With so many new strategies to create photos, pictures has gone past merely simply taking a photograph. This new machine from MIOPS brings the photographer nearer to the photos they envision by making the course of easier.
The MIOPS Flex is a brand new variant of good triggers from the model. Their first digicam set off, the Smart+ which we reviewed some time again, provides loads options that assist automate a number of publicity processes reminiscent of time-lapse, star trails, HDR, and lots of extra. It additionally has varied sensors for sound, lighting, and movement that provides a variety of potentialities.
The MIOPS Flex provides a whole lot of the similar options as the older variations of the good set off, nonetheless, this one additionally comes with distinctive options that may be very useful particularly for photographers who must shoot from uncommon angles or with uncommon setups, in addition to for many who shoot a whole lot of HDR and publicity bracketing, in addition to time-lapse.
Build and Design
The Flex is a single machine that may be mounted on the digicam’s hot-shoe or different cold-shoe slots. It connects utilizing an array of various ports relying on the precise use and the digicam that can be used with it. The Flex has a really minimalist design. This all-black has a single back-lit button for merely turning it on and off and it’s accompanied by two LED indicators on the facet that signify connection standing. Aside from powering on, all operations are managed through the MIOPS cellular app. On the proper facet is a micro-SD card slot that can be used to retailer the output of the concerned processes, in addition to copies of the photos taken with the machine. While the design is glossy and minimalistic, the all-plastic development does result in some questions on sturdiness, particularly when utilized in excessive circumstances.
One of the most elementary features of this good set off is full management for lengthy publicity capturing. Much like different variants, the MIOPS Flex provides a smartphone-controlled strategy to set off shutter lock and launch. The lengthy publicity timer can maintain lengthy publicity for as much as 99 hours with an added choice of timer delay. For panorama photographers doing lengthy publicity with ND filters, the app additionally has an ND filter calculator that’s built-in into the timer distant operate which is able to robotically enter your ensuing publicity time and permit you to shoot straight out of the settings really useful by the ND filter calculator.
The MIOPS Flex provides all of the time-lapse features seen in the MIOPS Smart+ and Remote plus. An ordinary interval capturing mode might be completed for handbook time-lapse capturing features with adjustable parameters reminiscent of publicity time, interval time, and a complete variety of exposures. It additionally has some extra superior time-lapse features reminiscent of the “holy grail” time-lapse mode that enables the set off that can assist you adapt to adjustments in ambient mild which is ideal for transitions from day to nighttime and vice versa. Other time-lapse features work hand-in-hand with built-in sensors reminiscent of the “Storm-lapse” mode which triggers exposures utilizing the mild sensor that detects flashes of lightning and triggers the digicam to take a shot. The Road-lapse operate works with the laser sensor which triggers the digicam to shoot when an object passes in entrance of the sensor which might be good for capturing transferring automobiles from the facet of the street. The HDR time-lapse operate captures bracketed exposures as a substitute of single exposures to supply extra vibrant and detailed clips.
However, the most notable time-lapse function of the MIOPS Flex is the indisputable fact that it could generate previews of your time-lapse clips with the use of devoted storage and the cellular app. The app can assemble the time-lapse clips on-the-fly with out having to add and course of them with a pc. While the previews will not be as versatile when it comes to velocity and body fee, they provide an enormous worth in assuring that the clips might be put collectively and present a glimpse of the consequence.
HDR and Focus Stacking
Just like different variations of MIOPS digicam triggers, the Flex has an automatic a number of publicity course of for HDR and focus stacking. Various HDR modes have customizable bracketing modes starting from 3 to 9 completely different exposures with intervals of 1/3 to three stops every. However, just like the time-lapse function, the Flex can create real-time previews or simulations of the ensuing mixed and blended HDR photos that ought to assist the photographer gauge the success of the ultimate output and even use them as samples.
The MIOPS Flex additionally has an automatic focus stacking mode that enables the machine to navigate round the body to concentrate on completely different elements to have the ability to cowl the mandatory ranges to create a extremely detailed outcome.
The MIOPS Flex makes use of each Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity current on each the digicam and smartphone getting used. This permits the machine to ship video data and use the smartphone (or pill) as a secondary display screen. This might be fairly useful for conditions whereby the digicam angle shouldn’t be optimum for viewing the digicam’s display screen reminiscent of at very excessive or very lengthy angles. While there may be round a second of delay which makes it much less fascinating for high-speed capturing, this operate can undoubtedly be of assist in offering a extra environment friendly and extra comfy capturing expertise.
The MIOPS Flex does have extra immersive features in comparison with different digicam triggers which justifies why setting the machine up requires just a few extra tedious steps. If the machine is for use for normal set off features reminiscent of shutter launch and interval capturing, together with the use of the good sensors, it will solely require the common cable suitable with the digicam. However, for extra superior features that make use of the PC distant operate and faucet into the storage, the setup course of might be extra sophisticated and individualized per digicam mannequin. MIOPS offered a selected information that may be discovered right here. These steps embody deactivating smartphone management features, altering USB mode, turning off USB-C charging, and so forth. All of those settings must be set every time you’re utilizing the Flex with the superior features which could take a bit extra time than common if you happen to generally change between such features.
Once absolutely arrange, the Flex turns into a tool that enables your smartphone to manage virtually each side of the capturing course of from a managed distance. Shooting extra sophisticated workflows for time-lapse, landscapes, particular results, and lots of others change into easier with the automation that the machine provides. The person may have higher monitoring of the course of and of the output by way of the distant live-view operate in addition to the real-time previews of time-lapse and HDR. Overall, after profitable tinkering with digicam settings, the MIOPS Flex is usually a useful gizmo to simplify the workflow of assorted sorts of photographers.
What I Liked:
- Features for lengthy publicity, time-lapse, particular results, and so forth
- Instant time-lapse and HDR preview
- Remote capturing
What I Didn’t Like
- Complicated setup course of
- All-plastic materials
- Micro-USB charging