MaxStone IR Trigger at a glance:
- Price: $50
- Website: www.us.imaxmax.com
Born from Kickstarter funding, the MaxStone is a smart IR trigger unlike any other. It links to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth 4.0, rests by your camera and gives the ability to trigger the shutter of Canon, Sony, Nikon, Pentax, Minolta and Samsung cameras – providing the camera has an IR receiver.
Users can trigger instantly or with a delay of either 3, 5, 7 or 10 seconds from the app, providing the camera is within Bluetooth distance. In testing, we found that the camera worked fine within a 25m distance. Inside the app are four options: timelapse, bulb auto, bulb manual and video. The bulb option can be preset to work for a fixed amount of seconds, or users can manually control the bulb shooting time. Video stops/starts video shooting and timelapse is a intervalometer feature.
Users can set an interval between one second and one day. There’s also a host of other great features, including the ability to monitor temperature, altitude and pressure to help predict rainstorms, which is a big advantage when shooting long timelapses outdoors. Also, the MaxStone has a Find feature that, when connected to the phone, will tell users how far away the MaxStone is and will alert users if it leaves the 80ft range. This is great for keeping on your camera or bag to prevent it from being stolen.
Although primarily designed for iOS, I found the MaxStone worked well using an HTC M8 running the latest Android OS. The company adds that it is currently working on improving the Android app too. In all, the MaxStone is a really good trigger and it’s absolutely packed with useful features.