If you're interested in expanding your photographic body of work into high-speed photography you should have a closer look at the MIOPS camera trigger device. The team behind MIOPS is currently running a campaign on Kickstarter to collect the funds required for mass production but the funding goal has already been exceeded multiple times, meaning the MIOPS is all but guaranteed to become reality. The campaign is only running three more days, but if you are quick you can still secure a MIOPS Basic for US$189. The Ultimate version which offers smartphone control is forty dollars more.

The MIOPs device connects to your camera's hotshoe and uses built-in light, sound and laser sensors to trigger both shutter and flash via a cable or infrared connection. Additional sensors, such as motion, distance, temperature or pressure, can be added externally.

Image taken using the MIOPS sound sensor
Image: MIOPS

In Lightning mode MIOPS detects lightning and triggers the camera to capture it. In laser mode a picture is taken when a laser beam is broken which is a useful feature for wildlife photography. The picture above of a bullet hitting a fruit was captured with the help of the sound sensor. There is also an intervalometer to create time-lapse movies and the different functions can be combined, allowing for a multitude of use cases. For example, you can set the device to start capturing a time-lapse after the sun goes down or activate sound mode after the laser beam has been broken.

The device is controlled via the built-in LCD screen or using a smartphone app (Ultimate version only). The battery is charged via a USB connection which is also used for firmware updates. The MIOPS is not the first camera trigger on the market, there is for example some overlap with the cheaper Triggertrap device, but certainly looks like an interesting option. You can watch the video below or visit the project's Kickstarter page for additional information and a list of compatible cameras.

Source: Kickstarter