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As someone who primarily shoots with Nikon equipment, I was somewhat disappointed to learn that Chainfire's DSLR Controller (while awesome) lacked support for Nikon cameras back when it came out. Looking to alleviate the Nikon user's plight, Helicon Soft Ltd. introduced Helicon Remote (beta) to the Android Market some time ago, allowing Nikon and Canon users alike to shoot while tethered to an Android tablet running Honeycomb 3.1 or later.

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Helicon Remote boasts an impressive list of features, from advanced (read 15+ exposure) bracketing, to full screen live view, to time lapse shooting (which, unfortunately, isn't in the current beta). The app is compatible with the same list of Canon EOS devices as DSLR Controller, plus Nikon DSLRs including the D3/x, D300, D5000, D90, D700, and most later models.

As the description states, the app is currently in a beta stage, and the developers are looking for user feedback, compatibility confirmation, and general public testing. To sweeten the deal, "active beta testers" will be granted 50% off the app's price when the final product is released.

It's worth reiterating that the app requires Android 3.1+, as well as a USB host. If you're a Nikon user who's been yearning to control your camera from your Android-powered tablet, hit the market link below and start shooting.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • Joe

    Canon > Nikon = fact

    • yumcax

      Why? I've used Canon all my life, convince me to make my next SLR a Nikon.

      • Al McDowall

        Joe was saying that Canon is better than Nikon, you and he are in agreement.

        I suspect it just depends which one you used first. Whichever layout you get used to, that's the one you like to use. I don't think there's a huge gap between the tech specs of their products.

      • Teovald

        It is mainly a matter of taste. Some Nikon optics have quite a reputation though and i know that some canon users have worked on ways to use the 50mm F/1.4 nikon lens with their DSLR.
        Either way, both canon and nikon are good choices, and the only problem with an other brand is the limited choice of lenses.
        And in fact, since most users never learn how to properly use their DSLR (the automatic setting is not how you are supposed to use it...), it is not such a bad idea to go for a less popular brand.

      • dick head

        Canon make printers, photocopiers etc etc .. cameras are just a sideline .. Nikon only make cameras and lenses .. a true photographic company .. ok dick whack

      • Rey Espinueva

        Nikon has been the go-to camera for NASA and has reached the surface of the moon and back in 1969. Canon has yet to duplicate the feat and is now more than 30 years behind.

    • Khansharis

       Joe < Photographer = Fact

  • http://www.chainfire.eu/ Chainfire

    Nikon support for DSLR Controller is currently in development :)

    That being said, DSLR Controller does supports time lapse (with per-shot AEB as listed below), focus bracketing, (unlimited!) AEB based on shutterspeed, aperture, exposure compensation, ISO or bulb time. And it works on many rooted Gingerbread devices too, not to mention phones instead of just tablets.

    I dare say it packs quite a few more features ( http://dslrcontroller.com/about.php ) than Helicon remote !

  • Debbie

    Just tried it out with a Nikon D300 and an Asus Tf101. If I run the software FIRST and then attach the camera it works fine. If I attach the camera first the software hangs on startup.

    • Ryan S

      Duly noted. I think I will be playing with this sometime today.

  • Freak4Dell

    Looks like it's time to buy a microUSB adapter.

  • Jyoti Deka

    Do I need to root my xperia mini pro to control my nikon?