Helicon Remote

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About this app

Helicon Remote is a utility for tethered shooting and camera remote control compatible with all recent Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras (except for D3000 / D3100 / D3200 / D3300 / D3400 - these are NOT SUPPORTED. Full list of supported cameras below). Any other camera brand is NOT SUPPORTED.

The app can only be used on device with USB OTG (host mode) support. USB OTG adapter is required if your device doesn't have full size USB socket!

Key features:
- Wi-Fi support (For supported cameras with built-in Wi-Fi; Nikon WT and Wu-1 modules; and Canon WFT modules)
- Automated focus bracketing (focus bracketing, exposure bracketing and time lapse shooting can be combined in any way possible)
- Focus stacking result preview
- Extra long exposures (BULB mode) - up to 32 min (all Canon cameras, all Nikons EXCEPT D90, D300(s), D700, D5000, D5100, D7000, D3, D3S, D3X)
- Advanced exposure bracketing
- Image review
- Full screen Live View
- Focus areas highlighting
- Live View noise averaging
- Time lapse shooting
- Video recording
- Burst (continuous) shooting
- Hyper focal distance and DOF calculator
- Live histogram (grayscale/RGB)

Please see http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconsoft-products/helicon-remote/ for more information Helicon Remote, its features, and versions for other operating systems (Windows, Mac, iOS).

Device requirements:
- Android 4.4+
- USB host (also called USB OTG) support. USB OTG adapter is required unless your device has a full size USB socket. Note that some Android devices have limited USB support. Those will not detect cameras, even if they detect other devices like USB sticks or mice successfully. You can use this app to find out whether your device has full USB OTG support: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.tauruslabs.usbhostcheck
- Touch screen

Camera compatibility

- 1D Mark III, 1D X Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D C, 1D X, 1D X Mark II;
- 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R (5DSR);
- 6D, 6D Mark II;
- 7D, 7D Mark II;
- 40D, 50D, 60D, 70D, 77D / 9000D, 80D, 90D;
- 100D / SL1 / Kiss X7, 200D / SL2 / Kiss X8, 250D;
- 450D / Rebel XSi / Kiss X2, 500D / Rebel T1i / Kiss X3, 550D / Rebel T2i / Kiss X4, 600D / Rebel T3i / Kiss X5, 650D / Rebel T4i / Kiss X6, 700D / T5i / Kiss X7i, 750D / Rebel T6i / Kiss x8i, 760D / Rebel T6s / EOS 8000D, 800D / Rebel T7i / Kiss X9i, 1000D / Rebel XS / Kiss F, 1100D / Rebel T3 / Kiss X50, 1200D / T5 / Kiss X70, 1300D / Rebel T6 / Kiss X80;
- 2000D / Kiss X90 / T7 / 1500D;
- 4000D / 3000D.

Nikon: D3, D3s, D3x, D4, D4s, D5, Df, D90, D300/D300s, D500, D600, D610, D700, D750, D780, D800/D800e, D810, D810A, D850, D5000, D5100, D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D7000, D7100, D7200, D7500. (D3000 - D3500 are not supported).

Video recording:
- all Nikon cameras EXCEPT D90, D300(s), D700, D3, D3S, D3X, D5000, Df;
- all Canon cameras.

Limitations: free (unregistered) version does not allow shooting in raw format. A license can be purchased from http://heliconsoft.com or via menu/Register button from within Helicon Remote.
Updated on
Jun 17, 2024

Data safety

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Data is encrypted in transit
Data can’t be deleted

Ratings and reviews

3.64K reviews
A Google user
May 23, 2019
Very good app. I've used it once so far and was impressed. I am using this app with an older Canon 5d MK2. I could not get it to work at first. Firstly I needed to use an OTG cable as mentioned on their website. My camera was not brand new so it did not come with one, so I had to purchase a solid OTG cable. Secondly, I needed to turn on the usb debugging function located within the developer options on my phone. Thirdly, I have an option that says "Reverse charge and OTG" under settings which is off by default. Once turned on, the app worked. The only thing is, I am not sure that I can record directly to the mini sd card within the phone???
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Helicon Soft Ltd.
May 23, 2019
Recording to the phone's external SD card is not possible right now, sorry. It's complicated to implement due to restrictions that recent Android versions impose on apps in terms of storage usage, but we will be looking into it soon and will implement it in a future update. I don't think you have to enable USB debugging, try turning it off.
A Google user
October 9, 2019
Once the camera connects (6d), the interface becomes incredibly slow and laggy. I do not have the same issues with DSLR controller. I even removed DSLR controller from my phone to see if that was the issue: it wasn't. I tried everything I could think of (it's not the cable), but it still doesn't work right. I'll update this review if you fix it, but as a paying customer, I'm pretty ticked at the moment. DSLR controller hasn't been updated in 3 years and it works better than this does.
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Helicon Soft Ltd.
October 9, 2019
This is caused by a conflict with another app that also attempts to access the camera (e. g. Gallery, Photos, or another remote control app - but you said you removed DSLR Controller so we know that's not it). Connect the camera first and turn it on, close any pop-ups and suspicious background apps, and only then run Helicon Remote.
John Doe
February 5, 2024
I thought that this app would allow me to take photos that will be stored on my Canon camera. Apparently it only takes photos that will store on your phone (camera card show zero photos), and will only allow cr2 files for the 3 day trial period. Also a major bug in that if I turn the live view display in this app off, my camera crashes with a warning I've never seen before. Also, possibly the worst, most confusing ui I've ever seen.
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Helicon Soft Ltd.
February 6, 2024
Hello, you can select different image saving modes in Settings - Saving (store to the phone, to the camera's card, or both). The trial period is 30 days, not 3. After that everything is still free except for raw shooting. What's your camera? And can you please describe what it is you found confusing? Thanks for your feedback!

What's new

Bug report function fixed on older Android versions