Using an Android Smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting

 

Description

Using an Android Smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting

Solution

 

As you check a shooting screen on your smartphone, you can use it to shoot remotely.
Shooting can also be performed via NFC connections using Android smartphones (installed with OS version 4.0 or later) that support NFC.
IMPORTANT
  • In the following explanation, smartphone setting procedures are indicated by the icon, and camera setting procedures are indicated by the icon.
  • The camera works in [P] mode during remote shooting. However, some FUNC. and MENU settings you have configured in advance may be changed automatically.
  • Movie shooting is not possible.
  • In this article, Android smartphones and tablets are collectively referred to as 'smartphones'.
  • In camera settings, the smartphone must be allowed to view camera images.
  • In order to use a smartphone to control the camera remotely, the Camera Connect application must be installed on the smartphone.
NOTE
  • Keep your fingers or other objects off the Wi-Fi antenna area. Covering this may decrease the speed of your image transfers.
  • Connections require that a memory card be in the camera.
  • On the screen, wireless signal strength is indicated by the following icons.
- [ ] : high, [ ] : medium, [ ] : low, [ ] : weak

 

 

The procedure for using a smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting via Wi-Fi is explained in the following four steps. Proceed in order from Step 1.
Step 1: Confirming the OS version
Step 2: Installing Camera Connect on the smartphone
Step 3: Connecting the camera to the smartphone
Step 4: Using the smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting

 

Step 1: Confirming the OS version

 

1. Check the smartphone's specifications.
  • To confirm the Android OS version information, check the [Settings] menu ( ) [About device] [Android version].

IMPORTANT
Please refer to the related information for details on the smartphones which can be connected with a camera wirelessly.
NOTE
  • Turning off the sleep function of the smartphone is recommended.
  • The setting procedures and items may differ depending on the Android OS version installed on your smartphone.

 

Step 2: Installing Camera Connect on the smartphone

 

Download Camera Connect from Google Play and install it on the smartphone.
If Camera Connect is already installed on the smartphone, please proceed to Step 3: Connecting the camera to the smartphone.

 

 

NOTE
  • The example procedure is shown in Android OS 4.0
  • The example screen images from the smartphone are used to explain the setting procedures and may differ from the screens shown on other models. For more information on the model you are using, refer to your smartphone's instruction manual.
  • Interface or functions of Camera Connect are subject to change, for application improvement or update. In such a case, features of Camera Connect may differ from sample screens or operation instructions in this explanation.

 

 

1. Touch the [Play Store] application on your smartphone to access Google Play.

IMPORTANT
  • The Camera Connect application is free, but separate connection charges for accessing Google Play may be applicable.
  • A Google account is necessary to download Camera Connect.
  • It is not possible to download Camera Connect to smartphones not equipped with GooglePlay.
  • Downloading the application via a cellular network may take longer than downloading via Wi-Fi.

 

 

2. Touch the search icon.

 

 

3. Enter [Camera Connect] in the search field, and then touch [Search].

 

 

4. Choose [Camera Connect] from the displayed search results, and install it on the smartphone.
After installation has been completed, tap the [Home] button to return to the Home Screen.

 

 

5. Touch the menu key, and then touch [Settings]( ).

 

 

6. Confirm that the smartphone is not set to [Airplane mode].

 

 

7. Set the [Wi-Fi] switch to [ON].

 

 

8. Secure the camera.
  • Once remote shooting begins, the camera lens will come out. Lens motion from zooming may also move the camera out of position. Keep the camera still by mounting it on a tripod or taking other measures.

 

Step 3: Connecting the camera to the smartphone

IMPORTANT
  • The procedure is shown on a PowerShot ELPH 190 / IXUS 180 for the purposes of explanation. The position and shape of the operation buttons, screens displayed, and setting items may differ according to the model you use.

 

 

1. Press the [ ] button.

NOTE
  • If the [Device Nickname] screen is displayed, press the [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose [OK], and then press the [ ] button.
  • With the default settings, the device name () is displayed.
  • This nickname will be displayed on [Select a Device] screen when connecting to other devices via Wi-Fi.
  • To change the camera's nickname, press the [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose the [Nickname] field, press the [ ] button to display the keyboard, and then enter the desired nickname. After you have finished entering the nickname, press the [ MENU ] button to return to the registration screen, press the [ ] button, choose [OK], and then press the [ ] button.

 

 

2. Press the [ ] , [ ] , [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose [ ], and then press the ] button.


 

 

3. Press the [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose [Add a device], and then press the [ ] button.

 

 

4. The camera's SSID is displayed on the screen.

 

 

5. Choose the SSID (network name) displayed on the camera's screen from the list of access points displayed on the smartphone.

NOTE
If you open the [ ] tab on the MENU screen, select [Wireless settings] [Wi-Fi Settings] [Password], and change the setting to [On], the SSID and the password will appear on the screen and you can improve the security.In this case, enter the password displayed on the camera in the password field on the smartphone when it is displayed.

 

 

  • After confirming that the smartphone and the camera are connected, touch the [Home Button] to return to the [Home Screen].

 

 

6. Tap the [Canon Connect]() application icon on the smartphone to start [Camera Connect].

 

 

7. On the camera selection screen displayed on the smartphone, choose the camera to begin pairing

 

 

8. When connecting to a smartphone for the first time, the following screen will be displayed on the camera. In this case, press the [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose [Yes], and then press the [ ] button.

REFERENCE
  • You can now use the smartphone to browse, import, or geotag images on the camera or shoot remotely.
  • You can change privacy settings for registered smartphones.

 

 

9. The following screen appears.

 

 

10. Once you have connected to the smartphone, a screen like the one below will appear.

NOTE
  • You can connect to smartphones that you have already connected to by choosing them on the [Select a Device] screen in step 3.
  • When you press the [ ] button to open the Wi-Fi menu after the first time, recent destinations will be listed first when you access the Wi-Fi menu. You can easily connect again by pressing the [ ] , [ ] buttons to choose the device and then pressing the button [ ]. To add a new device, display the device selection screen by pressing the [ ] , [ ] buttons and configure the setting. If you prefer not to display recent target devices, choose [MENU] [ ] tab [Wireless settings] [Wi-Fi Settings] [Target History] [Off].
  • To add multiple smartphones, repeat the above procedures starting from step 2.

 

Step 4 : Using the smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting

 

1. In Camera Connect on the smartphone, choose [Remote shooting].

IMPORTANT
The camera lens will come out. Do not press near the lens, and make sure no objects will obstruct it.

 

 

2. Once the camera is ready for remote shooting, a live image from the camera will be displayed on the smartphone. At this time, a message is displayed on the camera, and all operations except pressing the power button are disabled.

 

 

3. Use the smartphone to control the camera. Press the button to shoot.

NOTE
  • Any jerky subject motion shown on the smartphone due to the connection environment will not affect recorded images.
  • No AF frames are displayed. Capture a test image to check the focus.
  • Captured images are not transferred to the smartphone. Use the smartphone to browse and import images from the camera.

 

 

*Android, and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc.

 

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

SIMS Doc Id

8202771800

Doc ID   ART164126
Updated   06/09/2017

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