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Triggertrap Mobile app available free until the end of the year

By dpreview staff on Nov 26, 2012 at 19:03 GMT

Triggertrap Mobile, the camera triggering app, is available for free between now and the New Year. The idea is to make it easier to give the mobile dongle (that costs $24.99) as a gift, without the recipient then having to buy the associated app. The app is available for both iOS and Android and allows a smartphone to perform as series of sophisticated camera triggering actions, when connected to the camera using the mobile dongle.

Press Release

Triggertrap Mobile App - Free for the Holidays!

Triggertrap announces special holiday offer making its innovative camera triggering app for iOS and Android devices free for the gift-giving season

LONDON – Nov. 26, 2012 – Triggertrap, developer of creative camera triggering solutions for photographers of all skill levels, announced today that its popular Triggertrap Mobile app for iOS and Android devices will be slashed from $4.99 instead making the app available for free. This Cyber Monday deal comes just in time for the holiday shopping season and will allow those who want to give the gift of Triggertrap to simply purchase the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle, ensuring the lucky recipient can enjoy full Triggertrap functionality at no additional cost.

Sure to spread holiday cheer to photographers everywhere, the newly free premium version of the Triggertrap Mobile app comes fully stocked with capabilities, including more than a dozen unique and creative triggering functions. The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle, which is used to tether the mobile device to a dSLR or advanced compact camera in order to experience these full capabilities, can be purchased for $24.99 and is compatible with over 280 cameras.

“Triggertrap Mobile is pretty much the perfect gift for anyone who is interested in photography,” said Haje Jan Kamps, Founder and CEO of Triggertrap. “It’s one of the few photography gifts that are affordable and a must-have tool in any photographer’s arsenal. Our number one goal is for people to easily enjoy and explore their creative photographic potential, and by making the Triggertrap Mobile app free, this has now become even more accessible.”

Triggertrap Mobile Functionality

Whether it’s long timelapses aimed at the stars in the hopes of capturing an image of a flying sleigh, or the wireless triggering functionality necessary to finally take that memorable shot of the entire family, Triggertrap Mobile truly has a photographer’s needs covered for the holiday and beyond.

Combining the capabilities of several expensive camera accessories into a single, cost-effective application, Triggertrap Mobile enables photographers to take their creative photography skills to the next level. It can be used on its own for more dynamic iPhone photography or, to experience its full capabilities, trigger happy photographers can employ the Triggertrap Mobile Dongle to tether their iOS device to a dSLR or advanced compact camera. In addition to its standard remote shutter release, Triggertrap Mobile offers more than a dozen unique and creative triggering functions for digital cameras, all of which can now be controlled wirelessly. Beyond its four wireless remote trigger styles, the creativity-expanding Triggertrap Mobile app includes:

  • Multiple Timelapse functions: Use Triggertrap as a basic intervalometer for timelapse capture, or get extra creative: Bulb Ramping Timelapse enables seamless sunrise/sunset timelapses, HDR timelapse lets you combine the power of HDR and timelapses, and finally, TimeWarp, a feature unique to Triggertrap, uses algorithms developed for animation to create more dynamic and natural-looking timelapses.
  • Sensor Controls: Leverages the smart device’s on-board sensors to release the shutter; Sound Sensor Mode uses the microphone to trigger at a set audio level, Seismic Mode fires based on vibrations, bumps or knocks, and Metal & Magnetism Sensor Mode can be used to fire the shutter in their presence
  • Facial recognition: Takes a photo once Triggertrap detects the programmed number of faces in the frame
  • Multiple HDR Capture Modes: Provides expanded control over bracketed exposures for Long Exposure HDR, or automates Long Exposure HDR Timelapse capture
  • DistanceLapse: Unique to Triggertrap, this mode relies on the smart device’s on-board GPS chip to fire the shutter over pre-determined distances
  • Motion detection mode: Triggers camera whenever motion is detected in the frame
  • Star trail mode: Allows external cameras to automatically take a series of long exposures in sequence to reduce noise
  • Wireless mode: Unique to Triggertrap, this new Wi-Fi triggering technology enables photographers to leverage the range and speed of a Wi-fi network to control the dynamic features of the Triggertrap Mobile app wirelessly

Triggertrap Mobile for iOS is localized for a series of languages, including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Swedish, Russian, and Simplified Chinese

Useful links:

Triggertrap Mobile introduction video:

Triggertrap Mobile for iOS: Click Here

Triggertrap Mobile for Android: Click Here


Total comments: 36
By drunkencoder (Dec 8, 2012)

Triggertrap mobile is awesome, you should consider submitting it for an award on The Best Mobile App Awards website - Seems to be a good mix of smaller developers and bigger companies. In the least, you'll get listed as an award nominee... anyway good job and good luck

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By wetsleet (Dec 2, 2012)

Can this app work its stuff on the mobile device's own camera - or will it only work via an external camera?

JeanJacques Bouhon
By JeanJacques Bouhon (Nov 30, 2012)

Hi everybody, Something strange appears when I launch "" (even when I use the links on this page). I get this message: '403 Forbidden', whatever browser I use! Could somebody explain me this problem? I would like to have some more informations about this system, but it's impossible to reach the original site... I surely can read some tests on the internet, but I wanted to go to the source.
I'm in France and using a Mac.
Best regards to all the users of this fantastic site.

JeanJacques Bouhon
By JeanJacques Bouhon (Nov 30, 2012)

It's working now.
I was using an ethernet connection in my office. I changed to a WiFi connection to another provider and it worked! That means that this site is considered "indesirable" by the provider used by the French cinema school I'm working in. I will advise our webmaster!
Best regards to all

Henry M. Hertz
By Henry M. Hertz (Nov 27, 2012)

what about a dust-trap app for nikon d600 user that count the dust particles on a sensor?

it could tell you when you reach enough particles for a free nikon sensor cleaning.....

By Operator (Nov 27, 2012)

Why does the iOS version support so much more features than the Android version?

Timelapse Mode
TimeWarp™ Mode
Sound sensor Mode
Shock & Vibration sensor Mode
Metal & magnetism sensor Mode
Facial recognition Mode
LE HDR Timelapse Mode
DistanceLapse™ Mode
Motion detection Mode
Cable Release Mode
Star trail Mode
Bulb Ramping Timelapse
Wi-Fi Slave Mode
Wi-Fi Master Mode (trigger other devices running Triggertrap Mobile
Sunset & Sunrise Calculator

Timelapse Mode
TimeWarp™ Mode
LE HDR Timelapse Mode
DistanceLapse™ Mode)
Cable Release mode
Star trail Mode
Bulb Ramping Timelapse
Wi-Fi Slave Mode
Wi-Fi Master Mode (trigger other devices running Triggertrap Mobile
Sunset & Sunrise Calculator

Will the Android Version always be crippled or will we become a update?


By epo001 (Nov 27, 2012)

Another paranoid fandroid! Yes, it is crippled, they deliberately removed features from the Android version because they hate you. Or maybe Andoid is a less capable system than iOS and Android simply simply can't provide some of the required capabilities.

By JWest (Nov 27, 2012)

Sigh. Another Apple fanboi. Must you and the Android guys constantly bicker like this?

Of course Android isn't a "less capable system". I'd imagine that development effort was concentrated on the iOS version because that's where the money is. Perhaps now the app is free anyway, they'll concentrate more effort on developing the version for the more widely used Android OS.

By chocobanana (Nov 27, 2012)

Wasn't the Android app released after the iOS version? Maybe they're still working to bring complete feature parity in the future.

By Photomonkey (Nov 27, 2012)

Possibly because despite the majority of smartphones being Android powered, data shows that users (maybe not you) utilize the smartphone features FAR less (60% vs. 20%) than iOS users. Not being snarky just noting the data that would move a developer to the more active platform. Us Apple users know all about being slighted ;).

By NeilJones (Nov 27, 2012)

Because most people have the iphone

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By Suave (Nov 28, 2012)

NeilJones, you are funny, I like you!

By brn (Nov 28, 2012)

Hoping JWest is correct. I don't see any iphone feature that the android shouldn't be able to handle just fine.

By Blaise06a (Nov 28, 2012)

It's a very small development team. They develop in their spare time, so react to customer needs. Let them know you need android features.

Preternatural Stuff
By Preternatural Stuff (Nov 29, 2012)

@Photomonkey - If you've never used an Android, it really shows you know. At least try to educate yourself regarding the fundamental differences.

Most users utilize a fraction of Android's functionality because it is far more powerful than any crippled iPhone.

3rd party app devs on iOS do not even get the same SDKs that Apple employee devs get - only second rate SDKs that Apple deigns fit for them. No access to iCrap hardware.

All Android devs get the same SDKs as Google's own employees. If you are good, you can really develop anything Google can. No restrictions on apps listings (unless illegal or harmful). Apple removes apps that compete with Apple's own!

Google encourages rooting! After root, you can install any apps on Google Play. After you jail break your iCrap, you are a miscreant not fit for Apple & must go elsewhere (like Cydia) to find jailbreak apps.

iOS apps are technically never as capable as Android apps. Any diff is due to dev's resource allocation or greed.

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By barnesmr1 (Dec 1, 2012)

This is actually a rather simple question to answer.
Apple's iOS - only a handful of devices run this software, which makes it very easy to program for the hardware.

Android - runs on hundreds of devices, it's not as easy to program for this variety of hardware. Especially when you're dealing with bluetooth and wifi like this app.

Think about the Netflix app that only worked for one or two android phones the first time it came out. Remember that?

The key missing function for me would be facial recognition.
@SharQ, any plans here?

Artak Hambarian
By Artak Hambarian (Nov 26, 2012)

The app is not compatible with my Samsung Galaxy Tab...

By dav1dz (Nov 27, 2012)

What version of Android?

This is the problem with Android segmentation. Just because something is made for Android doesn't mean every device can run it.

By Cane (Nov 26, 2012)

So if you are outside and don't have wifi, you are stuck using the cable only, like it's 1980?

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Nov 26, 2012)

Many smartphones can act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, so you could use that to avoid the recreation of your strange version of the 1980's in which we all had pocketable devices capable of programmable timelapse, gps and face recognition.

Worth checking that your mobile network doesn't charge a horrendous fee for use as a hotspot, of course.

By jkrumm (Nov 27, 2012)

Oh, I guess I didn't read the fine print. I just assumed it worked off bluetooth when wifi wasn't available.

Many phones can indeed act as hotspots, though that's another fee.

By otterman (Nov 27, 2012)

There is bluetooth functionality (if you have an additional BT receiver dongle), but according to their site they chose to focus on WiFi yet left the BT in. I just got my TT dongle a few days ago, but haven't had much luck with the BT and an old i-Cip BT dongle (which does support A2DP).

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By PhotoKhan (Nov 27, 2012)

RButler, things are not that simple, because of how the software must accommodate the remote portable device being the connecting item or the host item in a Wi-fi network.

Check out Mophotos photo transfer implementation vs. the Eye-Fi's app when using a Eye-fi card, for instance: While the MoPhotos solution is based in the hot-spot functionality of most devices, the Eye-Fi app requires the card to be reconfigured in a PC to, precisely, allow the "embedded" Wi-Fi modem to be converted from "peer" to "hot spot host" mode, before Eye-Fi's "Direct Mode" can be used.

I wish Triggertrap was more clear in their site on the OTA capabilities of their Android solution. There's no clear explanation of the functionalities, with visitors being re-directed to the Owner's Manual only to find out there is none for the Android version.


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By PhotoKhan (Nov 27, 2012)


Is the dongle Wi-Fi enabled?
Does it "co-connects in" to a common Wi-Fi network for the OTA functionalities?
What are the OTA functionalities?
What happens when an Wi-Fi network is not available?
Can the portable device hot-spot capabilities be used?...If so, how?
A mention is made to Bluetooth...Is it the primary wireless connection...?... Is it the secondary?...Is the changeover automatic when the Wi-Fi connection drops?

...Because, if it is mainly a fancy, multi-function cable release I already have an Android one. One that, although with less release functionalities, lets me control all functions in my 1DMKIV including the ever-so-important "live view" one.

It's an app called "DSLR Controller".

(It cost me 7,99 and uses the built-in USB OTG capabilities in my Galaxy 7.7, with a standard cable)

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By bigfatron (Nov 27, 2012)

I'm in agreement. I look at this Triggertrap versus DSLR Controller and think for the most part 'big deal'. The hardware also seems rather expensive for what it is.

Otherwise the only real selling point for Triggertrap is its fairly universal, whereas stuff like DSLR Controller is written for specific models of a specific manufacturer.

By dav1dz (Nov 27, 2012)

I do like how it supports many more camera models. Making it sort of an ubiquitous experience.

It's like how some people choose to use Lightroom fearing down the road they won't have a Mac anymore, thus no more Aperture.

By fuego6 (Nov 26, 2012)

Agree... like slingbox charging $29.99 (now a bit less) for their app after you pay for the hardware... stupid move guys -

Michael Pardee
By Michael Pardee (Nov 26, 2012)

it seems like the app should always be free - they can charge whatever they want for the hardware.

By Sparksnl (Nov 26, 2012)

Since the high brightness level was blinding me after starting it up for the first time (and all other tries, ios version) I uninstalled it after 1 minute. I can't work with an app that maximizes the brightness. After lowering the brightness it went up again when I entered the app. I was completly blinded.

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By SharQ (Nov 26, 2012)

Disclaimer: I work for Triggertrap

Hey SparkSNL - this is a known bug, the fix is awaiting Apple approval, and should be out there this week.

By Leichhardt (Nov 26, 2012)

First world problems.

Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Nov 27, 2012)


I think you better talk to your management to make this a 'FREE' app instead of a fee app. Ridiculous pricing for an app that doesn't work with the required hardware anyway!

You guys are discouraging buying the hardware if you still need to pay for the app to go with it.

By dav1dz (Nov 27, 2012)

Isn't this article about how it has become a free app? What's the problem?

By pwmoree (Nov 26, 2012)

Good stuff but it does not work on the Sony NEX system unfortunately for me.

By SharQ (Nov 26, 2012)

Disclaimer: I work for Triggertrap

Unfortunately, Sony decided not to put a wired release cable on their NEX cameras. Which is a cursed shame, because otherwise, the cameras are mighty fine in my opinion!

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jerry  eisner
By jerry eisner (Nov 27, 2012)

can this app help with creating a wireless print set up at a party. or is it strictly for triggering cameras. somehow i wish it would help with allowing the camera to communicate with the printer in a wireless mode. je

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