Andy wrote: ↑
August 13th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Unfoolishly wrote:The problem is: in which state is the Unleashed when the LED is "black"/off all the time: is it in "listening mode for BT connections" or in "fully asleep, not listening mode for BT connections".
There is no "fully asleep" state, therefore there is no need for a separate LED sequence/color/etc. The Unleashed is always ready to connect. As Oliver said, we have thought about implementing a completely off mode, but we haven't implemented it yet.
This is indeed a requested (open) feature by users. When this is implemented, the extra LED coloring does have its use, just to indicate that the Unleashed is still approachable by the smartphone when the Unleashed is in "asleep" state. When in "fully asleep" state (= requested feature) you cannot connect to the Unleashed anymore from the smartphone, but must "kiss" the Unleashed "awake" by turning ON the camera at least once. That would be nice to have. Then it is no longer needed to toggle on/off the Unleasheds in the smartphone.
Andy wrote: ↑
August 13th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Unfoolishly wrote:Because why would you keep the connection alive between smartphone and Unleashed when the camera is in the cabinet all month, while another camera is being used all day?
If you are not using your Unleashed and you are not happy with it being connected, you can always just disable it in the app.
JACKPOT! Now you have hit the hammer on the nail: I have three Unleasheds paired/bonded using one smartphone. All Unleasheds are connected to 3 Nikon D7100 camera's. So what I am seeing in the Unleashed App is this:
N2: 004552 (serials are fake, you get the idea)
Now you tell me: which one of these Unleasheds should I disable, because I only plan to use two camera's this week, and leave the third camera in the cabinet. Which one is the camera with the not-in-use-Unleashed?
Yes, you COULD argue that you must turn each camera on first, one by one, and then determine which camera is staying at home. Only to know which to disable in the App. But what if I stay at home and only plan to use one camera for a week, and leave two camera's/Unleasheds in the cabinet? I find that somewhat the opposite around: first turn on the camera to figure out which Unleashed pops up in the App to green, so I can disable it. It's more like unlocking your car in the parking garage, just to find your car. Why turn ON the camera to figure out which Unleashed is connected to the camera. Unlocking your car to find it in a parking garage, I understand, but turning ON/OFF the camera to figure out which Unleashed to toggle is actually the opposite of what you want to accomplish: leave the camera OFF until you REALLY need it weeks later. Why open the cabinet to grab the camera you DON'T intent to use at all, and then turn it on just to know which is which Unleashed??? I really do like the Unleashed and camera to STAY "fully asleep" for weeks, not draining the battery.
In the current situation, the App and smartphone WILL connect to EACH Unleashed, even those residing in the cabinet for weeks, which drains the battery without any use at all. That is what other users also experienced: dead battery after a few weeks of not using the camera at all. Unpleasant surprise when you packed your bag to go to the beach without a spare (fully charged) battery. That's a bummer.
It is not really a "big" problem, but it isn't practical also. I would prefer a physical identifaction on the camera (someone suggested to me to use 3 different colors of nail polish because that sticks on the camera body pretty good) and a software identification in the App (like giving the Unleashed a name, by which the App then stores that name in the Unleashed itself permanently, so when you connect with a different smartphone, these names show up in the App of that smartphone also). I sure know I am holding a Nikon D7100, I am not retarded ;-)
The App doesn't have to tell me that. For users with differnt types of camera's, this is not an issue. But for those with identical camera's, the distinction between the Unleasheds become hard to guess from the App. Having the option to give the Unleashed an unique name, solves this problem for good. And also other problems I won't go into details right now. Even with pairing/bonding an Unleashed to a new smartphone would be more meaningful if you could read the custom name in the "tap here to bond/pair"-screen.
Then you would get something like this in the App:
The problem is also at hand when you have two smartphones, but the camera's are in operation by another person, but within BT range (< 40m). Person A has camera 1 and 2, person B has camera 3, and ALL operate the camera through the Unleashed App (on different smartphones).
You could argue, just pair/bond the Unleashed only to the smartphone you use, and the other person only the other Unleashed. But I do prefer pairing/bonding all Unleashed on all smartphones and toggle them ON/OFF whenever I need 1, 2 or 3 camera's, either operated by 1, 2 or 3 persons/smartphones. Especially when the smartphones are used in the field for geo tagging and are further away than the BT range.
It is much much much more easier to have some kind of custom identification (like a name) in the App than to turn ON/OFF each camera/Unleashed to figure out which camera/Unleashed I am suppose to disable because I don't now the serial number of the Unleashed (although I do know the color of the nail polish on the camera. It is just so much easier).
It is so much beneficial to give the user of the App a possibility to name its Unleashed, so when multiple Unleasheds are used in timelapses, you can quickly switch between the different kind of timelapses, or other settings. Do you know which of the D7100 camera's is doing which timelapse, if they are all having running timelapses, but different positions? Can you distinct between them, I can't? Therefore: a name setting would be cool to have.
It also makes the Unleashed more personal, because I like to give names to things I have a warm heart for, like a personal tamagotchi. It's called emotional bonding/pairing ;-D
Thanks for clearifying the GPS subjects too. I understand it now much better. Should be mentioned in the MANUAL too. Hint hint hint ;-)