MōVI M5 unboxing in Vienna – first impressions, final import costs & rental info

The toy

(Updated April 25, 2014) Today my new toy – the ‘MōVI M5’ from FREEFLYSYSTEMS – arrived at my holiday location in Vienna, Austria (only 5days after the final payment was transferred). It came in a huge box, bigger than expected. Ok, it comes with the additional Controller (for dual operator mode) and DP4 HD monitor… can’t wait to open the box. Will update this blog within the next hours and share my unboxing experience, detailed info about the foam rubber measurements to find the right size for the transport case, my personal user experience comparing it to the MōVI M10 – which I have used a lot in Doha these days. I’ll also publish all details about the additional costs when importing it to Europe (customs clearance, VAT, shipping). Enjoy reading.

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Remotely Control your Canon & Nikon DSLR via iPhone & iPad

NOTE: (added 20 NOV 2014) – I see from my stats that this page is getting hundreds of hits every day, please note that it was written over 2 years ago and might be outdated by now. I’ll try to post an updated review within the next week. Cheers Alex

Here’s a quick review testing the ‘DSLR Camera Remote’ app from onOne Software. The new version (1.4.3) supports a wide range of DSLR cameras from Canon (5D, 7D, 60D, 550D, 600D, ..) and Nikon (D4, D800, D700, D7000, D5100, ..)

You can now remotely trigger your DSRL camera via iPhone, iPod & iPad and even start, monitor and stop video recording. Latter might be very useful when operating your DSLR on a JIB. One thing beforehand: You still need your camera to be connected to your computer..

My test setup: Canon 60D connected via USB to my MacBook Air –
the iPad shows the live view and available options.

There is a free version offered (limited to live view & push the button only) as well as the PRO (iPhone, iPod) and HD (iPad) versions with costs. That brings us straight to the next point – TWO separate app versions are offered:
One for iPhone & iPod touch and one for iPad. That’s a bit of a pain as you have to pay twice to use it on all your devices. The developers website explains that with “a separate application that works specifically for iPad, it includes all the iPhone app features and takes full advantage of the larger screen on the iPad.”

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New Canon 7D firmware update

To all Canon 7D owners – New firmware now available for Download – I just updated mine from 1.2.3 to 2.0.0

All ran smooth. Here’s what you gotta do:

First make sure your camera batteries are fully charged!

Then follow these steps:
1.) Download the new firmware from this
official Canon Link: http://bit.ly/RTBFF9
2.) Prepare a formatted CF card (format it in camera)
3.) Copy the extracted downloaded file to the CF card (I did it via my Cardreader)
4.) Put the card into the camera (Set any mode but Automatic) and turn on the camera
5.) Go to the Menu and rotate to “Set-Up 3 (Yellow)” and select the Firmware item.
6.) The Firmware Update screen will appear, select [OK] and oress the <SET> button.
7.) Follow the steps onwards
That’s it, the update process itself took only 2minutes.