News: New Android App Allows Canon DSLR Owners to Remotely Control Their Cameras

New Android App Allows Canon DSLR Owners to Remotely Control Their Cameras

New Android App Allows Canon DSLR Owners to Remotely Control Their Cameras

If you're the proud owner of a Canon EOS DSLR, then you'll be glad to know that you no longer have to use EOS Utility on your computer to enable remote live view shooting with your camera. Now, all you need is your Android equipped smartphone (sorry iPhone users) and a new mobile app called DSLR Controller from Chainfire.

New Android App Allows Canon DSLR Owners to Remotely Control Their Cameras

That's right. This wonderful mobile application turns your Android device into a external live view monitor. It also gives you complete control over your digital SLR's functions, allowing you to tweak exposure, aperture, shutter speed, white balance, focus, zoom, color temperature and flash compensation settings with just a few swipes of your finger. It's an amazing app, one that makes me regret switching over to iPhone.

As of right now, DSLR Controller is in beta, so there are some things that need improvement, like live view streaming, which currently only works at 15 frames per second. Also, you can only deep-press the shutter, though its unlikely that half-press will ever be an option. And it's only available on select Android devices, like the Samsung Galaxy S2 with KG1 2.3.4 series or newer firmware, or Honeycomb tablets like the Motorola XOOM and Galaxy Tab.

In order to get DSLR Controller to work with your device, you'll also need a USB host port and the right USB On-The-Go cable. And again, this is in beta mode, so some functionality might be buggy or missing. Check out the post at xda-developers for information. New features on the to-do-list for Chainfire are video support, time-lapse scripting and image review and transfer.

New Android App Allows Canon DSLR Owners to Remotely Control Their Cameras

Supported Canon EOS DSLRs are the 600D, 550D, 60D, 50D, 40D, 7D, 5D MK II and 1D MK IV.

There is a similar (more expensive) app for iPhone users called DSLR Camera Remote Professional Edition, but you still need a computer, as it's needed to connect the iPhone to your camera.

DSLR Controller costs $8.48 in the Android Market. Get it here.

4 Comments

Im whining,, i NEVER get the good stuff..... (Droid x - Canon 50D and 7D) Im to chicken to root my fone and too cheap to pay 200$ for the one that is available.. does ANYONE know if ANYONE is working on that technology? And make it affordable? anyone? (stomping feet, throwing fit)

Before paying 7.37$ for this application you may install the Remote release (USB) of the same company just to see if they are compatible with your device. My 7" Oblio tablet didn't detect my 5D mark 2 though, probably due to the properties of my tablet.

This is an amazing application. Worth every penny. I got it about a month ago and it is VERY useful. Just used it the other day to take some fantastic family portraits. Just thought id menton that I have it on my Nexus 7 tablet using my Canon Rebel XSI. It did not work however using my (Rooted) Evo 4G LTE CM10. If you have any questions hit me up and i would be glad to answer them if i can. –Dante

I need to hook up my xsi to large momotor (27") to check my focus as my eyes are compromised. Any ideas. Ideally i would either use my laptop or elase no computer at all

Thanks kenny

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