TriggerTrap Mobile is a new way to control your DSLR with your Android or iOS smartphone to perform a various features previously not available, and all remotely.
TriggerTrap started off as a Kickstarter project as the TriggerTrap V1 and was successfully funded with over $77,000 which is way over their original $25,000 expectations.
The device itself can be used in conjunction with the free app available on both the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store, which comes with a ton of features for triggering the camera in different ways.
It does this by sending out audio pulses via stereo cables, which allow the TriggerTrap to send out commands via two channels (left and right), one of which is for autofocus and the other is for the shutter, but the best thing is this is all customisable and can be used to trigger other devices such as a flash.
TriggerTrap will be sent to you in two parts, the first plugs into you smartphone and the second into your camera, which means if you change camera or smartphone you can easily pick up a new part for your new camera/ smartphone and still be able to use the same features the TriggerTrap provides.
There are 13 different modes available within the app, the first is Cable Release which simply allows you to take a photo as you press the button, which works with both an external or internal camera.
Within this mode you can also use several other options to control how the photo will be taken, the first is program, which will set your camera in a particular mode, after which there is also a bulb mode to set the exposure as long as you hold it, timed bulb which once pressed will start exposure and then stop again once pressed again and then there’s manual which allows you to set the exposure length within the app itself.
Selsmic mode can also be chosen, which by using your device in-built vibration and shock sensor can trigger the selected camera, which I found to be extremely sensitive and not really worth using.
The bang mode is the next best feature that allows you to trigger the camera when a set decibel volume is picked up by your phones microphone, which can be set between -40dB – 0.1dB.
Timelapse is probably one of my favorite modes within the app and allows you to take consecutive photos within a certain timeframe, these can be set to go off for as long as 7 days with as many as 10,000 photos.
If you prefer however, you could also use the Eased timelapse mode which allows you to vary the intervals between the camera taking shots, this gives your video the look as though it is speeding up or slowing down time, this comes in several functions, including Quadratic, Cubic, Quartic, Quintic which get progressively more aggressive as you move onwards.
There’s also a Distance-lapse mode which lets you trigger your chosen camera within certain distances by using your devices in-built GPS antenna to work out how far you have traveled, this can be configured with both metric and imperial units, to give the impression that your travelling at a constant rate of speed.
Then there’s Peekaboo which can be used to trigger the selected camera when it detects between 1 and faces, which I found to be extremely useful when taking group shots, especially when used with the internal camera.
Star Trail is yet another feature, which allows you to take photos of star trails, which will be taken in a series of short exposures and then blended or stacked into one final image, which results in one with much less noise then what you would end up with when using a one hour-long exposure.
There’s also a couple of HDR modes, the first is the LE HDR mode which can be used to create Long Exposure HDR images, but can only be used with an external camera as the TriggerTrap can only reliably trigger on shutter speeds as fast a 1/10s/
The second mode is the LE HDR Timelapse mode, which is exactly like the normal LE HDR mode but can be used to tirgger the camera as if you where using the normal Timelapse mode but with the added advantage of using the LE HDR mode.
Second from last is the Tesla mode, which uses your devices’ in-built magnetometer to detect changes in the magnetic field around the device itself which I personally didn’t know was a feature included in my device, but apparently it is, this would allow to take photos as a magnet was moved.
The last mode is Motion which allows you to use your internal camera to take a photo of a baseline scene and then use it to trigger the internal or external camera when it detects a change in that scene.
However I did have a few issues which I would like to explain, the first is the lack of an actual iPad app, yes the iPhone app works with the iPad, but only in Apple’s doggy virtualization zone thing, which lets be honest is horrible, I would like to see some kind of app that has actually been made for the iPad, one which takes advantage of all that screen space.
My second nit pick was actually answered a short time before I decided to post this review, which was that the Triggertrap mobile uses a cable to connect between the iPhone and the camera itself, I would have liked to see some kind of wireless version which would allow me to use this product to its full potential, but as they have just released a wireless dongle for the Triggertrap, this is no longer a problem.
To finish off I would just like to say thanks to Triggertrap for supplying us with a sample for our review, we really enjoyed using it and just to add although Triggertrap did supply us with the product for this review all views and opinions within it are my own.