Cool Gadget: The CamRanger

  By ColinTyler

The CamRanger is one of the best wireless controllers available for Nikon or Canon DSLRs. In fact, just calling it a wireless controller is almost a disservice considering all that the CamRanger can do. This nifty wireless unit brings unprecedented control to any Canon or Nikon DSLR through the use of a smartphone or computer.

The CamRanger supports an impressive selection of operating systems including iOS 5, Android 3.2, or Mac OSX 10.7 or higher. There is also a beta version of the software available for Windows-based computers made available through the CamRanger website. Set-up of the CamRanger was very easy as it was connected through Wi-Fi on the device. The process took under five minutes including device registration and password set-up.

The real star of the CamRanger is the app control feature that offers an all-in-one solution for controlling the camera. The panel gives you total control, allowing you to adjust most camera settings—including focus—with a few simple clicks. The combination of the live-view and histogram features allows for a more accurate exposure setting compared to what is available on the back of the camera.

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