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Kickstarter: Spark Camera Remote by Alpine Labs



Alpine Labs has just launched their 4th Kickstarter Campaign called Spark Camera Remote. Whether your taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or taking your time and setting up a timelapse, Spark gives you instant control, with your phone and without it for up to 2,000 hours of continuous use on the same replaceable coin cell battery.


What is Spark?
Spark is the most versatile camera remote on the market. With three different modes of control, Spark was built to adapt to whatever situation you are shooting in. Whether you're taking a fun group photo, capturing a long exposure of the stars, or settling down and setting up a time lapse, Spark gives you instant control. With your phone or without it.


Spark combines the speed of infrared triggering, with the reliability of a traditional wired trigger, and the power and feature set of smartphone app control. Spark connects to your cameras through the external trigger port and is compatible with hundreds of DSLR's, mirrorless cameras, and even some point and shoots.

Compatible brands include Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Pentax, Contax, Samsung, Hasselblad, Sigma, Kodak, and Konica Minolta. For current compatibility please visit: http://bit.ly/2otz9zQ

The free Spark Camera Control app instantly connects to Spark over Bluetooth Low Energy, and gives you access to all of Spark's advanced features. Set up a Bulb ramping timelapse, take a minute long exposure of the stars, or just set up a quick photobooth sequence of you and your friends - all from your phone. The App will be free and available for both iOS and Android as soon as Spark is ready to ship.

Early bird pricing is $39 for the first 24 hours. After the 24 hours, Spark will be $44 for the remainder of the campaign. The retail price of the Spark Camera Remote is $59.

We'll have a full review of the unit when we get our hands on it.

Continue reading for full press release.

Spark is the World’s Most Adaptable Camera Remote

Boulder, CO (April 12, 2017) — Alpine Labs, a leader in next generation camera accessories, is pleased to announce the launch of Spark: the most compact, adaptable and affordable camera remote ever designed. Currently available at a pre-sale discount on Kickstarter, Spark is the easiest way to upgrade your favorite DSLR and Mirrorless cameras for capturing the world around you.

Spark is designed with three distinct shooting modes for unrivaled versatility. The ultracompact unit can be used as a quick infrared trigger from 30’ away, as a wired trigger via a camera’s trigger port, or as a more powerful app based camera controller (iOS & Android). The user decides which mode best fits their creative needs and then deploys Spark to either capture a quick selfie, shoot a long-exposure in manual bulb mode, or to set a timelapse via their favorite smartphone or tablet. “Spark adapts to whatever situation you are shooting in and the three control modes are what make that possible. Its kind of like the swiss army knife of triggers,” commented Greg Horvath, Alpine Labs CEO.

A Bluetooth Low Energy connection allows for dependability when using Spark’s intuitive mobile app and Spark can last for an incredible 2,000 hours of continuous use on the same replaceable coin cell battery. Also, with the ability to control a wide variety of DSLR and mirrorless bodies, Spark opens the world of wireless camera control for users of Sony, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Pentax, Olympus, Canon, Nikon and more.

In 2015 Alpine Labs unveiled its first camera remote — Pulse — which resulted in a viral campaign that netted more than 1MM+ crowdfunding. Returning to Kickstarter for the first time since the release of Pulse, Alpine Labs is thrilled to bring their latest innovation and camera remote technology to the Kickstarter community via Spark. Commenting on the relationship with Kickstarter, Horvath continued, “We were born on Kickstarter and love being a part of a community where creative projects can grow. The support of backers has allowed us to keep chasing our own ideas, and after launching four products on Kickstarter we have a history of transparency and execution.”

Even at a MSRP of $59, Spark is by far the most affordable way to upgrade your camera. However, backers on Kickstarter can receive a Spark unit for an early bird discount of $39 during the first 24hrs of the campaign and then $44 for the remainder of its time on the popular crowdfunding site.

Press Release: Nikon Announces D7500 DSLR



Nikon has announced its midrange Nikon D7500. This is the company’s new mid-range offering for enthusiasts and semi-pros. The design was slightly tweaked but the features are inherited from the Nikon D500. It uses the same 20.9MP APS-C sensor, Expeed 5 processor and 180k-pixel RGB metering sensor and is capable of capturing 4K video.

The D7500 looks like the D7200 but is slightly lighter and the grip has been deepened. The weather-sealing has also been improved. It still has the same 3.2" LCD display but is now tilting and touch-enabled.

One thing that removed was one of the SD slots. In the D7200 had two, the D7500 has one and it does not support UHS-II media. The included battery is more powerful (EN-EL15a) but the battery life is about 15% lower than the D7200, at 950 shots per charge.

Burst shooting has been improved as well. The FPS has increased from 6fps to 8fps. The D7500 is also able to capture 50 14-bit uncompressed RAWs in a single burst, rather than 18.

For 4K video, the D7500 can capture UHD 4K video at a bit rate of 144Mbps with a 1.5x crop. If you drop it down to 1080p, you gain 3-axis digital IS and Active D-Lighting. You can also do 4K output over HDMI, a flat picture profile, zebra pattern and Auto ISO. It also has microphone and headphone jacks.




The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95.

Nikon D7500 Body Only: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama
Nikon D7500 with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens: Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama

Continue reading for full press release.

The New Nikon D7500: Superior Performance That Drives The Desire To Create

Exceptional Speed, Precision and Low-Light Ability Has Never Been as Attainable; The New D7500 Uses the Same Powerful Imaging Sensor and Includes Many Features from Nikon’s DX-Format D500 Flagship

MELVILLE, NY – Enthusiasts are a distinct type of photographer, who go to great lengths in the relentless pursuit of the perfect capture. It is for this user that Nikon Inc. announced the D7500 today, an advanced-level DX-format DSLR that provides a robust yet lightweight camera with powerful performance and premium features. Using the same 20.9-megapixel image sensor, processor and wide ISO range as the D500, Nikon’s flagship DX-format DSLR, the D7500 incorporates an exceptional combination of stunning image quality, impressive speed, astounding low-light ability and 4K UHD video capture, yet remains within reach for a diverse array of image makers and creators.

“The Nikon D7500 was engineered to be as versatile as the photographer using it, and excels whether shooting fast-action sports, stunning low-light landscapes, distant wildlife, glamorous portraits or multimedia content,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “This is a camera for the photographers who are serious about their passion, infatuated with the next frame and above all else, want speed, small size and an excellent value.”

Balance Image Quality and Low-Light Performance

The new D7500 features Nikon’s latest 20.9-megapixel DX-format imaging sensor and EXPEED 5 processing engine, the same high-performance heart of the Nikon D500. Designed to excel in a wide array of shooting conditions, the D7500 eliminates the optical low-pass filter (OLPF) for maximum sharpness and clarity, with the class-leading dynamic range flexibility that is a hallmark of Nikon DSLRs. The compact DX-format form factor also gives photographers extended focal length reach that is an advantage for sports and wildlife photography, especially when coupled with the vast selection of available NIKKOR lenses.

Whether shooting a landscape at dawn or sports under indoor lights, the D7500 affords the latitude of low-light capability to consistently nail the shot, time and time again. Even in the most challenging light, users can capture images with minimal noise, thanks to a native ISO range that spans from 100-51,200, and an expanded ISO range up to an astonishing 1.64 million equivalent. Those same stellar image quality and low noise virtues also apply to those shooting video, whether it’s a 4K UHD production or a mesmerizing astro time-lapse of the night sky.

Focus with Precision, Capture with Confidence
  • The Nikon D7500 DSLR gives photographers many new premium features and advanced Nikon technologies to help create incredible images and video:
  • The D7500 is fast enough to keep pace with the quickest athletes or animals; capable of shooting at up to 8 frames-per-second (fps) with full AF/AE, with an expanded buffer of up to 50 RAW/NEF (14-bit lossless compressed) or 100 JPEG images.
  • Nikon’s proven 51-point AF system covers a large portion of the frame. A Group-Area AF function has been added, which is a preferred focus mode for those shooting fast action.
  • The slim, tilting 3.2” 922K-dot touchscreen LCD can be used to easily control, compose and play back, even while mounted to a tripod. The menus can also be easily navigated using the touchscreen function.
  • Like the Nikon D5 and D500, the 180K RGB Metering system is used with the Advanced Scene Recognition System to help ensure balanced exposures and fantastic color rendition in nearly any shooting situation.
  • Lightweight DX form factor allows for an agile, comfortable body with deep grip and comprehensive weather sealing. The monocoque body is durable and approximately 5% lighter than the D7200 and 16% lighter than the D500.
  • Shoot all day and well into the night with up to approximately 950 shots per charge (CIPA standard).
  • Like the D500 and D5, the Auto AF Fine Tune feature when in Live View allows users to automatically calibrate autofocus with specific lenses if needed.
  • Through the Retouch menu, users can access an in-camera Batch Process RAW Converter that can handle multiple images to optimize workflow.
  • The camera’s pop-up flash can act as a Commander for remote Speedlights, while the camera is also optimized to function with line-of-sight using SB-500, SB-700 and SB-5000. It can even support the radio frequency control system of the SB-5000 when using the optional WR-R10 accessory.
  • New Auto Picture Control function analyzes the picture scene and automatically generates a tone curve within the camera.
  • Images can automatically be downloaded to a compatible smartphone, and the camera can also be triggered remotely using Built-in Bluetooth1 and Wi-Fi2
Multimedia Capabilities for Creators

The Nikon D7500 adds in a diverse array of advanced features for multimedia content creators, including 4K UHD (3840 × 2160/30p) video capture and the ability to produce awe-inspiring 4K UHD time-lapse movies in-camera. Video files can be stored as either MOV files or as MP4 files, for greater flexibility and easier playback on a wide range of devices. Like the D500, the D7500 offers 3-axis built-in e-VR image stabilization when shooting 1080p Full HD video, and can be easily focused using the rear touchscreen function.

For the advanced videographer, the D7500 offers simultaneous 4K UHD output to card and uncompressed via HDMI, as well as a headphone and microphone jack for pro-level audio recording and monitoring. To allow for smooth exposure adjustments, the camera also supports power aperture for smooth and step-less depth-of-field transitions while users can also keep highlights in-check using visible zebra stripes in live-view mode.

Price and Availability

The Nikon D7500 will be available in Summer 2017 for a suggested retail price (SRP)* of $1,249.95 for the body only configuration, or with a AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens for $1,749.95 SRP*. For more information on the Nikon D7500 as well as the latest Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

Review: Alpine Labs Pulse Wireless Camera Remote Control



Overview : Pulse gives you powerful control over your camera - wirelessly from your smartphone. It plugs straight into your DSLR or Mirrorless camera's USB port, so whether you're shooting photos, time lapse, or video, you get complete creative freedom in real time.

Features :
  • Remotely Adjust Camera Settings: Change your camera’s ISO, aperture, and shutter speed — wirelessly from your Apple or Android device.
  • Remote Trigger Up To 100 ft.: Take epic selfies. Pulse’s 100‘ Bluetooth range allows you to set up your camera and trigger it from anywhere.
  • Control Up To 3 Cameras: Control up to three Pulse-equipped cameras at once - all from the same smartphone. Be everywhere at once and get all the right angles, even if you are just a crew of one.
  • Wireless Image Preview: View thumbnails on your phone immediately after you take a photo on your camera.
  • Start & Stop Video: Most remote triggers let you do one thing - take photos. Utilizing your camera's USB port and not the shutter port, Pulse has the ability to let you control video as well. This feature is available for all Canon cameras and Nikon cameras released after 2012.
  • Wireless Troubleshooting: Traditional triggers can’t tell you when things have gone wrong. The Pulse app notifies you about low battery or buffering time before they ruin your shoot.
  • Amazing Time-lapse: Pulse's Exposure Ramping features changes your cameras ISO and shutter speed during your time lapse. A better way to capture day-to-night transitions (the "Holy Grail" of time lapses) without having to touch your camera.
  • Self-Timer Control / Photobooth: Create amazing selfies utilizing Pulse’s timer controls, meaning no more running into position.

Quality/Usability : I love to see new camera gear become available to photographers. This not only innovates but pushes companies to come up with solutions to help photographers and videographers solve their problems.

Alpine Labs released a smartphone connected camera accessory known as Pulse through Kickstarter, that aims to help photographers and videographers. Pulse is a Bluetooth enabled product centered around giving wireless control to your camera through their app on your electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets. The Pulse remote gives you wireless control of aperture, ISO and shutter speed.


Inside the box was a felt drawstring bag with the Alpine Labs logo, two USB cables, an instruction book and the unit itself.


The Pulse itself is very small compared to some of the other wireless remotes I have seen and reviewed. The unit weighs only 1.5 ounces.


The bottom of the Pulse has all the markings from a typical electronic device. The coldshoe fitting itself is made of plastic and relies on pressure from two plastic springs to keep it in the hotshoe. So far, it has worked well but long-term, I'm not sure.


On the back of the Pulse, is a small ON/OFF switch.


The Pulse unit uses a micro USB connector. One of the cables supplied is a micro-USB-to-standard USB for charging the Pulse. The other is a coiled cable with one end having the micro USB that connects to the pulse and the other end is either a micro USB or mini USB (depending on camera). This plugs into the USB connector on the camera.

Charging takes about 4 hours and battery is stated to last about 12 hours. When the Pulse is charging, the edge of the unit flashed blue and turned to a solid blue light when fully charged.


Unlike built-in intervalometer in some cameras, the Pulse lets you do exposure ramping when shooting a time lapse. This allows you to keep your camera in manual mode while you try and get those day to night time lapse. In regular mode, you can control the exposure triangle and view each images thumbnail after the image was taken. In video mode, you can only start and stop the video.

For a landscape photographer who do HDR or long exposures will benefit from the features that the Pulse has to offer.

The Pulse is a list of compatible cameras as of this review:

Canon
1D, 1D C, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1Ds Mark III, 1D X, 1D X Mark II, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5Ds, 5Ds R, 6D, 7D, 7D Mark II, 30D, 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 80D, 100D, 400D, 450D, 500D, 550D, 600D, 650D, 700D, 750D, 760D, 1000D, 1100D, 1200D, 1300D, Rebel SL1, XS, XSi, XTi, T1i , T2i, T3, T3i, T4, T4i, T5, T5i, T6, T6i, T6s

*Canon EOS M Series cameras do not support remote shooting functions and are NOT compatible*

Nikon
D1, Df, D1H, D1Hs, D1X, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D3s, D3X, D4, D4s, D5, D40, D40X, D60, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D200, D300, D300s, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D3400, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D7000, D7100, D7200

Why Not Sony?
When tethered via USB sony cameras will not allow images to save to the memory card of the camera - rendering Pulse useless for Sony cameras. You can change your ISO and aperture, but you can't actually take and save a photo. We are working with Sony to rectify this.


Setting up the Pulse is easy. Alpine Labs' free app is available on both iOS through iTunes and Android through Google Play. Simply turn on your electronic device's Bluetooth, connect the Pulse to your camera, turn on the Pulse and open the Pulse app. A prompt will appear asking to pair the devices. Once connected, you will have full control over the features.

However, I did have some issues once I had the coiled cable connected to the Pulse and camera. The issue was connecting to the camera. However, if I took the Pulse off the hotshoe of the camera and let it dangle/not have the coiled cable stretched, the Pulse was able to communicate with the camera. So it seems like because the coiled cable is tight, it tugs on the cable and doesn't make any connections between the Pulse and camera.

I also noticed that if you try and mount the Pulse back onto the hotshoe after everything is confirmed working, it will show that everything is still connected but nothing happens to the camera. I would have to restart the app, turn off the Pulse and camera and turn everything back on. But I would still have the issue of connectivity when the Pulse is mounted to the hotshoe and coiled cable being stretched.

Alpine Labs sent me a new straight OTG micro USB and this worked a lot better. There was no tugging on the port/cable and there was connection between the camera, Pulse and iPad Pro when mounted onto the hotshoe of the camera.

Conclusion : Overall, the Alpine Labs Pulse Wireless Camera Remote Control is very small and well constructed. It's a fantastic wireless remote option for Canon and Nikon DSLRs...when it connects and works. Once the devices have been paired, the Pulse worked right away. Since its Kickstarter launch, they have released a number of firmware updates. This goes to show that they are committed to the Pulse.

Either Alpine Labs has to lengthen the coiled cable a little longer or have a none coiled version. Once it's connected and communicating with one another, mounting back onto the hotshoe will cause the camera/Pulse to not work even though it says everything is connected.

If it wasn't for the replacement cable, it would of gotten a 3 our of 5 stars.




Manufacturer: Alpine Labs
Site: Buy from Alpine Labs / Buy from Amazon

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