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USB 1.1/2.0 specifies a maximum cable length of 5 meters (~16 feet) as a function of a minimum required transmission speeds. That's pushing the limit, to some degree, and will be highly dependent on how well the cable is made, shielding, etc. If you're worried about reliability, I would go under that, probably no more than 3 meters (~10 feet). USB 3.0 ...


13

Based on the reading of the battery spec, no. The battery pack supplies 7.4v, while USB can only supply 5v. However, you can buy the ACK-E2 wall power kit to power the camera directly from a standard outlet.


11

The feature you're looking for is called "Tethering" and it's supported by many recent DSLR cameras from manufacturers such as Canon and Nikon.


10

I have 2 12' long active repeater cables and a 6' usb cable I have successfully daisy chained ONE of them from an actively powered USB hub to control my Canon 5Dmk2. As far as I can tell, you can't put a second one on the chain without another power source. I have seen 16' repeaters advertised for ~20USD. So in my successful setup it was: Mac -- 3' USB ...


9

It's called tethered shooting, and is mostly used in studios; as you say, it's not exactly a portable setup. It has the advantage of letting you write photos direct to disk, bypassing the memory card, and as you said, you can see a photo preview large and on-screen before shooting, like a high-res version of live view. Press photographers at football ...


9

I don't know of any that can be tethered to a PC. However the open source CHDK firmware for Cannon cameras support on camera scripting that may fulfill your needs. Alternatively for any camera that has support for an external shutter release you can drive that shutter release externally from a PIC or a USBIO module attached to a PC.


8

You should be able to use the Canon EOS Utility that comes with the camera in order to shoot tethered right outta the box. Once you've installed the Canon EOS Utility (on the CD that came with your camera), then a simple USB cable (should have also come with your camera in the box, but you might want to get a longer one if you want to get farther from your ...


8

Let's tackle your questions separately: Film Camera The short answer is 'no.' There is no marketed utility that I'm aware of which would give you complete control over a film camera (even a relatively modern one). Now I can imagine a it would be possible (and even potentially relatively easy) to put together a DIY solution as long as the camera is recent ...


8

By feeding the output of the camera to the laptop you can see what the camera is seeing in real time if you can't be behind the camera. You can position the laptop where you can see it's screen, then you can press the remote shutter release at exactly the right moment to capture the shot you are after. Most useful, if, like the photographer in this case, ...


6

If you're on Windows, then you'd use the "EOS Utility" application (which you can download from Canon if you haven't already got it). This application supports: Functions for downloading and displaying images Remote shooting, and camera control of each setting when an EOS DIGITAL camera is connected to a computer


6

You could use an Eye-Fi Pro Card and an Application on the iPad (or iPhone or Andriod phone or laptop ect.) to read it. There are a few options for an App. There is the FREE eye-fi iPhone app or you could have a look at Shutter Snitch App which is relativity cheap. I have not used this approach myself so I cannot say if it is any good however it might do ...


6

There are a couple of factors that come into play here: Regarding "off the shelf options", I'd be surprised if there were any, as different lenses have differing dimensions, so you would need a different controller per lens. The other option would be for SLR lens to incorporate motors for zooming, but I'm not aware of any manufacturer with this feature at ...


6

Whilst there is support for using the Canon 350D in a tethered mode, with "remote" shooting, there is no control over the zoom other than manual intervention; as that camera does not support video, or even "live view", or wouldn't be able to see how the photograph would look before shooting it -- depending on your scenario, you could just shoot and reshoot ...


6

Most modern dSLRs from both canon and nikon offer this capability, and have developer programs offering an API to help you with your code. There's such a wide range of options that you probably should start with some other criteria first, and come back and filter by this one later in the decision making process.


6

Adobe Lightroom does all of the above (apart from the VirtueMart part, sorry!). Tethering (for Canon, Nikon and Leica) and your first four wishlist items are supported right out of the box. The CSV export feature can be added with Timothy Armes' brilliant LR/Transporter plugin.


6

It is impossible with Lightroom as the camera is not supported. See the supported list. You will have to find other tethering software and check their requirements one-by-one. As a general rule, if your camera is neither Canon nor Nikon, there are far less chances of being supported by anyone else than the manufacturer. So, check with Sony first, they may ...


6

Absolutely. There is a great dongle+app, offered by TriggerTrap. I purchased it and I'm super happy with it. If I recall correctly, the app is available for iOS and Android. EDIT: Some of the free app's options are as follows: Simple cable release Press and hold Press and lock Timed release Timelapse TimeWarp (time lapse + acceleration) DistnaceLapse ...


5

Older Canon P&S support remote operation via the USB and a PC. Canon discontinued this feature after the G10.


5

The only option I can see, right now, is using gPhoto for this but since I primarily use Linux in a server role, I might be missing some. Anyways, there's a pretty good tutorial on using gPhoto this way available here: Linux.com and that might do the trick for you.


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There is free software that actually comes with your camera that can do this, its called EOS Utility, you can also download it from here. In addition to that you can also use the Tethered shooting option in Lightroom 3


5

There are five possible methods that I can think of: Tethering to a Computer You can connect the camera to a computer via USB. However, this limits movement and can be inconvenient at times. This also requires specialized software. This is the cheapest option by far. You will still need a conection to the internet. An Eye-Fi card The second cheapest ...


5

Most tethering softwares that list support for Nikon cameras do not include the D3xxx series. Most of the Dx, Dxx, and some of the D7xxx and D5xxx bodies are at least partially supported. The D3100's firmware or hardware may limit this capability. If all you want to do is view the output of your camera without controlling it, you just need to connect it to ...


4

If you're looking for a free program to let you shoot tethered with your Nikon, this post discusses a few of the options.


4

As others have said, if you use Windows or Mac OS-X, then you can use the EOS Capture utility which is part of Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP) - You can install this from one of the disks that came with your camera, and then update it from here. An alternative, if you're a Lightroom 3 user, would be to do the tethered capture from within Lr itself, ...


4

There is a description here that shows how you can do this, but it seems a bit of a convoluted solution. I don't there is (currently) anything that allows you to link an iPad to a WiFi enabled DSLR directly. But I certainly wouldn't rule it out from ever happening.


4

An USB 2.0 port can only supply at most 500 mA of power, and that is simply not enough to run a camera on.


4

This is a native software you could use: http://entangle-photo.org/ Edit: And this too: http://www.darktable.org/


4

Nikon's Camera Control Pro 2 supports LiveView with the D90 on both Windows and Mac.


4

gPhoto can be installed on a Mac (it may be difficult a bit). It supports Canon G10.


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The EOS Utility, via its Camera Settings/Remote Shooting module will let you Live View your pictures as you shoot them. It will also set you change the image settings (speed, aperture, ISO, etc.) via the PC. No special cable is required, just a regular mini-USB cable, which was supplied with your camera. Note that for focusing purposes you don't really need ...



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