One thing I really like about my GoPro is that I can control it remotely via my phone. It’s a much better interface than fiddling with buttons on the action camera and it enables me to take self portraits or stay in my warm sleeping bag while shooting a time lapse. Now it appears I can do they same with my mirrorless camera thanks to the Pulse from Alpine Labs.
Pulse gives you wireless control over your camera from your smartphone. The device slides into your camera’s hot shoe (the slot on the top of the body used for the external flash) then plugs straight into your DSLR or mirrorless camera’s USB port — so whether you’re shooting photos, time lapse, or video, you get complete control in real time. It connects with your phone via Bluetooth and lasts for up to 24 hours of run time.
Within the app on your phone, you can view thumbnails right after you take a photo and adjust controls accordingly, including aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Pulse’s 100-foot Bluetooth range allows you to set up your camera and trigger it from anywhere — so you can easily place yourself in the shot or stay warm inside your tent. In addition to photos, the wireless remote lets you control video as well (including time lapse) since it uses your camera’s USB port and not the trigger port.
Pulse’s Exposure Ramping features allows you to ramp your ISO and shutter speed so that you can capture day-to-night transition. Unlike shooting in Aperture or Shutter Priority, Exposure Ramping keeps your camera in manual so that your photo’s EXIF-Data is written properly for LRTimelapse workflows.
Pulse retails for $99 and is available now. Take note: the wireless remote only work with some Canon and Nikon cameras at the moment (not the D80 or EOS M, however). And for all you Sony owners? Tough luck. When tethered via USB, Sony cameras will not allow images to save to the memory card of the camera, rendering Pulse completely useless.