How To Take Wireless Photos With Your DSLR And iOS Device

How To Take Wireless Photos With Your DSLR And iOS Device

Whether you’re looking to wirelessly upload your photos to your iOS device or want to use it as a remote shutter, here’s how to make it happen.

We’re going to take a look at two ways to make this happen. The first is with an app called Shutter Snitch, which sends photos wirelessly from your camera to your iOS device, and the second is with an app called DSLR Remote, which lets you control your camera with your iOS device. Check out the video above for a quick run through of how to set things up.

Shutter Snitch

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A camera
  • The Shutter Snitch app ($10)
  • A Non-X2 version Eye-Fi card (about $US50) or a wireless adaptor for your camera (expensive!)
  • An SD to CompactFlash adaptor, if your DSLR doesn’t take SD ($US15-$US25)

Before you can start using your Eye-Fi card with iOS device you’ll need to turn off Relay Mode in the Eye-Fi manager and make sure it’s not automatically uploading photos to your computer, Flickr or anywhere. Once you do that, you can set up Shutter Snitch on your iOS device.

To start the setup, tap options and sign in to your Eye Fi account on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Shutter Snitch will hopefully recognise your card and sync up with it. If you check your Eye-Fi manager, you should see the name of your iPhone as the computer your Eye-Fi card is connected to. If not, try restarting. Now you can make a new collection in Shutter Snitch, open it and start taking pictures. You have to be in a collection in order for the photos to be transferred. If you are, they should start appearing on your iPhone in a few seconds.

DSLR Remote

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • A camera
  • The DSLR Remote Lite or Pro app ($2.49 or $24)
  • A USB cable that fits your camera (probably mini to regular)

DSLR Remote is $2.49 for the lite version, which has basic features, but it’ll set you back $24 for the pro version which gives you things like live view mode. Setup is pretty easy. You download software on both your computer and iOS device, then connect your DSLR to computer with a USB cable. Your iOS device should recognise your computer pretty quickly. Select your computer from the list and that’s really all you have to do. Aim the camera where you want it and then you can start capturing pictures directly to your machine by hitting the shutter on your iOS device. You can even change settings and focus. Unfortunately so far you can only take pictures. No video yet.

Shutter Snitch [iTunes App Store via Jesse Rosten]
DSLR Remote Lite / Pro [iTunes App Store]


  • I purchased the $24 ‘pro’ version of DSLR remote; & although it works as described.. It seems very buggy & often lags, drops shots & fails to fire my flashes because of the delays involved. I wouldn’t rely on this app for any professional work.

  • I was kind of hoping that this would be a computer-free solution. As a photographer, I bought the iPad to display and share work immediately after a photoshoot and the “killer feature” for the iPad would be to hook it into the camera using the connectivity kit and shoot photos directly — no PC required.

    P’raps Android will step up to the plate and say “there’s an app for that!”. Until then, sigh.

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