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DSLR Remote Pro Live View

Display large, high quality live preview images on a PC screen (supported cameras).
Control the camera in movie mode from the PC using the live view display. Control includes focusing, zooming to assess critical focus, starting and stopping movie capture and downloading movie files to the PC (supported cameras).

The live view has two modes:

  1. Full frame display with optional live histogram display
  2. Zoomed display showing a portion of the frame at 100% magnification (actual pixels)

Please note: Some cameras ship with live view disabled and this has to be enabled before live view can be used. To do this press the "Menu" button on the back of the camera, scroll through the menus until you find the "Live View function settings", select this and then enable live view. Please also check that the exposure mode is set to one of the "creative" settings (P, Tv, AV or M) because live view is not available on some camera models when using the "subject" settings (portrait, landscape, sports etc.).

The resolution of the full frame live view images depends on the camera model:

Camera Model Live View Resolution
Canon EOS R 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS M50 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel XS/Canon EOS 1000D 768x512 pixels
Canon Rebel T3/Canon EOS 1100D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel T5/Canon EOS 1200D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel T6/Canon EOS 1300D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel T7/Canon EOS 1500D/Canon EOS 2000D 1056x704 pixels
Canon EOS 3000D/Canon EOS 4000D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel XSi/Canon EOS 450D 848x560 pixels
Canon Rebel T1i/Canon EOS 500D 928x616 pixels
Canon Rebel T2i/Canon EOS 550D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel T3i/Canon EOS 600D 1056x704 pixels
Canon Rebel T4i/Canon EOS 650D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel T5i/Canon EOS 700D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel T6i/Canon EOS 750D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel T6s/Canon EOS 760D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel T7i/Canon EOS 800D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel SL1/Canon EOS 100D 960x640 pixels
Canon Rebel SL2/Canon EOS 200D 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 40D 1024x680 pixels
Canon EOS 50D 1024x680 pixels
Canon EOS 60D 1056x704 pixels
Canon EOS 70D 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 77D 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 80D 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1024x680 pixels
Canon EOS 5D Mark III 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 5DS 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 5DS R 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 6D 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 6D Mark II 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS 7D 1056x704 pixels
Canon EOS 7D Mark II 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS-1D Mark III 1024x680 pixels
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV 1056x704 pixels
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1024x680 pixels
Canon EOS-1D X 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II 960x640 pixels
Canon EOS-1D C 960x640 pixels


  • Studio/Product photography - full frame live view display on the PC with depth of field preview and grid overlay to aid composition, highly accurate focusing using 100% zoomed preview and mouse wheel or cursor keys
  • Mast photography - full frame remote live view display for accurate camera alignment, onion skinning with offset to aid overlapping of images when taking panoramas
  • Photo booth shooting for event photographers
  • Wildlife photography - locate a camera close to the subject and operate it from a distance via the USB connection complete with large high quality remote live view display on the PC, accurate remote focusing and precise control over exposure
  • Astronomy/Astrophotography - full frame live view display on the PC for previewing images from a telescope, 100% zoomed preview for precision focusing, timed bulb exposures for long exposures
  • Microscopy - full frame live view display on the PC for preview without the need for a separate video camera and 100% zoomed preview for precision focusing of the microscope
  • Animation - onion skinning with full frame live view display on the PC for accurate placement of models and judging the differences from the previous frame
  • Focus Stacking for increased depth of field for macro and close-up photography, landscapse and product photography. More details...


Live view window Full frame live preview with histogram

Live view zoomed in Zoomed preview showing actual pixels

Onion skinning example Full frame live preview with "onion skinning" background offset to the left to aid camera alignment when taking multi-image panoramas

Onion skinning example Full frame live preview with grid overlay and "onion skinning" background for animation. The left figure has been moved and onion skinning allows its position to be judged compared to the previous frame.


Unique to DSLR Remote Pro for Windows is the ability to autofocus using the live view images displayed on the PC. In the full frame live view the area to be used for autofocus can be moved to the required position. Autofocus is also available in the zoomed live view display. Type Ctrl+F to activate the autofocus and a red rectangle will be displayed showing the focus area during AF.
Autofocus in remote live view uses a contrast detection algorithm and may take several seconds to achieve optimum focus which means that it is only suitable for use with a camera mounted on a tripod and a static subject. Autofocus gives more accurate results with some lenses than others and sometimes may fail to focus if the initial image is a long way out of focus.

Onion Skinning

The term "onion skinning" comes from traditional drawn animations where individual frames of an animation were drawn on "onion skin" paper and viewed on a lightbox. The animators (often known as "inbetweeners") would place the previous and next drawings under the current drawing so that they could draw the in between frames for smooth animation.

DSLR Remote Pro for Windows supports onion skinning by transparently overlaying the live view image on a background image. The background image can be from a previous frame as in the screenshot above or it may be loaded from a JPEG image prepared in an image editor. This makes it possible to capture a background image, save it to disk and then edit it using an image editor (e.g. to add reference marks) before loading it back into DSLR Remote Pro for Windows's live view display.

One of the key uses for onion skinning is stop motion animation but it is also useful for any application which needs accurate alignment of more than one image e.g. overlapping images when photographing panoramas.