Robust wireless DSLR control over Bluetooth

yanis_android_bluetooth_camera_controller

[Manishi] wrote in to share his latest project, a Bluetooth DSLR controller that works with Android. More than a mere Bluetooth shutter trigger, his device lets you control a wide array of other settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, focus position and live view.

His “YaNis” control system was built using an Arduino Pro Mini, along with a USB host shield and a Bluetooth module he picked up from SparkFun. Obviously any other Arduino and SPP compatible Bluetooth board can be used, though component size is definitely a consideration for this project, and his selections are pretty well-suited to the job. The Arduino half of the software relies heavily on [Oleg Maruzov’s] PTP/USB libraries to get things done, but the free Android control app is all [Manishi’s] creation.

The Bluetooth dongle connects to the camera via USB, and once it’s paired with his Android phone, [Manishi] has total control at his fingertips. He has plenty of improvements planned for the near future including additional camera support, so we expect that we’ll see an even more robust control application before too long.

Continue reading to see a quick video demo of YaNis in action.

Comments

  1. Brad Hein says:

    Bravo!!! I just picked up an RN-42 but couldn’t get it to work with just power and UART so I gave up with it. There are a few others out there too of similar size/price.

  2. sawo says:

    Great project, i consider to get the stuff i need for this.

  3. Inopia says:

    Hurray for Orange San Francisco! :)

  4. manis404 says:

    @Inopia:
    True, the San Francisco(AKA ZTE Blade) is really a LOT of phone for the money.

    @Brad Hein:
    You’ll need to change the default baud rate/parity, etc via AT Commands before you get it to work. When properly configured, the RN42 works pretty well actually.

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