Control your Canon DSLR with your iPhone 4S

By on April 8, 2012
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Automatically focus and time shots via an upcoming app.

Buffer Labs, a startup based in Bangalore, India, has come up with a nifty Bluetooth 4.0 dongle that allows you to control a Canon DSLR with your iPhone 4S.

Once the dongle is connected to your camera, an app connects your iPhone 4S to the dongle via Bluetooth. You can then tap the ‘Focus’ button to have the camera focus the image, and hit the ‘Click’ button to take a photo. There’s even a timed function that allows you to take a photo every X number of seconds if you want to setup a basic time-lapse photo session or something similar.

The app is of course quite basic for the time being, as the company is looking for funding to help produce the dongles on a larger scale. Powered by a coin-cell battery, the dongle has an estimated battery life of about 6 months, which is quite impressive. And given that it’s controlled via your iPhone, there’s no need to carry around an extra remote; the use of Bluetooth also means you don’t have to ‘point’ your phone at the camera unlike traditional IR-based remotes.

The company promises a sleeker version of the dongle will be produced as the final product, and more features will be pushed out to the app over time. If you’d like to check out a demo of the product and help support this project, head on over here.


A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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