MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger Review (Part One)
MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger Review
Part One: Overview and Lightning Trigger
The unit size is approximately the same as a standard pack of playing cards both in width and height and weighs about the same too. There is a hot/cold shoe mount for placing the MIOPS on a camera or tripod and there is also a standard screw thread for putting the unit on a light stand or small tripod if You want to.
What's new? Simple answer: Lots.
Apart from the facility to update the software and the rechargeable battery, the unit now boasts connectivity to smartphones. Android and iOS apps are available in their respective stores. The connection is based on Bluetooth technology and each unit has its own individual identifier so you can shoot with buddies at the same time and not interfere with each others connection.
So, how do they all work?
First of all you need the app, (assuming you have also charged your battery), I have an android phone and a search for MIOPS in the Google Play store took me straight there. Once you have downloaded the app, you need to marry your two devices together. Turn on the MIOPS and start your app. The app will ask for permission to turn on your Bluetooth and then once that is done it will locate your MIOPS. Mine was a very simple exercise to pair them up and make the MIOPS a trusted device so as to ensure this is just a one time process. One minor niggle of the app was that the symbols did not appear on my phone, not a deal breaker and I'm sure it will be remedied soon.
OK, so you have your app, your phone and your good to go. As much as I would have loved to play with the MIOPS all day, I do have time restraints :-) so today I will just be playing with the Lightning function, the trouble being of course that where I live in the south east of England, lightning is not that common, especially less so on demand!
A check around the house for a suitable lightning substitute revealed a box of matches and an idea formed. I have a small shed/studio and set my Olympus OM-D E-M1 on the tripod with a macro lens attached, I also had a Yongnuo flash on board as it was a bit dark . I placed the MIOPS off to the side and clamped the matchbox securely so I could just concentrate on the 'strike'. And then began the magic. I opened the app and made sure the devices were talking to each other, I then began experimenting.
The app performed flawlessly and was very simple. Just run your finger around your screen either clockwise or anti-clockwise to set the sensitivity of the MIOPS unit. The action was smooth and it was easy to select the sensitivity value in single increments even though it goes from 1% to 99%. When your are ready, press start on the phone, the MIOPS blinks and the settings are uploaded. If you have got it wrong and the camera keeps triggering, press stop and lower the value. Simples! After a bit of trial and error I was able to get consistent results of matches bursting in to flame. Adjust the settings a little and get a bigger flame as the unit needs more light, keep the settings low and a tiny flame from the match head is recognised as a change in ambient light and the camera is triggered.
These are a few of the photographs I took. When I do get some lightning around here, I will definitely be attaching the trigger to my camera.
Initial impressions of the MIOPS are very favourable indeed and I can see this being an ever present in my kit bag.Next up, I will be putting the sound trigger to the test.
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