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Looking for computer-controlled camera

by Qixotic / February 2, 2010 8:19 PM PST

Hi, I'm looking for a camera that can be fully computer-controlled. That is, all functions like zoom, ISO, shutter, etc can be controlled by computer and picture downloaded to the computer.

From what I understand, the latest generation of Canon DSLRs allow this with their proprietary software. Are there any other DSLRs that do this, and what about point-and-shoots?

Thanks for the help.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 2, 2010 11:45 PM PST

There are still cameras that can do this, but you need some software.

BreezeSys makes the software, which works with some DSLR and Point & Shoot cameras.
It is compatible mostly with Canon cameras.

It does not work with all Canon cameras, so be sure and read which cameras you need.


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by Qixotic / February 5, 2010 2:33 AM PST
In reply to: BreezeSys

Thanks for the reply.

Upon further investigation, it looks like the feature I'm looking for is called "tethered shooting".

Apparently the latest Canons and Nikons support it, and Sony's A700 and 900 do as well, but not Sony's low-end models.

Does anyone here know if the Panasonic, Olympus, and Pentax cameras support tethering?

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Tethered shooting
by hjfok / February 5, 2010 4:05 AM PST
In reply to: thanks

This requires software for compatible models. If you really want to do tethered shooting, then you should stick with Canon and Nikon.

Pentax has software that can enable compatible models to do tethered shooting. I believe Olympus does too. But these are not as sophisticated or good as Canon or Nikon. I don't know about Panasonic.

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