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, affords so much options that assist automate a number of publicity processes akin to time-lapse, star trails, HDR, and lots of extra. It additionally has varied sensors for sound, lighting, and movement that gives a variety of potentialities.
The MIOPS Flex affords a whole lot of the identical options because 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 have to 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 gadget 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 will probably 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 by way of the MIOPS cellular app. On the fitting facet is a micro-SD card slot that will probably be used to retailer the output of the concerned processes, in addition to copies of the photographs taken with the gadget. While the design is smooth and minimalistic, the all-plastic building does result in some questions on sturdiness, particularly when utilized in excessive situations.
One of probably the most primary capabilities of this good set off is full management for lengthy publicity taking pictures. Much like different variants, the MIOPS Flex affords a smartphone-controlled method to set off shutter lock and launch. The lengthy publicity timer can maintain lengthy publicity for as much as 99 hours with an added possibility 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 perform which is able to routinely enter your ensuing publicity time and will let you shoot straight out of the settings advisable by the ND filter calculator.
The MIOPS Flex affords all the time-lapse capabilities seen within the MIOPS Smart+ and Remote plus. A typical interval taking pictures mode might be performed for guide time-lapse taking pictures capabilities with adjustable parameters akin to publicity time, interval time, and a complete variety of exposures. It additionally has some extra superior time-lapse capabilities such because 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 capabilities work hand-in-hand with built-in sensors such because the “Storm-lapse” mode which triggers exposures utilizing the sunshine sensor that detects flashes of lightning and triggers the digicam to take a shot. The Road-lapse perform works with the laser sensor which triggers the digicam to shoot when an object passes in entrance of the sensor which might be excellent for capturing transferring autos from the facet of the highway. The HDR time-lapse perform captures bracketed exposures as a substitute of single exposures to provide extra vibrant and detailed clips.
However, probably the most notable time-lapse characteristic of the MIOPS Flex is the truth that it may well generate previews of your time-lapse clips with using 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 should not as versatile when it comes to pace and body fee, they provide an enormous worth in assuring that the clips might be put collectively and present a glimpse of the end result.
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 characteristic, the Flex can create real-time previews or simulations of the ensuing mixed and blended HDR pictures 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 gadget to navigate across the body to deal with completely different components to have the ability to cowl the required ranges to create a extremely detailed consequence.
The MIOPS Flex makes use of each Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity current on each the digicam and smartphone getting used. This permits the gadget 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 akin to at very excessive or very lengthy angles. While there’s round a second of delay which makes it much less fascinating for high-speed taking pictures, this perform can undoubtedly be of assist in offering a extra environment friendly and extra snug taking pictures expertise.
The MIOPS Flex does have extra immersive capabilities in comparison with different digicam triggers which justifies why setting the gadget up requires just a few extra tedious steps. If the gadget is for use for traditional set off capabilities akin to shutter launch and interval taking pictures, together with using the good sensors, it will solely require the standard cable appropriate with the digicam. However, for extra superior capabilities that make use of the PC distant perform and faucet into the storage, the setup course of might be extra sophisticated and individualized per digicam mannequin. MIOPS offered a particular information that may be discovered here. These steps embody deactivating smartphone management capabilities, altering USB mode, turning off USB-C charging, and so forth. All of those settings must be set every time you might be utilizing the Flex with the superior capabilities which could take a bit extra time than standard when you generally swap between such capabilities.
Once totally arrange, the Flex turns into a tool that enables your smartphone to manage nearly each side of the taking pictures course of from a managed distance. Shooting extra sophisticated workflows for time-lapse, landscapes, particular results, and lots of others turn out to be less complicated with the automation that the gadget affords. The consumer may also have higher monitoring of the method and of the output by means of the distant live-view perform 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 varied sorts of photographers.
What I Liked:
- Features for lengthy publicity, time-lapse, particular results, and so forth
- Instant time-lapse and HDR preview
- Remote taking pictures
What I Didn’t Like
- Complicated setup course of
- All-plastic materials
- Micro-USB charging