DIY hardware needed to shoot DSLR photos with the FotoZap Camera App

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Picture Marketing offers a complete kit with a complete set of tested devices and all needed accessories. 
You can also use your own equipment. Just follow these hardware requirements.

You need three main items:
  1. a compatible DSLR camera
  2. a USB OTG cable (to connect the camera to the Android device)
  3. an Android tablet or phone

The best way to ensure compatibility between these three items is to try them out, but here are some notes on compatibility:

1. The DSLR Camera
This should work with most any recent Canon or Nikon DSLR that supports tethered Live-View.

A partial list follows. Note that there might be other cameras not on this list that work. And while all cameras on this list should work, we have not tested them all ourselves. 

Canon cameras:

  • SL1
  • T6, T5, T3
  • T6s, T6i, T5i, T4i, T3i, T2i, T1i
  • XSi, XS
  • 80D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D
  • 7D Mark II, 7D
  • 6D
  • 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II
  • 1DX,
  • 1Ds Mark III, 1Ds Mark II
  • 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1D Mark II

Nikon cameras:

  • D4S D4 D3X D3S
  • Df
  • D810 D800/D800E
  • D750 D700
  • D610 D600
  • D300S, D300
  • D7200 D7100 D7000
  • D90 D80
  • D5500 D5300 D5200 D5100 D5000
  • D3500 D3300 D3200

2. The USB OTG Cable
The key thing with the cable is that it must support USB OTG (USB On-The-Go)

There are many cables available on Amazon and other places that support USB OTG. Here are a few I found on Amazon just now:

This 2-pack of adapters, plugs into the Micro USB on the tablet, and then you plug the usb cable that came with the camera into the female USB connector on the other side:

Another alternative is this one which has Micro USB on one side and Mini USB on the other. So if your camera uses Mini USB, you can connect it with a single cable:

3. The Android Device
The Android tablet must support OTG. Most recent Android tablets do support this protocol, but you should check to make sure it does.
Here is a helpful article that explains how to tell if your Android device supports OTG.

Other than OTG support, there are no other specific requirements, although if you are going to be scanning QR codes on Photo Access Cards, then it is good to use a tablet with a higher resolution camera and that works OK in low light. 

Also note that while the tablet is connected to the camera, you can not charge most tablets (although some do allow this), so if the event is a long one you might need a second tablet that can be charging while you use the first one. 

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