Thursday, December 30, 2010

Instant Projection to Screen *Initial Testing Phase*!

Instant Projection is now under rigorous testing!

The Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-4 is great! With this nice little gadget that transmits photos over Wifi, potentials are virtually endless! The first use that I am putting to test is the ability to do an instant projection to the big screen. Imagine photos taken can be transmitted and displayed in a slideshow that is running real-time on the big screen. Sound pretty cool for an event or wedding eh?!

With this, instant printing also becomes easier. Now I won't have to take in-and-out the memory cards for printing, or to connect the USB cable to the camera for that purpose. Everything. Is. Wireless. A lot more can be done, I suppose!

The Nikon Wireless Transmitter WT-4 has a lot of potential, but processes need to be tested and fine tuned.

But the gadget is not without problems. First of all: it drains battery like crazy. A single EN-EL3e battery probably can only last through an hour-and-a-half of usage, and the transmitter actually grows quite warm during usage. Fortunately I have a second EN-EL3e. Prolonged usage is possible if one of the batteries is charging while I am using the other.

Secondly: a window (of the folder) popups whenever a photo is transmitted. This has yet to be resolved, and I strongly think it's a Nikon problem, since it happens on both my Windows & Macintosh. The window popping up disrupts the slideshow in progress! I'm still in the process of testing it, and I believe the usage of an extended desktop (for both OS) may work(?).

More testing needs to be done, especially on the reliability and range of transmission. Of course, this technology is not new. I know of several commercial photographers providing it, but they don't come cheap. Good news: friends getting married in the coming year may get to test out the Instant Projection when I decide to put it to field trial!

P.S. For those who wanna suggest Eye-Fi as a cheaper alternative to the WT-4, you can forget it if your camera only uses CF-card, or if you use a pro magnesium alloy body. Eye-Fi transmits from the SD-card so if it is encased in a metal alloy body, the transmission range is greatly reduced to a matter of a few metres. You are better off with a USB cable if so...

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