Nikon showed off a new way for photographers and videographers to manage multiple devices in the field and it could be a game-changer for some of us.
One feature that Nikon is touting is NX Field’s ability to let the user use autofocus through the app or the camera itself. Most systems only a fixed manual focus when shooting remotely.
Compatible with Nikon DSLRs and mirrorless models, NX Field promises ease of use and minimal lag when inputting commands. It also supports wireless and 5G networks which probably comes in handy when NX Field automatically uploads your captures to an FTP server. That last feature is no small thing either in a world where content is in immediate need and consumed just as quickly. Sports photographers and others will really benefit from having their work automatically uploaded if they are part of a larger workflow that needs to occur.
Working in collaboration with AFP (Agence France Presse), Nikon developed a system that used wireless or LAN connection as well as a smartphone-based or tablet-based interface for controlling it.
From the development story behind NX Field:
“When designing the NX Field, AFP and Nikon aimed to achieve not only reliable remote shooting but also great operability for photographers. They felt it was important that photographers could operate multiple remote cameras as easily as a camera in their hands.
Conventional remote camera shooting can be stressful, as you could never be sure if your master cameras' radio signals were reliably reaching the remote cameras. Now, with the NX Field, you can be sure from your master camera's LCD that the multiple remote cameras are connected. Conventional methods limited you to manually pre-focusing your remote cameras by anticipating the positions of your target subjects in advance. With the NX Field, you can now use autofocus with to nail the shot more flexibly.”
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