August 5, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Photography fans with Android phones or tablets may want to take a look at a new app that gives them extra control of their cameras. With a compatible Android phone/tablet, a USB On-The-Go cable, and a Canon DSLR camera, DSLR Controller can use an Android device to manage camera settings and even take pictures.
Though still in beta, DSLR Controller is already an intriguing app. By using USB Host Mode, the app can turn a Samsung Galaxy S II or Motorola Xoom into a viewfinder and controller for Canon EOS cameras. The app can zoom in or out, change focus, adjust shutter speed, alter white balance, and even snap a photo. Taping on an icon that looks like a button will bring up options to control certain settings, and long-tapping on the capture button will take a photo.
DSLR Controller currently works only in photo mode, but the developer plans to support video, time-lapse, scripting, image review, and transferring photos. It also supported only on phones with USB Host Mode (Galaxy S II) and Honeycomb tablets that have host mode (Android 3.1 or higher). Based on feedback of users in an XDA thread, the app is confirmed to work with Canon EOs 550D, 50D, 7D, 5D mk II, and 1D mk IV.
The app is available now in the Android Market for $8.56 and may have some bugs because it is early release software. Users without confirmed supported device may want to wait until things get ironed out or follow progress in the XDA thread to make sure their devices will be compatible.