Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity on DSLR cameras is not a new phenomenon. There are plenty of cameras on the market that currently offer this feature set to consumers. But there are some disadvantages to using Wi-Fi directly with a camera: it can drain your phone and DSLR battery quickly, requires your device to be locked into your camera’s network, and can be limited to a short distance depending on the setting.
Alpine Labs has a plan to improve on that. Its new Pulse remote plugs into the USB port on a number of Canon and Nikon cameras and attaches to the hotshoe mount to add iPhone-connected controls to your DSLR. It has a simplistic interface and design plus it’s low energy connectivity make it particularly noteworthy.
Pulse uses Bluetooth LE to connect to your iOS or Android device from up to 100 feet away. This allows for greater range than traditional Wi-Fi connections provided by cameras. Additionally, its dependance on a USB connection to the camera gives Pulse greater access to settings and features. It can control shutter speed, ISO, and aperture, all in addition to standard remote capabilities. The USB connection also enables the app to give a live view of your photo, with video controls as well.
Another standout attribute of Pulse is its ability to simplify settings for novice users without sacrificing advanced features needed for professionals. The layout is clean and easy to understand, with large visual cues for adjusting to each setting.
The app can control up to three cameras at once, as long as there is a Pulse attached to each individual device. This allows users in need of a multi-camera setup to be more efficient when managing large events that may call for a more complex setup. At this time, Alpine will offer support for 60 Nikon and Canon cameras. More details on which specifics models can be found at the bottom of the Kickstarter page in the FAQ section.
At this time, Alpine Labs has raised over $168,000, easily surpassing its initial goal of $50,000. Currently, a pledge of $74 will deliver a Pulse “anywhere in the world” in April.
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