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BlueSLR Blues

When I first saw an article about the release of the BlueSLR, I thought that it was a totally cool idea, and more then I was actually looking, the remote shutter and intervalometer were just bonus, when all I wanted was the geotagging pulling the data from my iPhone… The initially announcement was that the device was compatible with both my D90 as well as my D7000, but that was to change due to a unforeseen change in the connector on the D7000, and I’m ok with that…

I told my wife about this great little gadget, and she decided to get it for me as a Christmas present, totally cool, but reality being reality, the unit did not show up until 3 weeks after Christmas (why does it take so long to get stuff shipped from Canada), and as luck would have it, it got here while I was on a business trip…

I get the unit mounted to my D90, and I am not really impressed with how the BlueSLR unit hangs off the camera, not a real deal killer, but not the greatest looking set up. With the device mounted I’m ready to go, fire up the camera, go to pair the BlueSLR device with the iPhone, it rejects the pairing a couple of times but eventually it pairs all is happy, and on to the BlueSLR app. Yes it technically does what  it says it does, it fires the shutter and I think autofocus worked once or twice, but not consistently, the intervalometer worked as far as I could tell. As I was playing with the app, trying the different features, I noticed that the time stamp is not changing, its static, I hit the GPS button, and the time started updating, but the GPS data stopped updating and then the app says the  GPS disconnected  I go to the bluetooth section of the iPhone settings and it says it is disconnected, then it connects as I’m looking at it, I go back to the BlueSLR app says its connected, I fire off a picture and then it says it’s disconnected again. This is the point where I l0ok again at how far the unit hangs off the camera and I think maybe its not all the way in, so I go to remove the device in an effort to reseat it and maybe resolve the bluetooth dropping issue, but as I pull the device out of the socket the unit comes out but the metal shield around the connector stays in the camera. This is the point where I am no longer a happy camper, and after spending a bunch of time pulling the metal shield out of my camera, making sure I didn’t do any damage to my camera. This is the point where the BlueSLR device went back in the box, and will be on its way back to canada early next week.

I really wanted the BlueSLR to work, and I was really planning on getting one for the D7000 when they worked out their issues with the inverted connector, but I think I’ll wait a lot longer and read a few more reviews before pulling the trigger on another.

The idea is really good, but the implementation is where things go wrong…

I guess for the time being I’ll continue to carry my GPS, and tag my pictures with PhotoLinker from Early Innovations…

4 replies on “BlueSLR Blues”

Hi!

Just curious did you try another unit or just return it? I just got one and I am having some of the same issues (pairing, focusing, connector coming apart). Wondering if I should exchange it or just wait till version 2 comes out.

Guy

No I returned it, there were no problems returning it…
I have both the D90 and the D7000, I didn’t like how far it stuck off the camera, looks like it would snag on anything and everything…

I’m looking at the GiSTEQ PhotoTrackr Plus instead, just have not had a chance to order it yet.
The remote shooting would have been a plus but not a hard requirement for me…

I have an interest in version 2, but I won’t be an early adopter…

I have an e-mail into the company but haven’t decided whether to just return it or try a replacement. I love the idea behind the BlueSLR but my initial experience leaves me a little unsure about it. I also have some concern about how it fit on the camera body – I noticed that mine seemed to randomly trigger the shutter if bumped or pressed.

I have been looking at alternatives on the web and too was looking at the GISTEQ. Also saw some positive reviews on the Solmeta units.

http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/5342
http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/5019

Anyway thanks for the response – you’ll have to post a review if you try the GISTEQ.

Guy

BTW I recently tried an iPhone app called GPS4Cam (http://gps4cam.com/) which seems to work pretty well. In a way it is similar to BlueSLR other than you don’t need a separate piece of equipment – only your iPhone. I was a little skeptical at first, but it seems to work well and is easy to use. Mind you it does add one small step into your workflow as you have to import the photos using a desktop app (free) which inserts the geo data into the exif data. Anyway if you haven’t already gotten a dedicated unit you might want to give it a try. It’s cheap, requires no additional equipment (only your iPhone) and easy to use.

Guy

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