Using an Android Smartphone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot G5 X Mark II)


Doc ID    ART175149
Version:    1.0
Status:    Published
Published date:    08/27/2019
 

Description

Using an Android Smartphone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot G5 X Mark II)

Solution

Introduction

There are different ways of controlling the camera remotely from a smartphone.

  • Controlling the Camera via Bluetooth
You can control the camera by using a smartphone paired via Bluetooth as a remote control.
  • Controlling the Camera via Wi-Fi
As you view a live image on a smartphone connected via Wi-Fi, you can shoot remotely.

IMPORTANT
  • Before connecting to the camera, you must install the free dedicated Camera Connect app on the smartphone.
  • Please refer to "Related information" for details on the smartphones which can be connected with a camera wirelessly.
  • Camera Connect can be installed from Google Play. You can also access Google Play from a QR code that you can display on the camera when registering the smartphone on the camera.
  • Use the latest version of the smartphone OS.
  • Activate Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on the smartphone. Note that pairing with the camera is not possible from the smartphone’s Bluetooth settings screen.
* Bluetooth low energy technology (hereafter referred to as "Bluetooth")
NOTE
  • In the following explanation, smartphone setting procedures are indicated by the , and camera setting procedures are indicated by the icon.
  • For convenience, smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices are collectively referred to as "smartphones".

Controlling the Camera via Bluetooth

1. Confirm the smartphone's settings.
  • Make sure that [Airplane mode] is not set.
  • Turn [Wi-Fi] to [ON].
  • Set the [Bluetooth] switch to [ON].

2. Download Camera Connect from the Google Play and install it on the smartphone.

3. Turn the camera on.

4. Press the button.

5. Use the zoom lever to choose the [ ] tab.
 

6. Press the / buttons to choose [ 1 ].
 

7. Press the / buttons to choose [Wireless communication settings], then press the button.
 

8. Press the / buttons to choose [Bluetooth function], then press the button.

9. Press the / buttons to choose [Bluetooth function] again, then press the button.

10. Press the / buttons to choose [Smartphone], then press the button.

NOTE
When the [Nickname] screen appears, press the button.
 
  • To use the nickname displayed, press the button.
  • Nicknames are 1 – 8 characters and can be changed later. For more information on using the keyboard, please refer to "On-Screen Keyboard".
  • Press the / buttons to choose [ OK ], and then press the button.
 
NOTE
  • If the following screen appears, press the / buttons to switch to other screens.

11. Press the / buttons to choose [Pairing], then press the button.

12. Press the / buttons to choose [Do not display], then press the button.

13. A message is displayed indicating that pairing is in progress.

14. Touch the [ Camera Connect ]( ) application icon on the smartphone to start Camera Connect.

15. After the camera is recognized, a camera selection screen is displayed.
  • Touch the camera to connect.

16. Press the / buttons to choose [OK], press the button.

17. Press the button of this screen.
  • The Pairing between the camera and the smartphone should be complete, and connected.

IMPORTANT
  • Any active Bluetooth connections will be lost if you remove the camera battery pack. The connection will be reestablished when you insert the battery pack and turn on the camera.
  • Battery life may be shorter when you use the camera after pairing with a smartphone, because power is consumed even when the camera is off.
  • Before bringing the camera to places where the use of electronic devices is restricted, disable active Bluetooth communication (which is used even when the camera is off) by choosing [ Wireless communication settings ] -> [ Bluetooth function ](twice) -> [ Disable ].

18. Choose [Bluetooth remote controller] in Camera Connect.

NOTE
  • Auto power off is disabled while you are using the Bluetooth remote controller feature.

19. The smartphone screen changes to a screen for remote control via Bluetooth.
  • Choose .

20. Touch the to take a photo.

Controlling the Camera via Wi-Fi

1. Confirm the smartphone's settings.
  • Make sure that [Airplane mode] is not set.
  • Turn [Wi-Fi] to [ON].

2. Download Camera Connect from the Google Play and install it on the smartphone.

3. Press the button.

NOTE
When the [Nickname] screen appears, press the button.
 
  • To use the nickname displayed, press the button.
  • Nicknames are 1 – 8 characters and can be changed later. For more information on using the keyboard, please refer to "On-Screen Keyboard".
  • Press the / buttons to choose [ OK ], and then press the button.
 
NOTE
  • If the following screen appears, press the / buttons to switch to other screens.

4. Press the / buttons to choose [ ], then press the button.

5. Press the / buttons to choose [Register a device for connection], press the button.
 

6. / buttons to choose [Do not display], press the button.

7. The SSID ( ) and password ( ) will be displayed on the screen.

8. Turn Wi-Fi settings to ON in your smartphone, choose the SSID ( ) from step 7.

9. Input password from step 7 ( ).

10. Once the connection between the camera and the smartphone has been confirmed, press the home button to return to the home screen.

11. Touch the [Camera Connect] ( ) application icon on the smartphone to start Camera Connect.

12. After the camera is recognized, a camera selection screen is displayed.
  • Touch the camera to connect.

13. Press the / buttons to choose [OK], press the button.

14. The camera screen will show [Wi-Fi on].

15. Choose [Bluetooth remote controller] in Camera Connect.

NOTE
If the [Initiating Live view shooting] window appears, touch [OK].

16. The smartphone screen changes to a screen for remote control via Bluetooth.
  • Touch the [ ] to take a photo.

On-Screen Keyboard

Use the on-screen keyboard to enter information. Note that the length and type of information you can enter varies depending on the function you are using.

•Entering characters
Press the / / / buttons to choose the key of your desired character, and then press the button.
•Moving the cursor
Choose [ ] or [ ] and press the button.
You can also move the cursor by turning the
ring.
•Switching input modes
Choose [ ], press the button to switch to capital letters.
Choose [
], press the button to switch to numbers or symbols.
•Deleting characters
Choose [ ] and press the button. The previous character will be deleted.
•Confirming input
After pressing the button, press the / buttons to choose [OK], press the button.


Smartphone (Device) Specifications and System Requirements for a Wireless Connection with a Camera (Canon Camera Connect)

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