Tethering the new iPad to Nikon DSLRs

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Julian Vrieslander
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Tethering the new iPad to Nikon DSLRs
Mar 8, 2012

iPads are already popular as an accessory for previewing shots in the field or studio. The latest model, with its high-res screen is going to be even more attractive. I've never had one myself, and I'm curious to know if these devices can be used for tethered shooting, with control functions. I know that laptops can do this, with software like Nikon Control or Sofortbild. What I would really like to do is something like this:

  • Camera is set up on a tripod, communicating with an iPad via cable or wireless link.

  • Tap a button on the iPad screen, and camera goes into Live View mode. The camera's sensor image appears on the iPad screen.

  • Zoom in on a region of the image, tap on it to focus there.

  • Tap menus and buttons on the screen to set exposure and white balance params.

  • Tap other controls to set params of a bracketed sequence for HDR.

  • Tap a button to take the shots.

  • The images are downloaded to the iPad (or maybe only JPEG copies, if I'm shooting RAW), and I examine them on the high res screen.

Is there any product that works like this on an iPad?

The author of Sofortbild says that he can not just port his code from Mac OS X to iOS. He would need to build a hardware data interface for iOS devices, and he does not have the resources to do it.

http://www.sofortbildapp.com/blog/?p=146

But this could be a killer app for landscape shooters who want to tweak the absolute max image quality out of a D800. I could see myself in a scenic spot, with camera on a tripod, me sitting next to it, huddled under a drop cloth with an iPad. Maybe I would appear ridiculous to the nearby tourists and bears, but for carefully composed shooting it would be more comfortable than squinting at the tiny little display and the tiny little buttons on the camera.

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