icon FieldMonitor: Support copyright © 2018 Adam J. Wilt  
A wireless video monitor for iPhone

First Things First:

Camera doesn't appear in the Source list? Try this: turn Airplane Mode on, then re-enable Wi-Fi and try again.

Is FieldMonitor not installing / not starting / crashing on your iDevice? Try a reset: hold down the power and home buttons until the screen goes dark, and keep holding them down until the Apple logo appears (about 10 seconds overall). After your iDevice restarts, try FieldMonitor again. If that doesn’t work, try deleting and reinstalling it. Still stuck? Contact me!

FieldMonitor is a universal app: buy it once, use it on all your iDevices. Sometimes, though, iTunes account information fails to update on an iDevice. If you bought FieldMonitor on one device, but you can't download it on another one without buying again, try signing out of your iTunes account, then sign in again. That should allow you to download it at no additional cost.

FieldMonitor uses Wi-Fi, and is subject to interference and frequency congestion: FieldMonitor and your camera communicate using the same Wi-Fi frequencies as any other Wi-Fi access points, routers, and hotspots, as well as cordless phones and microwave ovens. If you use FieldMonitor in a crowded Wi-Fi environment, it has to compete with all the other signals in the same frequency band, and you will likely see more network timeouts, picture freezes, and/or increased latency.

For best results with a Panasonic or Teradek, use a separate Wi-Fi Access Point, possibly an enterprise-grade unit like those from Ruckus or Ubiquiti. In a congested radio environment, you may not be able to work successfully unless you use an enterprise-grade access point. This isn’t possible with a Sony, as you can only connect directly to the camera. Sony support says that in “ideal environmental conditions, the recommended maximum distance a camera can be connected to a smartphone is less than 5 meters or 16 feet. It is not possible to increase this distance and also not possible to use any Wi-Fi repeater.”

Important info:

You need a compatible Panasonic Lumix camera, Sony camera, or a Teradek H.264 transmitter (Cube 100, 200, 500, or 600 series, Clip, or VidiU) to use this app. Without a supported Panasonic, Sony, or Teradek, this app doesn't do anything useful!

Known Compatible Panasonic Cameras:

The following cameras have been tested with FieldMonitor and FieldMonitor displays their images and controls them properly:

DC-GH5, DMC-FZ300, DMC-FZ1000, DMC-G7, DMC-G85, DMC-GH4, DMC-GX7, DMC-GX8, DMC-GX85, DMC-LX10, DMC-LX100, DMC-ZS60, and DMC-ZS100.

Other cameras that work with Panasonic’s Image App should work with FieldMonitor. As I learn of other cameras that do (or do not) work with FieldMonitor, I will update this list. If you test a camera not on the list, please let me know if it works or not.

Panasonic GH3 and earlier cameras do not support remote control or monitoring while recording video.

Cine cameras like the DVX200, EVA-1, and Varicam are not supported.

Known Compatible Sony Cameras:

FieldMonitor has been tested with the a6300, A7ii, A7Rii, and A7Sii. See the table here for compatible cameras: any camera supporting liveview and movie recording capability using Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile app. For the Alpha, HX, WX, and RX series, these cameras should work:

ILCE-7M2, ILCE-7RM2, ILCE-7S, ILCE-7SM2, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6300, ILCE-6500, DSC-HX60/V, DSC-HX80, DSC-HX90/V, DSC-HX400/V, DSC-WX500, DSC-RX10M2, DSC-RX10M3, DSC-RX100M3, DSC-RX100M4 and DSC-RX100M5. I've also been told the A99ii works.

These cameras must have the free Smart Remote Control installed from the PlayMemories Camera Apps Store to be controllable by FieldMonitor. With only Smart Remote Embedded available in the camera’s Application List, you can monitor the camera but not control it.

Sonys do not allow the use of Picture Profiles in Wi-Fi remote mode. You cannot shoot in S-Log2 or S-Log3 while using Wi-Fi at the same time. 

At present, the Sony A9 and A7Riii can be monitored using FieldMonitor, but not controlled remotely.  You can use 'scopes, focus assist, false color, markers, etc., but you can't operate the camera's controls using the app.

Sony A7, A6000, A5000, NEX series, and earlier cameras do not support remote control or monitoring while recording video.

Cine cameras like the FS5, FS7, and F55 are not supported.


Need more help?

If none of these solve your problem, please contact me!

© 2018 Adam J. Wilt.  Last updated 2018.01.03