The EOS Utility is a standard piece of software supplied by Canon for its range of DSLR cameras. EOS Utility can control the camera either via a USB connection or, using a WFT transmitter attached to the camera, via WiFi. The USB connection is by far the simplest to set up and use, but the WiFi connection using a WFT transmitter does require a a bit of head scratching!
This is the first in series of articles in which I will be looking at some of the ways that I use to remotely control a Canon DSLR; in this case an EOS 5D Mk2. Many of the techniques will also apply to other EOS cameras, and to cameras by other manufacturers.
Typical control scenarios include:
- Timelapse – taking individual pictures over a period of time that can subsequently be stitched together as a movie. This includes automatic control of the shutter as well as the movement of the camera.
- Stop Motion – similar to timelapse, but rather than using a times sequence, retaining control over individual frames, whilst providing automated movement of the camera.
- Remote Picture and Video Capture – firing the shutter remotely by manual control where you can also get a remote image using Live View, and change aperture and shutter setting with the need to approach the camera.