Using an iPhone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX420 IS / PowerShot SX620 HS)

Article ID: ART164241 | Date published: 01/11/2016 | Date last updated: 06/09/2017


Using an iPhone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX420 IS / PowerShot SX620 HS)



You can check the shooting screen and shoot remotely using your smartphone.
  • 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 recording is not possible.
  • For convenience, iPhones, iPads, and other compatible devices 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.
  • Here, instructions are given using PowerShot SX420 IS as an example. The position and shape of the operation buttons, the screens displayed, and the settings will differ depending on your device model.
  • 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.
: Confirming the OS version
: Installing Camera Connect on the smartphone
: Connecting the camera to the smartphone
: Using the smartphone to control the camera during remote shooting


Step 1: Confirming the OS version


1. Check the smartphone's specifications.
  • To check the iOS version information, touch [Settings] [General] [About].

Please refer to the related information for details on the smartphones which can be connected with a camera wirelessly.


Step 2: Installing Camera Connect on the smartphone


Download Camera Connect from the App Store 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.



  • The example procedure is shown on an iPhone installed with iOS 8.1.
  • The example screen images from the smartphone are used to explain the setting procedures and may differ from the screens shown in other iOS versions.
  • 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 [App Store] application on your smartphone to access the App Store.

  • The Camera Connect application is free, but separate connection charges for accessing the App Store may be applicable.
  • An Apple account is necessary to download Camera Connect.
  • Downloading Camera Connect using 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 [Settings].



6. Confirm the smartphone's settings.
: Make sure that [Airplane mode] is not set.
: Touch [Wi-Fi].
: Set the [Wi-Fi] switch to [ON].



7. 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: Connect the camera and smartphone


1. Press the [ ] button on the camera.

  • With the default settings, the device name () is displayed.
  • 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 [ ], [ ] buttons, choose [OK], and then press the [ ] button.
  • This nickname will be displayed on [Select a Device] screen when connecting to other devices via Wi-Fi.



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



3. Press the [ ], [ ] buttons to select [Add a Device], and then press the [ ] button.



4. The camera's SSID and password are displayed.



5. In the smartphone's Wi-Fi setting menu, choose the SSID (network name) displayed on the camera to establish a connection. In the password field, enter the password displayed on the camera.



  • Make sure that the camera and the smartphone are connected and then touch the home button to return to the home screen.



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



  • When the screen for choosing the target camera is displayed on your smartphone, choose the camera to pair them.



7. Press the [ ], [ ] buttons to select [Yes], and then press the [ ] button.

  • You can now use the smartphone to browse, import, or geotag images on the camera or shoot remotely.
  • Once you have registered a smartphone, you can change the privacy settings for it on the camera.



8. The following screen is displayed when the connection with the smartphone is established.

  • Once you have connected to a smartphone, it will be displayed on the [Select a Device] screen in step 3. Select the smartphone to connect to it.
  • 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 procedure starting from step 2.


Step 4: Use the smartphone to shoot


1. On the Camera Connect menu screen on the smartphone, choose [Remote Shooting].

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 and press to shoot.

  • 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.


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



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