iPhone App Remotely Controls Canon DSLR Cameras


Image Credit: Dan Harlacher

This news certainly doesn’t apply to everyone, but it has me excited. onOne Software is putting the finishing touches on a new iPhone application that acts as a remote cable release for Canon DSLR cameras. I just happen to have one of those…two, actually, since I just got the T1i this week and I haven’t sold my XSi yet. Yeah, I don’t always follow the logical path, but that’s another story.

dslr-remote-iphoneSo the new software doesn’t just remotely snap the camera shutter; it also supports setting controls like aperture, shutter speed and white balance. Plus, it taps into the Live View mode of many Canon models, so you can remotely view the scene right on your iPhone. The software works over Wi-Fi and requires that your Camera be USB-tethered to a Mac or PC. The computer will run a small server application to make the connection between your handset and your DSLR. The above pic shows a great use for the remote shutter snap — Mike Wong does his best Air Jordan impression while Dan Harlacher snaps the image remotely. This vid shows the setup for that shoot, using the DSLR Remote software. Interesting that they used an Acer Aspire One netbook for the PC component here, although that makes sense because it’s light and relatively inexpensive.

onOne expects to set a $19.95 selling price, but there should be an intro deal at half that cost. I’m sure to take a peek at this when it hits, although the T1i isn’t yet listed as a supported camera. Maybe I should hold on to that XSi for a few weeks yet?

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