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blueSLR remote trigger and geolocation device coming to Android and BlackBerry (updated)  
Thursday, October 13, 2011 | by Rob Galbraith
blueSLR, a line of Bluetooth modules that enable Nikon digital SLRs to be wirelessly triggered from an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, with optional geolocation data embedding, will soon be available for Android and BlackBerry too. Starting the week of October 24, XEquals, the Canadian maker of blueSLR, will begin shipping modules that are compatible with Bluetooth-equipped Android and BlackBerry devices. Two new blueSLR modules will be available, encompassing 12 current and previous-generation Nikons.

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Connected: The blueSLR module for Nikon Professional DSLR (Photo courtesy XEquals)

The new Android/BlackBerry modules, and the cameras supported with each, are:

blueSLR for Nikon Essential DSLR (SPP) for Android and BlackBerry
  • Nikon D90
  • Nikon D3100
  • Nikon D5000
  • Nikon D5100
blueSLR for Nikon Professional DSLR (SPP) for Android and BlackBerry
  • Nikon D200
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D300S
  • Nikon D700
  • Nikon D2Xs
  • Nikon D3
  • Nikon D3S
  • Nikon D3X
Notably absent from the list is the D7000. Modules that are compatible with this camera are still in the works, says Amy Rascanin of XEquals, though a ship date has not been set (a plan to release a blueSLR iOS module for the D7000 earlier this year did not come to be).

The blueSLR app for Android, when available, will be a free download from the Android Market. The BlackBerry version will be free as well, from BlackBerry App World. As of this writing, neither version has been posted for download.

Update, October 27, 2011: We initially received incorrect information from XEquals about the cross-compatibility of existing blueSLR modules. While it's true that, out of the box, iOS modules can't be used with Android/BlackBerry, and Android/BlackBerry modules can't be used with iOS devices, the hardware in each is in fact identical. What is different is an internal firmware setting, which can be changed by the end user. Or at least it will be possible to do so in the next blueSLR app update, which is scheduled for release in November.

There's one important caveat, though. If, for example, you have an iOS blueSLR module, and you use the blueSLR app on your iPhone to change the module over to Android/BlackBerry mode, it's not possible then, from your iPhone, to change it back to iOS mode. To do that requires an Android or BlackBerry device running the blueSLR app. The same is true if you start with an Android/BlackBerry blueSLR module and change it to iOS mode from your Android or BlackBerry phone or tablet. You can't change it back without the help of an iOS device.

The new blueSLR modules for Android and BlackBerry are the same price as those for iOS devices: US$149/CDN$149/115. Shipping is free to those who pre-order by October 21. To take advantage of the free shipping offer, enter the code blueSLRNow into the Discount field during checkout. (As of this writing, this code appears to bring shipping costs down to zero whether you're ordering modules for Android/BlackBerry or iOS.)

We reviewed blueSLR back in January of this year.
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