Nikon SnapBridge for iOS to be released at the end of August

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I received information that the iOS version of SnapBridge will be released at the end of August (will be available for download at the App Store).

The Android version was already released back in April. Nikon has been working together with Apple on SnapBridge for a long time (I first reported it in March, 2015).

Nikon SnapBridge is compatible with all of the latest cameras: W100, A300, B500, B700, A900, DL and D500.

All future Nikon cameras will be compatible with SnapBridge

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  • SteveWithAnS

    Snapbridge on the D500 and Android works so terribly as it is that I don’t know why Apple people should be the least bit excited.

    • Andy Aungthwin

      Maybe there are better programmers working for Apple?

      Photoshop and Lightroom 1 were not much to talk about but imagine life as a photographer without them now.

      • SteveWithAnS

        The main issue is that Snapbridge is pretty nonsensical within the Nikon body to begin with, but pairing the body to your phone and maintaining the connection is a joke as well.

        For Galaxy users it would make more sense to shoot jpeg on the second SD card slot with a micro SD card and then just put the micro SD card in the back of their phones to transfer their pictures. Sorry I cannot recommend a similar method for Apple users…

        • Mikycoud

          Hummm. .. can’t do that if I’m not mistaken. The phone tells you to format the card…..

          • SteveWithAnS

            Damn…I’ll give it a try sometime just to make sure. I have given up on snapbridge and I am content editing my photos at a later point in time. I’d hate to miss a million dollar shot messing around with snapbridge than taking pictures…

            You could carry a tablet and insert an SD card into that to transfer pictures much more quickly. That could work.

            • Mikycoud

              My experience is that using the internal sd port on an android device will trigger the “format sd card” process, whereas using an otg cable connected to a card reader will work. Sometimes the reader will not get enough juice from the phone/tablet, so using an external battery pack and a USB otg hub or y cable does the trick.
              That process even works on my ipad with the camera connect ion kit (or whatever it was called at the time)

            • Spy Black

              I’ve never experienced that with Android. Just format the card FAT32 on your PC. Although I’ve never considered between camera and phone, I have been swapping back and forth between PC formatted cards and phones indefinitely. The phones have never reformatted the cards.

            • El Aura

              Cameras however expect certain top-level folders on their memory cards.

            • Spy Black

              So what? They’re still FAT32 formatted cards. I’ll format a card on my PC, put it in my Nikon, shoot, and put it back in my PC to transfer the images. The camera or any of the Android phones I’ve used have never reformatted the cards.

          • Sawyerspadre

            The SD adapter now works with certain iPhone models. In the beginning it only worked with IPad.

        • nwcs

          Apple users can use the Lightning to USB camera adapter to download photos to their phone/ipad.

    • Even if it was working properly its remains an useless piece of software.Tried it twice to see its only function is to select focus and take a picture.Not even near enough fuctions for distant shooting.

    • Oh really? I use it all the time and it works pretty seamlessly. It eats batteries, and I can’t find a way to delete hundreds of pictures at once, but overall it puts pics on my phone automatically, which is what it’s supposed to do.

      • SteveWithAnS

        I am glad it works for you Tony. It could be the issue is my old Galaxy S5 does not have the ability to pair as well as newer phones, but I am not willing to duct tape my phone to my D500, so I have given up for the time being.

        I still do not find the in body commands to be very informative, but it might make more sense to pros like you. Keep those youtube videos coming! Do you have a video out about how to use Snapbridge?

      • David Mootz

        Tony have you noticed the battery on the D500 dropping charge pretty fast? Especially if you have continuous focus on and shooting BIF.

        • SteveWithAnS

          I have not experienced battery issues with the D500 with continuous AF or shooting rapidly, but I don’t use the battery hog that is snapbridge and I also use the Nikon battery grip so I have two batteries. Just get the battery grip and shoot all day.

      • YS

        Does it eat batteries on both sides? How badly does it affect your phone, and what phone do you us?

    • David Mootz

      I have the D500 and a Galaxy S6 and snapbridge works great. Camera and phone stay connected and images download fairly quickly. It does eat the batteries fast, of course the D500 is not known for batteries lasting vary long anway. My D7200 will shoot all day on 1 battery.

      • YS

        How badly is battery affected on the phone side?

        • David Mootz

          Camera full battery at start, after downloading 15 to 20 full size jpegs, drops 2 bars on the camera. Doesnt matter which camera battery i have they all function same. When not using snapbridge turn on airplane mode on camera to save battery. Phone battery not bad, I use a Galaxy S6.

          • YS

            Yikes, I wasn’t expecting that bad a drop on the camera side! Thanks for sharing.

            • David Mootz

              Most of it is the time it takes too maneuver through your camera to select pics. I think the D500 is a battery hog anyways, hopefully something can be done about that with a firmware upgrade!

            • TylerChappell

              Phones typically have substantially larger batteries (usually 2-3x as much in mAh) than Nikon’s DSLR lineup (excluding ones like the D5/D4/D4s etc.
              And considering how thick the EN-EL15 is, there’s no excuse for it not to be at least 2000mAh+

            • YS

              Errr, phone batteries have larger mAH because they also have lower voltages, at the minimum voltage li-ion chemistry provides, which is about 3.6-3.7v. Notice how batteries have nice round multiples of this (EN-EL15 is 7.4v, EN-EL18 is 10.8v). You measure a battery’s capacity in watt hour, by taking the voltage and multiplying it by the amperage hours (P=VI).

              Someone with a background in li-ion/polymer battery manufacture can explain how increases in battery capacity come about. 😛

    • C_QQ_C

      Agree, its just too little too late, i am now investigating if a “camfi”proves more usefull.

  • T.I.M

    Great, an other easy way to get viruses in your camera for free !
    :o)

    • Viruses do not propagate that way. Unless the OS is based on same architecture viruses would not be passed on to the camera.

      • T.I.M

        Anyways, ever year I make sure that my D800 get its vaccine against Sigma, Rokinon, Samyang, an other dangerous brands.

  • Pete L.

    From everything I have read about snapbridge, my next camera will be a D750 because it has wi-fi without Snapbridge.

    • SteveWithAnS

      You should consider waiting until September to buy a new Nikon camera as there could be new FX bodies released. I hear good things about the D750, but it is getting kind of old. Despite Snapbridge being a complete joke, I still love my D500.

      • T.I.M

        We all are waiting for the Photokina, I started to learn German (I already know few words, Leica, Zeiss, Contax. Rollei, …)

        • HF

          It is a one hour drive from my home! Already bought the tickets.

          • T.I.M

            I was still a Photographer student when I was in France, no money to go visit Photokina in Germany, so I went to the “Salon de la photo” at Paris (that show really sucks compare to the Photokina).

        • Mikycoud

          Everybody in Europe knows their share of German and we all have the 1970”s porn industry to thank for that!!!! They sure knew how to make big lenses at the time 😉

          • T.I.M

            kids and Muslim people are reading NR so watch what you’re writing !

            • Mikycoud

              Nope, they’re watching the Olympic Games beach volley!

            • T.I.M

              Few years ago it was OK to say the D4 is a pig compared to the D800.
              Now you MUST say the D5 is a larger camera compared to the D500.
              We’re living in a new world….

      • Pete L.

        Good point. Def waiting until Sept, but mainly because I am hoping to see D750 prices go down. D500 is amazing but a lot of features I have no need for and I am looking to move up to full frame (I shoot mainly landscapes and portrait work). Photography is a hobby and occasional money maker so I need to be realistic about what I need to get the job done.

        • T.I.M

          FX is a totally different world, if you do portraits, nature, landscapes, FX is the way to go.

    • jvm156

      nikon WMU app works great with the D750. I’ve used it for remote shooting and sending the occasional photo to my phone

    • Aldo

      I work with the d750. Its a good camera but the wifi is horrible. Dont get your hopes up about it

    • Kyle

      D750 and current app in iOS is definitely not user friendly.

      • Pete L.

        Yeah I have rented a couple times. I like it because it works with an app called qDSLRdashboard which is pretty good and has great functionality for shooting timelapses.

        Side Note: Thanks for all the D750 shooters chiming in with info. You guys/girls are awesome and I appreciate the help.

        • Aldo

          At this point I’d buy the d750 gray (if you are trying to save money) … Nikon will fix any defects about it… I don’t see the nikon usa version dropping that much. Or a good used nikon usa would be of good value too. I wouldn’t pay 2k for this camera right now…. eventhough I did when I got mine a year and half ago.

          • TypeMRT

            I jumped on an open box D750 w/ 24-120 kit for $2200 from B&H this week. It’s the lowest I’ve seen w/ USA warranty in the past few months and I don’t see prices going much below that after Photokina. It’s new to me so I don’t mind being a generation behind with the next D750 replacement comes out.
            So far qDSLRdashboard seems much better than Nikon’s app.

      • Stephen Sartori

        Which phone do you have ?
        I use the 6S Plus 128 GB
        and the Wifi with my D750 is amazing.
        The transfer speed is very fast and
        ‘Never’ drops the connection.

  • Fly Moon

    Best news for a while

    • T.I.M

      don’t you need any kind of atmosphere to fly ?

  • Matt

    iOS users I hate to break it to you but it kinda sucks in comparison to other, better apps like Sony’s. It takes like 5 minutes to download a photo, remote control is a total joke with one control – a shutter button.

    Don’t get me wrong its great to do stuff like add GPS locs and time to your photos in camera, but that’s all its good for.

    • Flyespresso

      It’s highly likely not to be a carbon clone of the android app. It may have a similar UI, but could easily have more functionality. We’ll have to wait and see what becomes of it!

    • Kyle

      Sony’s implementation app with a7s is pretty nice. it uploads all photos to your phone when the camera is powered off.
      It would be cool if Nikon’s would transmit small jpegs in real time from cam to phone.

      • Allen_Wentz

        My understanding is that is exactly what SnapBridge alleges to do. Per Nikon: “Nikon SnapBridge automatically transfers your pictures to your smartphone as they are taken—ready for online sharing.”

    • Sawyerspadre

      Are you saying that to transfer a photo to an Android device is taking 5 minutes? Doesn’t Snapbridge open a wifi connection between the camera and the Android device? Is it transferring the full-size image?

      • Allen_Wentz

        What it should do is transfer 1 2MP JPEG via BLE to the phone. That should be fairly quick with an iPhone, and quick using BLE should help minimize power drain in the camera.

        With multiple unsupported Android versions on 400+ different phones it is no surprise that we see reports of widely different experiences from different Android phone users.

    • Actually, the time and GPS functions are the only one I really care about. So I’m impatient to replace my D610 with a new generation upcoming FX body, and pair it with SnapBridge on my iPhone. I’m tired of shooting QR Codes from an app to make sure coordinates and time are ok, and to have this shitty Lightroom import module to always select the SD card to import non-geotagged pictures. It’ll make everything much easier for me.

      I would also not be surprised that the iOS version of the app is better, for the simple reason that there are only a very few different models to handle, with a pretty similar hardware. If they claim to have worked with Apple for it, it’s quite a good sign.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Yup, just give me accurate time and GPS metadata attached and I will be thrilled.

        I do lots of photo-documentation work, and currently I routinely take one iPhone photo plus a photo of the iPhone time/date display to verify accurate time and location in each batch of images.

  • MB

    The app is currently rated bellow 3 at play store, meaning it sucks … But looks promising with all the advertised features like remote control, BLE Allways on etc … It seems that we must wait for new generation of cameras equipped for SnapBridge (like D500) and for Nikon to polish things up for this to be really useful…

    • T.I.M

      man, every time I see you icon, I want to watch that movie again, costing me $$$ on beer and nuts !

  • Milton Georges

    Not sure why everybody here is hating on the concept of SnapBridge – I understand that the implementation on Android is not currently good, but what it is trying to accomplish sounds great. Your camera connects to your communication device and you can instantly post or share photos without the need of a computer. Also, the ability to remotely control your camera… That is great for people in the field, on vacation, etc. Here’s hoping that the iOS implementation is better, and that Nikon continues to improve the service for Android. I definitely see the feature as a step in the right direction, however. Let’s hope the release of SnapBridge for iOS also coincides with the release of the DL line as well!

    • nwcs

      Mostly because Nikon (and, honestly, the other camera manufacturers) have a terrible reputation for developing, maintaining, and enhancing anything software. And they’re not exactly known for playing nicely with anything outside of the camera.

      Oh, and they have a really bad reputation for not updating the software in a timely manner and dropping support often.

      • Milton Georges

        This is true, but I feel as though SnapBridge is an integral part of their camera systems moving forward. It’s my opinion that it is here to stay, and they’ll need to keep it updated and maintain support moving forward. I’m cautiously optimistic that it will continue to be improved.

        • Sawyerspadre

          Which is why they need to get better at it. In today’s world if 1/4 of Nikons engineers are not working on software, of all types, they need to beef up their software team.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Nikon does _not_ have a terrible reputation for software per se. E.g. Expeed and D5/D500 AF are both software implementations fully at state-of-the-art.

        It is _consumer_ software specifically that Nikon sucks at. All issues that touch consumers are a function of marketing, and Nikon marketing is concurrently arrogant and incompetent: the Trump of the camera world. Unfortunately we get to live the consequences.

    • Spy Black

      The crappy WMU does all that already, what does Snapbridge do that WMU doesn’t?

      • Milton Georges

        I believe the main distinction is that you have the ability to connect via Bluetooth rather than having to manually switch your phone’s Wifi network, which can be a bit of a hassle jumping around menus whenever you want to connect to your camera. I haven’t personally used SnapBridge or the WMU however, so I could be wrong.

      • Allen_Wentz

        Bluetooth Low Energy (“BLE”) is the difference. Conceptually an awesome concept: far less power demand, shorter range and potentially more secure than WiFi.

    • Captain Megaton

      It’s not Nikon’s area of expertise. They were sold an idea, invested in it, but it’s not something they have much control over.

      If it turns out to be fundamentally poor implemention (for what is admittedly a desirable feature) – I’m trying to think of an example, maybe Transmeta for you old timers – then it will be a real headache for everyone concerned.

      • And if/when it turns out to be a headache, then nikon will discard the idea thinking people do not want/need it.

    • Sawyerspadre

      I don’t think people hate the concept, they hate the crappy implementation and the premature announcement for iOS. It appears Apple spanked them over using the App Store logo for an App that was not yet available on the App Store.

      • Milton Georges

        That’s certainly understandable, but some of the comments here are along the lines of “I’m buying a camera specifically because it doesn’t have SnapBridge”… haha. Like, huh? Just don’t use it if you don’t like it. At least if your camera has the proper radio (bluetooth / wifi) then it has the ability to use the feature if in the case it is improved by Nikon in the future.

        • Sawyerspadre

          It’s interesting. Nikon seems to have finally caught on that sharing photos, almost instantly is something that is integral to today’s experience of making photos and sharing them.

          I think people are very excited about the idea. My comments are focused on the clumsy development, marketing and product management. It’s really not that hard to keep a secret, if your developers are internal. They need to have the discipline to announce the software when it’s ready. Nikon is so afraid that someone else will launch a reasonable app, that they are pulling a smoke and mirrors launch to be first at something. The problem is that the marketing is so far ahead of a reasonably functional app, that the buyers of the cameras feel like they have been fooled. You know what they say “fool me once”.

          In this case, Nikon announced it, thinking that whatever they did for Android would just port to iOS. Apple has tighter rules for their sandbox, so they got surprised. Classic.

          • Allen_Wentz

            Agreed the vaporware marketing of SnapBridge was worse than absurd. Over and over again, Nikon marketing seems intent on killing the brand.

            However I doubt that what went on was as simplistic as “Nikon thinking that whatever they did for Android would just port to iOS.” iOS is a more sophisticated 64-bit-since-2013 mobile environment that Nikon engineers are well aware of.

            Perhaps the problem is as simple as too much relative corporate power given to entrenched incompetence at all levels of Nikon marketing, all the way to the CEO.

            The grossly incompetent marketing department may indeed have ignorantly thought that whatever they did for Android would quickly port to iOS; but the counter to that argument is that for most users whatever they did for Android is reportedly not working all that well either.

  • Eric Calabros

    Its amusing to see people have completely different experience with a single app. That just shows we shouldn’t trust online reviews and 1 star 5 star ratings. They all could be right and wrong at the same time.

  • T.I.M

    OUT OF SUBJECT !
    Slideshow on Samsung ON5 phone, does anyone know if it’s possible to add music to the slide show using the gallery app (can’t find the answer on google).
    Thank you !
    :o)

    • T.I.M

      I found it (I’m so dumb) you just have to play music first and then start the slideshow.
      :o)

      • Espen4u

        Never admit that 😉

  • Fookie Le

    I can’t think of SnapBridge anymore without thinking of Lok’s “SlapB*tch!”

  • Doug B

    Note that they say it will be “announced” and not that it will be available then. I hope folks are ready to be disappointed.

  • Captain Megaton

    Fundamentally, sure, it would be a convenient way to move photos from your camera to your phone … but if it kills the batteries of both your phone and your camera then the convenience of using it is more than offset by the inconvenience of using it.

    Maybe someone can educate me: once the data transfer is finished, does the app go into sleep mode with minimal power drain, or is the battery drain people are talking about a function of having the app active and running regardless of the amount of data transferred?

    The former I could live with, the latter is pretty much a dealkiller.

    • KnightPhoto

      Well if you selectively transfer photos then you can manage how often the two devices connect. I haven’t tried the “download every photo option”, but would be a good project to test this.

  • KnightPhoto

    Hey Folks, I am continuing to receive only about ¼ of the conversations in my email after I subscribe to a Nikon Rumors post – anyone else experiencing this problem?

    • T.I.M

      Hey Folks, I am continuing to receive only about ¼ of the conversations in my email after I subscribe to a Nikon Rumors post – anyone else experiencing this problem?

      • T.I.M

        try to delete your explorer history.

      • Did you subscribe from discuss? It works for me.

        • T.I.M

          Yes, it have bugs sometimes, works better after deleting explorer history.
          When you login after deleting history you may have to reset the computer to be able to login again with discuss.

  • I tried out Snapbridge with the D500, and was not impressed. Am I wrong in determining that I still cannot remotely “control” the camera, like a Camranger can? I might be missing a few minor features but as far as I can tell it’s no real difference from the WMU app that I’ve already been using with my D750 and D5300…

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      Wmu works with my 7200 and android devices, but snapbridge in my d500 is not connecting to any of my android devices (6 of them)

      • Sawyerspadre

        Yes, they should launch finished and TESTED software. Hopefully the new launch will include a new version for Android, with bug fixes and feature upgrades.

  • Makes me think of the canon app on ios, it is working just perfectly fine and has most features one is generally using. I loved it and still dont understand why we cant have a benchmark of this app for Nikon?

  • 1741

    With android phones you can plug a USB in and use a sd card reader to transfer your pics to phone, apple have a sd card reader tho don’t know if you can transfer the pics tho

    • nwcs

      You can. It works similarly.

  • Clubber Lang

    Speaking about Olympus’s implementation, which I may be wrong in assuming it’s like Nikon’s version. it still takes a few steps to connect and seems a bit clunky and outdated. What are the benefits if you shoot RAW with regard to uploading and sharing?
    One of the things that stand out is the ability to use your phone as a remote control without fiddling with a wire. It’s truly amazing to pop your camra on a tripod pull out your phone as a remote, see your exposure change in real time with something like a 10 stop ND filter or night exposures. Technology is pushing forward but still seems like it’s in it’s infancy stage with the software.

  • Sawyerspadre

    Nikon should only announce software when IT IS READY AND LAUNCHED ON THE APP STORE. They shot themselves in the foot by announcing Snapbridge for iOS about nine months before it was ready, and then figured out that their gee-whiz method of having Bluetooth open a WiFi connection is not something Apple was prepared to let them do.

    My advice to Nikon, if they are listening is ANNOUNCE IT THE DAY IT IS FINISHED, TESTED AND AVAILABLE ON APP STORE. Any earlier, and you are setting your launch up for failure.

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      +100

  • Nikos Delhanidis

    A working update for the android would had been nice too

  • whisky

    it’ll be interesting if “announced” means the same as “immediately available” … and also what versions of iOS snapBridge will support?

    i’m bracing for more than a few iPhone/iPad users to be disappointed.

    • Allen_Wentz

      Unlike free unsupported Android, iOS is not grossly fragmented, so “what versions of iOS” is not likely to be a problem.

      Typically >70% of iOS users will be using approximately the most current version. The only issue might be with Nikon failing to support the latest iOS…

  • DogSoldier

    I just want WiFi to my iPad. Not interested in snapbridge.

  • Announced by the end of August? It was announced months ago…. It hasn’t been shipped!

  • C_QQ_C

    HEre it says that for iOS use the camera’s which are compatible with snapbridge will need an update first in order to use the iOS version (srry Dutch link) :
    https://nikoneurope-nl.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/66631/locale/nl_NL

  • HKer

    Hi Admin, Just wondering where you got the line “All future Nikon cameras will be compatible with SnapBridge”? This is a biggie to me as it means that the future flagship cameras like the future D5s, D6 + D810s? / D900 will also have snapbridge – at last something in-built to get the pics out quickly to press.

    • This is the info I got months ago when I was reporting on SnapBridge. Every camera announced since had SnapBridge. This is big for Nikon because it’s one way they can compete with/add-on to current smartphone users.

  • Mike

    Okay, it’s now August 29…… Where is it?

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