DSLRs as well as a broad variety of other brands, depending on the adapter used. The project has already doubled its Kickstarter goal of $25,000 with 44 days to go so a $50 donation is guaranteed to net you a remote when the project funds. [Kickstarter - Image: Technabob]

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It sounds like a great idea, but for someone relying on remote controlling cameras for a living, I can say there's tons of china made remotes for Canon and Nikon going for dirt cheap. Not only so, be it IR or Radio controlled (both gives a longer distance and avoiding the wire mish mash that might go into frame), they're at times better than the original OEMs.

I've built an IR remote that plugs into my iPhone 4 to remote control my Sony NEX-7, and I can tell you, it's not worth the savings as the remote control needs to be lightweight, and most often, it's the thing that you'll drop and pick it up again during shoots.

Every brand has their own remote control, and most of them are cheaper than $50 USD. So, I really don't see a point in this, and for Canon and Nikons? More so as there are plenty of $5 remotes from China for these two brands.