Free PC capture software for Nikon DSLR

The free image capture software for Nikon DSLRs that I presented few days ago was only for a Mac. Now PC users will have also something to play with - DCamCapture (thanks Fabian):


  • Copies images during shooting
  • Start Image capture
  • Timer to capture image sequences
  • LiveView with image capture and video recording (MJPEG in AVI file) function
  • Writing IPTC data in Bibble 4 files (*.bib)
  • Battery charge state
  • Application window always on top option

 Supported Cameras:

  • D40, D40x, D60, D80, D90
  • D200, D300, D700
  • D3, D3x

I haven't tried it yet, but here are some screenshots:

Live view

Live view

IPTC data

IPTC data

App window

App window

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  • MalejJarda

    Thanks! Works great!

    • It sucks with my D200. Defective conectivity.

  • Holger

    LiveView doesn’t work with my D90

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think that you’d use this on a D90 because it can already do 720 video….

      This software allows pre D90 cameras to do video at a low resolution.

      Resolution is 640 x 426 with 15 fps.

  • Anonymous

    can somebody explain why we have such thing like this?

    is it making us, the photographers, lazier – especially americans?

    • monty11

      That doesn’t make it really easier or you lazier … firstly you have to carry around your laptop in addition to the camera equipment.

  • Anonymous

    ummm did you have to use the A word

    its the same thing as buying a timed wired remote!!!! but cheaper

  • Here’s why we have “such a thing like this.” Tethered shooting is what separates the men from the boys. Although it’s not an option for some industries, like weddings for example.

  • Why would this software make american photographers lazier? If indeed the purpose of this software is to make us lazier, wouldn’t the added laziness-factor be the same for european, asian and other photographers? Just wondering…

    In addition to that, just looking at the screen captures, this can be used e.g for time lapse photography. Nothing lazy about that – at least I don’t think so…

  • OhSnap!

    I just might have to try this one out. I have been too “lazy” to try out the other ones that have been mentioned on NR.

  • I cant get the video to work with the D40 (yet) but it does work perfectly for what I need it to do.
    Thanks for the heads up on the software.

  • Good timing NR. I’m shooting for the US Forest Service tomorrow covering a large swath of territory via fixed wing. The object is to capture high-res photos of shorebirds, and because of the ridiculously large number of photographs required to cover that area, shooting with just CF cards would have been a hassle, not to mention the time wasted switching them out when full.

  • Spork

    im getting “cant select source” with my d40
    its in mtp/ptp mode already
    any suggestions?

    • Anonymous

      Have you upgraded your firmware to 1.12?
      I just upgraded my D40 and it worked perfectly

      • you dont need the up date. my d40 is running on 1.0 and it worked just fine. make sure to turn ptp on and the software on b4 plugging in. Take out the sd card, set the folder and just try to take a pic with the camera shutter. check to make sure the pic save to the location. I have yet to use any of the other features so cant help there.

    • Tony

      I have the firmware update too and it’s works just fine with my D40X.

  • Ben

    Nice work! Not all features working with D200 and crashes occasionally with my Vista 64bit machine, but it is great to see such tool is available to playwith.
    I need o use camera’s shutter to actually capture the image and the image is certainly transferred to PC directly.

  • snorri

    Thanks for the recommendation, I’ve been waiting for a PC software ever since you mentioned the Mac program.

    I’ve never thought much about tethered shooting before, so forgive my ignorance: What kind of cable do I need for this? One of the ones in my D300 box or do I need to buy something special?

    — snorri

    • the USB cable that came with your camera is fine

      • snorri

        Cool, thanks. I’m going to try that first thing when I get home!

        — snorri

  • How can it do live-view on a camera that doesn’t have live-view in the first place?

  • leo

    nice piece of software, but almost nothing works on my D200 : The only thing that works is when i press the shutter manually then the photo is transfered to my folder.
    liveview , timer , and remote shutter does not work , timer crahses actually.
    I wonder if the liveview is only for recording video on D300 & D3 , useless on D90…
    Anyone got videos on D40/X and D200?

    • Bernd

      Logically live view doesn’t work with cams without live view. Currently the app didn’t handle these differences very well (Version 0.5!). It is tested with a D300 so I can’t ensure that it works with other cams out of the box. Be patient…


      • Anonymous

        If live view works on with cameras that have live view, will the timer work only with cameras that have a built in timer?

  • Johan

    Works fine with my D300. Even making movie with Live View works fine. With Live View its also possible to take pictures. Great for composing with the bigger view on pc monitor. Thx 🙂

  • Heavok

    Hehe, glad to see my hint posted here. Have fun with it 🙂
    Three cheers for German SDK developers 😀

    Regards, Fabian

    • Heavok

      By the way: thanks and greets to the developer (not me) can be sent here:


      Always a good thing for a developer to get a positive feedback on his work.

      • I am not sure if it is a good idea to post his email address here – the spammers are everywhere…

        • Anonymous

          Hm, bad idea, indeed. If you are still able to delete the adress, do it.

  • Anonymous

    hmm…. there isn’t a “PC Version”. It’s just Windows. or for mac.

    but no linux or like this. pc-version is wrong…

  • Joe

    Hmm is there similiar for D70(s)???

  • Anonymous

    Is there any risk in using this software? What is PTP mode?

  • NubNikonist

    What program do I run this on?

    • This is a stand alone program – just try to run it alone.

  • NubNikonist

    Hmmm… thank you, but seems like my computer wouldn’t recognize the program, keeps on asking me to select the program to run it. =P dumb PC.
    Thank you though~

  • Used this last night on a D300.
    Works really well.
    Very impressive, and very easy to use.

  • Evinawer

    It crashes… I don’t know why but when I try to connect my camera (Nikon D40) it doesn’t respond.

  • Garret

    Perfect solution for time lapse with a D90 on windows 7. Excellent job!

  • Soo

    I am new to the D 70s. Can anybody help me to convert NEF(raw) file to JPEG file.What softare do I require.

  • Callisto

    I wrote a free software called Callisto, you can download it from and try, it is for astrophotography, but supports remote control as well.

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