XSories Weye Feye

Wire­lessly con­trol your D-SLR from up to 80 me­tres away

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£199, $250

There’s no short­age of op­tions for wire­lessly con­trol­ling your Nikon, from ba­sic in­fra-red re­motes to Nikon’s own range of WiFi adap­tors. Weye Feye is much like the lat­ter, emit­ting a pow­er­ful 802.11n Wi-Fi sig­nal that’s de­tectable by a smart­phone or tablet from up to 80 me­tres away. Keep in close range and the sig­nal’s la­tency peaks at an im­pres­sive 0.2 sec­onds, out­strip­ping ri­vals to elim­i­nate any no­tice­able lag be­tween you and your Nikon.

The com­pan­ion app lets you con­trol ba­sic cam­era func­tions

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like aper­ture, shut­ter speed, ISO sen­si­tiv­ity and ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, but thanks to the pow­er­ful hard­ware in­side the de­vice it­self, Weye Feye will also re­lay your Nikon’s Live View stills and video feed, and al­low you to tap to fo­cus us­ing your mo­bile de­vice. The over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is one of the slick­est we’ve en­coun­tered, with com­mands per­formed in­stantly and barely any stut­ter­ing in the Live View feed.

Once you take a shot it’s au­to­mat­i­cally pre­viewed, and then by switch­ing to Gallery mode you can browse all the im­ages stored on your Nikon’s mem­ory card and se­lect any you’d like to trans­fer or share.

In­side the de­vice is a 2000mAh Li-ion bat­tery ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing seven to eight hours of Live View shoot­ing. It’s suf­fi­cient to get the most out of the Weye Feye’s time-lapse fea­ture. This turns the app into an in­ter­val­ome­ter so you can pro­gram your Nikon to shoot stills or video at pre­de­fined in­ter­vals and du­ra­tions.

Ex­ter­nally the Weye Feye doesn’t look in­spir­ing, though its or­ange rub­ber sleeve adds some use­ful shock pro­tec­tion and makes the de­vice tough to lose. The cas­ing also in­cor­po­rates mount­ing points for a cou­ple of small straps that’ll at­tach the de­vice to a tri­pod leg. Two USB in­puts pro­vide charg­ing and the cam­era con­nec­tion, though a ca­ble for the lat­ter isn’t in­cluded.

Weye Feye’s com­pan­ion app is avail­able for both iOS and An­droid de­vices, while cam­era com­pat­i­bil­ity in­cludes most Nikon D-SLRs since the D300 and D90. How­ever, more ad­vanced fea­tures do vary be­tween sup­ported mod­els and there’s no get­ting away from the hefty price tag. Even so, Weye Feye works won­ders for wildlife pho­tog­ra­phy or sim­ply shoot­ing from tricky an­gles.

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