As a matter of disclosure, triggertrap.com provided the Triggertrap Mobile device used for this review and all images are from the Triggertrap media package available through their website.
I recently posted a review of the ioShutter, which is a competing product to the Triggertrap. In that review I ranted a little bit about Nikon changing the connectors that you attached remote shutter release cables to and how items like the Triggertrap Mobile not only give you options for both types of connectors (more on that in the review) but how they also take remote shutter control to a whole new level.
Triggertrap Mobile Hardware
Triggertrap contacted me recently and asked if I would be willing to review their remote shutter solution. I do a lot of shooting that requires some sort of remote shutter release and I was anxious to evaluate the different options out there to fill that need. Triggertrap shipped me everything needed to test on both styles of Nikon cameras, the Triggertrap MD-DC2 for the Nikon DC-2 and the Triggertrap MD-DC0 for the Nikon 10-pin connector. Both models do the exact same thing and the only difference is the connector cable, the part with coil above, that connects to the camera. As you can also see from the image above, the camera cable detaches from the dongle itself which means that you simply buy a second camera cable if needed, you don’t have to buy a 2nd complete unit, but for a small investment the main dongle itself will accomodate any of the camera bodies that you currently use.
As you can see in the above picture, you simply attach one end of the Triggertrap to your dslr and the other end to your mobile device, currently both iOS and Android are supported, I used iOS for this review as I am an iPhone user.
The first thing you will notice about the Triggertrap is that it is very well built, that was one of the things that I thought was lacking with the ioShutter. The camera side cable is coiled, which is very nice, and allows for ease of movement when you have everything attached. The cable that attached the dongle to the mobile device just feels sturdy and I don’t have the feeling that I am going to damage it after just a few uses. It just feels like a quality product, and that is something you can’t always say these days. One would think that when you build what seems like a very well built product with attention to details such as higher gauge cable and coiled wire the retail price would fairly steep but the Triggertrap retails for $29.99 compared to what I feel the the poorer built ioShutter which retails for $69.95.
Triggertrap Mobile app
I am not going to go into a great deal of detail about the application. The Triggertrap website gives great detail about the app and I would strongly suggest visiting their site to learn more.
The iOS version of the app is actually quite impressive. It is a very well designed app that should cover just about any of your shooting needs but the one thing that is something of a game changer for me is their WiFi master mode. This allows me to setup one device connected to my camera and use a different iOS device that is on my WiFi network to control my camera wirelessly. This presents a lot of possibilities but one thing that I have already used it for was capturing images of birds in my front yard. I simply set my camera up to capture a place where the birds like to hang out, headed back into the house where I could monitor the scene then simply fired the shutter every time a bird was where the camera would see it. It worked great and while the birds always seem scared of me, they rarely take notice to my camera sitting there by itself on a tripod.
I do have one complaint about the app though, and it is related to what I like about the app. The app gives you an incredible amount of control over how you fire the trigger and that is great, but it is also not great. While the app has functions for time lapse, HDR and many other functions 99% of the time I simply want it to be a remote shutter release. The image above shows the app while it is in cable release mode, and in that mode I have 4 different shooting option and each of those options have subset options below them. As I said, this give me a great deal of control over how I release the shutter, but it also means that there are a lot more things that I need to keep track of when all I really want is a button that fires the shutter when I press it, and if my camera is in BULB mode, keeps the shutter open until I release the button. I don’t want to have to remember to set the app to the proper mode from within the cable release mode to have it do that. You will also notice from the image above that the shutter release button is offset on the screen, and it really needs to be centered. When I am shooting I am naturally trying to touch the center of my screen, I can find that without looking, but when the button is offset like it is, I have to keep looking for it.
The Triggertrap Mobile is a great option for people who are looking for an elegant way to remotely trigger their dslr cameras. While I do have a couple complaints about the app, they are very minor and have more to do with my personal preference when shooting, the dongle and app work as advertised. During the weeks that I have been evaluating the Triggertrap it has not failed a single time and I can’t imagine it not being in my bag. We live in a world where photo accessories tend to be very expensive, especially remote shutter releases that have multiple functions, but for under $30 you simply can’t go wrong, it puts any other shutter release I have used to shame.