Friday, 28 September 2012

Photography: Controlling your Canon and Nikon DSLR With Your Android Device!

Canon and Nikon, finally happily useful
Image from dslr-deal
After a few weeks of absence from the photography chat, it is time to get back to the hype. If you remember in one article, Technology: HOLY SMOKE!!! Galaxy SIII As A PC???!!! , you saw the power of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note with a USB On-The-Go cable. I have something more for you if you have an Android smartphone or tablet. This time, you can control your Canon and Nikon DSLR using that USB On-The-Go cable and a few apps.

If you have a Canon DSLR like my Canon EOS 7D or other models, I must say you must get this one, the best app on the market now!

DSLR Controller

Developed by XDA Elite Recognized Developer Chainfire, DSLR Controller is the must-get app for all photographers who want to do long-exposure photography such as firework, lightning, silky flowing water with ND Filter or welding glass, self-portrait etc. That's because with this app, you don't need to spend extra money to buy a remote camera cable or a wireless remote control, and you will get to see exactly what you are taking from the Android device which is excellent for self-portrait!

Image from Chainfire
Learn how to use it from a guy no other than Chainfire himself!

And here's another video from XDA Senior member Zedomax. Mind you, very shaky hands he's got.

A truly spectacular app! I use this app myself and it works flawlessly!

Helicon Remote (beta)
Image from Google Play
If you are using Nikon, don't be sad, you can also try out this Helicon Remote (beta) is it less responsive, less user-friendly, but less cost too, because it is free!

Image from Google Play
You can still do all those zoom in and out, changing ISO and shutter speed, all basic requirements are fulfilled! I've tried it on my camera, it works alright, Nikon fans can give it a whirl!

Image from Google Play
As for other Canon camera, other than the firmware upgrade for the EOS 7D, there will be more good news coming very soon! Will update you hopefully in the near future!

A final word, Canon EOS 6D is Canon's latest release, Full-Frame!!! But is it really an upgrade?

Do leave a comment and tell me what you think.


hype -- (n)  [U] informal when something is advertised and discussed in newspapers, on television, etc. all the time in order to attract everyone's interest
flawlessly -- (adv) from flawless (adj) perfect or without mistakes
give it a whirl -- informal to attempt to do something, often for the first time


Technology: HOLY SMOKE!!! Galaxy SIII As A PC???!!! @ Locky's English Playground

Photography: Canon 7D Firmware Upgrade Has Come!!! @ Locky's English Playground

DSLR Controller App for Android Tablet - DSLR App of The Year! @ Locky's English Playground

Photography: ND Filters & Photography @ Locky's English Playground

Photography: Welding Glass Photography (WGP) Result 2012 @ Locky's English Playground

DSLR Controller (BETA) @ Google Play

DSLR Controller - Android + Canon EOS - LiveView @ YouTube

DSLR Controller App for Android Tablet - DSLR App of The Year! @ YouTube

Helicon Remote (beta) Helicon Soft Ltd.

Canon 6D full frame DSLR hands-on demo @ YouTube