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setagate
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Jan 29, 2018 13:49 |  #1

I’m thinking about putting a feeder outside my back porch and setting up my Canon 6D camera and tripod nearby inside the porch. The camera would be focused on the feeder. In a phone conversation with a Canon technical specialist, I believe I understood that because this camera (6D) has Wi Fi built in, I would be able to set up a smart phone to view the bird at the feeder and take photos of the bird at the feeder (or wherever) from a remote location such as inside the house.

I wonder if anyone has had any luck doing something like this and if so, how did it work out? If I decide to do this I would need to buy a smart phone. (I guess I’m the only person in America that doesn’t own one.) I wonder if I go ahead with this plan if there would be any special features in the smart phone I would need to look for?

Thanks very much for any help.




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CisherPhotography
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Jan 29, 2018 14:27 |  #2

You could use devices with WiFi n NFC with the Canon app. I wouldn't splurge on a smart phone for this purpose alone. Maybe find a mid-tier tablet.

Although it is an awesome app. I used it for macro work. You can rack focus from your device, trigger the shutter and do timelapses. Although I could be wrong on the later.

If you plan on using it extensively by all means get a phone with a larger screen. Maybe a Nexus 6p.




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Jan 29, 2018 14:30 |  #3

Look for NFC enable devices. (Near Field Communication)




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Tom ­ Reichner
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Jan 29, 2018 14:44 |  #4

setagate wrote in post #18551819 (external link)
I wonder if anyone has had any luck doing something like this and if so, how did it work out? If I decide to do this I would need to buy a smart phone. (I guess I’m the only person in America that doesn’t own one.) I wonder if I go ahead with this plan if there would be any special features in the smart phone I would need to look for?

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I think it would be important to make sure that the smart phone you buy is either an android or an iPhone.

When I have tried to install an app, it asks me if I want the android version or the iPhone version. . My smartphone is neither android or iPhone, and hence the vast majority of apps are not able to be downloaded or used on my smartphone. . So when I try to download apps I get an error message saying that the app is not compatible with my smartphone's operating system. . This super-sucks because the whole reason I bought a smartphone was to be able to use bird call and photography apps on it ..... and I can do neither (sad face).

So, do yourself a favor and DON'T do what I did!

Instead, get a popular type of phone that is in widespread use and that they make apps for.


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Jan 29, 2018 19:50 |  #5

Some time ago I also put my camera on a tripod outside towards the bird feeder and with a remote control with a long cable through an open window, I was able to sit inside and hide to photograph the birds. So no need for spending money on a smartphone or tablet. :-)




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Larry ­ Johnson
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Jan 29, 2018 20:13 |  #6

Haven't done that, but I did hang a GoPro on a bluebird box and remotely filmed them while I was in my house, maybe 50 feet away. There was a few seconds delay on what I was seeing on my phone screen. That delay doesn't matter so much for video, but taking stills with a wifi remote may not be effective with such a delay. Here's a link to my video. https://flic.kr/p/UyNF​mD (external link)


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Jan 29, 2018 20:17 |  #7

Yes, you can by pairing with the Canon app on your device. It has very limited control, but if you're just wanting to view what's going on and trip the shutter at the right moment, it should work just fine.


- Eric S.: My Birds/Wildlife (external link) (7D MkII, Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5, Canon 24-105L f/4 IS, Canon 70-200L f/2.8 IS MkII, Canon 100-400L f/4.5-5.6 IS)
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