Rumors: Nikon Snapbridge to be available next week

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I received some information that Nikon Snapbridge for Android will be officially launched next week (most likely on April 19th). This is right on time before the release of the Nikon D500 - currently scheduled for April 21st. The iOS version could be delayed and may not be available next week (not 100% sure about that).

SnapBridge features:

  • Simple, Intuitive Setup to Pair with Mobile Devices - SnapBridge-integrated Nikon models can be constantly connected to a compatible smart device3 once the mobile application is installed. For convenience, the connection only needs to be configured once, unlike previous Wi-Fi®transfer applications, which require new set-up each time the user’s device is connected. SSID and password set-up that is usually required when connecting for the first time is no longer necessary. Up to five smart devices can be paired with the camera.
  • Seamless Transfer of Pictures, Even While Shooting - Photographers can toggle between the option to transfer images automatically during or after shooting in their camera menu. The camera intuitively switches from Bluetooth low energy to Bluetooth to transfer the data even when the camera is turned off. Images are transferred to smart devices as 2-megapixel (Full HD) images in JPEG format. Original JPEG pictures can be also transferred.
  • Embedding of Image Information - Information can be embedded into the image conveniently using the SnapBridge application. Users can select up to two types of information, from copyright and image information, to additional texts and logos, to be placed in the image for personal image protection and identification.
  • Remote Control Functions During Shooting - The SnapBridge application’s remote shooting4function allows users to confirm through-the-lens images on a smart device screen in real time before releasing the shutter via the application. Additionally on COOLPIX cameras, zoom control and the camera’s self-timer can also be controlled via compatible smartphone, offering many possibilities and greater freedom during shooting.
  • Automatic Synchronization of Location and Time Information -The SnapBridge application takes the location and time information of the user’s smart device and automatically synchronizes the camera’s to it, removing the need to manually change dates and location information of the camera when traveling abroad. Users can start shooting immediately upon arrival without having to worry about inaccurate location and time settings that will be reflected in their image data.
  • Seamless Sharing to Social Media and NIKON IMAGE SPACE -Seamless sharing to social media applications is supported by SnapBridge. With a registered Nikon ID, Nikon users receive unlimited online storage for 2 megapixel images on NIKON IMAGE SPACE. Images transferred to smart devices in the 2-MP format can be configured to upload automatically to their NIKON IMAGE SPACE account from the SnapBridge application.
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  • drororomon

    Maybe this was why the D500 was delayed? To get the app ready before releasing the camera.

  • Fdfas Jlkjl

    There was some confusion about which cameras were going to be compatible with snap bridge. What’s the latest thinking?

    • Proto

      Focus on the moment for a compelling image, not geekness…

      • Allen_Wentz

        Yeah, well the world has moved past that. If the likes of Nikon want to sell new cameras, they also need to _own_ the geekness.

        Bill Apton, a superb photog, taught me in the 1970s that the important pic was the one you capture in your head; far more important than what you achieve in-camera. Obviously there are multiple meanings to that, and it all remains true today.

    • I think every new camera announced since the D500.

      • TO-DOUG

        If you go to the NikonUSA site, there is a page about SnapBridge: https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/snapbridge-app.page
        That page has a link to “SEE THE FULL LIST OF SNAPBRIDGE CONNECTED CAMERAS” and it identifies the cameras (D500, DL trio, and three Coolpixies) that are currently compatible. However, a video on the Snapbridge page shows a model using cameras that don’t appear to be on that list. The opening shot has a camera with a red swish at the top of the grip, and it isn’t a D500. Curious…

        • I think on the video they just used the camera for demonstrations, I don’t think older models will support Snapbridge.

          • Shutterbug

            I think so, too. However I would really appreciate it, if we could use Snapbridge at least for image transfer on older models. The WMU app is pretty buggy.

            • Thom Hogan

              The older cameras don’t have Bluetooth, so it won’t happen or, if they allow it via firmware updates through WiFi, it will be a subset and not as simple.

            • Sawyerspadre

              It is interesting that the camera shown clearly is a 5300, and the camera in the video looks like a D3xxx. Maybe a new D3xxx series is coming with Bluetooth.

              I would think we will see it launch first with D500 and newer, and then maybe see a firmware update to certain cameras, extending it to wifi enabled and NFC capable cameras, if Nikon is taking care of the customers.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Plus while BLE is what can make Snapbridge way cool, the ever-changing Bluetooth standard itself adds complexity for Nikon to have to deal with and potentially screw up.

        • Allen_Wentz

          1) The current claimed Snapbridge is clearly dependent on Bluetooth LE (BLE).

          2) BLE is what makes it possibly great, since no hugely-varying WiFi umbrella needs to be in place. The concept of 2 MP DSLR image captures direct to cell phone without WiFi dependency absolutely rocks. Basically it allows DSLR glass and image capture capability into the cellular world, a VERY big deal.

          3) The scary thing is that we are talking about arrogant, intransigent Nikon. Here it is April 17 and “…the iOS version could be delayed and may not be available next week.” WTF Nikon?!? Are you unaware how critical tOS is as regards the high end of app usage? Snapbridge as currently defined is GREAT but Nikon’s history with software to consumers has been pretty much 100% fail.

      • Thom Hogan

        Let’s put it a different way: if SnapBridge does what it says it does and it’s not in every camera now, then Nikon would be making yet another mistake.

        I question their use of Nikon Image Space or whatever it is named this week. But you absolutely have to offer the right sharing path to the customer now. Done right and done first, it’s a market differentiator. Done wrong or late and it’s just a marketing checkbox feature to play catch up.

    • Steven Kamradt

      completely just a guess…but analyzing the promo picture, which shows a D5300, I am guessing that at least partial functionality will be available on older cameras that have WiFi (or even the dongle). To save on development time, they most likely did not make sweeping changes to the protocol that is used by the camera with the old application. This same protocol really does offer much more functionality than the old application takes advantage of. For instance if you download the qDLSRDashboard for IOS, you can operate your camera (even a D5200 with the WiFi Dongle), including touch to focus, make adjustments to exposure, white balance, etc.

      • Antonio

        The video shows the pairing being done via Bluetooth, either with or without NFC.
        I guess this is just an animation with no relation to the used model as D5300 specs don’t show Bluetooth support.

  • Eric Calabros

    I’m ok with Full HD resolution, because its enough for sharing, upload more than that and social network apps downsize it to less than 2048 pixel wide. but 16:9 ratio is just ridiculous for portraits. Hope they let us choose the camera’s native 3:2.

    • Captain Megaton

      Probably just resizes the image down to ~2MP, with the aspect ratio of the original. I think you needn’t worry on that score.

  • TylerChappell

    Nikon’s Snapbridge is a total joke. Why? Because they have been advertising it and claiming it’s existence in various cameras for the past 2 years. All the while, their Android app remain named “Wireless Mobile Utility” and such was the app that had to be used for all of their wifi-supported cameras, or cameras that accepted their wireless adapter.
    Yet here we are 1/3 of the way into 2016 and Snapbridge is only REALLY beginning to exist with the D500 onward.
    And absolutely no love for their older cameras that are still current models by means of a firmware update. No sir!
    All they had to do is update their buggy, absolute mess of a WMU app and rename it Snapbridge, but NOPE. They prefer their false and misleading advertising of the Snapbridge name.

    • Peter

      What are you talking about, Sir? This is a completely new development and was first introduced at CES in January this year.

    • nwcs

      The iOS app is named the same and the implementation in the past was a joke. Here’s hoping the fix both and spent the time and money to do it right.

    • Mike Gordon

      Let hope they have a WiFi/BT combo chip in some of the older camera & they never paid the BT license. That is the ONLY way a FW update would work. No BT chipset in the camera, no way FW will help.

      If there is a BT chip, this may end up being a chargeable upgrade, you pay the BT license. Remeber the Nikon paid FW update about a year ago?

      • TylerChappell

        I think I remember hearing the Nikon representative at a D5/D500 launch event back in February state that the Wireless Mobile Utility and Snapbridge will remain two separate apps, with Snapbridge being the only one they care about/update moving forward.
        What has been the main premise of Snapbridge over the past 2 years? Transferring and taking photos over a wireless connection, right? Who cares if a camera doesn’t have Bluetooth, Wifi is better than Bluetooth anyway for transferring larger amounts of data.
        That’s why it is completely inexcusable for Nikon to give all their previous wifi cameras they have been advertising Snapbridge for for the past few years the shaft.
        My D750 has a wifi chip in it.
        My smartphone can connect to, and therefore communicate with my D750.
        So why the hell is it so hard for them to make a better app that also gives you the ability to change camera settings with a smartphone or tablet?
        Oh, that’s right, it’s not, but then people would have even less of a reason to buy Nikon’s overpriced Camera Control software.
        It’s not hard to figure out.

  • Guido

    Why is the exact shippingdate of de D500 so mysterious? Over here in the Netherlands Nikon still has no clue of the shippingdate. B&H and Adorama give 21st of April, al the big Nikon dealer over here still don’t know.

    • True, same here in Bulgaria.Already preordered and will be boring to wait even more if others get their cameras on 21st.

  • unknown

    Where is the app for Windows 10? Will there be an W10 app at all?

    • Sawyerspadre

      I wouldn’t hold your breath for that one.

    • navKristapa

      There is a non official app for Windows phone 10, haven’t tested it because mine only has 8.1. I still use eye-fi card on D750 to preview pictures on windows tablet with Lightroom. Best wireless transfer app I have ever used is Shutter Snitch, but it’s iOS only.

  • nwcs

    Maybe this will also mean they’ll finally update the regular Nikon wifi app and make it more usable and user friendly.

    • Sawyerspadre

      I would be very surprised if that app got any more love from Nikon. It will going into maintenance only mode. No new features likely.

      • nwcs

        It’s been in maintenance mode but they haven’t fixed much. Lol.

  • Tom Bruno

    Sigh. It’s even clearer why smart phones are eradicating cameras.
    This “connection” software is worse than awful, it’s a pathetic comment on just how dis-connected the camera companies are with their customers and the real modern world. Watch the little Nikon video here. Then ask yourself, “Am I going to do this? When I want to send those photos of the grandchildren playing in the yard? And all the other occasions? Am I going to go through all those steps — every time? Or even once?”
    NO. That’s the answer that resounds loud and clear in the marketplace. “I’ll use my smart phone to take the pictures — which are pretty good these days, and getting better — and then send them to the family and to my online albums for all to view. Done!”
    That is how it’s done. Nikon and Canon could do it. Should do it. NEED to do it. Instead of all the cumbersome steps that the “I am connected” video tortures you with, the connection feature needs to log DIRECTLY to the web, and upload pics to the site of your choice. From the camera, to the web. Directly. Quickly. Easily. That’s their only hope.
    Thom said this some long time ago, and when I read his comments the “aha” light bulb went off in my head. But I’m a lowly consumer. The “aha” light bulb needs to go off in corporate heads.
    Oh, dear.

    • Sawyerspadre

      So what’s the magical connection that gets them there? It sounds like would be OK with buying cellular internet service for your camera, and the camera needing to have the hardware and software to send straight to web.

      OK, I see a path at home on wifi. Out and about, or traveling, not so much.

      • Thom Hogan

        At this point, I believe that most that are asking for better Web connection WOULD buy a data plan for their camera, much like they do for their tablets. The problem with that from the hardware standpoint is the number of entities you have to negotiate, test, and certify with. Not Nikon’s modus operandi: they want to be the company that OTHERS negotiate with. Unfortunately, that ship has sailed.

        • Sawyerspadre

          OK, maybe, but if you look at how long it took Apple to penetrate all the carriers even with the iPhone volume, Nikon should stick to apps that run on iOS and Android, where the connections to all the carriers are already set up.

    • Thom Hogan

      It doesn’t have to be physically direct camera to Web. It has to be “virtual workflow” direct camera to Web. I described how that would work almost a decade ago. I pointed out a more elaborate and better way to do it seven years ago. I’ve been advocating to every camera engineer/marketer I’ve met since.

      The problem Nikon has is that they can’t say that Nikon Image Space (or whatever it is named this week) is a failure. They refuse to let anyone else touch programming in their cameras. They don’t have particularly capable iOS and Android software teams. They aren’t remotely capable of keeping up with OS changes let alone service changes. So their solution is complex and not exactly what the user wants.

      Still, if it works and it only requires one time user frustration (setup), they might be able to make it work. At least until someone else does it right.

      • whisky

        there’s also the trust factor to overcome. which by any measure is not a light hurdle.

        Nikon branded software, i believe, is distrusted by most everyone who has ever attempted to embed it into their workflow. the failure to provide reliable on-going support, never mind retro-support, has been a colossal disappointment.

      • HF

        The thing is, if I were a software engineer at a photo company and someone would point out a better solution to a problem, I would consider it. So why didn’t they do it then, as, as you say, your solution is much better? They should immediately consider it for further models. But they didn’t. Is it because Nikon doesn’t understand software at all? Could there be other things at work in the background we don’t know about? Is it the Japanese culture?

        • Thom Hogan

          It’s a wide range of things. Culture certainly figures into it. But Nikon’s corporate culture is management by consensus. Unfortunately, that style of management is a bit like being captain of a battleship. You may want to turn around, but it isn’t going to happen fast.

          • nwcs

            There’s an old saying I love that Edward Tufte told me at a seminar: Bureaucracy reproduces itself in the design. Nikon proves that aphorism very well.

    • Padaung

      Unfortunately, all the setup steps shown in the video make it seem more complicated than it is. You pair the devices via bluetooth once, after that they remember the connection. I think it is a remarkably good solution from Nikon. I’m still not a fan of their software though. As a user of an older wi-fi enabled camera, I can say from experience the previous app is dreadful. Also, I don’t understand why Nikon won’t let us connect to a Windows/Mac computer, why only mobile devices? The Canon wi-fi app lets the user connect to any device.

  • Is it just me who’s exited about this? I love the idea of having all my images from a shoot in my cell phone so that I can flip through the images and pick the best images to keep. I don’t have to go and sit in front of the computer and transfer all images to do this. Often it will take a while to get back from a location to Home. I can utilize the time to do this. So far other solutions I’ve used require reconnecting each time and it can be slow. Camera should be in a particular mode etc. I really love the idea of having a small version of the file in my cell phone…

  • guibo

    I’m crossing my fingers that the new app will provide partial support for wi-fi only cameras. I understand if the always on ability of snapbridge won’t work, but a new proper version of WMU app is desperately needed.

    The current app doesn’t even have an iPad version.

  • François-Pierre Pasquier

    it is now available for android, but only after this summer for ios 🙁

  • Kiboko

    Now August 2016 is soon over … do you (NR) think we can get it for IOS next week? Or when?

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