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iUSBportCamera (Cameramator Reborn)

iUSBport Camera

iUSBport Camera

CameraMator Update

Following the original app being pulled for this device by Woodblue, Sanho have now taken over development of the software required

to run it.

A firmware update and the new apps for IOS can be found on the HyperShop webpage.

Sanho have released a web app for the device and also a Mac OSX script.

Windows and Android support is to follow late this week.

Sanho Corp Launches iUSBportCAMERA

Wireless Tether For Canon/Nikon DSLRs To iPad, iPhone, Android devices
Turn Mobile Devices Into DSLR Remote Control And High Resolution Viewer

Monday, March 11, 2013 LAS VEGAS, NV – Sanho Corporation (WPPI 2013 Booth #1675), creator of the award-winning HYPER line of mobile and photo accessories, today announced the introduction of the latest member of the iUSBport family: iUSBportCAMERA, the innovative new wireless DSLR Remote Control and Live Viewfinder for iPad, iPhone and Android devices.

iUSBportCAMERA turns mobile devices into both an advanced wireless remote control with access to advanced features of DSLR cameras, and a wireless high-resolution photo viewer to share and review photos beyond the camera’s viewfinder, allowing for increased mobility, productivity and accessibility. Photographers have the added option of sharing photos with clients or other viewers instantly and can better execute challenging shots where the camera must be placed in difficult to reach positions.

“iUSBportCAMERA gives photographers increased capabilities, by enabling instant photo transfers wirelessly, increased mobility with remote camera control through mobile devices and added collaboration with off-site viewers and more,” said Daniel Chin, CEO of Sanho Corp.

Based on the same technology used in the rest of HYPER’s iUSBport line (iUSBport, iUSBportMINI, iUSBportHD), iUSBportCAMERA connects a camera’s USB port to any WiFi enabled mobile devices, including iOS and Android, as well as Mac and Windows devices. By mounting iUSBportCAMERA directly on a DSLR camera’s hot shoe, any accessory cold shoe mount or standard tripod and connecting to a camera’s USB port, photos taken become instantly available on a personal device for easier review, or on a remote device, allowing for collaboration and input from off-site viewers.

In addition to cameras, iUSBportCAMERA, like the rest of the iUSBport line, can also connect to any USB mass storage device like USB flash and hard drive to wirelessly stream media to any mobile device. Stream 1080p HD movies, music, photos and transfer files between mobile and USB devices.

A free companion iUSBport app is available on the Apple App Store. Android, Mac and PC software can be downloaded from our website at http://www.hypershop.com

Key Features


Live Viewfinder

  •    Live, large, enhanced viewfinder through your mobile device
  •    Photos shot are instantly and wirelessly sent to nearby mobile devices (e.g. iPad)
  •    Allow client and photographer to make informed corrections on the spot to get the right shot.

 

Remote Control

  •    Control your camera from afar
  •    Wirelessly control all camera settings (ISO, aperture, shutter, white balance, etc.) directly from your mobile
    device
  •    See live viewfinder feed from the camera on your mobile device as you remotely trigger camera to take
    your picture.
  •   Tap anywhere on the live view screen to refocus camera to that point

 

Video Recording

  •    Shoot photos and videos remotely with Live View
  •    Remotely start and stop video recording
  •    View actual live video feed during recording
  •    Tap anywhere on screen to refocus video
  •    Ability to stream or transfer recorded video to mobile device

 

USB Media Streamer

  •    Also connects to any USB flash/hard drive to wirelessly stream media
  •    Stream 1080p HD movies, music, photos, files from USB to mobile devices
  •    Transfer files between mobile devices and USB

 

Hardware Specs
USB Port: USB 2.0 480 Mbps with 5W Power
Wireless: 802.1 1b/g/n (Access Point and Infrastructure Mode)
Battery: 3300mAh Li-Polymer
Transfer Speed: 3MB/sec
Server: HTTP/FTP/Samba/DLNA/WebDAV
File System:  FAT32/exFAT/NTFS/HFS+

Pricing and Availability
iUSBportCAMERA is available immediately online at http://www.hypershop.com at the starting MSRP of $299.95. For additional information, please visit us online.

About Sanho Corporation
Sanho Corporation designs, manufactures and markets IT accessories with a focus on Apple accessories, portable power and storage.  Sanho is committed to developing cutting edge products with a dedicated focus on performance, quality, value and service, with a sales and marketing office in the U.S. in Silicon Valley, California, a production facility near Shanghai, China, and R&D teams in both countries.

Company Contact
Daniel Chin
daniel@sanho.com

Media Contact
Robert Barsanti
408.710.7961
robert@sanho.com

 

Information take from  http://www.hyperblog.com

Update

Anyone with a CameraMator that still has the original firmware can now purchase the App for £17.99 from the App store. Very generous is it not? considering it was £20.99 two days ago.

Shouldn’t a supporting App be a free download. ?

The plot it seems thickens  this unit is destined for the bin…..

The CamRanger seems to be easily winning this battle for wireless tethering, oh and the supporting App to make it useable is a free download, it is a very polished piece of software that works as advertised.

CameraMator Sanho Sues Woodblue

CameraMator Problems

Seems that this KickStarter project has more problems than just no live-veiw or Android app.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanho Sues Former Software Developer Partner Wooblue And Wooblue’s CEO Usman Rashid For Unlawful Removal Of CameraMator App From Apple AppStore And For Fraud And Breach Of Contract

FREMONT, CALIFORNIA (February 20, 2013) – Sanho Corporation (“Sanho”) – a leading designer and developer of electronics and electronics accessories – sued Wooblue, Inc. (“Wooblue”) and Wooblue’s CEO, Usman Rashid, for fraud, breach of contract, unfair business practices and other claims in a complaint filed today in Alameda County Superior Court.

“Sanho had no choice but to protect itself and Sanho’s customers after Wooblue and Rashid deliberately and wrongfully disabled the thousands of CameraMator products already in the hands of Sanho’s distributors and customers,” said Sanho President, Daniel Chin. No trial date has yet been set for Sanho’s complaint.

Wooblue and Rashid breached the parties’ development agreement for the CameraMator product and application, which is used with Sanho’s revolutionary Compact Universal Wireless Adapter, (“CUWA”). Sanho’s patent-pending CUWA technology allows a device with a universal serial bus (USB) port (such as a computer, camera, or music player) to communicate wirelessly with other devices, such as a mobile phone or tablet computer. Sanho’s claims arose after Wooblue and Rashid unlawfully removed the CameraMator application from the Apple AppStore and other similar markets. Sanho’s complaint alleges that Wooblue and Rashid took that action knowing that it would harm Sanho’s relationships with its customers and distributors.

After Sanho announced its CUWA technology and made application kits available for developers, Rashid approached Sanho and sought to partner on the development and sale of the CameraMator product and application. According to Sanho’s complaint, after sales of the CameraMator took off following its debut at the most recent CES and Macworld trade shows, Wooblue and Rashid tried to extort more favorable business terms from Sanho by holding Sanho’s customers hostage and taking down the CameraMator application rendering any unsold CameraMator products unusable. Further, by taking down the application, any owners of CameraMator products who did not download the application prior to Wooblue and Rashid removing the application from the AppStore will not be able to use the CameraMator product that they purchased.

Details of the Sanho vs Wooblue/Usman Rashid lawsuit can be found at:

http://www.hyperblog.com/2013/02/sanho-sues-wooblue-for-pulling-of-cameramator-app/

Update

Sanho have now taken over the software side of the Cameramator and renamed it to

iUSBportCAMERA

all the details can be found HERE a new App and Web App have been released. Support for Mac OSX and an Android App are being released next week.

Good news for anyone who has an early version of this unit.

A firmware update has been released and the software now includes Live-Veiw.

Theatre of Fashion Ebay Seller My Experience

How Ebay Seller Theatre Of Fashion Let Me Down

Popart

Popart

 

This post is very of topic, but I am putting it here because it is related to my photography. I was planning a shoot this weekend and

needed a long riding coat for the model. I had searched and could not find the item I needed locally. I then resorted to the internet.

I found a seller on Ebay who seemed to have the very thing I needed.

After exchanging a couple of emails with seller I went on to purchase this Item for £245.00.

The said item arrived on the second day after ordering. I opened the box and lifted out the coat and a button fell off, not too bad, needle and cotton black thread and it would be sorted.

Before I reached for my needle and thread I had a good look at the coat, the quality did not seem as advertised, the belt at the back sagged and the faux pocket covers did not sit well either.

Now if I had paid half that price for this item I would have been disappointed, but at £245.00 I was even more so.

I contacted the seller who promised to refund the money immediately on receipt of the item’s return, so I sent it back Special Delivery next day signed for and tracked.

I had told the seller that I needed the money back A.S.A.P as I would need to source a coat elsewhere and would need that money to do so.Here is the content of the last message I received from them

The spelling and grammar do not belong to me, this is a copy and paste.

hello john
thank you for your message ~ and how sad that you are disappointed. i have sold a number of these exact laura ashley vintage coats at this price and they’ve been really loved by my buyers, so i’m sorry that you are not happy. and our apologies for the button being in the box ~ everything is so carefully checked before shipping, and it was certainly not loose prior to packing ~ i guess it must have come loose in transit somehow. anyway, you are more than welcome to return ~ but please do make sure that the loose button is enclosed also. please return within 7 days completely unworn etc ~ and on receipt i will refund you. when the item arrives with us, i will message you so you know it has arrived. i hope that this resolves the matter for you ~ and that you might visit us again sometime despite things not working out on this occasion

 

The item was signed for at around 9-30-10-00 Am . I have as yet not received any refund or a reply to my last contact with them.

I have now opened a PayPal dispute and have yet to hear back from the seller.

It seems that a simple thing like issuing a refund is beyond their capabilities.

I am hoping that as many people as possible read this post and it puts at least one person off buying from them.

Update

I have had my money returned from this seller, although not when he first promised to refund it. Also I don’t personally think that it is a favour, having your money returned from a seller

when the item is not correct. I see it as  more of a rule when distance selling is involved. I did though involve Paypal and esculate my dispute to a claim.

Jessops Brand May Be Saved

Peter Jones To Buy Jessops’ Brand

Peter Jones of Dragons Den fame may buy the Jessops Brand. The technology entrepreneur, who owns internet specialist Phones International, has been in discussions over the terms of an impending deal and an announcement could be made as early as tomorrow.
Price Waterhouse Coopers took the unusual step of immediately closing all of Jessops’ 187 stores causing the loss of up to 2,000 jobs. It seems that Peter Jones is mainly interested in the brand, but may possibly buy some of the stores also.

Lets hope we can see the Jessop’s name back on the High Street..

More Information can be found here

More Snow

More Snow

More snow fell overnight yet again causing chaos on the roads, but as always it offers a good opportunity for a Photograph.

A-walk-In-The-Park (book Cover Images)

A-walk-In-The-Park

Stock Image

The snow offers a good setting for taking images while out and about, so long

as you get in before it turns to slush and goes an awful colour of brown.

This image was taken in North Yorkshire.

If venturing out in the snow remember to take

all the usual precautions.

Warm clothing and always carry a flask of hot coffee in the car.

The Snow Keeps Coming

The Snow Keeps Coming

Here in Yorkshire we are getting a lot of snow. The bulk of it fell overnight.

Schools closed buses not running, seems lessons are never learned.

It always seems to catch everybody out even when they have been forewarned well in advance.

Snow Queen and bird

Snow Queen

It seems the forecast now is for milder weather later in the week, leading to rain, hope flooding is

not the next big problem yet again.!!!!

As for now it is still -1c and still snowing..

So for now the snow keeps coming.

Morning Walk

 Morning Walk

an image of a woman walking on lonely rural road

Early Morning Walk

This image of a woman taking an early morning walk or is it at dusk?, on a rural road is a stock image

of mine which can be licensed through RedEdge Images.

This is one of many images I have now taken with my Nikon D800E. I am really getting to like this camera.

The images it is capable of producing are  excellent  in both sharpness and colour.

The light in this particular image was faithfully reproduced in camera, creating the almost painting like look of the old masters style.

The shine on the road was also faithfully reproduced

The frost on the lean to roof and the smoke coming from the country cottage chimney are exactly as they looked when I pressed the shutter.

This particular day I had accidentally left the settings in the camera at  jpg fine, which I normally never do as I like to edit my images from raw files.

The white balance was in auto, also something I usually never do, I prefer a manual white balance.

I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

Maybe the jpg settings should be used more often !!

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2013

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2013

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

Visit the Website

The Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2013 opens it’s doors for entries soon.

Start taking your wildlife entries for this competition.

Not much time to enter from opening to close dates.

The  competition opens for entries from 7 January to 25 February 2013.

From 7 January to 25 February 2013 amateur and professional photographers alike are able to submit images for 18 categories, with three categories specifically for those aged 17 and under. Last year, the competition received a record 48,000 entries from photographers across 98 countries.

all of whom were wanting to win one of two coveted grand titles, also a share of the £30,000 prize, critical acclaim in the international media and the opportunity for their image to be viewed by millions in an exhibition that debuts at London’s Natural History Museum before touring around the world.

 

About the competition

 

Wildlife Photographer of the Year harnesses the power of photography to promote the discovery, understanding, and responsible enjoyment of the natural world.

Now in its 49th year, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.

Being shortlisted in this competition is something to which photographers across the world aspire. Every year emerging talents compete with established names for a chance to be hailed Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Reasons to enter

  • Compete for one of 2 coveted grand winner titles, plus a share of the £30,000 prize fund.
  • Win a trip to London to attend the exclusive awards night at the Natural History Museum.
  • Be showcased in the world-renowned exhibition and delight millions in venues across 6 continents.
  • Revel in the critical acclaim of the global media spotlight.
  • Be published in a limited-edition hardcover portfolio book

This Years Jury

Ingo Arndt, wildlife photographer (Germany)
Sophie Boulet-Gercourt, executive, Biosphoto (France)
Luciano Candisani, wildlife photojournalist (Brazil)
Tui De Roy, naturalist, wildlife photographer (New Zealand)
Richard Eccleston, Art Editor, BBC Wildlife magazine (UK)
Ruth Eichhorn, Director of Photography, GEO magazine (Germany)
Lisa Lytton, Director, Paraculture Books, Director of Digital Editions, National Geographic Magazine (US)
Koji Nakamura, underwater photographer, President, Japan Underwater Films (Japan)
Elio Lello Piazza, natural history picture editor (Italy)
Anna Sever, director, picture editor, ASA Agency (Spain)
Igor Shpilenok, wildlife photographer (Russia)
Hans Strand, landscape photographer (Sweden)
Jan Vermeer, wildlife photographer (The Netherlands)
Steve Winter, wildlife photojournalist and Director of Media, Panthera (US)Find out more about the 2013 jury

 

Calling all photographers!
The 2013 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is now open for entries.Enter online at www.wildlifephotographeroftheyear.com and take part in one of the world’s most prestigious photography events.

Compete for the coveted titles of Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year and:

• receive a share of the £30,000 prize pot, including £10,000 for the adult overall winner.
• win a trip to London to attend the exclusive awards night at the Natural History Museum.
• revel in the critical acclaim of the global media spotlight.
• be showcased in the Museum’s world renowned exhibition, tour and portfolio book.

Don’t leave it until the last minute – find out how to take part

Closing date: 25 February 2013 

Capture One Pro 7.01 Released

Capture One Pro 7.01 released
The new Capture One Pro 7.01 fixes a number of bugs and stability issues, reduces memory usage and adds support for several new cameras and lenses.

Download the new release

Sony Cyber-shot RX1

Sony RX1

Sony RX1

Sony Cyber-shot RX1

Features

  • Shoots like a DSLR – Get pro-quality pictures with a Full Frame 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor that takes high quality 24.3 megapixel photos
  • A sharper window to the world – With a F2.0 aperture, the bright Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens reduces lens flare and ghost images
  • Power behind your photos – A powerful BIONZ processor ensures clear, detailed, low-noise images and quick, responsive shooting
  • Find the right setting fast – A DSLR style control wheel lets you easily access common shooting modes, or your own custom settings
  • Make the picture your own – With different picture modes you can give your photos a poster effect, soft focus, a miniature look and more
  • A clearer view at speed – A high-speed burst of five frames creates a single low-noise image to minimise blur
  • Movies at the touch of a button – Shoot high quality AVHCD video with every frame at Full HD 1080resolution. Choose cinematic 24p, for clips with a movie look
  • Make a HD connection – Send a HD signal to your TV, laptop or other HDMI® enabled device for High Definition viewing
  • Low light? No problem – Lens and sensor work together in the RX1 to deliver a particularly high ISO level – right up to ISO 102400 in Multi Frame NR mode, for crisper images in low light
  • Six becomes one – For when light is low, Multi Frame NR (noise reduction) mode creates a single bright photo from six images shot continuously
  • A clean, pure digital image – The RX1 ensures a clean, signal in two stages – once at the analogue signal stage and again at the digital conversion stage
  • Ready for your close-up? – Macro mode shortens the minimum focus distance to 20cm and sets the magnification ratio to 0.26 for close-up photography
  • Check settings at a glance – Activate Quick Navi, to see and change settings instantly without having to scroll through menus
  • Your favourite settings remembered – With memory recall mode, you can remember up to three groups of settings – ready at the push of a button when you need them
  • Line up your shots – Looking for the perfect composition? See grid lines on the LCD screen in diagonal and square patterns to check roll and pitch
  • Add your own extras – With a multi interface shoe you can add an external flash, viewfinder, thumb grip, or extra LCD monitor
  • See every shade and tone – Experience the full range of tonal gradations with the Intelligent Auto HDR (high dynamic range) setting
  • Get an even wider view – Sweep Panorama stitches together a burst of images to create extra-wide panoramic landscapes, city scenes and more
  • A flash of inspiration – A built-in flash pops up when you need it, with four different modes for every occasion
  • Get in focus – With single shot as well as direct and full manual focus, you can lock-on to your subject fast

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1 Digital Camera is the world’s first digital compact camera to have a 35mm full-frame sensor in a form factor that can sit in the palm of your hand. This pocket-sized camera is equipped with a 24.3 MP Exmor CMOS sensor, a BIONZ image processor and a newly developed Carl Zeiss 35mm f2.0 prime lens. Together, the above technologies should ensure that images and full HD movies are sharp and colourful even in low light.

The Sony RX1 is a highly advanced compact with full manual controls, an ISO range from ISO 100-102400, a built-in flash, a minimum focusing distance of 20cm, high speed shooting at up to 5fps and full HD 24p/60i/60p video with manual control and audio input. Smaller and lighter than any full-frame DSLR currently on the market, the Sony RX1 offers exceptional image quality and performance,which compares to that usually found in a high-end digital SLR.

UK pricing seems to be around the £2,500 mark so not a purchase to be taken lightly, but it is going to have a lot of appeal to street shooters and many professional’s that want a smaller form factor high megapixel camera for ease of use,when not wishing to carry a heavy DSLR around. Time to start saving up again !!!

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