Camera Setup

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The CamRanger mini and CamRanger 2 can work with nearly any camera configuration. However, for best results there are some suggestions depending on the photographers goals. Not all cameras from each manufacturer will necessarily have all of the listed settings. It can get a little confusing, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or for suggestions.

Please also refer to our general workflows for suggestions about different workflows.

Canon

  • Exposure Simulation: Camera setting that controls if the live view exposure should match the camera’s exposure settings, or always show a reasonably exposed image. Typically a photographer would want exposure simulation off when the ambient light doesn’t match the amount of light during capture, such as when using strobes or flashes.
  • Image Playback Time: Camera setting that specifies how long an image should be shown on the camera’s rear LCD. A long playback time can impact certain functions, most notably it can slow down focus stacking.
  • In-Camera WiFi: In-camera WiFi and all similar settings must be turned OFF.
  • Image Transfer/FTP: Any image transfer and FTP transfer settings must be turned OFF.

Nikon

  • Connection Mode: CamRanger setting with two options PC and Camera
    • PC: The camera is physically locked out, but more control is possible remotely. Specifically, camera controls set with physical knobs or dials can be changed with the CamRanger, such as drive mode, focus switch, etc.
    • Camera: The camera can be physically controlled, but the CamRanger cannot change as many camera settings.
  • Exposure Preview: Camera setting that controls if the live view exposure should match the camera’s exposure settings, or always show a reasonably exposed image. Only higher end Nikons have this setting. Typically a photographer would want exposure simulation off when the ambient light doesn’t match the amount of light during capture, such as when using strobes or flashes.

Sony (CamRanger 2 only)

An SD card is required in the CamRanger 2 when using a Sony camera.

  • Remote Ctrl: Camera setting that enables the CamRanger to control the Camera. This must be turned on.
  • USB Connection: Camera setting that must be set to PC Remote.
  • USB LUN Setting: Camera setting that should be set to Multi.
  • USB Power Supply: Camera setting that controls if the camera should charge from the USB port. Generally, this should be turned off as it will drastically reduce the CamRanger’s battery life.
  • Control with Smartphone: This camera setting must be turned OFF.
  • PC Remote Settings: Camera setting that controls where images should be saved. It is recommended to the set the Still Image Save Destination to PC+Camera. Images will be saved to the camera’s memory and sent to the CamRanger. The recommend RAW+JPG PC Save Image setting depends on the photographers workflow. For quick previews, this should be set to JPEG only and the image format should be set to RAW+JPG.
  • Exposure Step: Camera setting that controls the step size between exposure values. Only 0.3EV is supported for changing shutter speed and ISO.
  • Live View Display: Camera setting that controls if the live view exposure should match the camera’s exposure settings, or always show a reasonably exposed image. Typically a photographer would want this set to “Setting Effect OFF” when the ambient light doesn’t match the amount of light during capture, such as when using strobes or flashes.
  • WiFi Settings: Any in-camera functionality should be turned off.
  • Auto Review: Camera setting that controls how long an image is previewed on the camera’s rear LCD. Turning this off can improve the speed of some CamRanger functions.
  • Long Exposure Noise Reduction: Camera setting that enables automatically taking a “dark frame subtraction” shot after captures of longer than 1″. Not supported for intervalometer sequences.
  • Focus Mode: Touch focus is only compatible with select focus modes.

Fujifilm (CamRanger 2 only)

An SD card is required in the CamRanger 2 when using a Fuji camera. Some Fuji camera’s will also draw power over USB whenever possible. This results in much lower battery life (about 2.5 hrs instead of 5 hrs).

  • Wireless: All WiFi settings and connections should be disabled/off.
  • Power Management->Auto Power Off: Camera setting that controls the camera powering off. This should be set off.
  • Connection Setting->PC Connection Mode: Camera setting that controls the saving of images. This should be set to USB Tether Shooting Auto. Then images will be saved to the camera’s SD card and sent to the CamRanger.
  • Save Fuji RAWs: A CamRanger setting to help speed image previews. If the photographer wants quick previews, and the image format is set to RAW+JPG. The RAW image will not be saved to the CamRanger and just the JPG image will be used. It is important that the PC Connection Mode is set correctly as detailed above.