Camera manufacturers (particularly those making point and shoot compact cameras) have to be a little afraid of iOS devices. There are a whole lot of people who have stopped carrying around their camera and just use the built-in capabilities of their smartphones and tablets. In an effort to increase their relevancy and to add serious ‘cool-factor’, Panasonic has released a Wi-Fi app that can function as a remote control to be used with their Lumix DMC-FX90 camera.
Unfortunately, the camera itself will require a firmware upgrade in order to take advantage of this new app and the functionality is somewhat limited (it would sure be nice if you could transfer files without having to use the Lumix Link app separately).
What is nice is the ability to remotely view the ame image as what your camera is about to record while also being able to set the zoom level and shoot a still picture. A provided self shot mode makes it easier to take pictures of yourself if you want to do your own portrait (which many of us do as circulating pictures becomes increasingly necessary common).
The app is available for both Android and iOS –if you happen to have one of these Panasonic Lumix cameras, you grab it for free from the App Store for your iPhone or iPad now.
Panasonic is no stranger to the app game, having already released a large number of iOS compatible apps extending your use of a variety of their products such as those that allow you to control your Panasonic projector, take advantage of your network camera to do remote surveillance, operate your 2011/2012 VIERA flat-panel TV or even play a game that helps to teach you about prime numbers (that is one of the more unusual entries).
[via The Verge]