DSLR Remote Pro Review
Not everyone will ever have the need to shoot tethered to a computer but if you do, it can really come in handy. Whether it is for quickly getting your shots to your computer, using the computer to control the camera’s settings remotely, or to easily send the image to a monitor for other people to review live, shooting tethered is sometimes the only way to do what you want. Most of the higher-end cameras like Canons come with software to allow for tethered shooting, so why would you need to pay for a product to do the same thing? Continue reading to see what we have to say about it.
DSLR Remote Pro is at its core a control and capture utility for shooting tethered to DSLR cameras. DSLR Remote Pro allows you to set all of the camera’s settings remotely, do time lapse shooting, do advanced bracketing, and much more. While you can do most of the same things with the free software that comes with your camera, DSLR Remote Pro goes well beyond what the included software can do.
- Take control of your camera from your PC
- Photos automatically download and displayed in preview window
- Live Histogram and intuitive auto focusing with Canon EOS -1D Mark III and Canon 40D cameras
- Flashing highlight display to show overexposed areas
- Grid overlay for accurate alignment of studio shots
- Color management and sharpening options for more accurate display of preview images
- Auto bracketing of up to 15 shots ideal for HDR images, interior shots and product photography
- Timed bulb exposures controlled from the PC – ideal for astronomy (Canon EOS-1D Mark III and Canon EOS 40D only)
- Focus point overlay display for more precise control of auto focus
- Control multiple cameras from a single PC (Canon EOS-1D Mark III, 40D, 30D or 400D/Rebel XTi on Windows Vista or Windows XP)
- Automatic screen blank option – blanks the screen before taking a photo so that the light from the PC display doesn’t affect the subject lighting
- Fullscreen mode for large, uncluttered display of images
- Automatic edit option – automatically loads the image after downloading into the editor or program of your choice
- Automatically stores a short comment in the shooting data of images for easy identification e.g. the person’s name when taking id photos. The comment can also be used for the image filename to make it easier to identify images when taking product shots, school portraits etc.
- Automatically stores IPTC data in images as they are downloaded
- Time-Lapse feature which allows the number of photos in a sequence and the interval between shots to be specified.
DSLR Remote Pro is actually very simple to use, the interface is pretty intuitive since you can just hit F8 or press the Release button to release the shutter and the camera will fire and download the image to the computer. The camera settings on the DSLR Remote Pro control panel will either be active or grayed out depending on how the setting dial on your camera is set, for example, if your camera is set to Aperture Priority mode you can change the aperture setting but the camera will determine the shutter speed. If you set the camera to Manual, then you have full control over all the settings in DSLR Remote Pro.
A few things that DSLR Remote Pro can do that the Canon utility cannot do are:
- Select individual focus points
- Select up to a 15 shot exposure bracketing sequence
- Time lapse photography
- Live preview on Canon cameras that support it (EOS 1D Mark III and 40D)
- Live Histogram on Canon cameras that support it (EOS 1D Mark III and 40D)
This is to name just a few of the extra features, but they are some that stand out at a quick glance.
As someone that actually uses tethered shooting on a regular basis I find that the extra features that DSLR Remote Pro offers over the free Canon utility are certainly worth the price. While $95.00 may seem like a lot for a tool that basically does the same thing as a freely included tool but if you have been using the Canon Capture Utility, it only takes a few seconds to see the power and flexibility that DSLR Remote Pro gives you.
If you need to shoot tethered more than once, you need to take a serious look at DSLR Remote Pro, from enthusiasts to seasoned pros, DSLR Remote Pro is an excellent tool.
Author: Kerry Garrison