Can the iPad be used to do tethered shooting with a digital slr?

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The short answer for now is no. I don’t understand why anyone would want to tether this thing to a camera in the first place. Would you tether a digital photo frame to a camera? To do tethered shooting, you need all of the following:

  • A means to connect camera to the tether device. Sure the iPad has a $29 optional usb port but its functionality is probably very limited.
  • Software support. If the Apple Politburo has not approved it, it’s not happening.
  • Somewhere to store the images. Where are you going to store all those images on the 16GB version. I’m thinking you might have 1 GB free after you install everything.

I read somewhere that someone was thinking of using the iPad as a live review device during a shoot. Well to make this work, you’ll have to tether your camera to a laptop, write some kind of script to post those images to a local webpage, and then use the iPad to browse that page. I think I’ll stick to tethering a laptop using Adobe Lightroom.

Update: OnOne Software, the maker of DSLR Camera Remote confirms their software will have limited functionality with the iPad but it requires a computer in the connection so I’m not sure what’s the point of having the iPad attached when you already have a computer attached.