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The killer feature for 6D is...
« on: September 17, 2012, 12:50:40 PM »
Has anyone spied this little pearl?

As it appears:

1) Proof your shots on your phone without syncing, card readers, laptop boot, etc. -- seems Apple PhotoStream-like.  Solid feature.
2) Use it as a basic remote shutter release.  Nice, I guess.
3) Use your phone for Live View when the camera is in a tough position, direct sunlight, etc.  I'm sure they nerfed the true functionality of LV, but I am stunned that Canon, the slow moving technology juggernaut,  is trying it at all.  This is a leadership / first-ever move, isn't it?  (I've seen hacks of this, but never a first party offering.)

As a 5D3 owner, I am now somewhat (remotely) jealous.  Not of the IQ or horsepower of the 6D, but of this very useful looking functionality.  I do not see any commentary that coupling the 5D3 with a wifi transmitter will work with this app.  Sadness.

All of this could be toxic for battery life (of your camera and phone), so it's not necessarily a good thing all around.

Other than this feature, I find the 6D to be a seriously nerfed FF camera, particularly with the unimpressive AF offering and button rearranging for size reasons.  But this wifi / cloud-ish / Live View functionality is potentially super handy.  Hats off to Canon, but please let me do this on my 5D3 with a firmware update + WiFi transmitter.

Pleasepleaseplease don't riff on 'technology marches on' and 'buyer's remorse is endemic with technology', I am well aware as a long time Apple guy.  I just find it odd that something that could be tremendously useful for higher-end camera owners is only an 'entry-level' option.  One would think -- even though it would need to be a klugy transmitter option -- that this gap should be rectified, right?

I welcome the forum's thoughts on this.

« Last Edit: September 17, 2012, 12:56:28 PM by ahsanford »


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Re: The killer feature for 6D is...
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2012, 01:03:53 PM »
D600 does the same with the optional 60$ accessory.

Live view on your phone is a nice thing for cameras that don't have swivel screen.


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Re: The killer feature for 6D is...
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2012, 01:34:51 PM »
Seems to work very much like the Eye-Fi card. Wonder if it'll transfer RAW file or be limited to jpg. could be handy if hooked up to a tablet, easy way to show a client a picture perhaps.