I know that I can plug my DSLR camera into my iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit and it will allow me to import those photos, but I'm not looking to import the photos.

I'd like to just be able to preview the photos immediately and potentially browse through them. My goal is to set up my camera on a tripod with the iPad mounted next to is in a photo booth-ish setup. People can pose, trigger the camera, and then see their photo on the iPad automatically.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to include my actual question..

Does anyone know of an iOS app that will allow me to accomplish this? An app that will let me automatically preview images as they are snapped on the attached DSLR?

  • @Blrfl, on your proposed edit: you can select which photos to transfer. It's just not designed to do that while shooting. – mattdm Dec 21 '12 at 22:50
  • So you're looking for some level of basic tethering. – rfusca Dec 22 '12 at 0:41
  • Yes, in a fashion, but not using one of the eye-fi SD cards. I'm just looking for a wired solution since I already have the camera connection kit. – Kenny Wyland Dec 22 '12 at 0:42
  • Have a look at ShutterSnitch - it supports wi-fi/eye-fi and FTP, at least. Capture Pilot lets you preview on an iPad, but you'll need a laptop and the Capture One Pro software as well - the camera apparently connects to the laptop, and the iPad acts as a screen. Photosmith needs Lightroom. It can use the Apple Connection Kit, but it's not clear if it can do it in real time. – j-g-faustus Dec 22 '12 at 9:22
  • Something like CamRanger sounds close to what you're describing, but does require additional hardware. camranger.com – ckoerner Dec 22 '12 at 15:34

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The Canon EOS Remote app performs a version of this. You do have to capture the image then click either on the preview thumbnail or go into image viewing to actually view the images. They do not appear automatically full screen after an image is shot.

It works on both iOS and Andorid, so you can use an iPad or an Android tablet. The app works very well actually and I use it to do nearly exactly what you are describing.

The app currently is only compatible with the Canon EOS 6D DSLR.

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