DSLR Controller is (almost) reason enough to switch to Android!

Shooting video by yourself can be a pretty rough, but there’s one Android-exclusive app that makes it so much easier – almost to the point where it’s worth switching over.  But if the thought of ditching your iPhone fills you with hatred and fear, that’s okay!  We’ve still got some ways you can make the solo video production process a little less painful.


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I recently switched from an iPhone to an Android phone. Kinda wish I hadn’t. The user interface has a habit of lagging about two seconds behind. Some parts of the interface are just infuriating. You will get notifications about the stupidest things.

But there is one really sweet app on Android that you can’t get on iOS, and it’s called DSLR Controller. Never has one tool made shooting video by yourself so much easier.

Sure, you could use Canon’s EOS Remote app, but that only works for photo, not video.

Okay, so check this out. Connect a USB cable to your Canon DSLR. Plug it into your Android device using a USB On-The-Go adapter. Run the app. And you’re ready to go.

Change all your settings: shutter speed, ISO, white balance, F-stop. Compose your shot confidently, because you don’t have to stare at your screen from a distance. Clearly see whether your shot is in focus, whether you have any weird things on your face, and whether you’ve got distracting stuff in the background, because the pixel density on most phones nowadays is actually higher than your camera’s LCD.

I should note that actually controlling the focus doesn’t seem to work right with my 70D, which sucks because that would be the most obvious application. Here’s hoping that that will be fixed in a future version!

But wait! I don’t want to switch from my iPhone!

First of all, I don’t blame you. Second, you don’t have to! One nice thing about Android devices is that they’re usually a lot cheaper. You can pick up a seven-inch Galaxy Tab for $149. That might seem like a lot, until you consider that a 4.3-inch preview monitor from SmallHD is $600, and that doesn’t allow you to control anything. And, because it uses USB, you can use the LCD on your camera at the same time, which you can’t do when you use a monitor that uses HDMI.

But what if you still just don’t feel like buying another device? You do have one more option. It’s called EOS Utility. It’s made by Canon, and you can run it on your laptop. It’s not as portable as a smartphone or tablet, but it’ll get the job done.

It came on the disk that you probably threw away when you bought the camera. Unfortunately, this is the only place you can get it. Because, you know, that’s really useful nowadays.

If you go to Canon’s website and try to install it, it’ll say, “Sorry, I can’t find the disc!” My guess is that this is to prevent people from downloading illicit cameras from the Pirate Bay.

But, of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way. With a little bit of hackery, you can get this program to run even if you don’t have the CD. Check the show notes for some resources on how to pull this off.

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