The maker of remote camera controller and image transmitter device CamFi has announced a new software package that allows CamFi users to control and trigger multiple cameras at the same time.
CamFi Matrix is an application for Windows PCs that communicates via a Wi-Fi or cabled network with certain Canon and Nikon DLR cameras and which can be used to preview a shot via Live View. A control panel allows camera settings to be adjusted and focus points to be selected, and once the shutter is tripped remotely the images can be downloaded and viewed. The system allows an unspecified number of cameras to be controlled at the same time, though the company recommends a high-performance router for simultaneously controlling more than ten, and a cabled connection for more than 20. The company suggests that using multiple-camera set-ups will be useful for creating virtual reality images, 3D product shots and panoramas.
To operate with the Matrix software each camera in the system needs its own CamFi unit, and connection is made via a router or cabled Ethernet rather than directly between the PC and the camera – so an existing network is required.
The CamFi units have existed for some time and have previously been used to link cameras to phones and tablets as well as PCs, but only one camera at a time. The software is free for owners of CamFi units.