How and Why to Use the Canon Camera Connect Application

How and Why to Use the Canon Camera Connect Application

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If you own a Canon camera, chances are it comes with a built-in WIFI connection. This wireless connection can be a real game changer when it comes to photographing and sharing your photographs instantly. This versatility can really up your game during sessions and create more buzz when you share your photos after a session with the use of the Canon Camera Connect application.

In this article, I was using a Samsung Galaxy Prime smartphone and Canon EOS 6D camera with a Canon EF USM 85 mm f/1.4 lens.

What is the Canon Camera Connect application?

Canon Camera Connect is an application that you can download from the app store on your smartphone. It is used to wirelessly connect your DSLR to your phone so that you can photograph remotely, view images on the camera that you’ve already taken, and edit those images as well.

If your camera has built-in Bluetooth, it can also function by connecting your camera to your smartphone via that method as well.

Canon Camera Connect Application

This is what the Canon Camera Connect application icon looks like in the Google Play Store on Android.

How to use the application

There are a couple of ways you can connect your camera and smartphone in order to use the application. The first is connecting via an existing internet connection and using the information for user ID and password on both devices and then opening the application. The biggest drawback with the application, however, is that when the internet is faulty or patchy, your devices can disconnect and not allow you to use the app.

The second is the best option, in my opinion, because it connects to the camera directly and unless you are out of range or your phone goes to “sleep” you are always connected. Setting up the connection is easy. Go to menu on your camera, where you see the option to “Enable” the wifi connection, below, you’ll see the options for connecting.

Canon Camera Connect Application

In the Menu, go to the wifi settings to set the SSID that you will use to connect to your smartphone.

Choose to “connect smartphone”.  Within that menu, you are going to be able to set up your connection with a personalized name. I chose to name mine SET1 with the SSID which is the name of the wifi as “jl”. The encryption key is the password you’ll have to enter when you connect your phone to the camera’s wifi connection.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Choose Connect Smartphone to choose the settings to connect directly to your smartphone.

SET1 is the name I gave it in my camera’s menu. If you go into change/review settings you can set and change the name of the wifi that your smartphone will connect to.

Once you have the settings configured and enabled to connect, on your smartphone, go to the wifi networks and choose the one that you have named for your camera. Enter the encryption key and you will be connected. The application also has an easy to follow connection guide that can help you in case you forget the steps.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Here, using Easy Connection will help you to set the name and see the encryption key that you will need for your smartphone to connect to the camera’s wifi.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Here, you can see that the wifi network my camera has available so that my smartphone can connect. On the right, you see the main menu of the application.

You can add more Sets/Connections and can name them inside of your camera’s Wifi settings menu. This can save time if you use different devices with the application and camera.

View images and share instantly

In the Canon Camera Connect application, you have the option to view the images from camera instantly.

There is nothing more exciting than connecting your camera to the application after a session, transferring the images you believe to be great, and sharing them instantly onto social media. Clients love to see to see “sneak previews” of their session! This will also cause more excitement to see the final photographs.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Once you’re connected, you can view the images that are on your camera from your smartphone.

Connect your camera to the application, choose VIEW IMAGES, and select the ones you’d like to download. You can choose to resize or to leave them in original size. You can also edit the images in the application. They can be sorted by date in descending or ascending order which can make finding specific images faster.

Remote Live View mode

The other option that you have from the Camera Connect application home screen is to use the Live View Shooting mode. This feature is extremely helpful during sessions where you have your camera on a tripod and need to move around your subject, which could be a person or still life.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Here you can see the remote live view shooting mode. In the center photo, you can see that you can change your settings while photographing your subject. On the right, it’s the photograph that I just took.

From the live view shooting mode, you can see what you’re photographing, and change settings like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. The live view mode feature is fantastic because you don’t have to be stuck behind your camera or go back and forth between the subject and the camera.

Moving around your set, making adjustments to the set and to the camera, and “seeing” your photograph before even hitting the shutter can save you time. You can make sure you have everything just right before triggering the remote, all from your smartphone.

Using multiple devices

The Canon Camera Connect application can be set up on various devices as long as you download it, which is free in the app store on both Android and iPhone. Download the application and set up your camera to connect directly to the device you are going to be using.

Being able to use the application on multiple devices allows for more versatility when you’re photographing in different locations. All without having to use cords or tethering your camera to one specific device.

Canon Camera Connect Application

Choose Connect Smartphone to choose the settings to connect directly to your smartphone. You can also choose to connect to multiple devices.

Drawbacks

While the Canon Camera Connect application is very useful and functional, like all applications, it has certain drawbacks. The major drawback in using Camera Connect, and it’s not so much the application but the camera, is the wireless connection can drain the camera battery. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t matter if it is via an internet connection or directly to your smartphone, the battery life is cut significantly. Make sure you carry more than one camera battery if you attempt to use the application on location.

If you are connected directly to the camera’s own “wifi” you won’t be able to use any other wireless internet. However, connecting directly to the camera does secure the connection and you won’t be disconnected due to a patchy network. Just be mindful to not distance yourself too much or the application will disconnect since you won’t be in range of the camera.

Lastly, if your phone or camera go to sleep, then it disconnects the wifi connection automatically and you have to go through the entire process of choosing the camera’s wifi and connect again. It can become tedious, so my suggestion is that you set both your phone and your camera to not to to “sleep”  so that you don’t encounter this issue.

Conclusion

In the end, the Canon Camera Connect App is highly recommended for both remote live shooting and for downloading your photographs instantly so that you can share them with clients or on social media. The pros out weigh the cons. T

his application can truly give you more options when you are photographing both on location and in a studio. Download the application and test drive it, it will not disappoint.

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Jackie Lamas is a destination wedding and portrait photographer based on the beautiful beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. She earned her degree in photography from California State University, Fullerton. Jackie has over 10 years of experience as a professional photographer and teacher. When she’s not on the beach, you can find her writing on her blog and spending time with her baby and husband. See more of her work on Instagram.

  • Paul H

    Great article. I have an 80D and android phone and the camera is easy to set it up on the App. One bit of confusion is the App lists the “M” series and then one option for “EOS” for mirrored cameras, so don’t panic if you can’t find your camera.
    I use the App as a shutter remote and on occasion where I have wanted to not scare wildlife. I don’t use it to download pics as I use computer hard drives with good back ups.

    I was hoping you may cover off connecting to EOS Utility using wifi, as I find that particularly hit and miss. Any chance of covering off both the initial set up and subsequent ones after that? I would appreciate that.

  • Jackie Lamas

    Hi Paul! Thanks for sharing your experience with us! The EOS Utility is the software that comes with the camera correct? I personally have not used it but rather use the Adobe software to process my photos. Can you let me know more about the program so I can see about doing a review? Thank you so much!

  • Paul H

    Hi Jackie thanks for getting back. The EOS Utility is the software that down loads pictures from your camera to your computer that has the utility installed on. The latest version is WIFI capable but connection through wifi is quite complicated and time consuming. I bought a generic cable to transfer files as it is quicker. I also have an SD card reader if I want to go that route instead, but it is slower and more manual than the EOS utility.

    I will only do lens distortion etc edits on the canon software (prefer that to the in camera editing) and then use either DXO, Paintshop Pro Ultimate with Topaz add ins to do my main editing.

  • John Vrany

    Will my wireless strobe triggers still fire when triggering with the app?

  • Jackie Lamas

    Hi John! Thank you for that question! I tested this on the app with my Canon Speedlite and the only way that it fires is if I turn off the Live View Display. In the “Remote Live Shooting” feature, at the bottom right there is a camera and gear (settings). Touch there to turn OFF the “Live View Display”. This turns off the live view but still works as a remote shutter release and will fire your flash/strobes. Let me know if this works for you!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a32f6b01138f3c3c1ac3010aa1aa9405905c4b57de16750d575b032de98238b.png

  • Jackie Lamas

    Hi Paul! I see! First thing I would do is to check the speed of your SD cards, sometimes this can effect the download speeds if you connect it directly to your computer. I’ve heard that the best way is to do it the way you’ve explained here, to connect it via the cable to the computer. It’s safer and easier on the SD cards. You could try to import the photos using Adobe Bridge or copy and paste from the SD card directly to a folder on your computer, sometimes this can be faster. I’ll look more into the software and see if I can do a review in the future.

  • Paul H

    Sorry I think that you may have misunderstood. Once connected the down load is automatic on EOS Utility and super fast To connect with cable is quickest as I just have to connect the cable between camera and computer and within 30 seconds I click on down load and it is automatic from there on in. To put the card in the card reader means I have to uses the computer’s down load software and tell it where to put the pics, so not as quick as EOS Utility

    The issue is connecting by wifi using EOS Utility It takes me 3 to 4 attempts, then out comes the manual and I cancel all wifi settings and start again. That can take 5 minutes or longer. I must be doing something wrong.

    The phone app remembers the camera etc. But EOS Utilities does not seem to remember

  • I use Canon Connect all the time! It’s a great feature and works particularly well when I want a better view of pics as I’m shooting but especially to share sneak peeks and when working events particularly and I need to share on site, it’s perfect and the connectivity via Smartphone is preferable. I’ve not once had a connectivity issue. I’ve not used as much for remote viewing unless I’m doing self-portraits.

  • Paul H

    Not sure as it depends on how you trigger the strobe. The App is free and not hard to set up so I would try and see. If it doesn’t work you can always delete it

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