How to Tether Your Camera to Your iPad

Posted by: on Oct 25, 2016 | 46 Comments


For years, photographers have asked us how they can incorporate their iPad into their tethered workflow but have been frustrated with the lack of available options due to Apple tablets not having a USB port.

All that’s changed with the new Case Air Wireless Tethering System, a product that is generating a lot of buzz with photographers and the press that cover the industry.

Here’s how to tether your camera to your iPad with the Case Air:

1. Power on the iPad and Case Air
2. Connect your iPad to the Case Air’s WiFi network
3. Open up the Case Remote App, select your camera, and start shooting

With the Case Air, you’ll now be able to connect and transfer images instantly from your camera to a phone, tablet, or computer and take control of advanced camera settings including focus points, exposure settings, bracketing, time-lapse, HDR, and more. View your images on the larger iPad screen to check critical focus and composition, or use Live View or movie mode for real-time capture to share and collaborate as you create.


How do I add my tablet to my tethered workflow?

One question remains – now that I can shoot tethered from my camera to my iPad, how and where do I mount and incorporate the tablet into my workflow? Thankfully, Tether Tools makes several pieces of gear that provide multiple mounting options to connect your iPad to a tripod, lightstand, arms, clamps, or other grip gear.

Tether Tools has two unique mounting options for your iPad, the first is the AeroTab Universal Mounting Kit. It’s recommended for those photographers who anticipate having other tablets to mount, or may be upgrading in the near future. The AeroTab is designed for a tight fit on the corners of tablets and works with or without a case.

Click here to learn more about how to add an iPad to your tethered workflow 

The other option to mount your iPad are the X Lock iPad cases. he Studio Proper X Lock iPad precision molded cases are the heart of the X Lock modular system. Simply plug any X Lock compatible accessory into the patented “X” mounting receptor for a versatile tablet configuration that fits just about any situation.

When not docked to one the many interchangeable accessories, the X Lock serves as a durable protective case for your tablet. All physical buttons, cameras and speaker are left easily accessible.

Both mounting options allow you to secure your iPad to a 1/4″-20 or 3/8″ thread, 5/8″ Pin or Arca-style mount. To learn more about the AeroTab and X Lock iPad mounting options, visit

UPDATE: While this article is focused on the iPad, the Case Air also supports Android, Windows and Mac. – Josh

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46 thoughts on “How to Tether Your Camera to Your iPad”

  1. Hi John, thanks for the question. We’re working hard to get Case Air work with Sony products (it’s a software issue) but no timetable yet. Rest assured that if/when we get Sony support we’ll be very happy about it and will let the world know!

  2. Hi all I am a microfour thirds user Panasonic gx8, I also use android phones etc.. are you working to broaden your products to include a prospective buyer such as me ?

  3. What differentiates the Case Air and CamRanger? I need a wireless system that will work in a hostile RF environment (indoor pro sport venu) and ideally will allow me to send large jpeg’s tagged in camera (Canon 1DX) to an iPad Pro instead of sending all files. And of course the more speed the better.

  4. Hi Ron, thanks for the question. The advantages of the Case Air over the CamRanger include Tether Tools customer support (via phone, email, chat and in person), smaller, lighter form factor, easier to mount to your camera, nicely designed applications and price point at just $159. We also include multiple cables to support multiple camera bodies.

  5. Hi Errol, thanks for the question. The advantages of the Case Air over the CamRanger include Tether Tools customer support (via phone, email, chat and in person), smaller, lighter form factor, easier to mount to your camera, nicely designed applications and price point. We also include multiple cables to support multiple camera bodies. We’ve tested and had demonstrations of Case Air in hostile RF environments (Photo Plus Expo and Photokina) and it performed very well.

  6. Hi Deb, thanks for the question. In our testing about 1 second on a JPEG, longer load time for RAW.

  7. How about eventual support for the Leica SL? Just curious how long it’d take to transfer a 30-40mb raw DNG file?

  8. I…too…have switch from Canon to Sony. I in the past have used the Camranger..loved what I could do with it. I lost it but did order 2 Case Airs…but in that time I switch to Sony….one of my few misgivings.

  9. This product is useless if it leaves the hotshoe unavailable for triggers for strobes. Make a product that passes the hotshoe through, like the new Pocket Wizard Plus IV, and I’ll consider it.

  10. I too am awaiting the Case Air to work with Sony cameras. thanks for working a little bit harder before other toos…. 😉

  11. What method(s) will be available to shoot multiple shots with one shutter click? In other words, the camera can shoot multiple shots by pressing and holding the shutter button. How is this function supported on the iPad?

  12. Thanks for the question Ron. Yes, you can shoot wirelessly from a Nikon camera to a Samsung smartphone.

  13. We (and a few of our pros) use/love Sony cameras. It’s very high on our priority list to add Sony support.

  14. Hi Bill, while the Case Air is quick your image is transferred over a WiFi connection so I don’t believe it’ll be faster than a wired USB tethered setup.

  15. Can it transfer to a computer? Looks like the app only supports iOS devices. Wondering if you can use this to tether into Capture One. Thanks!!!

  16. Hi – the features list for this say ” CASE Air can connect with camera through WiFi and access internet at the same time”. Can you elaborate a bit for me please – would like to know if this means my laptop can be connected to the Case Air and the Internet at the same time so I can enable Lightroom Mobile? Thanks. mg

  17. Well..I’m way out there..I am a Pentax user and I also only have a tablet (Android) so will you be making this product for us Pentax users and non-apple users?

  18. Hi John, thanks for the question. It does currently work on Android tablets, smartphones, Windows PC, etc. The software currently just supports Canon and Nikon, hoping for other camera brands down the line – including Pentax.

  19. Hi Ian, yes you can transfer to a laptop or computer then setup a watch folder to tether into Capture One.

  20. Hi, I like your products, do you sell in India? If yes, please provide contact details of your business office / partner/ agency.

    If no,how to place order to you,?

  21. Hi, this looks very interesting.
    I’d like to be able to shoot holding the camera and use the Case air so the Client can review shots on a ipad. so I don’t need any control options on the ipad, is there a view only mode, that will just automatically display the photos full screen as they are transferred? I wouldn’t want the client messing with my camera settings..

    1) Can you shoot Raw & Jpg and only transfer the jpg?

    2) if you take a lot of shots rapidly and it hasn’t finished transferring can you still take another shot, or does the camera have to wait for everything to transfer before you can shoot again?

    thank you!

  22. Hi Dennis, thank you for your interest. There is no view-only mode but it’s something that we’re working on. The image viewing mode has no readily available options to quickly change settings, they’d really have to click around, but as mentioned we’d love to have client mode and it’s high on our list. You can shoot RAW and jpg and only transfer the jpg. You can take shots rapidly and still shoot, the Case Remote app may buffer but images will load.

  23. Thanks Tom, it sounds great!
    so in image viewing mode will each new image be displayed in full screen automatically?
    Are there any videos showing shooting with the camera and then viewing the image on the ipad?,, I can only find videos that show using the ipad to control the camera.

  24. There is much to learn. I use it with my IPad because my eyesight isn’t what it used to be. Very easy to see how focused my portraits are, however, difficult to focus consistently with my D600.

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