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Remote Image viewing

Posted 16/03/2021 - 20:03 Link
I have a Pentax K3 and a Flu card and I want to be able to use either my phone or a tablet to view what the camera is seeing. I intend to mount the camera on a light stand or a pole to get a different perspective. I have installed the Image Sync app on my phone but on the list of Pentax cameras the K3 isn't there. Is there a different app or how do I proceed?
Edited by StepheninRammy: 16/03/2021 - 20:21
JohnX
Posted 16/03/2021 - 20:17 - Helpful Comment Link
The Flucard has it's own built in app. All the info is on the Pentax site.
Lubbyman
Posted 16/03/2021 - 21:52 - Helpful Comment Link
JohnX wrote:
All the info is on the Pentax site.

See http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/o-fc1/ . Scroll to the bottom to download the user manual.

The Flucard is accessed via a web browser on the tablet or phone, an app is not used.

If you just want to see what the camera is seeing and not control it remotely, an alternative is via HDMI cable. I do this for table-top macro, with a K3 attached to a Windows tablet. Aperture etc. set via the camera, shutter fired by wireless trigger.

Steve
JAK
Posted 16/03/2021 - 22:00 - Helpful Comment Link
Excuse my ignorance, but what's phogoraphy?

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John K
Posted 16/03/2021 - 22:24 Link
JohnX wrote:
The Flucard has it's own built in app. All the info is on the Pentax site.

Thanks for that John.
Posted 16/03/2021 - 22:29 Link
Lubbyman wrote:
JohnX wrote:
All the info is on the Pentax site.

See http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/o-fc1/ . Scroll to the bottom to download the user manual.

The Flucard is accessed via a web browser on the tablet or phone, an app is not used.

If you just want to see what the camera is seeing and not control it remotely, an alternative is via HDMI cable. I do this for table-top macro, with a K3 attached to a Windows tablet. Aperture etc. set via the camera, shutter fired by wireless trigger.

Steve

Thanks Steve, I have a long enough lead to operate the shutter by wire, HDMI is an option I just want to see what the camera is seeing.
Posted 16/03/2021 - 22:30 Link
JAK wrote:
Excuse my ignorance, but what's phogoraphy?

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This is a bit disturbing, make a camera which needs a flu card for certain operations and then discontinue the card, doh! I've only got one.
davidwozhere
Posted 17/03/2021 - 01:58 Link
I had a flucard. I put it in my K3ii and stupidly connected it to my desktop computer. It took a lot of sweating and cursing to regain control of it. It's an abomination of a thing! The one with the K1 does use image synch and works reasonably well with my Samsung mobile. It's very crude however in comparison to simply using the camera conventionally. Set it up to ambush some poor bird or squirrel and you're away but trying to focus on a non centered area where the beast turns up unexpectedly .... ?
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Lubbyman
Posted 17/03/2021 - 09:24 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
It took a lot of sweating and cursing to regain control of it. It's an abomination of a thing!

It worked OK for me, no sweating and cursing needed. But you do need to read the user manual carefully. Make sure your camera battery is fully charged and have a spare handy if you'll be having a long session, the wifi in the Flucard is an extra drain on it. Controlling the camera via a Flucard is a bit slow and clunky (definitely not suitable for action shots!), but it can be done and has enabled me to get some ground-level shots with the K3 that would have been difficult any other way.

StepheninRammy wrote:
... make a camera which needs a flu card for certain operations and then discontinue the card, doh!

It happens all the time, usually because something better has come along. My keyboard (the musical sort) uses a proprietary wifi connection that is no longer supported, it's all Bluetooth now. And it's impossible to get a new lens for Pentax Q cameras now, the Q line has been discontinued. But thankfully, you only need one Flucard. Treat it nicely and it should last a long time. And pre-owned ones seem to come up regularly.

Good luck. And if you have any problems, just ask.

Steve
Posted 18/03/2021 - 18:32 Link
StepheninRammy wrote:
Lubbyman wrote:
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All the info is on the Pentax site.

See http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/o-fc1/ . Scroll to the bottom to download the user manual.

The Flucard is accessed via a web browser on the tablet or phone, an app is not used.

If you just want to see what the camera is seeing and not control it remotely, an alternative is via HDMI cable. I do this for table-top macro, with a K3 attached to a Windows tablet. Aperture etc. set via the camera, shutter fired by wireless trigger.

Steve

Thanks Steve, I have a long enough lead to operate the shutter by wire, HDMI is an option I just want to see what the camera is seeing.

What connection is needed at the tablet?
barkin
Posted 18/03/2021 - 20:07 Link
I'm not sure what you mean. The Flu card makes the camera accessible via wi-fi, from a browser running on the tablet.
The Flu card provides the interface to do what you want, running in a web browser.

It's not quite as 'slick' as some modern remote wi-fi implementations, but it does work. For me, at least..

It's all in the manual...
Posted 18/03/2021 - 20:44 Link
barkin wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean. The Flu card makes the camera accessible via wi-fi, from a browser running on the tablet.
The Flu card provides the interface to do what you want, running in a web browser.

It's not quite as 'slick' as some modern remote wi-fi implementations, but it does work. For me, at least..

It's all in the manual...

Sorry, I meant using a cable to connect just so I can view what the camera sees, It's all I need.
barkin
Posted 18/03/2021 - 21:38 Link
Ah, I see. What connections does the tablet have?
Posted 18/03/2021 - 21:52 Link
barkin wrote:
Ah, I see. What connections does the tablet have?

I've not got one yet!
RobL
Posted 19/03/2021 - 07:47 Link
davidwozhere wrote:
I had a flucard. I put it in my K3ii and stupidly connected it to my desktop computer. It took a lot of sweating and cursing to regain control of it. It's an abomination of a thing! The one with the K1 does use image synch and works reasonably well with my Samsung mobile. It's very crude however in comparison to simply using the camera conventionally. Set it up to ambush some poor bird or squirrel and you're away but trying to focus on a non centered area where the beast turns up unexpectedly .... ?

We are slightly off topic here with the Image Synch app but I am a bit confused by your remote focusing issue, using an iPad I can touch anywhere on the screen and the camera will focus there.

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