The iPhone is flooding the mobile market niche and is it any wonder if it will have apps to remotely control you DSLR? Oh no its not, mobile apps for Canon or Nikon DSLR cameras are readily available and what’s more, you can easily get them on shoe-string budget!!!
In this post, I will give you a roundup of my favorite iPhone apps to remotely control your camera. Although these apps are not designed for outdoor photography, they are very handy when shooting indoors especially with your iPhone and laptop in hand.
Remote DSLR Camera Control
Created by Esteban Garro, this budget app allows you to shoot photos, download them to you iPhone and add them to your camera roll. You can also set up timer shot and review and immediately email your pictures to friends and relatives. Another amazing feature of this app is that you can tell your iPhone to fire a shot with your camera in response to a sound like click of your finger. Now how cool is that?
The downside to this app is that you can’t control manual settings like shutter speed, exposure or white balance. But considering that it’s only $0.99 in the App Store, I’m not expecting too much from it. It gets the job done and I’m happy with it.
Price at $4.99 at the App Store, DSLR.bot is more than just a live view tool for your DSLR. You can trigger five different modes with it including regular shoot, time lapse, long exposure, movie mode and HDR bracketing.
With its latest version which is version 5.0, there is now a wake up function in the settings menu which allows you to send a signal to wake the device up before a shot is fired. This feature is very handy for conserving the battery life if you have “Auto Power Off” set to on.
What I like the most about this app is its unbeatable price—it’s free!!! But make no mistake about it because this app allows you to show your clients photos on the fly. After the photos are taken, zooming or panning across the shots is easy even if they are taken in TIFF or RAW format.
Even if it’s free, this app allows you to control exposure mode, exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity and aperture.
All these mobile apps for Canon or Nikon DSLR camera are easy to use. Consistent with the Apple design philosophy, user friendliness is the trademark of these apps. All you need to do is connect your camera to your laptop and activate Remote PC mode and you can now control it with your iPhone over a wifi network.