How to Wirelessly Connect Your DSLR to Your iPad

In Gear by Jim Harmer28 Comments

Many times, I go out on a shoot and feel like I captured the scene how I wanted it to look but then I get home and look at the photos large on the computer only to realize that the photos didn't turn out.  I think one of the biggest reason for this problem is that the tiny screen on the back of the camera doesn't give me a good view of the photo as a whole.

About a year ago, I started searching out a way to make the camera wirelessly display my photos on the iPad or my Android phone so that I can view them larger during the shoot.  This is also a great technique for professional photographers who want to show Mom the photos on the iPad while shooting photos of their children, for example.

I have developed a really nice workflow for doing this, and MANY MANY of you have asked me to share how I do this.  So, Dustin and I hopped into the studio for a quick video tutorial (available at the top of this blog post if you're viewing this via email).

A graphic showing how to tether a dslr and an ipad

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Here's the step-by-step…

Step 1: Get your gear together.  You'll need a camera that is compatible (virtually any DSLR made in the last 3 years will work) and an eye-fi x2 pro card.

Step 2: Set up the eye-fi card via the computer interface.  Your eye-fi card has software available to make these changes.  Define the network for when you're shooting at home or in your studio.  Then, set up direct mode to connect 30 seconds after not finding a wifi network.  You may also want to configure the eye-fi card to only transmit the small jpegs and not the raw files.

Step 3: Set up your camera to shoot RAW plus small or medium JPEG.  This will make the transfer much faster.

Step 4: On your iPad, go into the settings > Wireless > Connect to the router that the eye-fi card is connected to.  If you're working in a place that has no wifi router available (like when you're outside), simply connect  in direct mode to the eye-fi card, which will show up in your wi-fi networks after 30 seconds.

That's it!  You're ready to connect the iPad wirelessly to your DSLR camera.

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Jim Harmer is the founder of Improve Photography, and host of the popular Improve Photography Podcast. More than a million photographers follow him on social media, and he has been listed at #35 in rankings of the most popular photographers in the world. Jim travels the world to shoot with readers of Improve Photography in his series of free photography workshops. See his portfolio here.


  1. I love my eye-fi card. I have to connected to phone and have my phone set up to automatically backup my photos so I don’t have to worry about losing my photos should something happen to the card or camera. And I love that I can immediately post them to Facebook if I want

  2. Hi Kezia.
    I like you shot with a Canon D400. I have an android tablet and I use a micro USB and connect to my camera, this let’s me view and edit my pictures in with. Hope this helps

  3. The best way to see the photos on the iPad is to use a card reader. It works wonderfully.

  4. Yes just wirelessly send them to your computer or put the card in your computer like a normal sd.

  5. You are making things too complicated. Use a OTG and conect your camera to your tablet and copy and paste the photos from one to another. Its simpler, it works perfect.
    You can do it with RAW files too and then open it with RAWdroid on your phone.

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  6. Francesc,
    Thank you for offering additional info. I am very interested in making this process easier, faster and not have to buy additional components, which it sounds like you may be recommending.). How specifically would you use a card reader with Ipad?


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