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10-22-2018, 07:44 PM   #1
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Immediate transfer of images to the NET or remote location - is this doable?

I was wondering, with the present "age of technology" if it is possible to take a picture with a DSLR camera and be able to immediately send it "away" to a remote location.
Of course, one can do that easily with a smartphone but my query addresses specifically modern DSLR (or mirrorless ??) cameras.
If yes, what would it take to do this and how reliable would it be?

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10-22-2018, 08:15 PM   #2
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This is what the eye fi card did at one time. Samsung and Panasonic I think can as long as wifi is there or a cell phone with nfc or similar. This is limited to jpg typically.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jpzk Quote
if it is possible to take a picture with a DSLR camera and be able to immediately send it "away" to a remote location
It depends on what your definition of immediate is. There are two parts involved, the first is to save the data as an image file on a recordable medium (such as a hard drive or SD card) and the second is to move the image file to a remote location. Not even smartphones do the initial save to a remote location. It is technically possible to automatically do the second part, but the transfer rate is so much slower than the camera's internal processor that the frame rate would drop to a few frames per minute, not per second. You could save images to JPEG instead of RAW to reduce the amount of data to be transferred, but faster Wi-fi built into the camera draws a lot more battery power and you still can't transfer files as quickly as the camera takes pictures.


if you don't mind cables, some high resolution video cameras send their data directly to off-camera recording devices, but there are other tradeoffs, such as the size and power consumption of the camera, that make this really awkward for applying to a DSLR. The bitrate for these systems is also too high for real-time transfer to a remote network location, so the images are stored locally, just not in the camera. Or if you don't care about resolution, you can set up a webcam hooked up to a mobile device that in turn saves captured images to a network location. Really defeats the purpose of taking pictures with a handheld interchangeable lens camera, though. At a basic level, at what point does quickly sending still images without any review by the photographer become a form of intermittent video?
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If you use Ricoh's ImageSync app, you can retrieve a JPG from your wifi-equipped Pentax and put it up to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. Works very well, nothing stops you using Snapseed or similar on your phone to do some postprocessing before your upload.

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PK_tether has an option to save the images to a drive connected to the host computer. I'm guessing though you are wondering about wireless connections.
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You mean a software like Wifi Commander for Pentax but with an immediate save to a folder on the computer?
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Immediate isn't what I meant I'm my answer, near real time perhaps? The tools that work best use a push rather than pull method or at least don't need user intervention to transfer images in the background.
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