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DigiCamControl currently supports most Nikon DSLRs, and support for Canon cameras is in the experimental stage.

After a year of testing, the makers of digiCamControl are officially releasing version 1.0.0 of the free, open-source software that offers remote control over your DSLR camera.

With your camera connected to your Windows PC via USB cable, digiCamControl gives you access to almost all camera controls from your computer. Live view, direct image transfer, multiple camera control, bracketing, automated focus stacking and motion detection are supported. You can further control your camera using a compatible iPhone, iPad or Android device, or set up a second remote computer to direct the camera wirelessly.

Nearly all camera controls are accessible through the software.

DigiCamControl supports almost all digital Nikon DSLRs, and offers experimental support for quite a few Canon models.

DigiCamControl also offers a user manual and a discussion forum on its website.

Comments

Total comments: 42
Duka Istvan
By Duka Istvan (4 months ago)

As a status update : we release a new stable version 1.1.0 :
http://digicamcontrol.com/news/stable-release-110

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Simonsimon
By Simonsimon (Jul 19, 2013)

I use canons eos utiliy for focus stacking etc. thats pretty good. But this looks really good, cant wait to try it.

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Sunil Talati
By Sunil Talati (May 20, 2013)

Cool Software. Works with D90 which has a dead LCD.

1 upvote
Lucas_
By Lucas_ (May 17, 2013)

Looks nice, I‘ll wait for it to available also for Sony A99 and Android!

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dearjym
By dearjym (May 17, 2013)

Correction:

Free software lets you control your NIKON DSLR from your mobile

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Stuart Cowan
By Stuart Cowan (May 15, 2013)

Fantastic product. :)

Be nice to see an android version as well.

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tallguy600
By tallguy600 (May 15, 2013)

I like it, works great with Nikon D600.

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tecnoworld
By tecnoworld (May 15, 2013)

Please develop this sw also for samsung nx300!

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VidJa
By VidJa (May 14, 2013)

Hey guys, stop worrying, it just works. even for my old dinosaur D50 and the brand new D7100 (no not snatched from the compatibility list, but really tested)

That said Nikon Camera Control also works and I can also remotely control both my cameras using an ancient PalmPilot.

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (May 14, 2013)

well, for those not in the know, digikam had been around a long long time , and this module is there way before the smartphone become powerful enough to offer as a platform. The solution is really tailored for studio and on site use rather than mobile field application.

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jp_eagle
By jp_eagle (May 14, 2013)

I use DslrDashboard in android, it is free and great. can do everything I need from it.
if it works in ios would be better.

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (May 14, 2013)

I use iphone, ipad, and I didn't understand how this program will allow me to operate the camera via phone or a tablet... As far as I understood, the windows-computer between the camera and my mobile device is all the same necessary?
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I wrote once the whole review about management of a camera from the computer by means of the DSLR Remote Pro program (in Russian). It was interesting, but this decision in any way isn't suitable for everyday use – to drag with itself on walk the camera and the heavy laptop with limited operating time it is absolutely not convenient. It is much more interesting to operate the camera from phone, which always with itself. For example, how to photograph timelapse on Canon EOS M camera? only using such programs!

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lap777
By lap777 (May 14, 2013)

I tried many of these control software, and if used with xnview (I have the xnviewMP version, the internal viewer is buggy on my system), this is arguably the best for what I wanted (fast initial connection, fast file transfer and quick fullscreen display). Nikon has its own Camera Control Pro, but it takes a minute to connect to my camera and I have not found how to make it display fullscreen without touching any buttons while shooting. YMMV

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Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (May 14, 2013)

If I have the camera connected to my computer I can operate it via my phone. So I can neither be at my computer or my camera but rather a third place. Maybe I just need to hire an assistant.

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simmybear31
By simmybear31 (May 14, 2013)

Linking this into the debate on Adobe CC proposals and pricing - this is what should frighten Adobe and other "giants" - open source whether for camera control or image manipulation is excellent software - and whats more people work on it for love and enthusiasm and that is always a better task master than purely for moola.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (May 14, 2013)

AGree.. but the major problem with open source software is that the majority of them go "out of business" after development slows and no one can step in to take them over... happens all the time with this type of software. I'm sure Adobe isn't too worried - they can always just snap up the code and make their own version!

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jtan163
By jtan163 (May 14, 2013)

Adobe should worry - I reckon they have alienated a lot of people. Some of the Corel stuff looks usable.
They even have a linux version.

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fuego6
By fuego6 (May 15, 2013)

That is Adobe's own doing... they do not fear open source software.

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SRT3lkt
By SRT3lkt (May 14, 2013)

I think camera manufacturers should have done this long ago.

something like MIDI for cameras (PIDI or IIDI sound strange though...)

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marike6
By marike6 (May 14, 2013)

It's a bit unusual to see Open Source software for Wintel, but at least Mac users can run it via VMWare so platform is really a non-issue.

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IcyPepsi
By IcyPepsi (May 14, 2013)

There's Java, Open office, to name a few :)

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dccdp
By dccdp (May 14, 2013)

No, it's not unusual at all.

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Jon_S
By Jon_S (May 14, 2013)

Enough with the snidey Mac vs Windows comments.
FACT: I attended an event for a Corbis photographers a few years ago and their own survey showed 70% were using Macs. (And remember Corbis was founded by Bill Gates!)
Whatever your personal preference, a lot of serious photographers use Macs and it may well be a majority among pros.

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gsum
By gsum (May 14, 2013)

Applications look and behave much the same no matter what you use. This is free Open Source software so can be compiled for MAC or Linux.

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (May 14, 2013)

@Jon_S
That statistic is a total irrelevance if you want your product to have MASS WORLDWIDE appeal.

The type of high-end pro that the likes of Corbis survey will/may indeed use Macs but they don't account for the majority of pros worldwide nor do they account for the majority of people worldwide who describe themselves as photographers (whether full time pro or not).

FACT: over 90% of computers use the Windows operating system.

If I was developing an app I know what system I would develop for first ............. hint: it ain't the tiny minority. ;-)

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Suave
By Suave (May 14, 2013)

You mean Nikons don't already come with software for tethered shooting?

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yuribel
By yuribel (May 14, 2013)

For Windows only... It means — useless program for the most of photographers.

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Hobbit13
By Hobbit13 (May 14, 2013)

yep, because most of them use Windows?

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gsum
By gsum (May 14, 2013)

He's providing free Open Source code. Stop moaning and compile it for your Mac.

3 upvotes
plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (May 14, 2013)

@ yuribel
And where in God's name do you get that stupid notion that most photographers use Macs?

Yeah, it may well be that most photographers within a certain group e.g. your high-end fashion and commercial photographers, use a Mac but they aren't MOST photographers world wide are they?!

The Microsoft Windows platform accounts for like 95% of computing. Live with it!!! And as has already been pointed out, it's an Open Source code project so you and the remaining 5% of the computer using world can get together and compile it for use on Macs.

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madeinlisboa
By madeinlisboa (May 14, 2013)

"most photographers use Macs"... what a funny joke :)

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Franka T.L.
By Franka T.L. (May 14, 2013)

Actually NO, DigiKam is initially KDE specific open source Imaging management and editor, and had been running on Linux ( and similar BSD or Solaris etc ... ) The Wintel version actually come only recently in its history ...

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Benarm
By Benarm (May 14, 2013)

This is awesome! I hope they will keep adding more cameras and make the interface touch friendly for Windows 8 & Surface Pro.

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Dallas Dahms
By Dallas Dahms (May 14, 2013)

Windows = Fail

Most photographers use Mac. Unless of course they have sado-masochistic tendencies.

Comment edited 18 seconds after posting
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chlamchowder
By chlamchowder (May 14, 2013)

How's this? Windows = Mac = Fail
Real people use Linux :D. Ultimate freedom (in many ways), control over as much as you want, virus immunity, low cost, can be kept running for months at a time without reboots if necessary.
But seriously...if you know what you're doing, any operating system should be adequate for photo processing.

3 upvotes
Spectro
By Spectro (May 14, 2013)

sorry if there are very few programmers that do free software for mac ecosystem compared to pc. Because there are more normal people then hipster out there. The money I saved on a pc with equal spec goes toward lenses. No I don't buy cheap computers either. And yes I download this sofware, will do afull test later. There are plenty of free tethering software for nikon (for pc users), this one looks the most complete of the bunch.

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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BJN
By BJN (May 14, 2013)

I'll give it a try. Sounds like the fail here is on your side. *Cough...Parallels, Vmware...cough*

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write2alan
By write2alan (May 14, 2013)

I am a photographer and use Android and Windows. Who is failing? You don't have the authority to make such assumptions. Because of free speech you can say whatever you want. You may have SM tendencies eh?

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Chekr
By Chekr (May 14, 2013)

Maybe stupid people who tie their identity to an operating system. For others that want to get work done, we worry which OS can host the application we want to use.

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (May 14, 2013)

@Dallas Dahms

You repeat a stupid myth.

Given the FACT that over 90% of all computers worldwide use the Microsoft Windows operating system, and given the numbers of people worldwide who are photographers (whether full time pro, or high-end fashion or not) for your claim to be correct it would mean that almost the entire Mac user base would be made up of photographers; and furthermore, it would also mean that Apple should have a far larger market share.

You're living in a dream world.

Comment edited 37 seconds after posting
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Timmbits
By Timmbits (May 14, 2013)

DPR: you have classified this in "other news" on the main DPR site, as you're really talking about remote control of DSLRs, but it only links to connect site.

Would be nice to see such a software for Samsung NX cameras, as their software is deficient (too limited) and only works on some smartphones.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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assaft
By assaft (May 14, 2013)

Very nice idea. I tried it with an Olympus E-PL2; it doesn't work. XML sent to admin.

1 upvote
Total comments: 42
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