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Stupid question: the point of wifi on DSLR?

 
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Jul 03, 2013 22:02 |  #1

I was curious what wifi is useful for on a DSLR. I just watched a couple videos on youtube and it does seem pretty neat. With a Canon EOS app, you could use your smartphone to trigger the DSLR (useful for taking a photograph of yourself, group shots with you in it, etc). I also found it to be neat that almost instantly a photo taken with the DSLR could be sent to a smartphone, which you could then email to someone. So much for the days when I would photograph my DSLR's LCD screen with my smartphone and then send!

So I was curious what other cool things wifi can do. I initially thought it meant you could browse websites, check email, etc just like I can do on my smartphone. Can it do this, too?

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Jul 03, 2013 22:39 |  #2

I have the 6D. I don't find the Wifi very useful, but I'm sure there's people who do. I absolutely love having the GPS onboard tho.



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Jul 03, 2013 22:42 |  #3

I will not buy a camera without wifi ever again. I love the feature on my 6D. Here is an example of what can be done with the wifi feature.

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Jul 03, 2013 22:45 |  #4

I think it is more social media users that like it. I am sure the other points you mentioned work for some also.

I don't believe you can surf or anything like that. Yet.


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Jul 03, 2013 22:57 |  #5

powerslave wrote in post #16089374 (external link)
I will not buy a camera without wifi ever again. I love the feature on my 6D. Here is an example of what can be done with the wifi feature.

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This is a great photo, but I fail to understand what unique feature of WiFi was necessary for it's creation.


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Jul 03, 2013 23:01 |  #6

powerslave wrote in post #16089374 (external link)
I will not buy a camera without wifi ever again. I love the feature on my 6D. Here is an example of what can be done with the wifi feature.

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Sorry for my ignorance, but can you explain how the wifi feature enabled you to get this shot?


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Jul 03, 2013 23:03 |  #7

No magic here, I was able to step away from the camera. I have taken handheld shots of these birds as well, but this allowed me to set up my shot and camp out.

Edit: I noticed I was asked what unique feature, well, for one, a remote could be used to do the same thing, but this let's me sample my shots on the fly, let's me adjust settings and FOCUS manually (and AF) without having to go near the camera.

You may perhaps be able to achieve some of this functionality by remote and/or Eye-fi or whatever, but this simple built in feature lets me do it with minimal hassle.

That's just one example. I have used it for night sky photography using the EOS remote app (I haven't uploaded any of those pics anywhere cause I was fooling about).

And there are tons of uses that I can actually see myself using this for as a landscape photographer. The biggest one being setting the camera in tight spaces with a remote live view display.

You could place the camera at water level in streams where it's hard to stoop down (especially if you don't have a tilting screen) for composition and focusing etc..

This is all in addition to the classic features of a remote controller anyway, except this is better because unlike IR remotes, this doesn't have the line-of-sight problems.

I do not see myself purchasing a non-wifi DSLR/camera anytime soon.


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Jul 03, 2013 23:05 |  #8

I'm sure it was done via the smartphone app, where you can actually control the 6D and see what your camera sees in real time. You can make all adjustments, and press shutter etc.
I haven't tried that on mine. But I've read quite a few pros, event and wedding photographers, who really like this feature (set up a 6D in the corner on an elevated tripod with a wide angle lens. You can shoot with another body in the crowd but can take remote shots with your Wifi 6D.)


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Jul 03, 2013 23:05 |  #9

powerslave wrote in post #16089435 (external link)
No magic here, I was able to step away from the camera. I have taken handheld shots of these birds as well, but this allowed me to set up my shot and camp out.

So with wifi then you're just setting up the camera and then watching a screen remotely? Or what?


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Jul 03, 2013 23:05 |  #10

powerslave wrote in post #16089435 (external link)
No magic here, I was able to step away from the camera. I have taken handheld shots of these birds as well, but this allowed me to set up my shot and camp out.

You beat me ;)


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Jul 03, 2013 23:06 |  #11

I didn't think much of the Wifi on my 6D. Then I took a trip to Vegas and it was nice to take photos and immediately upload them to Facebook instead of crappy cell phone photos. I also like the fact I can use my iPhone as a remote...especially when I have forgotten my wired remote and use bulb mode at night. WIN


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Jul 03, 2013 23:06 |  #12

deronsizemore wrote in post #16089442 (external link)
So with wifi then you're just setting up the camera and then watching a screen remotely? Or what?

One feature. Yes.


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Jul 03, 2013 23:09 |  #13

powerslave wrote in post #16089435 (external link)
No magic here, I was able to step away from the camera. I have taken handheld shots of these birds as well, but this allowed me to set up my shot and camp out.

Can't a cheapy remote available for any camera do same IMHO.


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Jul 03, 2013 23:14 |  #14

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Can't a cheapy remote available for any camera do same IMHO.

Don't knock it till you try it. :)

It's built in, it's streamlined, it allows you much more than a cheapy remote will, and it's not extra equipment, you already have your phone and camera on you.

I have used the cheapy remote options before, I'll pass. also see my earlier reply with the edit.


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Jul 03, 2013 23:15 |  #15

No, a cheap remote can't change the focus or any of the other settings on your camera. You can use a tablet to control pretty much anything you could set by the menu or controls when you are holding the camera. You can set it outside near a bird nest and sit inside and shoot. It is also good for macro, it is much easier to live view focus on a tablet sized screen than the small screen on the camera, especially if it is in a difficult position.




  
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