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?



Isn’t there software for the PC to remote-control the camera? (I think there is for my Nikon D60). If so, what’s the big gain by having an iPhone app if your camera has to be attached to a PC/Mac anyway?

Kevin C. Tofel

You’re absolutely correct: the EOS Utility software allows for remote control of the camera, preview of Live View, etc… from a connected computer. What the iPhone app overcomes is the need to be next to that computer. For example: without the iPhone software, the basketball shoot example above would have required someone constantly standing over the basketball net at the computer. Doable, but not ideal. I can think of many situations where I wouldn’t want to be at the computer, which is only 3′ away from the tethered camera. It offers far more flexibility IMO. Others might not want or need that flexibility and could easily get by with the EOS Utility on a computer.


I wonder how this will work when you are in a location where you don’t have an access point. Does the iPhone support peer to peer networking?

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