The instant nature of Fautus is perhaps its most appealing quality – not only do professional photographers take high-quality pictures of app users, but in addition, they send the photos immediately to the users’ cell phone.
With that in mind, here are some things Fautus photographers should consider when it comes to transferring images from their DSLR cameras to their smartphones:
- Easy Connections – It may seem intimidating, but it is actually quite easy connecting a DSLR camera to a smartphone.
- Preferred Connectivity Option – There are a number of options for connecting DSLR cameras to smartphones, but we’ll begin with our preferred connection, which is a USB cable. All DSLR cameras come with a USB cable that allows photographers to connect their camera to the computer, but to connect to a smartphone, a special adapter is needed, one that is unique to each brand of phone. The iPhone, for instance, requires the “lightening to USB camera adapter.”
We think this is the simplest, most advantageous option for photographers, and for two reasons: first, there are plenty of inexpensive adapters out there on the market; and second, because a USB cable does not require any kind of network connection, it does not drain the camera’s battery.
- Using WiFi – As we just stated, the USB cable is Fautus’ preferred method for connecting DSLR cameras to smartphones, but there are other options to consider. DSLR cameras that have WiFi enabled, for instance, allow photographers to connect their phones to the camera via a network (such as how we connect our smartphones to a home’s WiFi network).
Although this approach is wireless and modern, it comes with one major achilles’ heel – smartphones, whether they are running on the iOS or Android operating systems, cannot run on two networks at the same time, so a photographers’ smartphone would have to jump from its cellular data to the DSLR’s network. So when it comes to the transferring of photos, then, the photographer would need to connect to the DSLR network, transfer the photos to their phone, disconnect, move back to their cellular network, and then send the photos to their client – not impossible, but more cumbersome than simply using a USB cable.
- For Older Cameras – For older DSLR cameras that lack an in-house WiFi network, photographers can use EYE-Fi, which is a memory card that, once it is inserted into the camera, creates a network. We have found that EYE-Fi is actually more user friendly than cameras that use their own WiFi, but again, photographers will run into the central problem of bouncing between networks.
- Go with What You Prefer – Ultimately, it is not up to us what connection Fautus photographers choose. If you prefer a WiFi network, or want to use EYE-Fi with an older camera, then go for it! In the meantime, we are working on partnerships with Nikon and Canon, and hope to develop a software kit that is more Fautus friendly.