Our friends at MIOPS have just released their third-generation smart trigger, the FLEX. From capturing lightnings and HDR timelapses, to controlling your camera from a smartphone, the FLEX is more than just a trigger. It is compatible with most camera models from Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony. As with the previous releases, MIOPS is launching the FLEX on Kickstarter.
Compared to the previous-generation MIOPS, the FLEX has many more built-in features and smart app control. Take a look at the full list below:
- Camera Control
- Lightning Sensor
- Sound Sensor
- Laser Sensor
- HDR Bracketing
- Geo Tagging
- Liveview Framing
- Holy Grail Timelapse
- Basic Timelapse
- Long Exposure Timelapse
- HDR Timelapse
- Time Warper
- Cable Release
- Press & Hold
- Press & Lock
- Timed Release
- Self Timer
- Timed Release with Self Timer
Landscape photographers will benefit from the FLEX greatly, since it provides so many timelapse features. From basic and HDR timelapses, to very long “holy grail” timelapses, the software that comes with FLEX is able to even provide a preview of the timelapse on the smartphone while the camera is capturing it. That’s a pretty sweet feature you won’t find on modern DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
Kudos to MIOPS engineers for taking the camera trigger to the next level. While camera companies still struggling (and often failing) to provide a basic smartphone interface for controlling their cameras, third-party products like FLEX are doing a phenomenal job. And they integrate with many different cameras and brands, so that you don’t have to keep on buying different products.
When I visited MIOPS in Istanbul a few years back, I had a chance to talk to the company owners and the smart engineers behind all MIOPS products. It was great to see such a creative, smart and hard-working team that is so keen on making great products. For more information on MIOPS and to watch my interview with the company, see this article.
While some Kickstarter campaigns don’t see the light of the day, failing to deliver the end product, that’s not something you should worry about with the folks at MIOPS. Every product the company has launched so far has been successful and they have been able to fulfill every order. At this point, the FLEX campaign has already surpassed its $50K goal, raising over $92K in less than 24 hours of the announcement. Considering that the previous MIOPS campaign, the Capsule360 raised close to $600K, this is just the beginning for the FLEX.
To find out more about the FLEX, check out the below video:
And to support the campaign and pre-order your copy of the FLEX, check out the FLEX Kickstarter campaign page.
An expensive hyped up piece of equipment. They spend a lot of money and time hyping the capability off the FLEX but the proof is in the doing, and from what I see there is NO proof that their claims for this device work; since this company cannot or will not provide any training videos showing that this product actually works as advertised, all I see is a lot of very quick ads claiming capabilities which they are unable to prove by providing any training.
Now I know they will probably say that they dont have time to create training videos showing how the device work; but that would not be true since they have dozens of MIOPS Ambasadors and NOT one of them can produce a video showing how it works? All I have seen from their ambassadors are videos advertising that it is a great product wiithout showing how they do it
So in the end I have to conclude this device must not be able to do what is claimed, or that the process is so SLOW and complex that most photographers would find it more of a waste of time to even use such a device in the field.
I have to agree completely, I purchased the. Miops Flex and there is no way I can see how you operate the device to produce what their advertising claims.
When I contacted Miops all they could do is refer me to the brief instructions provide and when I said I had already followed the instructions, I was offered a refund.
From what I have been able to determine, I am fairly confident the lightning mode will work but every other claim is false.
This promo video is too fast for my brain… :)
For HDR i don’t need any trigger … and to do everything with a smartphone is not the fastest way to do things. (for timelapse you better do not use previews to save the battery) Still the strong point may be the connection with the outside world with that smartphone.
It looks like the Pluto Trigger does the same things for 1/2 the price .