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With Canon's EOS Utility software, you can connect your Canon DSLR to a laptop via HDMI and:

  • control focus and zoom (if you have autofocus lenses),
  • start and stop video recording,
  • white balance,
  • see RGB histograms

I can't find any mention of similar software for Nikon. I have found plenty of tethering software, but they do not use HDMI and are not intended for video.

Essentially, I am looking to duplicate the function of this item using a laptop:

https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicvideoassist

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  • The answers to the linked possible duplicate question explain that the D3x00 series cameras are not supported by Nikon's SDK. – scottbb Mar 31 '16 at 3:43
  • Re: Canon DSLRs and what can be controlled via tethering. Focus - yes (ALL EF and EF-S lenses have AF. Every single one. The four TS-E lenses and the MP-E 1-5X macro are the only EOS lenses that don't have an AF motor). Zoom - no (No EOS lenses have camera controllable zoom. Not a single one.). – Michael C Mar 31 '16 at 6:09
  • @charlzm There's a reason everyone using this type of external monitor/recorder is using Canon and not Nikon cameras... – Michael C Mar 31 '16 at 6:14
  • Which is also pretty much the same reason the device you linked runs on the same battery that powers the Canon 5DII, 5DIII, 7D, 7D II, etc. – Michael C Mar 31 '16 at 6:17
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EOS Utility use USB connection not HDMI to control canon cameras. There are software for Nikon with same features digiCamControl or dslrdashboard but you can't trigger video capture for D3200 using a software and USB connection.

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