Top Camera Control Apps for the iPhone

Tue 9 August

We round up the Top Camera Control Applications for the iPhone

iPhone applications are infiltrating all aspect of life,so it will come to no surprise that they can be used to control your SLR.

Although most of these applications re not suted to outside photography, they are very useful when shooting inside, provding your have your computer to hand.

Here, we round up our favourite iPhone applications for controlling your camera remotely.

DSLR camera remote free

onONe Software Free
DSLR Camera Remote Free not only supports a huge range of cameras from Canon and Nikon, but it’s also free.

You’ll have to connect your computer (DSLR Camera Remote Free supports both Mac and Windows) to your camera, and have your iPhone running on the same Wi-Fi network, but once everything is connected,  you’ll be able to see the shot in live view on your iPhone.

Although you’ll be able to take photos using the application, you’ll have to upgrade to the paid-for version if you wish to make any adjustments, such as white balance or shutter speed. We highly recommend your check out the free version first though.

Remote DLSR Camera control

Esteban Garro
Remote DSLR Camera Control also supports both Canon and Nikon cameras, with added support for Olympus and Sony devices, although it is only compatible with a Mac.

Although you can’t control the shutter speed, exposure, white balance or any other manual settings using this budget application, you can shoot photos, set up a timer shot and review, email and download your pictures from your camera to your iPhone’s camera roll.

One extra feature of the Remote DSLR Camera Control is the ability to have your iPhone fire a shot on your SLR in response to a sound. For example, you can set the application to trigger the shutter on your SLR when you click your fingers.

Studio Canvas
£2.99 offers a lot more than just a live view tool for your SLR camera.

With, you can trigger five different modes: regular shoot, long exposure, time lapse, HDR bracketing and movie mode.

The application supports use with Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony NEX cameras, although only Canon cameras can be used across all five different modes.

Version 3.0, which is the latest version available to download, adds increased HDR lapse, extended GPS settings and reversible HDR sequence.

This latest version also includes the ability to use the iPhone headphone remote trigger, allowing you to start and stop movie recording via the button on the iPhone headset’s play/pause button.

Capture Pilot

Phase One A/S
Capture Pilot’s main use is for showing clients or your subject photos on the fly.

After the photo has been captured, you can zoom and pan across shots, even if they have been taken in RAW or TIFF formats.

Capture Pilot supports use with Canon, Nikon, Phase One, Leaf and Mamiya cameras and an in-app purchase extension allows you to control your camera via your iPhone too.

Controls include ISO sensitivity, exposure mode, shutter speed, aperture, and exposure compensation.

iAlpha Remote

DNA Software
iAlpha Remote is a controller application for anyone using a Sony Alpha A900, A850 or A700 DSLR.

The app, which costs £13.99 and can control the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure compensation and flash compensation.

To use the iAlpha Remote application, you’ll need a computer (preferably a laptop) with a Wi-Fi connection. You’ll also need to download and install the server software onto your computer.

Once you’ve connected your camera to your computer and activated Remote PC mode, you’ll be able to control your camera from your iPhone using the wireless network.

Take a shot after adjusting the settings and the images will appear on your iPhone.