The DSLR Just Became a Whole Lot Smarter

Anyone who uses a DSLR for photography knows that the quality of images and flexibility of photography is not remotely close to what even the most expensive smartphones can offer. And yet, most will accept, albeit begrudgingly, that the convenience of the smartphone camera is its strength. The closest a smartphone has come to a camera is Lenovo’s Vibe Z2 Pro, a phone that allowed manual settings of the phone’s lens without having to use presets. And while the results were good, they didn’t beat the almighty DSLR. But what if we could find the freedom and quality of a DSLR and the convenience of the smartphone?

A new innovation in the field of photography enables you to do just that. Pulse, is a project on Kickstarter, that promises to make your camera smart by simply plugging in a dongle – much like the way Chromecast made TVs smarter with just a dongle. Just plug it into your camera’s USB port and sync it with your Android or iOS enabled smartphone. The Pulse is Bluetooth enabled and works via an app on your phone. Anywhere within a hundred feet, you can access the camera.

This app is extremely useful for those who want to click professional photographs, especially of cityscapes and landscapes – which are almost always long exposure shots which require you to leave the camera absolutely still on a tripod. The app enables you to alter shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and other settings using your smartphone without touching the camera. This becomes even more useful when the camera is left at a unique angle, like on the ledge of the 100th floor, angled downward, in -10⁰C weather. You can control it, sitting inside a warm room, and not have to crouch on said ledge and perform stunts to get that perfect shot. It’s also a friend for the videographer, enabling the recording of time-lapse videos. Finally, it allows the user to see the thumbnail preview on the smartphone – and with most new-age smartphones offering HD to 4K displays, it definitely beats the preview on your DSLR’s little display screen, even if there’s no live view. Plus, the app can not only trigger remotely, but also control multiple cameras. It is compatible with a range of more than 60 Cannon and Nikon cameras. It also displays the image’s histogram data on the phone.  Currently, it costs you a pledge of $75 (or around ₹5000) on Kickstarter to be one of the first people to own the device. When it’s launched, in April 2016, the retail price is going to be $100.

Country of Origin: United States of America

Year: 2015


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