My X-T1 combined with a smartphone or iPhone that has Fujifilm’s free app “Camera Remote” installed becomes lethal for some street photography scenarios as well as some wildlife situations. I can pretty much control most aspects of the camera except for exposures longer than 30sec. It took me a little while to figure out, but once you know the basics, it becomes real easy to use.
- The first thing you want to do is prepare your mobile device (iOs or Android). Software that you will need on your mobile device are the free “Fujifilm Camera Remote” app (Fuji has various applications, so be sure to install the right one) and a WiFi manager app to quickly change from one connection to another. If you are out in the woods, the WiFi manager wouldn’t be needed but at home or in a studio, you will find that installing a WiFi manager app on your smartphone very helpful.
- The second thing you want to do is prepare the camera for the type of shooting you want to do. Since you can’t select "Exposure modes" from within the app, you will do that on the camera before you attempt to connect through WiFi. In most cases Manual is a good choice, since you can change both aperture and shutter. To do this you simply turn the aperture ring on your lens in any position other than A, the shutter dial to any position other than A and you’re set. If you leave both “aperture ring” and “shutter dial” options set to A than the app will display P for Program Auto mode. In this mode your control of exposure is limited by the use of “Exposure compensation”.
- The ISO can be changed by the app no matter where you have it set too, so that is of no concern. Personally, I like to set up my camera all the way (tripod, composition, aperture, shutter and ISO) so when I get to connect; I have a pretty good preview already close to what I need.
The signal strength for normal distances of a couple of meters between camera and phone seem very strong and I never came across any disconnections. I even tried it from as far as 15m and had a couple of brick walls in between and it worked fine for as long as i could test it which was 1 hour with a continuous connection. I don’t know how long the camera can send the signal to the phone, but I am assuming as long as the battery holds.
That about covers my report on the “Fujifilm Camera Remote” app. If you have any info to share please feel free to correct or add to my findings.