Finally! How to tether DSLR cameras to Ipad completely WIRELESSLY

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bluesdeluxe, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. bluesdeluxe macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    I know a lot of people have wanted to tether their cameras to their ipads wirelessly but have been held back before by camera usb cords or having to have wireless routers. Well this video and article describe exactly how to send full res images from any DSLR to your ipad without a single cable....and you apparently can run around NYC shooting without and trouble.

    Here is the full article:

    and of course the video at vimeo:
  2. vastoholic macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2009
    Tulsa, OK
    Awesome! That is much appreciated. I'll have to spring for one of those pro cards sometime in the future.
  3. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2008
    Dallas, Texas/ Hong Kong
    That is very cool, does the CF adapter work consistently with the EyeFi sd cards? I've heard some people having trouble with them. If this set up ever works for DSLRemote consistently, I will definitely be getting an EyeFi and jailbreak my iPad.

    Thanks for sharing!
  4. BrettJDeriso macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Yes and no

    Depends on the camera and the image format/size. EyeFi mentioned some camera bodies create too much interference. I didn't notice a problem keeping their top-of-the-line card connected to my Airport Extreme router, and I was running it very reliably via a CF adapter, burried deep in the guts of my Nikon D300.

    But transfer is where the wheels fall completely off. It took over ten minutes to move a single 14MB RAW file, and I was ten feet from the router at the time. Unacceptable.

    If you're just shooting JPEGs, and your file sizes are under 2MB, it seems to work okay, but for RAW shooters, it's more sizzle than steak.
  5. Blacklabel34 macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2009
    Orange County
  6. Reddmanz macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2010
    This would be one of the biggest uses for me with an iPad, shame its gotta be jailbroken to get this :(
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Too slow for anything practical, especially if shooting 25 MB+ RAW files.
  8. LAnMarc, Apr 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

    LAnMarc macrumors member


    May 11, 2010
    Adelaide South Australia
    This isn't wireless, but it is convenient and quick.
    I use the following with a Canon 10D and a 20D:

    iPad camera connection kit (SD card reader)
    PhotoFast CR-7000 SD-SDHC to CF Type II Adapter
    Sandisk Ultra 4GB SDHC card

    Total cost was about AU$80.00
    I haven't acurately timed the transfer speed but I think it was about 350MB in a minute or so.
  9. MotherFinMike macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    San Diego California
    The eyefi x2 cards have a direct mode, so theres no need to jailbreak it this method since I have 2 c/f slots on my d3, I have slot one saving in raw an the 2nd slot transferring small jpgs to my iPad
  10. xraytech, Apr 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

    xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Old news but still cool.
  11. mgs315 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2011
    Damn it. That's another £100 I've had to drop.

    As an amateur I'm happy with lower res jpeg and high transfer speeds. This is perfect.
  12. geko29 macrumors 6502

    Nov 10, 2008
    How is this better than EyeFi Direct Mode, which requires no additional spend beyond the card itself, and doesn't require a jailbroken ipad?

    I won't have my EyeFi card until tomorrow, but according to the documentation, you just set up the pairing using their software, launch the (free) app on your ipad, and shoot away. Pictures are transferred to the iPad automatically.
  13. mgs315 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2011
    This video was posted before Direct Mode existed. A jailbreak was required to form a local ad hoc hotspot on the iPad as the EyeFi wasn't capable of doing it itself. Of course, that has now changed, meaning no jailbreak is required. Also saves ya $20 or so for not needing that MyWi thingy whatever it was called.

    This is what makes it perfect IMO. Roll on a decent enough Photoshop on the iPad and I'll never touch my PC again. Well, apart from 3D modelling.
  14. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2005
    I was put off when the article said it needed a jailbreak. But this is good, just needing an EyeFi and a free app!
  15. AceCoolie macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    What kind of range do you get to the iPad? I've got a D3 and even with the metal covers of the CF adapter removed, the signal from the X2 card is so weak that I have to wear a wireless router around my neck or the transfers stop the second I put my hand on the camera and cover the card.

    I can't image direct mode works more than a couple of feet.
  16. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    I haven't tried it with my iPad yet but I get at least 5 feet with my notebook, likely more.
  17. steadysignal macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2010
    thanks for the share on this. i have a relative that wants something just like it.
  18. xraytech, Apr 29, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2011

    xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Finally got it working on my Nikon D3100. Depending on how long you idle between shoots the transfer times will vary dramatically. I think it's a power saving feature built into the Eye-Fi card and to a certain extent the camera it is used in.

    These were the fastest time at 3 resolutions

    3.5MP = 7.1sec

    8.0MP = 11sec

    14.1MP = 16sec

    I tried using it in my Nikon S8100 which does not support Eye-Fi and as expected the connection kept dropping out but I did manage to transfer a few images. I suspected that I can get more consistent results if I turned off the sleep function on the camera and so it did. As with my previous test, transfer times varied but in this case the times were a lot closer.

    These were the fastes times at 4 resolutions

    3.0MP = 9.0sec

    5.0MP = 9.4sec

    8.0MP = 9.6sec

    12.0MP = 10.5sec

    Both tests were done on a NON-Jailbroken iPad2 running on iOS 4.3.2 and the distance between the card and iPad was about 11-12". Not very practical I know but I wanted to test under best case scenario conditions.
  19. DaveP macrumors 6502


    Mar 18, 2005
    I know this thread is old, but found this product that offers true wireless tethering: control over the camera, not just image download. It has some neat stuff like live view and touch focusing. There is a demo video posted on YouTube.

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