Android App to Control Your DSLR Camera

Android 3.1 and 2.3.4 running device is now equipped with USB support to control accessories for integration. A beta DSLR Controller app is now available in the Android Market to do photography in your Android smartphone and tablet devices as long as you have the aforementioned versions, USB connectors fitted in supported Canon EOS DSLRs. Unfortunately, since this app is currently in beta, you might encounter problems like connection errors or freezes that are immediately treated by “disconnecting your camera, turning it off and on, rebooting your Android device, and only then trying again” according to the app developer. We got the full descriptions after the break along with the supported devices, check it out.

Chainfire’s DSLR Controller app’s description on the Android Market, using DSLR Controller allows you access to the following features:

  • Live View
  • Auto Focus (tap Live View)
  • Manual focus adjustments in Auto Focus mode
  • Histogram
  • Zoom control
  • Grid display
  • Bulb capture
  • Continuous capture

You also have control over various settings:

  • Shutter speed
  • Aperture
  • Exposure Compensation and Bracket
  • Flash Compensation
  • ISO speed
  • Auto-Focus Mode
  • Focus and Zoom area (tap-and-hold Live View)
  • Picture Style
  • Drive Mode
  • White Balance
  • Color Temperature
  • Auto-Lighting Optimizer
  • Metering Mode

Here are the supported Android devices, with their supported connectors or maybe you can check the manufacturers specs for the hardware compatibility:

  • Samsung Galaxy S II (must have KG 2.3.4 or newer firmware and must have the USB host cable.  Search eBay for “i9100 USB host”)
  • Motorola Xoom (needs the USB Host cable.  Search eBay for “Xoom USB host”)
  • Acer Iconia A500
  • Asus Transformer (connect to dock)
  • Toshiba Thrive

Accordingly, here are the Canon DSLR models that has been tested to run the app: 600D, 550D, 60D, 50D, 7D, 5D Mark II and the 1D Mark IV.


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