Using an Android Smartphone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX720 HS)

Article ID: ART164657 | Date published: 02/22/2016 | Date last updated: 11/13/2020


Using an Android Smartphone to Control the Camera and Shoot Remotely (PowerShot SX720 HS)


As you check the shooting screen on your smartphone, you can use it to shoot remotely.
With an Android™ smartphone (OS version 4.0 or higher) that supports NFC, you can also shoot using the NFC function.
  • If your Camera Connect version is 2.7.10 or later, check the Android OS version of your smartphone. If the version is 10.0 or later, you cannot connect to the camera using NFC functionality.
  • 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, Android™ smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices 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 confirm the Android™ OS version information, check the [Settings] menu ( ) [About device] [Android version].

Please refer to the related information for details on the smartphones which can be connected with a camera wirelessly.
  • 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: Install Camera Connect on your smartphone and turn Wi-Fi on

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

  • Here, instructions are given using Android™ OS 4.0 as an example.
  • The text includes an example of a smartphone screen. The items displayed on the screen may differ depending on the model of your smartphone. For details, refer to the user manual for your smartphone.
  • 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.
  • If Camera Connect is not yet installed on your Android™ smartphone (OS version 4.0 or higher) that supports NFC, touch the N-Mark [ ] on the smartphone against the camera's N-Mark to make Google Play™ start automatically on the smartphone and to open the Camera Connect download screen.
  • Using an NFC-compatible Android™ smartphone (OS version 4.0 or later) simplifies the process of connecting to the camera via NFC. When using Camera Connect to shoot remotely, make sure that the camera is in [Shooting Mode] or in [Power OFF] mode before establishing the connection.

1. Touch the [Play Store] icon on your smartphone to start Google Play™.

  • You can download Camera Connect for free. However, you will be charged communication fees when connecting to Google Play™.
  • You need a Google account to download Camera Connect.
  • You cannot download Camera Connect without Google Play™ installed on your smartphone.
  • When you use a cell phone line, downloading may take longer than when you use a Wi-Fi connection.

2. Touch the search icon.

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 the menu key on your smartphone and then touch [Settings] ( ).

6. Make sure your smartphone is not in airplane mode.

7. Turn the [Wi-Fi] switch ON ( ) and then tap [Wi-Fi] ( ).

8. Choose a shooting mode.
Turn the mode dial to select one of the following modes: [ ], [ ], [ ], [ ].
9. 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.

*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)



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