WHAT IS ARSENAL? Arsenal is the world’s first intelligent camera assistant for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. By combining this mobile app and Arsenal’s ultralight hardware you get complete control over your camera from your smartphone!
NEVER MISS THE PERFECT SHOT: Like your own personal photography assistant, Arsenal lets you focus on the parts of photography you love while it takes care of the rest. In Smart Mode, Arsenal’s machine learning algorithm understands the scene you’re shooting, chooses smart settings, and fine tunes them using 18 different environmental factors.
GET COMPLETE CONTROL: When you want full creative control, Arsenal’s Manual Mode turns your smartphone into the world’s best wireless camera remote. Set your camera’s shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. See a live preview of your shot. And trigger the shutter... all from up to 100 feet away!
TAKE GREAT SHOTS IN TRICKY LIGHT: Capture scenes with High Dynamic Range (HDR) without spending hours in front of your computer. Arsenal automates advanced exposure stacking techniques, taking multiple exposures and merging them into a single RAW or JPG file on your camera.
KEEP EVERYTHING SHARP: With focus stacking, you can get your entire scene in sharp focus. Arsenal calculates the optimal number of exposures, takes them at different focus positions, and merges them into one crystal clear image on your camera.
CAPTURE STUNNING TIMELAPSES: Arsenal makes capturing “holy grail” timelapses a breeze. Simply start your timelapse and let Arsenal adjust the exposure as the light changes for a smooth day-to-night transition. You can even preview your timelapse while it’s being recorded.
WORKS WITH MOST POPULAR CAMERA MODELS: Arsenal fully supports dozens of popular DSLR and mirrorless camera models made by Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Fuji. To see if your camera is supported, visit https://witharsenal.com/supported-cameras
You can learn more about Arsenal at https://witharsenal.com
Since the previous release, the team has been hard at work improving a lot of the experience side of Arsenal. This means a lot of bug fixes, performance improvements, and new features mostly geared towards making Arsenal more useful in some situations. The biggest work has been on our holy grail timelapse, which is currently in beta and should be released in the next release. You'll see the bug fix list is really long on this build. Some of these can take a while to track down, so thanks to our customers for helping us dive in and identifying the use cases where these problems were arising.
Arsenal has come a long way since our first firmware release. In addition to the changelog below, we've also been working on a new build process and test suite. These improvements will speed up the pace of development and help us catch a lot more regressions between releases in the future.
Portrait Orientation live view
When Arsenal is mounted in the hot shoe, it will use the accelerometer to make live view turn 90 degrees (left or right) when the camera is in a portrait orientation. Thanks to Ben for the hard work on this one, it's a bigger change under the hood that you would think to get working. Also, stacks taken in portrait show correctly in the review.
Handheld Photo Review Gesture [Nikon, Canon, and some Sony's currently]
Many of the cameras Arsenal supports have a strange behavior where they stop showing review photos as soon as a setting update happend over USB. To get around this limitation, we've added a "handheld photo review gesture". Simply tilt the camera 90 degrees down towards the ground and Arsenal will pause updates to the camera's settings to allow photo review. Tip it back up to resume handheld shooting. We think this is a fairly natural gesture when reviewing photos. We've also added an LED indicator so you can check if you are in photo review mode: the single moving LED will be replaced by two LED's at the left and right of the LED bar.
Added "Mounted on hot shoe" option
By disabling this option, Arsenal will assume accelerometer data isn't usable since it doesn't correlate with movements to the camera. If for some reason you want to use Arsenal without it being mounted in the hot shoe, disable this option.
Finished Fuji X-T1 handheld mode
Getting handheld mode working on the X-T1 took a bit of work. To enable handheld mode on the X-T1, move the ISO dial to "A" and the shutter dial to "T", then hold the power button down for 3 seconds.
New timelapse preview generator
We totally rewrote the timelapse preview generator. The previous version had a few situations where it would stop generating previews. This is fixed in the new approach, and it also produces higher quality previews with much better compression. This will mean previews will load faster if you're further from Arsenal and the bandwidth is limited. The next release we will finally have sharing of timelapses from the app (and seeing them in the photo review section) included.
Smart Mode Improvements
Tweaks to noise floor calculations, should fix some issues people were seeing with Arsenal choosing very high isos in handheld mode. (This may still happen in very low light situations with lots of camera shake or subject motion. In those situations, there isn't enough light to prevent blur, so raising the iso is the only remaining option)
Improved accelerometer read outs to avoid accelerometer read timeouts
Sony Multi-Point Focus
Sony Wifi cameras now have multipoint focus support. Focus stacking for these cameras is coming in the next release. We also improved the connection speed between Arsenal and these Sony Wifi cameras.
There's also a very large list of minor bug fixes that we've included in this release. If you're interested, the details are below. See the full list of updates at http://support.witharsenal.com/release-notes/v0950-release-notes
Ratings and Reviews
First of all. I love that I can stack images right to my phone and don’t have to use a computer. And I’m hoping that there will be some nightscape stack mode with dark frame elimination added in the future.
My biggest issue is how slow it is. Especially when multipoint focusing. By the time it’s focused (just 2 or 3 points), the shot may be lost. Not great if you want to do macro.
Won’t smart stack yet because of exposure bracketing limitations.
Would like some in app control over the output image, general raw editing sliders for exposure, shadows, highlights, etc. Right now there’s little control over the produced image and I feel my artistic liberties are governed by what arsenal wants the picture to look like. For some people this may be easier, but I just wanted an image stacker that I can use in my phone since I’ve ditched my computer.
I would really like to see a stacking mode specifically for nightscapes added to arsenal with dark frame elimination. Not to produce star trails but to align multiple images to increase star signal and decrease noise.
Really awesome features! Focus stacking is my new favorite thing to do! No wait long exposure blending! My mom even likes that she gets pictures from me now when I am out on an adventure.
This product and app are very buggy. I primarily use it as a remote shutter so I can be in photos, and maybe twice it has functioned properly. But 90% of time I can’t get the app to even connect to the Arsenal and the live view mode constantly freezes. They have a lot of issues to work out so that this can be a good product, but in the meantime the Arsenal is a waste of $$$.
Developer Response ,
I'm sorry to hear that you're having problems with your Arsenal. We've had a number of improvements with the latest release, v0.9.50, and we believe that this release resolves these types of issues. If you don't mind, would you try the latest release and then write our support team (email@example.com) if you're having any issues? If you are, we can escalate this to our development team and have them work out any bugs there. Our apologies again for the issues here.
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