The full-frame 20.2-megapixel Canon EOS 6D digital SLR won’t go on sale until November but we got a look at a very handy new free app that will let you connect the camera wirelessly to smartphones.
Canon’s Chuck Westfall demoed the app for us, which is called Canon EOS Remote, at PhotoPlus Expo this week. At the time of this writing, Canon EOS Remote was only available for Android smartphones but an iOS version for iPhones was on its way. (There was no word on whether an iPad or Android tablet version of the app was in the pipeline too but it seems likely.)
With the Canon 6D’s built-in WiFi turned on, the app lets you review images wirelessly from the DSLR’s SD memory card on your smartphone, rate them and even delete them right from your phone. You can also zap images from the 6D and save them on your Android or iOS smartphone at a reduced size.
The Canon EOS Remote app will also let you wirelessly adjust settings on your 6D via your phone including shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation. The app gives you a live view on your smartphone of what you’re about to shoot, lets you check focus, and then allows you to fire the shutter by pressing virtual buttons on your smartphone’s screen.
Best of all, of course, is that since the phone is connecting directly to the 6D via it’s built-in WiFi connection, there’s no need to be connected to a wireless network, letting you shoot in remote locations where there’s no WiFi signal (i.e. out in the wilderness or in underground locations, such as subways or basements.)
More details on the Canon EOS Remote app here.
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