Live buddy cam
A micro USB port charges the Cam Buddy’s internal battery.
Since the hot-shoe option is only for mounting, two slits in the rubber casing and a strip of Velcro will hold the Cam Buddy to a tripod’s leg or handle.
Some crowd-funded gadgets never come to light — or really aren’t what they were cracked up to be in the first place.
The Cam Buddy Pro hit Indiegogo in the fall with the promise of being the only all-in-one camera trigger out there.
As a Wi-Fi remote, Wi-Fi tether, intervalometer, and trigger for light, sound, and motion, the gadget quickly surpassed the funding goal and now sits at nearly three quarters of a million dollars in funding.
A fan of gadgets that pull double duty while taking up less space and less cash, like my five-in-one reflector, I was intrigued by the Cam Buddy from the get-go.
Outside of being able to control the sensitivity without the guesswork, the app allows you to choose between single shots or a burst of images, whether to delay that shot after light is detected, and whether the Cam Buddy should trigger the camera’s shutter or a flash.
The Cam Buddy’s intervalometer automates time lapses.
Pairing the two devices works simply enough; just find the Cam Buddy in your phone’s wireless settings, type in the default password, then head to the app to finish connecting.
I did have some trouble getting that first connection, but a quick reset with the inset button at the back of the Cam Buddy fixed the issue.
While the feature is built-in to many cameras (including mine), the app puts the controls onto a smartphone for setting up time lapses remotely or simply adding the feature to a camera that doesn’t have it built-in.
Shooting a time lapse with the Cam Buddy is straightforward.
Besides having to actually locate the cord that came with my DSLR, the physical connection was easy — the ports are labeled.