Manfrotto’s Digital Director turns iPad Airs into a massive remote for DSLRs

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:42 AM EDT


Earlier this week, Manfrotto introduced to the world the Digital Director, a tripod-mounted device designed to turn an iPad Air into a remote control and live view display for Canon and Nikon DSLRs.

The central component of the Digital Director is a CPU-equipped base unit that connects your iPad Air to your camera via an integrated lightning cable. You cand either use the device handheld, while still tethered to the camera or securely place it alongside your camera using its standard 1/4”–20 mount.

The secondary component of the Digital Director is a dedicated iOS application that works in sync with the base unit to provide a live-view feed of what your camera is seeing and make changes on-the-fly. This includes adjustments such as ISO, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, white balance, focus and more.

In addition to composing and capturing images through the screen of your iPad, the Digital Director app allows you to browse through previously captured images, make minor edits such as cropping and even sharing through social networks if connected to the internet.



As pointed out by PetaPixel, this isn’t the first device of its kind. CamRanger, released back in 2012, offers the same functionality, all without the need for a bulky case or to be directly tethered to your camera.

Below is a ‘first-look’ at the Manfrotto Digital Director from Adorama.

The Digital Director is set to go on sale in June for $499.99. You can pre-order it at both B&H and Adorama in the meantime. The accompanying iOS app is available for free in the iOS App Store.