NAB 2015 recently opened in Las Vegas and Manfrotto has just unveiled a new accesory at the show called the Digital Director which transforms an iPad Air into a display and remote control for your Canon or Nikon DSLR.
The Manfrotto Digital Director is not just a stand for the iPad it includes a built-in ARM Cortex A8 600MHz microprocessor which provides a low-latency live view and quick transfer of images from your camera to the iPad (do you really need this and how effective this really is we don’t know).
The Digital Director has an app which allows the user a lot of control when working tethered including things such as exposure, light, contrast, crop, rotate, histogram and EXIF information and you can view audio levels when shooting video and change focus (on AF lenses). It is powered by AA batteries and there is an included AC adapter.
The unit has a 3/8″-16 threaded mount for attaching it to a variety of supports and it will sell for under $500 starting June 2015 (we will stick with our free DslrDashboard software which does more or less all of this – for free).