Placing all the controls of an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) into the palm of a user’s hand can make it much easier to get that perfect photo.
Unleashed is a small Bluetooth module that attaches to an ILC and offers full wireless remote control of it. The device is used in conjunction with an app for Android and iOS mobile devices. The app lets users change all the important camera settings, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance and exposure compensation. Unleashed automatically reconnects to the user’s smartphone using Bluetooth Low Energy, so there’s no need to reconfigure Wi-Fi settings each time it’s used.
Unleashed ships in June at future pricing of about $223. But Kickstarter backers can order one now for a pledge starting at about $100 for early birds. Its makers are out to raise $67,374 by Sept. 30.
There is a large potential market for Unleashed. But it’s hardly the first device of its kind, following similar products that have included MaxStone. The largest obstacle it faces is likely the relatively small number of ILCs that it’s compatible with. Unleashed, for now anyway, only supports Canon and Nikon cameras –- and not even all models from those two manufacturers.