PSRemote allows Canon PowerShot digital cameras to be operated tethered to a PC using a USB cable. Virtually all of the camera's settings can be controlled from the PC (the degree of control depends on the camera model). PSRemote is able to control the exposure mode, ISO, shutter speed, aperture and lens zoom setting of most PowerShot cameras.
The USB cable may be up to 5m (16 feet) long. One or more USB hubs can be used to extend the distance e.g. PSRemote has been tested using two 5m cables connected to USB hubs and a 4m cable connected to the camera giving a total length of 14m (approx 46 feet). There are commercially available USB extenders which can be used if the camera needs to be further from the computer. These can be active USB 2.0 extender cables or extenders using Cat 5e cable for greater range and reliability. You can also use a USB hub that connects to a LAN such as the Belkin Network USB Hub.
It is advisable to use a mains DC adaptor when using PSRemote for extended periods or when using the time lapse features. If the camera is located a long way from the PC or is not easily accessible it is essential that there is a way of turning the power to the camera on and off. Then if there is a communication failure between the camera and PC it is possible to turn everything off and to start again.
Photo Booth Mode
Please see the section on photo booth shooting for help one setting up a photo booth.
Supported Canon Cameras
The following current Canon PowerShot cameras support remote capture and can be used with PSRemote: Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, Canon PowerShot SX110 IS, Canon PowerShot S5 IS, Canon PowerShot G9 and Canon PowerShot G10. Please note that neither the G9 or the G10 support shooting in raw mode when connected to a PC.
Other recent cameras supporting remote capture include the Canon PowerShot A640, S80 and S3 IS. Please see the Breeze Systems' website for the latest list of Canon PowerShot cameras that support remote capture.
PSRemote Interface Library
PSRemote comes complete with a simple interface library and sample command line program. This allows other programs to communicate with PSRemote and take pictures or adjust the camera's settings. The interface library and sample command line application (complete with VC++ .Net source code) can be found in the PSRemoteTest directory of the PSRemote installation directory. Please see the readme.txt file for details of how to use the interface library. Please see the section on running PSRemote from other apps for more details.