Using an iPhone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX540 HS)

Article ID: ART164259 | Date published: 01/11/2016 | Date last updated: 06/09/2017


Using an iPhone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX540 HS)


As you check the shooting screen on your smartphone, you can use it to shoot remotely.
  • In the text, the operation instructions that begin with this illustration are for smartphones. The operation instructions that begin with this illustration are for cameras.
  • In any mode other than [ ], [ ], [ ], and [ ], the camera works in [ ] mode. However, some [FUNC.] and [MENU] settings you have configured in advance may be changed automatically.
  • Movie shooting is not available.
  • For convenience in this article, iPhones and tablets (iPad) are collectively referred to as "smartphones".
  • Privacy settings must be configured in advance to allow image viewing on the smartphone.
  • In order to use a smartphone for controlling the camera and remote shooting, you need to install Camera Connect on your smartphone first.
  • Do not cover the Wi-Fi antenna area with your hands or other objects. Covering the antenna may decrease the speed of image transfers.
  • Connections require that a memory card be in the camera.
  • On the camera screen, wireless signal strength is indicated by the following icons.
- [ ] : high, [ ] : medium, [ ] : low, [ ] : weak

The following 4 steps explain how to use a smartphone to control the camera and shoot remotely via the Wi-Fi function. Start the operation from step 1.
: Check the OS version on your smartphone.
: Install Camera Connect on your smartphone and turn Wi-Fi on.
: Connect the camera and smartphone.
: Use the smartphone to shoot.

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: Install Camera Connect on your smartphone and turn Wi-Fi on

Download Camera Connect from the App Store and install it on your smartphone.
If Camera Connect is already installed on your smartphone, proceed to Step 3: Connect the camera and smartphone.

  • iOS 8.1 is used as an example in these instructions.
  • The text includes an example of a smartphone screen. The items displayed on the screen may differ depending on your version of iOS.
  • 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] icon on your smartphone to open the App Store.

  • You can download Camera Connect for free. However, you will be charged communication fees when connecting to the App Store.
  • You need an Apple account to download Camera Connect.
  • When you use a cell phone line, downloading may take longer than when you use a Wi-Fi connection.

2. Touch the search icon at the bottom of the screen.

3. Enter "Camera Connect" as the keyword in the search field and then tap the search icon .

4. Select [Camera Connect] in the search results and install it.
The home screen will reappear when the installation of Camera Connect is complete.

5. Touch [Settings] on the smartphone.

6. Check the settings on your smartphone.
  • Make sure your smartphone is not in airplane mode.
Touch [Wi-Fi].
Turn the [Wi-Fi] switch [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.
  • 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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