The ioShutter release cable allows you to connect your iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod) to your DSLR allowing you to fire the trigger remotely and much more, as listed below. It is available from the enlight photo website for $69.99 (approx £43.60 as of October 29 2012).
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Features
Timer, Bulb and Timelapse - 20 and 60 second timer, bulb mode offers 60, 90 and 120 second slow shutter speeds for fantastic night photography.
Sound and ShakeToTake - clap, laugh, scream, bang stuff to fire your camera.
Multi functionality - almost every function can work with the others.
Compatible with all iPhones from 3 onwards, including iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3, all iPod touch from gen4 onwards and all iPads.
Compatible with many Canon, Pentax, Samsung and Hasselblad cameras, with a Nikon version due very soon (see the ioShutter website for full details).
As well as the free app, pro features are available with ioShutter PRO for £6.99:
Totally programmable timer, including scheduling functionality. Use your device’s calendar and clock to schedule your camera’s shutter, or other ioShutter functions.
Bulb mode becomes fully customisable to any shutter speed you desire.
Timelapse can be set to any interval and duration.
Sound trigger allows you to set the dB. level and duration of sound before the camera, or another function, is activated.
Pro ShakeToTake is multi-directional, dialling in exactly what motion sets your camera, or another function, off.
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Handling
Setup couldn't be much easier, you need to download the ioShutter app (free or paid) from the iTunes Store. Then plug one end of the cable into your iOS device headphone jack and the other into the shutter release port on your camera. Just launch the app and you're ready to go. You need to have the volume set to maximum otherwise you'll get an error.
The app itself is fairly easy to use, but does take a little getting used to. There is a grey rectangular box which has a big shutter release, this needs to be pressed down to take a picture, or if your camera is in bulb mode, slide it down and it will stay in the lower position to begin your exposure. Push it back up to finish. You can also set a fixed bulb time, this then gives you a play button, which you press, the shot is then taken for you. There is a red x to cancel at any time.
To access the shooting settings there is a button to the left hand side which opens up an extra menu split into five sections: Timer, Bulb, Lapse, Sound and Shake. You can set more than one at a time, so you can have a bulb shot with a timer for example.
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Performance
Here we'll take each feature in turn and see how it helps your photography.
Timer - With the free app you can choose between 20 or 60 second timers. If you've upgraded to pro, you can set any time from 1 second right up to 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds and set it to go off at a future date using the calendar. Seems like a strange idea, given you'd have to have your iOS device attached to the camera, it's a good chance you're going to take a shot in the very near future and the schedule feature may not be all that useful.
Bulb - The free app allows bulb times of 20, 90 and 120 seconds. With the pro version, you can set a shutter speed up to 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds. It's easy to use and adjust to perfect your exposure. For the picture below, it was originally set for 10 seconds, but upon realising that was too long, it was simple enough to reduce the speed and shoot again. You just set your time and press the shutter button on your iOS device, simple. The beauty is you never have to touch your camera once you're happy with its settings and composition.
Bulb Example | 4 sec | f/8.0 | 55.0 mm | ISO 200
Time Lapse - With the free version you are limited to setting the intervalometer to every 5 secs for 5 mins, every 5 secs for 10 mins or every 30 secs for 10 mins. The pro version allows you to take pictures from every second to every 59 minutes and 59 seconds and also allows you to set a duration for up to 14 days. Once your pictures have been taken, you need to create your time lapse video using another software program.
Sound - This allows you to set the shutter to release upon hearing noise. With the free one, it's simply a click of the fingers to trigger (which didn't always work), whereas there are a whole load of options with the Pro version. You can change it so it needs to pick up louder noises, with a delay, sound duration as well as ask it not to repeat for a maximum of five seconds. If you have it set to fire with a relatively low noise without the no repeat set, you might find it keeps firing the shutter over and over. The sound duration means it has to hear a noise for a certain amount of time before it fires - a timer counting down would be handy to see.
Shake - Just shake your iOS device to take a picture, the Pro app allows you to set the shake direction as well as intensity, delay shake duration and no repeat.
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Verdict
The ioShutter is really easy to setup and use and is an excellent idea to utilise the partnership between your camera and iOS device. What's annoying is that after paying for your ioShutter cable, you have to spend more money to get the Pro app, as the free version is very basic and doesn't allow you to get the most from the cable. You are even asked to register to open up some of the features.
The ioShutter packs lots of features that you don't find in your everyday remote release.
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Pros
Pro version has lots and lots of options
Easy to setup and use
Can combine the features
ioShutter iOS Shutter Release Cable Cons
Have to pay for the pro app
Asked to register to open up some features