Review: DIY Remote Live View
Introduction to DIY a remote live view for your DSLR
If you’re looking for a budget method of getting remote live view for your dslr, then check this out. You will need
1) DSLR compatible with #3
2) An Android device compatible with #3
3) DSLR Controller (in Google Play Store)
4) TP-Link TL-MR3040 (or another #2)
This setup will get you wireless remote live view for your DSLR. Whether it’s for remote shooting, selfies or taking vids. This will help a lot.
Who is this for
If you’re on a tight budget, The cheapest way, is to have 2 Android devices capable of running DSLR Controller and linking them together instead of using the TP-Link TL-MR3040. But from my experience it’s a bit laggy and can get frustrating. However, I was using older phones that have since went the way of the dinosaurs. You will have to be comfortable with a replacing the firmware of the TP-Link TL-MR3040 essentially making it a dedicated DSLR Controller router for you DSLRs
Where to buy (also alternate versions)
How I use this
I’ve used my phones (Samsung Note 5, Sony Neo V, Note 2) with DSLR controller with a Canon 7D, 7D II and a 5d II. Using 2 phones is a bit laggy but doable but since my Note 2 and Neo V busted, I bought the TP-Link TL-MR3040. The TP-Link TL-MR3040 is a battery powered portable router which you will need to change the firmware available from DSLR Controller. Firmware and easy to follow instructions HERE.
So basically, I can set up my camera on a tripod, compose for the scene then walk away and remote trigger when I see something interesting walk into view. I can tap the subject in my scene to focus on that. But mainly I use it for taking action selfies and discreet street shots while having coffee.
Whats to like
All the “extras” you can do remotely via DSLR Controller, more stealthy street shooting, this method is cheaper than anything I’ve found at the time of this writing. Unless you’ve got two recent android phones you can use.
Whats to hate
The TP-Link TL-MR3040 is discontinued and getting harder and harder to find at regular/original price. There are a few “scalpers” out there selling them at double the price.
If you want to change your firmware back to factory, it may be as simply as finding the original firmware and following the same directions as before but there’s no guarantees.
Absolutely LOVE THIS!!!