Let's dig deeper
It's time to test this thing out in the wild. Now, I'm sure you're still thinking to yourself - what exactly could this be used for? Let me give you a few realistic examples:
- Distanced group photos where you have no camera operator (you all want to be included)
- Business applications like setting up an iPad to take photos of customers for photo editing or marketing purposes
- Multiple photos of the one product at once from various angles
- Testing different camera qualities from a similar angle, the same lighting and of the same object
You might think that I'm "grasping at straws", but I believe this product will actually be a life-saving alternative in some of the above applications.
Connecting the device to your phone should be very simple - scan the QR code on the back of the package and download the app linked. However, my search came up blank, with the Google Play store claiming that "the requested URL was not found on this server".
After a manual search, I was able to find it quite easily. Once you've downloaded and installed the 0.95mb application, there's no Bluetooth pairing process necessary. Simply just click the button and the picture will take instantly.
There are some basic features included like different focus settings, a direct link to your gallery, front and back camera switching, flash toggling, zoom settings, and shutter permission. The attached application seems to take photos with the same quality as my stock Samsung Galaxy S4 Android offering, but at faster speeds. This, along with the fact that you can take photos through the phone without the button, actually means that I'll be using this in the future instead of my standard-install option.
As for 'within walls' range testing, I was able to prop my phone against my front door, wander down the hallway to my kitchen and press the button - still worked. However, there seems to be a sort of 'cooling off' period when the device loses signal to your phone - trying to walk further away (and test it through more walls) saw the button not work, when I walked back to my phone it took around 15 seconds for it to reconnect and take another image.
Testing it outside, I propped my Samsung Galaxy S4 up against a wooden stake and walked a few paces at a time, pressing the button as I went. Thanks to the loud camera shutter sound and the flash of the screen, I was able to easily tell if the image was being taken or not - the final result being about 25m (82 feet) maximum distance.
It would be great if Apotop included a little stand to help you prop up your smartphone, otherwise the device is fairly useless unless you have something to lean it against.
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