Using the Canon W-E1 wifi adapter

When Canon announced the W-E1 wifi adapter for the EOS7D MkII and the EOS5S and 5SR I was decidedly underwhelmed for two reasons;

  • The first was that it was not backwards compatible with the two EOS5D MkIII bodies that I had at the time.
  • The second was that it took away the ability to record to two cards when it was in use.

At the time I couldn’t see any advantage over any of the SD based transmitters from Eye-Fi or Toshiba amongst others. I didn’t buy one and I couldn’t see myself buying one either.

Fast forward ten months and my need to use remote cameras controlled by an iOS devices has grown and I only had one – the wonderfully simple Canon EOS6D. I didn’t want to use either of the EOS5D MkIV bodies as a remote and so I bought the W-E1 adapter to use in my EOS7D MkII.

I know that having used all sorts of wireless devices with all sorts of Canons probably made this dead easy for me but from taking the SD card out of the packaging I was up and running in under five minutes. Put simply, this device is really easy to use. It doesn’t do very much – it just allows you to browse the images on the camera’s Compact Flash (CF) card or to control the camera from your phone, tablet or computer. I got it working, clamped the camera in place, walked away and started taking pictures. Easy. I don’t think that it will be in the camera every time I use it – my love of having the files written to both memory cards easily trumps the need to be able to use the W-E1’s wireless functions most of the time but it will live in the bag with the 7D MkII at all times.

Shot using Canon EOS7D MkII camera remotely controlled via a smartphone app and then downloaded to the phone before being edited using the FSN Pro app and uploaded to Dropbox direct from the phone. © Neil Turner, May 2017

The thing about owning and using all of the various wireless options is that I find myself doing more and more work where getting images away quickly as well as shooting remotely. Versatility has gone from being a useful day-to-day option to being an absolute necessity. Spending yet another £40.00 inc VAT to give me more options hurts but, less than two hours after buying the accessory, it has pretty much paid for itself.

3 comments

  1. Hi Neil, like you, I am finding more and more of my clients are asking me to send images to them live (or near as damn it) from the shoot. My main client insists on me using Canon, which isn’t a problem, but I actually shoot the majority of my work on Fuji X series cameras ( for varying reasons which I won’t go into now) which have limited wifi capability but one that actually works very well but is not as powerful as the Canon equivalent.
    My main question though is not about the wifi but about the apps you use on your phone to edit and transmit your images. I notice you used FSN Pro to edit your images. I used to use an early version a few years ago but it drove me up the wall as it was so convoluted. I have since been using Photogene⁴ because it was simpler and more reliable. I do find it a bit restrictive though and was wondering how you get on with FSN Pro now and has it improved much since it’s early days? Thanks in advance, Paul

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    1. I like Photogene but recently I have been getting a notification on my phone that the app needs to be updated or else it will cease to work on the iPhone. Several colleagues have had the same warning and so I have started to look at the alternatives. None are perfect and Photogene remains my favourite but FSN Pro is a close second and it is up-to-date with the iOS latest operating system. Photogene hasn’t ben updated for almost three years and the developers are not replying to questions about its future and so I have started to prepare for the worst. I’m also looking at Shuttersnitch and lots of other apps that do some or all of the job.

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