By Andrew Liszewski
It’s not as easy as opening up the App Store and shelling out $2.99, but if you’ve been disappointed by the limitations of other DSLR camera controllers on the market, you’ll probably like the fact that the Open Camera Controller is not only extremely robust, but it’s also free… kind of. Created by the chaps at HDR Labs, in conjunction with Steve Chapman, the OCC is based on a Nintendo DS which is essentially a touchscreen controller with 8 hours of battery life, and is designed to serve as the perfect camera remote, at least for their particular needs.
In addition to providing more robust exposure bracketing, an intervalometer and even the ability to trigger the shutter based on loud sounds, the Canon, Olympus and Sigma-friendly OCC can be expanded with almost limited functionality by other open source apps as they become available. Unfortunately HDR Labs doesn’t plan on selling the Open Camera Controller, but they have provided detailed instructions on how to make your own, in this case creating the interface cable from an old GBA WarioWare: Twisted cartridge. There’s some wiring and soldering involved, so the project isn’t for the faint of heart, and technically it’s far from free, but how many other DSLR controllers let you play a game of Mario Kart DS on your break?