MacroDSLR is a digital camera tethering and remote capture application specialised for a macro or time-lapse photography.

MacroDSLR controls ISO, aperture (if lens mounted), shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering and focusing modes, white balance, image quality and format and BULB exposure length. It can preview (with LiveView for some cameras) or capture and save images to selected folder with any file name prefix, count and time lapse, browse captured images and show them in Finder, zoom and stretch them automatically or manually. It can also drive camera lens or external focuser controller for defined number of steps or milliseconds for each frame or rewind to the initial position.

The built-in INDIGO driver implements PTP-over-USB protocol and, in theory, it can work with almost any Nikon DSLR, Canon EOS DSLR, Sony Alpha DSLR-like or mirrorless camera. Not every feature is supported for every camera (e.g. no LiveView or manual lens drive with older Nikon and all Sony cameras), but it doesn't mean, that such camera can't be used. As far as this application is based on INDIGO framework, it can use many INDIGO drivers for focusers for astronomical telescopes which can be easily adapted to control manual focus lenses or macro rails. Out-of-the-box it contains the following INDIGO drivers:

  • ICA (ImageCapture API) based driver with specific support for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras,
  • Simulator drivers,
  • FLI focuser driver,
  • Shoestring FCUSB focuser driver,
  • USB_Focus V3 focuser driver and
  • Moonlite focuser driver,
  • PegasusAstro DMFC focuser driver,
  • NStep focuser driver,
  • NFocus focuser driver,
  • Deep Sky Dad AF1/AF2 focuser driver,
  • Baader Planetarium SteelDrive II focuser driver,
  • ZWO ASI focuser,
  • MJKZZ macro rail focuser driver,
  • WeMacro macro rail focuser driver.

MacroDSLR is developed and/or tested with Nikon (D70, D90, D3000, D5100, D5600, D750, D850), Canon (1000D, 600D, 6D), Sony (A5000, A7, A7S, A7RII) and other. Nevertheless, even with the best effort we can’t test all cameras, so please download a trial version and test it with your camera before buy it! If it will not work, let us know, maybe we can still help you and fix it.

To run MacroDSLR you need Apple Mac running macOS El Capitan or later.

You can read Getting Started or to watch video tutorial to learn more and if you will have any problem with some of our products do not hesitate to contact us on or users group forum.

If you are also interested in astrophotography with your camera, check AstroDSLR. Read more »