DSLR.Bot Features for DSLR

An inexpensive little application with not just 'cool', but very functional features to power up that Canon DSLR. DSLR.Bot is a highly recommended application download if you already have one of these supported iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad devices. The ability to DIY an infrared trigger and extend range with a simple stereo cable makes it even more practical to use. To keep consistency with the IR trigger (if you choose to purchase one from DSLRBot.com) it comes with a supplied velcro band that simply holds the IR trigger onto the side of the lens. The next time i'm going out to TimeLapse or try my hand at HDR, this little application is going with me. You can find it on iTunes through the link below.

Apple iTunes Find DSLR.Bot on iTunes for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad

For more information on all the features, tips, and DIY tutorials on the IR trigger - check out DSLRBot.com.

23 thoughts on “DSLR.Bot Features for DSLR

  1. gerry

    hi emmagination, have been trying to contact you but it does not seem to be working, can you email me at [email protected].
    its about dslebot video you made i think 2 years ago.


  2. gerry

    hi, just watched the video and he is using a ipod, how do i get the app in the upside down screen rotation position so the IR's are at the top.

  3. MJM

    Works great for shutter activation on A77. Is it possible to have it start movie recording?

  4. @Jesus
    Got it working with the 60D. It took breaking out the old manual. For the wireless to work the user manual states that the lens should be in manual focus, Then press the "Drive" button above the LCD, then scroll to the wireless/timer setting. I set mine on the 2 second timer but it actuates instantly rather than having to wait 2 seconds on every shot. Changed the mode dial to "Bulb" (you can choose whichever mode you like" and then everything finally clicked (pun intended:). I'm a little disappointed with the range. It seems like I have to be pointing directly at the camera or it doesn't work, aiming up or down misfired every time. Also when shooting HDR Bracketing make sure you change the mode from bulb to AV (or whatever your preference is) or else the last exposure will keep the shutter open until you press the shutter button to get the shutter to close again. Hope this helps. Good luck!

  5. Jacob


    The app works perfectly with my 60D. Make sure the volume is all the way up on your iPod/iPhone, and the camera is in remote mode. 🙂

  6. Sander

    I'm not having an luck with my DIY remote and my Canon 5D. The Dslrbot website says something about european iPhones maybe not being compatible.
    I'm from the Netherlands. Is anyone else, from Europe having issues?

  7. Emm

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    @Colby - The camera's can be triggered by switching the drive mode to 'Remote'. Then it's ready for infrared incoming signals from a Canon compatible remote.

  8. Colby

    Does the t2i have an infrared?
    I havent really know anyone using infrared on canons aside form the 580 flash..
    How would you set that up?

  9. @Emm
    Thanks for the reply, yea I did the DIY remote and I'm sure that I have it connected right, I'ts weird... Nothing that I do makes it work... Anyone else try this with the 60D?

  10. Emm

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    @Bryan - Yeah IR isn't that great especially outdoors. I like the fact that you can just use a simple stereo cable to extend transmission. I'll upload a pic of how mine attaches to the lens.

  11. Bryan

    I built the transmitter as instructed and it was pretty simple, and it all works great, but I'm a bit disappointed with the range. I used the specified IR LEDs and I'm only getting 6-8 foot range (the site says it should be 11 ft). My volume's turned up, the volume limiter is off, and I made/tried two different transmitters. Would it be possible to use brighter LEDs or some sort of transistor to boost the range? I'm pretty useless with electronics.

    Still, it's a nifty and useful tool, and at for $6 in parts and $5 software it still has a greater range and more features than the Canon wired intervalometer that costs $140.

  12. JG

    any idea if there is app like this for the android but for nikon? i just wanna do time lapse with a d70

  13. itsjohnny2

    This is nice. Wish it was out like 2 years ago. My current setup is a bit overpriced but worked wirelessly with generic R/C transmitters and receivers. Used for auto KAP/KAV and Pole Rigs, triggering my G12/XTi/5DMk2 with a radio transmitter/receiver, battery and a gentLED.

  14. Emm

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    @Jesus - Are you setting the cameras drive mode to 'remote'? It will not work until you set the camera into the Remote drive and then you need an infrared trigger. You should also set the Volume on the highest.

  15. MarkW

    Does anyone know how the GPS data is handled? Is it written to the .CR2/.JPG file or is it stored on the phone, and later married to the photos manually? If the latter is true, how does one do this?


  16. JimH

    This is cool, wish it was out for droid. I do have an old iphone laying around I could use but if I am going to carry around an extra iphone I might as well just carry around my intravolmeter

  17. Emm

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    @CSSCHNEIDER - When doing timelapse, normally that's all set in the camera not the remotes. For Bracketing you would set the camera in 'BULB' mode. This mode (if available in your camera) allows you to leave the shutter open for as long as you want, including several hours. This is definitely a full featured TimeLapse remote.


    I almost love this. It doesn't seem to allow you to control the shutter speed during time lapse mode. I guess I can just set that on the camera body, but its something I'd like to see in the next update.

  19. This looks sweet! I just ordered the 60D intervalometer that you posted on here a while ago, so I probably won't be getting this right away, but I'm looking forward to a more in-depth review once you have used it more! Thanks for posting!

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