Nikon SnapBridge app for Android released

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Just like I reported last week, today Nikon released the new SnapBridge app for Android devices (download link). The iOS version will be available later this summer. Nikon has been working directly with Apple on the iOS app for several months now.

Nikon SnapBridge app for Android screenshots:

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For more information, check the new dedicated SnapBridge microsite.

Press text:

Tokyo—Nikon has released the Android version of the SnapBridge app, which enables constant connection of a compatible Nikon digital camera to a smart device* using Bluetooth low energy technology.

SnapBridge is an app that offers users a number of convenient services by utilizing Bluetooth low energy technology to enable seamless connection of a Nikon digital camera to a smart device, all while consuming very little power.

SnapBridge is available in iOS and Android versions, and can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. The iOS version of the app is scheduled to be available from the App Store later this summer.

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  • JJ168

    I hope it works well. I have been waiting for dslr with great connectivity to mobile device for years. Even though i dont plan to upgrade my d810 this year, i am afraid i ca’t resist 🙂

  • Rafael Steffen

    Will Snapbridge work with Nikon D4s or D810 with the Wireless adapter or only the new D500?

    • whisky

      SnapBridge™ requires bluetooth hardware. probably a specific version with better power management. TTBOMK, previous adapters were mostly, if not all, wi-fi based.

      of course Nikon could probably design a blue-tooth accessory for older cameras, but that may require some costly firmware revisions for which there may not also be sufficient memory in some models.

      • Allen_Wentz

        My understanding is that BLE typically requires hardware, not just firmware reprogramming. A dongle kludge might work though on a higher end camera like D4.

        • Sawyerspadre

          Certainly some features are built around BLE. The function that keeps the connection open is probably using BLE.

          They could have the app scale its function based on the camera.

          1 WiFi Dongle or built in: image transfer, but manual pairing and you would need to open connection.

          2. WiFi built-in + NFC adds simple pairing for Android, since iOS doesn’t have NFC.

          3. WiFi built-in + NFC + BLE, like the D500 has, gives you full Snapbridge feature set.

          Hopefully they are smart enough to do this. I can see a first version, built around a few new cameras, to create excitement for your new cameras, but bringing it back into a few older, but Wifi enabled cameras, would win them big brownie points with the user base.

          • Allen_Wentz

            The last two iPhone generations have had NFC. Used for Apple Pay, which Apple apparently considers a big deal so Apple’s NFC support will only get better over time.

            • Sawyerspadre

              Ok cool, as an iPhone 6 user, I guess I should know that…

          • Allen_Wentz

            Big thumbs up to having the app scale its function based on the camera.

  • doge

    “Supported Cameras as of April 2016

    D500”

    Yeah….That’s gonna be a problem.

    • Gotta start somewhere…

      • doge

        They should probably start with a camera that exists first.

        Just a thought.

        • yepits me

          What an idiotic comment.

          • doge

            I know right? Why release a product that customers can use right away with the cameras they already own? How stupid would that be.

            • Allen_Wentz

              C’mon doge, this latest version of Snapbridge very logically requires Bluetooth Low Energy in-camera hardware support.

            • doge

              ahhh shit. I thought Nikon already had cameras with bluetooth in them. I guess they don’t.

        • ZoetMB

          You think they’re not putting it in older cameras just to annoy you? The camera has to have the required hardware support to make it work. I would expect that starting with the D500, most if not all cameras would be supported. Nothing wrong with that. Technology marches on.

          It would be like if a car company added smart phone support to the navigation/menu system already built into the car, but me complaining that they’re not supporting my 2003 which doesn’t have a navigation system.

          So it won’t be supported in my D800, for example. But you know what? My D800 still does everything it did the day I bought it and everything it was advertised to do.

          • doge

            I thought it could be used over wi-fi only. It’s not really clear, but it doesn’t seem to be the case. my bad.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Not your bad, Nikon’s bad. Nikon’s usage of the term “Snapbridge” has been a total clustermess. A grad school case study of how not to market.

        • I can hear that now…”great, Nikon, a camera with features I can’t access yet because you’re too lame to create the app for it, blah, blah, blah…!” 🙂

        • Matt

          You mean the camera that gets released in 2 days?

    • purenupe1

      The biggest problem is that they have being advertising this software and capability for more than a year and it hadn’t even existed yet. They created an expectation that wasn’t true…anybody who used the wireless utility app should be able to attest to that. It was damn near unusable with my D600…the D750 is a bit more stable but still a hassle to use and keep shooting

  • whisky

    “later this summer”? when news leaked that Nikon was working on a secret App with Apple — i was mildly excited. yet after more than a year’s lead time, Nikon still can’t get their iOS SnapBridge™ App synched with their Android or camera release schedules.

    Nikon has proven itself incompetent when it’s come to software, but this mis-match of release dates only serves to entrench what a disappointment they will continue to be. JMO.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      Regardless of company or industry, it’s quite common for iOS and Android versions of software to be released separately. Normally, iOS comes out first.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Sure released separately. But Nikon pimped their app for the D500 release, not many months later. And the app also fails to work on ~30% of free, unsupported Android devices.

        Vaporware marketing.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          You lost me at “pimped their app”. I’m kinda old and don’t understand modern jargon. :-/

          • Sawyerspadre

            Pimped = Announced and promoted

          • Allen_Wentz

            And app = application, Snapbridge in this case.

        • ZoetMB

          Don’t blame Nikon for the app not working on 30% of Android devices. That’s Google’s fault because of the ridiculous number of Android versions and because the phone companies customize those versions and then make them non-upgradable. So it fails to work on an unsupported device? Isn’t that the definition of an unsupported device?

          • Allen_Wentz

            1) It is the older versions of Android Snapbridge fails to work with. Nikon simply chose not to build for them. A logical decision on Nikon’s part, and yes one of the many consequences of Google’s giving away lots of unsupported versions of a free OS.

            2) When I said unsupported I was referring to the free OS given away by Google (Android). Unsupported devcies in this case are those running Android older than Lollipop, and it is Nikon that [logically IMO] chose not to develop or support for those versions.

            The thing is, iOS is _not_ fragmented, and _is_ very well supported by the OS builder. Yet Nikon failed to service iOS users upon release of D500. Vaporware marketing (admittedly just my term), which is bad form and usually comes back to bite the firm that practices such marketing in the butt.

          • It works on a far larger proportion of Android devices than Nikon devices…

      • Sawyerspadre

        True, and it always takes more time to get Apple to approve your app. One reason iOS often comes first is that to port to Android is usually faster, after your app is fully baked for iOS.

        A lot of companies have learned that if you do iOS first, then port over when most of your testing is done, that the iOS and Android apps can launch nearly simultaneously. You can finish Android while waiting for Apple to test and approve your iOS version.

        It’s funny, the kids in the tech wizards club at my daughters middle school seem to know this better than Nikon.

        Nikon should also realize that, at least in the US, a big majority of $2000 camera buyers would tend to be Apple users. Maybe not as true in Asia. It shows a lack of understanding of the markets and the development process.

        • Patrick O’Connor

          There’s a New Zealand photographer who produced a photography app, of sorts, for iOS but never released it for Android. When I asked about it, he said it was too expensive to port to Android. I thought that was odd.
          A few years ago, I was going to get an Android tablet for my wife’s use so I got one that had the best reviews for photography use as well but never used it for that reason. Every app I tried didn’t justify carrying the tablet on a shoot. I can’t imagine Snapbridge would be any different.

          • Sawyerspadre

            Sounds like he made it work for his world, and didn’t see a win, in financial terms to bring it to Android.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Snapbridge as described would be way cool on iOS. You are not carrying a tablet on a shoot, your existing iPhone is just in your pocket as always.

            Geotag your pix and email or text JPEG versions as you see fit. Imagine a good client 1000 miles away and you are asking “Is this the angle you wanted” in close to real time.

            I already do a kludge of this by keeping my Nikon clocks properly set and shooting reference iPhone pix at every location. I can look at Photos on the Mac, iPad or iPhone which are perfectly time and GPS tagged, and correlate to untagged DSLR pix. My work involves documentation for legal purposes, so undisputed accuracy is essential.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I assume you mean “you,” generally. I don’t have a smart phone of any kind. The only cell phone I have is a “pay as you go” cheap version and I only carry that when I’m out of town for emergencies.
              Some of my work is for documentation as well but I carry a hand-held GPS and sync the locations later. In my case, having done it so long, I’m familiar enough with the needs of my clients that I already know the best angle, etc.
              I’m not a big fan of technology. You probably wouldn’t believe how long I resisted going digital! 🙂

            • Allen_Wentz

              My guess then is that Snapbridge delays will not bother you. :~)

              Just curious, what is the workflow you use to get GPS data from the handheld GPS to the image metadata? Or do you just keep a hardcopy log?

            • Patrick O’Connor

              Maybe, maybe not. I’ll see.
              I copy the tracking log from my GPS and use Lightroom to transfer the coordinates to the photos. The only thing is to make sure the GPS and Camera times are synced. A few years ago, in Japan, I forgot to do that and had to adjust the times by 13 hours. Not a big deal but if they’re off by an uneven amount (say 6 minutes) it’s more difficult to track down the disparity.

            • Allen_Wentz

              With your workflow I would routinely take a pic of the GPS display as part of each location’s pix. That way geo data cannot get lost.

            • Sawyerspadre

              Patrick, while you are likely a great photographer, Nikon and the smartphone companies are targeting the folks who are our kids age, and their kids.

              The coming generations are extremely connected, and they need their cameras to be.

              Even though I am questioning Nikon’s methods, I don’t question for a second that creating cameras that make sharing and workflow easier is the right thing to do.

              It has to be as easy on the camera as on the phone, and they need to market the benefit of sharing much better images than the smartphone can make.

            • Patrick O’Connor

              I’m likely mediocre at best but that’s neither here nor there. 😉
              Nikon can, and should, do what they like. I’ll do the same. 🙂
              The only reason I read the comments for this article was to get some idea what Snapbridge would be good for. Nikon’s marketing team uses a lot of modern jargon too! 🙂

            • Allen_Wentz

              “…they need to market the benefit of sharing much better images than the smartphone can make” is a huge challenge, with some kind of significant disruption almost guaranteed. Twenty-somethings today have nothing to do with print. _Nothing_.

              So if one is only seeing our captures on screen, where does the value add for our very expensive spiffy image collection come in?

              IMO for the future the ability to “get the shot” must be what justifies the crazy expense of DSLR+lenses. But until a readily workable Snapbridge-type function exists CaNikon are spinning their wheels, just watching their world shrink every day.

              And of course the smartphone manufacturers are working at the ability to better “get the shot” from their end too, but with hella more resources and creativity.

        • purenupe1

          I paid $2k for two separate Nikons but hate apple products

          • Sawyerspadre

            Ok, so you’re one guy. Maybe we should ask Thom to do a survey on his site.

            1. Did you preorder a D500?
            2. Do you use mainly Android or iOS devices?
            3. Was Snapbridge one of the reasons that you wanted a D500?

            Then we might see a statistical trend. Then we could all comment on Thoms sample or method.

            Unfortunately Thom is too nice to stir the pot in this way…

            • I didn’t preorder a D500 because my D810 suits me just fine. And no, I don’t use Apple products, and many of my friends who are into photography (with similar cameras) are not using Apple.

            • Sawyerspadre

              Just curious, do you use Android?

            • Yes, of course. I should have said that—and same for the friends I’m talking about.

              It might be a subcultural thing, but from my point of view, Apple is overpriced status symbols, so no thanks. I tried to use a Mac once (for a couple of months) and I went back to Linux in disgust at the “Apple knows best” design model.

              That does mean one has to use Windows for the photography workflows, as darktable and other similar software is not yet up there. But in time, maybe.

            • Steve Rhodes

              A lot of photographers use Macs and iOS devices because there is a lot of software for photographers. Certainly most in the Bay Area.

              It has gotten better on Windows and Android, but as has been mentioned there are still good photo apps which are only on iOS.

              I always carry my iPhone, but I often will take my iPad to file photos right after I take them.

        • Actually, with a few exceptions, people release first for iOS because (a) it’s where the money is*, and (b) it’s much easier (you really only need to target four or five distinct targets — big iPhone, small iPhone, big iPad, small iPad — and can get away with just one or two. With Android you need to worry about an insane variety of screen sizes, OS versions, and so forth.

          * If you’re targeting developing markets or a selling a free or ad-supported service then this does not apply.

          (It’s instructive to look at the Macintosh App store. A huge number of products have giant compatibility sections — works with this Mac and not that, this OS and not that, this GPU and not that, and so forth. The situation on Android is far, far worse.)

    • Yes, and this was almost a year ago: https://nikonrumors.com/tag/nikon-snapbridge/page/2/

    • Sawyerspadre

      In one spot on micro site, it says “after the summer”. Sounds like it could September or never, as both are after the summer. Hopefully they don’t mean after next summer in the Southern Hemisphere. 😉

    • Probably still in the approval process for the App Store. Not _really_ Nikon’s fault (although presumably they could still sync releases if they actually talked to someone — Nikon is a big enough name that Apple would probably at least help them coordinate.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Nikon is the entity that promised us Snapbridge in April 2016 with the D500, so yes it is _really_ Nikon’s fault.

      • Steve Rhodes

        If it were in the approval process, it would be available before “after summer”

        And Apple will work with large companies like Nikon to launch an app when then product it is for becomes available.

        I blame Nikon. They could’ve hired more programmers to make iOS Snapbridge available this week

    • Allen_Wentz

      Nikon is not incompetent when it’s come to software (Expeed and Nikon’s world-class AF are software); Nikon is incompetent when it’s come to _consumer_ software. Thom Hogan frequently comments on Nikon’s apparent total disconnect from consumers, and he is right.

      • whisky

        i’d like to know how that breaks down.

        for instance, does Nikon have a programming division? do their engineers write low level and high level code? who is accountable for direction and integration? do they source some or all of these tasks out? do they license code from third parties? are these a kludge or part of a well integrated plan? does Nikon’s left hand not know what their right hand is doing? if not — why not?

        if Nikon had a competent programming division handling oversight for planning, UX, integration, execution, and testing, my feeling is they wouldn’t continually be making these kind of Mickey Mouse like mistakes.

  • Eric Calabros

    where is ISO in “Remote photography” section?

  • Allen_Wentz

    No iOS support is total BS. As expected, Nikon’s ability to actually _implement_ promising new Snapbridge consumer software remains a _fail_ on the eve of street delivery of the D500 they pimped Snapbridge to.

    Even the quoted Press Release shows pure BS. In the same paragraph Nikon says “SnapBridge is available in iOS” [note present tense] then later states “…later this summer.” Later this summer qualifies as a very long time in the consumer software world.

    Apple’s support provided to app developers (I am one, albeit very small) is excellent. My guess is that Nikon is playing Japanese mind games with Apple, which is absolutely absurd; a game only Nikon and Nikon users can lose. Apple not only does not need Nikon, given another 4 months they might just for spite build something that fully obviates need for Nikon’s alleged app. Apple’s Photos already provides the cross-device image storage function Nikon envisions, and it works.

    Next we get to see how Nikon deals with the extreme fragmentation of the free, unsupported Android OS over time. Right off the bat Google Play states Lollipop or above are required, so my estimate is that about 30% of Android devices will not run Snapbridge – added to the 100% of iOS devices that will not run Snapbridge.

    Sorry Nikon, but such late, incomplete release of a consumer software product long after announcement qualifies Snapbridge as meeting one of the definitions of VAPORWARE, and I call it vaporware marketing.

    • Nikon has been working with Apple on this project for a while – at least for a year: https://nikonrumors.com/tag/nikon-snapbridge/page/2/

      • Allen_Wentz

        “Working with” means very little when after all this time (and heavily marketing D500 with Snapbridge) the D500 is being released to promises of “later this summer.”

        I know for a fact how good Apple’s developer support is. To have an Android version out so much sooner makes it very likely something else (probably political) is going on.

        • If I remember correctly, Nikon team members spent significant amount of time in Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Well let’s hope you are right, and the delay is simply the fact that “good food takes time to prepare.” Although I am disappointed in Nikon’s continuing fail at consumer software marketing, Snapbridge had no bearing on my preorder decision for D500. I preordered solely to get a camera.

            • Steve Rhodes

              A lot of us were hoping for a $2,000 Nikon camera with at least as good a wi-fi implementation as the Sony RX-100ii we bought for $750 three years ago.

    • Spy Black

      If they have an Android version and not an iOS version, I’d say the problem (for once) doesn’t lie with Nikon.

      • Well, mostly. It’s not like they couldn’t get both approved and hold them back for a simultaneous release (ideally, say, the day the D500 starts shipping). But that’s a marketing / management failure not a QA / engineering / design failure.

  • Eric Calabros

    look at this Aldo
    D500 jpeg has less color noise than D750 at ISO 6400 🙂

    • Sawyerspadre

      And this relates to Snapbridge how?

    • Looking at it magnified and inverted (to accentuate shadow noise) it looks to me like they’re virtually indistinguishable with slightly worse compression artifacts on the D500 side. The D500 shot is also just a smidge sharper (which might have caused the compression algorithm to work harder on its side).

      There’s a weird and subtle blueish color band along the hem near the middle of the D500 shot.

      Of course JPEGs of JPEGs — waste of time comparing, really.

      • Eric Calabros

        Its screenshot of a jpeg, you shouldn’t evaluate the compression with this. Looking at original file at %100, D500 image is a bit softer but with noticeably less color noise. I think its not just NR, they are probably using a new demosaicing algorithm which generates less color errors.

    • Max

      the d750 shots only looks sharper and contrastier. I see no other difference.

      • …..I see the color noise Eric is talking about quite clearly, please get some bifocals. Is it hard to accept the notion that Nikon spent effort to reduce this…it’s not an outlandish concept…

        • Max

          oh sorry i was peering at the shadows, silly me. i see what you are talking about, but on account of the mushiness in the D500 photo, there’s clearly colour noise reduction applied.

  • Joe Geske

    Dear Apple users upset about the delayed release for iOS, we Android users are so incredibly sorry that this has finally happened to you and that you must undergo this incredible hardship. In all seriousness Android is a far larger platform, and arguably a bit easier to develop for in some ways. However, generally photographers tend to be Apple users (no clue why it offers no benefit), but Nikon probably would have been smart to go iOS first, leading me to believe they ran into a snag. That being said lets be 100% real here, no one has a D500 right now, and with it being the only camera supported as of today, then it is all a mute point. Having the app available on either platform is currently pointless. Finally as much as we spend on photography related gear, how awful is it to buy a dedicated android device for snap bridge? A good tablet will run you $150.

    • Sawyerspadre

      Plus the cell service, plus a new OS to learn, plus the lack of integration into your current Mac and iOS workflow.

      I would question what percentage of D500 users are Android vs iOS. My guess is that the $2000 camera buyers tilt to iOS pretty hard.

      • purenupe1

        I’m guessing zero D500 users are iOS and Android since its not released yet

        • Sawyerspadre

          Got me, how about “buyers”?

      • Matt

        I own a D810 and have a D500 on the way, and I have an S7. You’d be surprised how many photographers use high-end android phones.. you’re a photographer, you probably want the best camera on a phone.

        • Allen_Wentz

          I do not get your point. There are very good cameras on some Android phones, but it is not like anyone looking to get a great camera immediately thinks Android, since Android is also where 100% of the junk smartphone cameras live.

          Without exception the last 5 new iPhone generations have each been uniformly reviewed as being among the top few “best” smartphone cameras at the time of release, and iPhones have always been the world’s best selling flagship phone model.

          The need for Snapbridge or similar has been obvious to any digital camera geek for a decade – and Thom Hogan has been writing about it in places where the CaNikon folks had to be reading it. To announce for D500 and then fail to reach iOS is a serious fail.

      • jsa

        Disagree with that.

        I think D500 buyers are tech aware choosing on technical merrit. At the D500 pricepoint, a top of the line android device is a good fit.

        I perceive ithings as fashion statements that go along nicely with Cannon.

        Needless to say I may be biased as an android owner, but I’ve never seen apple as a default choice.

    • Patrick O’Connor

      “mute point”. So you don’t want to talk about it? 😉

    • Allen_Wentz

      1) Android is a far larger platform because most Android devices are low end. Low end devices are not likely to be effective candidates for Snapbridge. Not to say Android is not also a very large platform at the high end, because it is. But iOS and Android real share for an app like Snapbridge are probably much closer to equal than simple total device sales would imply.

      2) If D500 delivers as promised there will be many of them on the street in two days. And Nikon did very prominently market D500 as a Snapbridge device.

      3) “Buy a dedicated android device” solves only a small less-important part of what Snapbridge alleges to provide. The main value add provided by Snapbridge is close-to-real-time access to users’ current cellular communication (which on iOS then shares among phone/tablet/Mac).

      Simply buying a new tablet running a different OS does not readily accomplish cellular access. In addition to learning the new OS one would also need to create a new cellular account, a PITA. Plus my past experience has 100% been that lower end devices and image management tend to be a bad idea, but I am sure users will report so we will see.

  • Jonathan Björklund

    Hopefully the remote control functions will be great!

  • Sawyerspadre

    The awesome part is that it already has 9 5-star reviews, when nobody has the camera that you need to make it work. How did these people use it to review;-)

    • AlphaT

      Might be the reps with pre-production D500s. 🙂

  • guibo

    They should really open this app to work with all nikon wifi cameras, even with limited functionality. It would just entice users to upgrade more.

    • purenupe1

      I agree…because the current app and interface is crap

    • Allen_Wentz

      By definition this current Snapbridge incarnation is a BLE application, not WiFi. Let’s just hope that it actually works as advertised on the one D500 camera for a starter.

      If Nikon was thinking ahead like they should have been maybe D5 could get an upgrade at some point. Older hardware IMO needs to live with the tech available when the camera was sold. The nature of tech.

      • guibo

        Not exactly, the new app still uses wifi for some functions. I read it requires you to revert to traditional wifi connection to transfer video for example.
        It seems to me it would not be much effort to allow old non-Bluetooth cameras to operate only in the limited mode.

        This way, there would be one app for all, one app to maintain and a better uniform user experience for the customer, especially when said customer still has an older body.

        • For a second it sounded like ” One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them…”.

      • Steve Rhodes

        They at least should be able to improve the UI and functionality of the awful WMU. It was last updated a year ago.

        They also could have updated the WMU ios app to work with the D500 until snapbridge is available

        • Sawyerspadre

          Do we know that the D500 will not work with the WMU? If not, it’s not likely that Nikon is spending much time or money upgrading the WMU to work with more cameras.

  • AlphaT

    Apple probably saw some security issues/bugs in the app, and Nikon will need to redesign.
    That’s all I can think regarding the delay.
    Apple is very anal regarding the security of the iOS devices, especially if data are being transferred from the iOS device to MFi accessories using the Station-to-Station protocol for example.

    • nwcs

      Thankfully they are a stickler for security. At least somewhat above the average in the industry. Still, it’s always up to the developer to make the right decisions.

  • doge

    Ugh. The SnapBridge microsite clearly features a camera that is obviously not the D500 in all the promotional footage, yet the app only supports the D500. What the hell man.

    So now I have to have 2 apps on my phone to access my Nikon photos? Snapbridge for my D500 or whatever is shown on their site and WMU for my D5500 or older cameras? But SnapBridge still requires me to have both bluetooth and wi-fi enabled to use? This is so confusing.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Doge you are correct. Very lame marketing.

  • Allen_Wentz

    In case anyone cares, based on a conversation with the Nikon rep my local (California USA) camera store just told me that they expect to be able to deliver on D500 preorders next week.

    I did not ask them about Snapbridge… :~)

  • Kikou Yamata

    Interesting how having the “last version” causes a lot of excitement, in a field where the newest technology changes every 6 months.
    I have been using Nikon wireless connectivity with my mobile devices for quite a while: on my D5300. In a limited way with the Nikon app. More extensively with a 3rd party app, qdslrdashboard.
    Snapbridge, with its instant connectivity, seems to be a great plus in how easy the camera connects, but I don’t see that it brings any additional function versus the previous Wifi-based link.
    So if you think you need wireless connection to e-devices and have no time or no money for a D500, you can get a D5300 now !

    • purenupe1

      The benefit is (hopefully anyway) a more polished interface and stable connection through better programing

    • Allen_Wentz

      The huge value add that (fairly new) Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) brings is the low energy part. WiFi takes relatively lots of power, making it unrealistic to just sync it and leave it on in the field.

      Plus WiFi is readily visible to the rest of the world proximal to one’s location for folks to hack at. BLE much less so.

      At a studio-only location those issues become largely moot, but the whole point is to be able to sync to a cellular device everywhere.

  • ryanyomomma

    Well, it’s a good thing I kept my HTC One.. Also (those complaining about just the D500 being compatible), Snapbridge is Nikon’s attempt to have a seamless connection to a Smart Device, as opposed to connecting a wireless adapter and fidgeting with menus and hotspots. BLE is absolutely essential for this app to work because the concept is that as soon as you paired your camera to your smart device (tablet, phone, etc), you don’t ever have to screw around in the menus unless you want to connect through Wi-Fi (to transfer full-sized files). The Wi-Fi connection is secondary. I’m sure the strategy from here on out is to include BLE in all future Nikon cameras, and hopefully other companies will follow suit. It is certainly a good step to adapt to the smartphone, which is obviously reigning over despite how good a image you can get with a dedicated camera.

    • purenupe1

      yeah…but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t or shouldn’t use the Wi-Fi connection for legacy camera connection. They are still leaving the rest of us with awful WMU

      • ryanyomomma

        They also explicitly said that Snapbridge was for all future Nikon products. With that said, yes, WMU is awful and I have to deal with it with legacy camera gear.

      • ryanyomomma

        If it makes it any better, it appears that Best Buy just delayed the D500 while other sites are shipping them now… guess who preordered from Best Buy? 🙁

  • Steve Rhodes

    Snapbridge will also work with the DL cameras and some coolpix cameras https://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/connected-cameras.page#connected-cameras

  • Sripal TAD

    No compatibility with my fullfame nikon d750 with wifi any other Nikon DSLR with wifi available as of April 2016. Noobs think they can sell new cameras only for compatibility with this app. Nikon WMU is a joke it’s slow and takes ages to playback images on camera. Then why did they give wifi on nikon d750 ,d5300 . Noob nikon

  • akkual

    Now, if they would update that WMU app or whatever piece of shit that was for Android, that would be great.

    Really stupid that it bugs a lot and is lacking great features that it could have (like changing settings, timed shooting/timelapse shooting, bracketing shooting etc. where you would like to take pictures and change settings without touching the camera).

  • Allen_Wentz

    The PR above first states “SnapBridge is available in iOS…” then later backtracks to “The iOS version of the app is scheduled to be available from the App Store later this summer.”

    But when you go to Nikon’s Snapbridge website they go further, saying “The iOS edition is scheduled for release AFTER SUMMER” [emphasis mine].

    This is so unacceptable. Like if you bought a new car and when you went to pick it up in April, Ford said “Here is your new car, and the headlights are scheduled for release after summer.”

    Anywhere other than Nikon some VP would rightfully be demoted because of this. I hope every D500 buyer is doing some serious complaining to Nikon, like I did.

    • I think it’s sad, and actually pathetic that you’re so worked up about an IOS app not being released. If you find this to not be acceptable then you need to gain some perspective in life about what’s actually important and whats not.
      Fact is, this doesn’t stop you using the camera, and the app is perfectly available, just get an android device. And it doesn’t even stop you sending pictures to your IOS device anyway, just use WIFI.

  • Zak Zoezie

    SD card reader through microUSB connection of 25 EUR did the job for me years ago and I guess will need to continue this way the coming years till Nikon implemented wireless bluetooth support in all their new cameras …

  • SnapBridge is crushing my phone’s battery. I have an LG4 with the latest version of Android on it. Even with Bluetooth and WiFi off this app is using 20% of the battery during the day!

    • maybe this is the problem why they delayed the iOS app

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