Pulse is a project whose funding on Kickstarter just finished with a whooping 1587% of the money that was pledged for! It is a multifunctional device which aims to bring wireless control to many Nikon and Canon DSLRs and mirrorless cameras as well.
The device is compact and sleek and consists of a wireless controller that attaches to a DSLR camera’s hot shoe and plugs into its microUSB port. Then the user has a choice of connecting Pulse to their Android or iOS smartphones over Bluetooth.
Pulse offers a great wireless range of upto 30.5m/100ft, which are great if you are keeping your camera in a hard to reach spot (also keeping in mind that most entry level and top notch DSLRs do not have a rotary LCD screen), The variety of functions offered through the android/iOS app include a remote trigger, shutter speed control, time-lapse, video recording, and exposure ramping, as well as a thumbnail-quality image preview right on your device in real time. Due to Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE Bluetooth 4.0) data limitations, live previews are not available.
Measuring a compact 40 x 60 x 17.5mm the device is quite small, and is compatible with more than 60 cameras. Out of these nearly all are Nikon and Canon DSLRs, with the singular exception of the Panasonic GH4 camera. Sony Alpha Series of cameras are not compatible due to Sony’s tethering restrictions. The device hopes to add support for other models and brands in the near future. The best part is that upto 3 different DSLR cameras attached to Pulse can be operated with a single Android/iOS phone!
Alpine Labs has offered Pulse through its Kickstarter’s campaign at the discounted rate of $74. Though when Pulse hits the market, the retail price is expected to be $99.
Still a bargain for all the amazing features a photographer can exploit to obtain the most out of his camera! Backers will be getting hands on their devices in April 2016 and the device itself will go on retail during the same time.