DIY Android based Bluetooth remote controller for Nikon DSLR

There has been many Nikon related iPhone apps featured on [NR] in the past. Here is a DIY Android based Bluetooth remote controller solution from Scott Wallace :

From the video description:

"This is the second version of my Nikon Bluetooth controller that I've been working on. The project is based around an Arduino and a BlueSmirf Bluetooth tranciever. In the first version, control of the camera was achieved using an IR LED, and emulating the Nikon IR remote. In this second version, the control is through the wired shutter-release/GPS port.

The camera I'm using is a Nikon D90, but this same controller would work on all Nikons that have the same shutter release/GPS port as the D90. Additionally, I've read about Canon and Sony DSLRs also having a wired shutter-release port that operates in the same way, you'd just have to find the pin-out of those ports and make your own connector .

On the Android side, right now I'm using SENA BTerm as the Bluetooth terminal. This isn't a long term solution, but for now is a proof-of-concept that camera control from the phone is possible."

Thanks Christopher!

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  • cool stuff but beyond my old phone capabilities

  • The invisible man

    I use my finger to release the shutter on my Nikon, I must be a very old man.

    • Hahaha! Funny!

    • Ciprian Herta

      Same here, use my finger….Why need a phone??

      • Global

        Everyone needs a remote, its a great tool!

        But I’m just waiting for them to wirelessly channel LIVE VIEW into my Android phone with a remote app. That’d be great for self-portraits, macro, etc.

    • Ken Elliott

      Using fingers to trigger the camera? Then you would be interested in my new invention: The Fing-Longerer

      This simple device attaches to your finger, extending it 6 feet. Just image the possibilities!

  • Two other good apps are the “DOF Calculator” (great interface) and “Nikon Lenses”, which contains a list of all the Nikon lenses, reviews, rating, where to buy, in a nice UI.

  • Hi, this is Scott from the video, thanks a bunch for the post! It’s been a fun project so far, and it’s cool to see that people are interested in this sort of stuff. If anyone has any questions, feel free to let me know, either via comment here or on YouTube, or via email. If you’re interested in doing a project like this yourself, let me know, and I’ll point you to the resources that helped me along the way, and if you get to building one, could even share my code. Keep shooting!

    • Thanks Scott for the video and for stopping by 🙂

    • Global

      Thanks man.

  • Dave Dugal

    Very cool POC! Thanks for the efforts, Scott. It’s nice to see Android getting the same “love” as the iPhone. Once you productize this and get it onto Android Market, definitely let the fine gentlefolk at NR know so they can post an update.

    – Dave

  • D700guy

    These next 2 – 3 months of rumors are gonna be a total snoozefest arent they?

    • MK

      any 2.6x mirrorless crop rumors? the suspense is killing me.

    • broxibear

      Just for you here’s a rumour I heard, people may not like it or believe it but hey, it’s a rumour site.
      Remember that concept D800 that was posted here ?… I heard that it was pretty damn close to the real thing.

      • D700guy

        Well, it’s all good info, I guess.
        I’m just glad I am not in the market for a D800, that thing looks ridiculous.
        I’m holding out for the D4 myself. What ever it might end up being…

      • That rendering may have said D800, but the size of the prism and the DX lens make me think its more like the next 7D killer, the Nikon D400 with improved video capabilties. If they want to take risk on a design, better with the prosumer model than a pro one. Pros don’t want their world turned upside down. (literally and figuratively)

        • broxibear

          Hi Son of FE,
          I don’t think it’ll have the twisty grip, but I’ve noticed a bit of chatter about a touchscreen.

          • Touch screen might be a nice “touch”.
            Properly executed,it could be versatile.

            Thanks for keeping your ear to the ground!

    • Joe

      Yup… Looks like it is going to be a lllloooonnnngggg summer…

  • vinman

    iOS version pleeaassee? 🙂

    • Ken Elliott

      IOS? Ha!

      Even if he developed it, I don’t think you’d be able to get it. Remember, Apple controls app distribution via their App Store. With Android, you get to do whatever you want with your phone. Sadly, I am an iPhone user, and can’t even access data on my own device. I won’t be buying another one.

  • The invisible man
    • The invisible man

      Well, the filter is no free (but muliticoated !)

      Nikon, PLASE, we need the D800/900 NOW (or my wife may spend the money in an other useless Louis Vuiton purse !)

    • D700guy

      Sooo, the filter actually screws directly on to the camera body, not a lens?

  • davidpeter

    Shit, I was overtaken 🙂

    I’m doing quiet the same for Canons, as my thesis but I need about a month to finish it. It is only a prototype at the moment.

  • Martijn

    wow very nice! lots of work i guess

    on my iphone i used to be able to connect my notebook to my camera, and use WIFI to see the LCD screen on my iphone. now thats what would be very cool!

    but this is already amazing! no way i could make something like that!

  • Jabs
    • I saw that , thanks – Nikon actually issued a press release for those new campaigns… will add to the weekly Nikon links.

  • jwdw

    `hello nikonians , An nice and good bluetooth solution is also BlueSLR with the blueSLR app. plug it into the aux port , and you can remote control your nikon , normal shutter control, timelapse , shuttercontrol, AF control, gps data from your iphone to exif . works really great !


  • AnoNemo

    I am just waiting for the when we can somehow combine the Angry Birds into our Nikons. 🙂

  • Mock Kenwell

    Wow. My time is worth a lot more than this. God bless those with the patience and the inclination to DIY stuff like this. I’d rather buy the remote shutter release.

  • Anonymus Maximus

    Very nice

    Well done christopher!

    • Anonymus Maximus

      Sorry I meant Scot !

      No offense chistopher

  • meee

    anyone knows if that also works for the D80?

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