On1 DSLR camera remote iPhone app

Today, On1 Software updated their remote control app for the iPhone to support Nikon cameras. I’ve been waiting for this to be released ever since I first heard about it earlier this year when it was unveiled but only supported Canon cameras.

Of course, I immediately downloaded it…I opted for the Pro version ($19.99) which has a lot more control options than the $1.99 lite version which is basically just a remote shutter.

First you download the software onto the iPhone and another app for your computer. This is a screenshot of the Mac version:
On1 DSLR Camera Remote Server

then you attach you camera to your computer via USB cord.

Launch the iPhone app and it should present a screen with your computer listed on it if everything is setup right. Your iPhone and the computer need to be on the same wifi network for everything to work. Click on it and then you’ll be presented with the control screen which works in either portrait or landscape mode:

On1 DSLR remote iPhone app

Landscape mode is just basic ‘Fire’ operation. Portrait mode has a lot more options:

On1 DSLR remote iPhone app

The settings screen (lower left hand corner icon to activate) has a number of options,

On1 DSLR remote iPhone app

including one of the main reasons I bought the app – an intravalometer option for taking controlled shots over time.

So far, I really like the functionality the app has and the speed when running on the iPhone. Once you take a shot, you see it immediately on the iPhone screen and it saves the file (in my case, a RAW file) on the computer…there is also Live View support. You can even swipe to scroll back and forth between taken shots on the iPhone’s touch screen.

I’ve got a couple of studio shoots coming up in the next few weeks so I’ll be experimenting more with the app very soon.


  1. VancityAllie says:

    Damn you John, ARGH!

    You are making it harder and harder for me to even consider getting an iPhone. I am so anti-Apple and so in love with my Blackberry that you’ve made the impossible slightly possible.

    That sounds like a great app :(

    I use the Nikon Pro software to do my time lapses… but man, using a phone is so much COOLER!

    Stop it already! :)

  2. If you don’t need the iPhone wireless capability, the free Sofortbild does a great job with tethered remote shooting for time lapse etc. And, as I noted… FREE.

    • John says:

      Derek: yes that is indeed a nice app and it free. The freedom of the iPhone app though is very useful in a studio type setup where you can move around more freely and unencumbered by wires. It helps to show the model what you’re doing as well as not require you to be at the camera to adjust controls depending on the setup.

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