While most of the cameras have remote control capabilities, not many of us are aware of them. These remotely controllable tools can come in very handy especially when you intend to shoot a time-lapse video, long exposure shots, or when you want to give your image a different perspective.
One such remotely controllable tool is your smartphone, be it Android or an iPhone. There are plenty of apps available already in Google Play and App store. These tools provide complete access to your camera, for example, you'll be able to control aperture, ISO, White Balance, and so on -just like you'd get otherwise.
In this post, we will tell you how to use an Android smartphone to control your DSLR camera. There are proprietary apps available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. That said, you can also use third party apps like DSLR Controller (BETA).
Step 1: Install the DSLR Controller (BETA)
Head straight to the Google Play Store and download the DSLR Controller (BETA) app. Though it comes with a BETA label, it is one of the most complete apps to remotely control your DSLR.
Step 2: Connect your phone with the DSLR
The DSLR Controller app works seamlessly with most of the Canon DSLRs. You can connect your Android smartphone to the DSLR by using the USB cable that came with the camera (via a USB OTG adapter).
Step 3: Play around with the controls
The app is pretty intuitive in terms of usage. Just tap on screen to focus and hit the shutter button to click a picture. You can find all the camera's primary shooting functions placed around the live view (your smartphone's screen).
Step 4: Advanced features
To access advanced features like Time-lapse and HDR/ Auto-exposure bracketing, click on the settings button on the bottom right corner of your smartphone screen.
Step 5: You're good to go now
That's it! You can now use your smartphone as a remote controller to shoot breathtaking images and time-lapse videos.