EOS Remote App

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EOS APPThe EOS Remote App from Canon makes it possible to check composition, adjust focus, release the shutter, and review, transfer or share images to social media sites.  This app works with the Canon 6D camera.

Here is my review on The EOS Remote App:  I had a chance to actually use the app for a shoot this past weekend.  The ease of viewing images on a screen larger than the camera’s LCD screen was nice.  Remotely firing the camera and changing the camera setting was so easy.  I really like the app, but it does have a couple of things I would like to see upgraded.

To get started, you need to enable the WiFi function on the camera (this can be confusing).  After you turn on the WiFi, you need to set a nickname for the camera.  When you set the nickname, you receive a security code.  Now it’s time to enable the WiFi on the device you’re going to use.  I set up my iPad to be used.  When the iPad finds the camera’s WiFi range, there will be a prompt to enter the security code that you received from the camera.  When you go through the many steps to set up a device, the next time you launch the app you will have your nickname show, and you just click the name and press connect.  So, it will be easier the second time around.  Below is the home screen of the app.

Start screen

The home screen will tell you if you have a connection or not, as you can see at the top of the image above.  Also, notice how pixilated the letters and icons are.  That is because this app is designed for smartphones.  Canon needs to upgrade the app and make it compatible with tablets.  Below is how the app looks at actual size.

Made for cell phones.

In the bottom right corner you see a 2X.  This will magnify the screen so that the app fills your tablet.  This is when the pixilation occurs.  At the home screen you press the remote shooting button.  This activates live view on your camera and you then see what the camera sees on your device.  The image below shows the remote shooting screen and you can see the camera settings.

Camera Settings

Single viewThe square box in the center is the focusing point.  At the top, you have the home button, info button, refresh button and live view off/on icon.  Next in the center is the aperture, shutter and ISO setting buttons.  Notice the Tv is set for 5″.  That’s because at the correctly metered exposure of 1/125th, you could not see the longboard, and it was too dark.  I had to change the shutter speed to about 5 seconds every time I needed to compose and focus.  Here is another upgrade that should happen: add a bubble level view and some memory settings.  For example, M1 could be the correct exposure and M2 could be set with a long shutter speed so you can see what you’re looking at.  That would have saved me a lot of time.  Now at the bottom you have a thumbnail, focus button, shutter release button and camera setting button.  If you press the thumbnail (view the image to the right), then the camera setting buttons are replaced with tiny thumbnails, and a larger image is shown.   Once you have picked a thumbnail, you can us the “pinch to zoom” feature.  Below is a screen capture of an image zoomed in.  Even though the letters and icons are pixelated, the actual photo is not pixelated.

Zoom view

If you really want to see your images, go back to the home screen and press the Camera Image Viewing button.  What you get to see is everything that is on the memory card in the camera.  The image below shows the camera image viewing screen.

Image viewing screen

From the image viewing screen, you have the home button and a viewing choice of grid or detail info.  The image below shows the detail info screen.

Detailed info

The other buttons on the bottom of the viewing screen include download, organize and share.  The download lets you save the image to your device.  If you shoot RAW or large JPEGs they are automatically converted to a smaller size of 1920×1280, which is a really good size to share on social media sites.  The organization button lets you sort by date, folders and stars.  You share by email or social media sites.  I have only downloaded images and processed with Snapseed or Photoshop Touch, then shared to social media sites after I tweaked an image.

Overall, I liked the app.  I would like to see some changes, but for Canon’s first attempt, the app works.  Easy navigation, focusing, viewing, basic camera settings, downloading and sharing makes this a great companion for your Canon 6D.  Below is a composite from my photo shoot for Jati Boards.

The app is available from Apple’s App Store or from Google’s Play Store.

Tip: To screen capture on the iPad, press and hold the home button and then press the power button.  The screen will flash white and you will hear the click of a shutter.  The screen grab will be saved on the camera roll in the photos app.

One of the composites.