updated 02:30 am EST, Wed December 8, 2010
Nikon support now, Canon support coming soon
XEquals has released blueSLR, a Bluetooth accessory and accompanying app for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad that allows them to remotely control certain models of digital SLR cameras from up to 300 feet away. The product currently has support for 11 different Nikon models, with Canon support promised soon by the company. In addition to controlling the camera, blueSLR can also embed GPS information into each photo.
There are two versions of the hardware add-on with differing connectors: one model fits onto Essential and Advanced models like the D70, D3100, D5000 or D7000, the other model fits the Professional DSLRs like the D3(S), D200, D300(S) or D700. Being Bluetooth, the add-on does not require line-of-sight to make a connection. Despite the range, the device is small enough (about the size of two AA batteries) to stay attached to the camera if desired.
The hardware controller can adjust focus, shutter speed and timer along with GPS update frequency and easily tell the camera to take a certain number of pictures within a given timeframe. The GPS information embedded in the RAW or JPEG file is compatible with iPhoto's places along with Flickr and Picasa's geo-tagging schema.
BlueSLR is available for $149 and the company is offering free shipping until December 10th. The blueSLR companion app is free from the App Store. Users of Android and Blackberry smart devices can contact the company to be notified when software for their platform will be available.