Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Controlling a Fuji X-T1 with the Fujifilm Camera Remote WIFi APP

We wanted to do a straight down lifestyle photo of a group of friends eating together at a table. This called for the camera to be located directly overhead and centered on the table, which meant there was no way for me to operate it directly or to even look in the viewfinder or LCD. I didn't want to do an elaborate setup because we had many other scenes to do that day and I didn't want to waste any time. I immediately chose the Fuji X-T1 because its light weight made it very easy to suspend over the table with a simple pole cat setup. Additionally, the Fujifilm Camera Remote APP for wireless control of the camera is one of the best I have seen. I have it on my cell phone and on my tablet, and use it for situations just like this..

This is the setup for the shot. The X-T1 with Fuji 10-24mm zoom was centered, leveled, and suspended above the table by clamping it to a polecat setup.

The camera rig consisted of a Super-Clamp with small tripod ball head attached using the built-in Arca-swiss style mount on the Fuji accessory grip

I controlled the X-T1 entirely with the Fujifilm Camera Remote APP on a Samsung Tab4. One of the nice things about the Fuji APP is that it does more than just trigger the camera. It can also control many of the camera settings. In this situation I set the camera to Auto exposure where I chose the aperture and the camera chose the shutter speed. I preset the camera manually to ISO 400, although even this can be controlled from the APP.   I did use the APP to control the over-under exposure control on the camera and set it to over-expose by +3/5 stop. From then on all I had to do was pick the focus point on the back of the tablet by tapping the location with my finger, and then hit the red shutter button.

The finished photo. A Fuji X camera does it again.


  1. Great shot- I can't believe more people have not discovered this fantastic feature.
    Fuji has made this very easy. If you don't believe me- try using some of the other camera apps for your remote. Good Luck!
    Great job of hanging the camera!
    Again thanks-

  2. Nice shot, wish fuji would add remote control to the x-e2. :-(