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How to Use Your Phone as An External Camera Screen: Step-by-Step Guide

Taking photos and recording videos has become a  breathtaking and joyous experience for many  Photo enthusiasts, thanks to the high tech revolving around the possibility of using our smartphones as external camera screens. It has even become easier to operate and run the two devices- camera and smartphone due to the readily available needed materials which are easy to work with and set up.

Here we are going to look at how you can use your phone as an external camera screen; that is- things required for set up, how to set up, and their pros and cons.

1. Using your smartphone as a DSLR monitor

Requirements

  • A DSLR Camera -1300D
  • Hot shoe mount
  • Phone bracket
  • OTG adapter
  • Mini USB data cable
  • Software- DSLR control app

Step-by-step guidance

Step 1: Begin downloading the DSLR control app on your smartphone via the apple store or play store.

Step 2: With that done, move on by attaching the hot shoe to your DSLR camera.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 3: Proceed by attaching the smartphone mount to the hot shoe mount. 

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 4: Next, take your smartphone and attach it to the smartphone mount.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 5: The next step involves attaching the OTG adapter to your smartphone.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen
Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 6: Conclude  by attaching the data cable from the DSLR camera to your smart7hone.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 7: With all the connections checked and in order, and the DSLR  control app downloaded.

Step 8: Proceed by switching on the DSLR camera. Your smartphone will detect the USB cable which is the DSLR camera itself.

Step 9: The next move involves launching the DSLR control app in which you will see the camera connected. If the camera does not show go back and review your connections to ensure they are all properly connected. Once the DSLR camera appears and once you’re able to see the image of your DSLR on your smartphone monitor, then it means you are done with the setup.

Pros

  • The DSLR control app offers a variety of features which include; reviewing the images and storing them in your android device, focus bracketing, auto exposure bracketing, time-lapse, WIFI passthrough, and much more.
  • Using the camera and smartphone combination adds a lot of utility and excitement to your usual shooting routine.
  • The procedure is easy to set up.
  • The materials required are not complex to use after purchase.
  • It allows you to share the photos or videos captured on your phone as soon as they are taken.

Cons

  • The phone can be at risk of crashing in case it is not properly fixed to the smartphone mount.
  • It requires one to carry more extra batteries since the usage of the app might drain the battery a little faster.
  • Shooting tasks may get complicated when using the DSLR app due to tools such as HDR, focus bracketing, and time-lapse photography.

2. Both monitor and recorder via video capture

Requirements

  • Camera with a micro-HDMI to full
  • A smartphone or tablet
  • HDMI converter
  • USB C to  USB cable
  • Magic Arm
  • Hot shoe
  • Phone holder
  • Software- USB webcam app.

Step-by-step guidance

Step 1: Kick start the process by downloading the USB webcam app on your tablet or smartphone.

Step 2: Proceed by mounting your phone to the phone holder.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 3: The phone holder should then be attached to the ring magic arm tightly. 

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 4: On the rear side of the phone holder, there is an area where you’d anchor your HDMI converter.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 5: Mount the ring magic arm to the smaller cage which is attached to the camera.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 6: Move on to plugging one side of your HDMI into your camera and the other side into the HDMI converter.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 7: Carry on by plugging the USB into the HDMI converter on the go cable and then to the smartphone on the USB C cable.

Step-by-step guide to use phone as external camera screen

Step 8: With that, launch the webcam on your smartphone.

Step 9: Get on by switching on the Camera. The phone will detect the cable connection which is the camera itself thus you’re good to go.

Step 10: Click on the record bar on your phone to begin recording or you can use your camera as well to record as the phone keeps recording just for backup purposes.

TO BE NOTED: Remember to always ensure that  the cables aren’t  loose and connected correctly.

Pros

The smartphone screen offers you a wider screen than the camera screen hence being very valuable in several ways;

  • It is easier to identify sizeable, destructive objects and the ability to check the area of your focus.
  • A smartphone monitor allows you to preserve the battery strength of the camera. It reduces its number of functions since its brightness can be increased much more than that of the rear screen of your camera. Hence making it flexible for outdoor shoots.
  • It offers a wide range of scope- most video cameras do not offer a series of exposure and tools for  color examination which is useful in visualizing exposure. The installed software in the smartphone comes with this option hence being useful when recording videos.
  • It offers a workflow opportunity. With the software  you can transfer large video files to your computer for editing at a faster rate.

Cons

  • The added weight of carrying extra weight may get difficult when running and shotting with an external device.
  • You might end up performing shoots at a slower rate due to the precise means of operating the external device.
  • It will require you to carry extra power since the widescreen consumes a lot of power to capture and shorten videos.

Conclusion

Setting up your smartphone as an external screen when using your camera to shoot photos and record videos is evident to be simple and precise.  It only requires you to get all the required materials and finish the setup with the procedures mentioned.  In case you plan to go this way then the procedure outlined will be of great help to you.

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