Nikon finally released SnapBridge for iOS

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As previously reported, Nikon released the iOS version of SnapBridge that is now available for downloaded on iTunes. SnapBridge is compatible with the following cameras (the latest Coolpix models will still need a firmware update):

  • Nikon D500 (firmware 1.10)
  • Nikon D3400 (firmware 1.10)
  • Nikon Coolpix B500 (firmware update to be released in September)
  • Nikon Coolpix A300 (firmware update to be released in September)
  • Nikon Coolpix W100 (firmware update to be released in September)

More info on SnapBridge is available here.

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  • doge

    Now that’s what I call wow.

    • outkasted

      you mean WOW….oh wait sarcasm…right?

  • BlueBomberTurbo

    Don’t worry, they were busy shooting with their superior iPhones in the meantime. 😉

  • Matt

    With 1.10 and an S7, the android version is as awful as ever. It won’t even connect to wifi for download/shooting, now.

  • Melkor

    Good. What about Windows now?

    • Nikos Delhanidis

      Or just universal functional wifi ? ….

  • Benno Hessler

    Not yet available in Germany.

  • tbilliar

    While I am happy they finally released the iOS version, I was a bit disappointed that it is iPhone only and does not support the higher resolutions on iPads.

    • August Personage

      That is odd. An iPad would seem to be a logical choice to review images captured via a DSLR. Maybe its coming? Is there some possible technical reason to limit this to iPhones only?

      • Flyespresso

        No technical limit, other than iPad’s may or may not have GPS–which the app lists as a “Note” in the description. They just haven’t made the UI for iPads.

        • August Personage

          Thanks, I couldn’t think of anything obvious but concede I may have been missing something.

          You bring up something interesting; If Nikon has an app that allows connection to a iPhone (or Android) which has GPS does this mean new Snapbridge capable cameras will have the ability to pull GPS data from a device they’re connected to? -OR- Allow the user to apply GPS data to images from their phone via Snapbridge?

          I know the answer is most likely ‘No” as that will impinge GPS dongle sales, but still ….

          • Flyespresso

            It’s right there in the app description, you may want to read it 😉

            “Download location data to the camera (Note 2) or set the camera clock to the time reported by the smart device.”

            So yes–it already does.

            • August Personage

              Nifty!
              I hadn’t read any of the details in the app description. My current camera doesn’t support it.

            • Flyespresso

              The thing people are failing to realize with SnapBridge is that Nikon standardized the hardware they put into the cameras. So development of the App benefits all cameras–so features brought in apply to everyone. Compared to the old WMU app where some was built in, some was dongles, some had certain radios, others didn’t.

              Thus expect more in the coming years in terms of features/abilities!

            • Thom Hogan

              And that’s a benefit how? ;~)

              The problem is that we’ve got lowest common denominator going on here. Since the parts have to go into a cheap Coolpix, guess what, they’re cheap parts.

              This reeks of doing as little as possible for maximum marketing benefit.

            • Flyespresso

              It is–you obviously do not know embedded technology with your “cheap parts” statement.

              It’s the same silicon–do you know the differences between wireless technologies? Do you realize it’s the same embedded chipset between a 1gbps + wireless module and one that can only handle 150mbps? It’s all in the antenna design, the Tx/Rx power rates, etc.

              However the fundamental how you communicate with it is the same–from a software level.

              Having it standard means Nikon can improve the software stack over time, and know the hardware will support it.

            • hje

              I was very happy to learn, that snapbridge syncs the time also. Having the exact time sounds boring, but it is very useful to have the very exact time in every image you take. Very often the clock in my cameras is a few minutes off (okay, yes, it is because I’m lazy).

              Of course getting GPS data from your smart device is even better. 🙂

            • Even better still is that you’ll no longer have to worry about resetting your camera’s clock when travelling in different time zones.

            • Thom Hogan

              Sure you do. Try going to Botswana and being out of cell tower range and see what happens…

            • Thom is back and he is not happy with the rumors sites 🙂

            • Flyespresso

              He’s not happy as he’s been pitching all summer that the reason why the D500 didn’t have an iOS app was that Nikon F*ed up and realized it wouldn’t work at all with their hardware. (http://www.dslrbodies.com/cameras/the-d5d500-blog/the-ios-problem.html)

              Thus his statement:
              “Only one problem with that in the iOS world: as far as I can tell, Apple does not allow one communications channels to control one another like that, and for security reasons. That last clause means it’s unlikely that Apple would grant an exception or change its mind on this.”

              Is moot, as I emailed him a while back–he’s dabbling in tech he knows little about and making gross assumptions while doing so. It’s just like Froknowsphoto…. 😀

            • Thom Hogan

              Not exactly. I find it problematic that we have people trying to brand someone else’s IP as theirs when they got that IP knowingly in a way that involved some sort of legal transgression. All because they’re worried that someone else will get their affiliate fees first…

            • Thom, this is not really IP issue because I can guarantee you the lawyers will be shutting us down very quickly and they would have done this 10 years ago. This is the case with many other industries, websites and even traditional media. In a way you are also a big part of it because even if you don’t post any leaked pictures, every other of your posts is also about rumors and upcoming equipment and you also have affiliate links. You are even a frequent reader of all rumors sites and once a picture is leaked you are promptly reporting about the new camera/lens on your websites, of course without providing any source. I am saying this with all the respect I have for you – I don’t want to start a pissing contest, I just find that your post was attacking me (in)directly.

            • Thom Hogan

              I think you need to read my sites more carefully. I don’t generally write about rumors, and I tend to only write about possible upcoming gear on my sites from knowledge I obtain from my own sources. Also, note that the B&H links on my pages are not affiliate income, they are a fixed price ad buy.

              Moreover, I wasn’t attacking you. Indeed, I don’t recall you putting Nikon Rumors logos on press release photos that get leaked.

              My point was this: I came back and discovered multiple sites all putting their own logo on the same press release photo in an attempt to keep the others from using it without attribution. This is getting out of hand.

              And yes, it is an IP issue. The fact that the camera companies aren’t going after anyone is probably because (1) some of them are the leak source to start with; (2) some have decided it helps build the pre-release hype; and (3) it’s too small a problem to send multi-hundred dollar an hour lawyers after. But those press release photos are not the rumor site’s IP to brand. It’s a little different in the Apple rumor world, where there are people taking their own photos when they shouldn’t be (e.g. all the case and parts photos we keep seeing during early production). There the IP is indeed theirs. However, they are almost always violating an agreement they signed to get those photos.

              The bottom line here is that ethics and morals are getting awful lax at some of the rumor sites. This has real implications on real IP long term. We’re sliding down a real slippery slope now.

            • Regarding the new kid on the blog, the Japanese Nokishita site – they are obviously part of/or working together with digicam-info, no idea why they are posting the same press photos with different watermarks (I personally dislike the cat) but the bottom line is that both of those websites are located in Japan and can be stopped very easily. They pretty much leak every new product few days before the announcement with the exception of Nikon and Sony – I can bet that they have a direct link to a major press agency or outlet. The reason they put a watermark is that many other website and blogs, mainly located in China and India, are now making a living by “stealing” posts and pictures without providing a link back to the original source – this is the real problem and your criticism should be directed at them if you want the problem to be solved. You can blame Google for all this – they started all this linking-back/ranking.

            • Eric Calabros

              The point is someone who is stealing image from press, shouldn’t complain about people who are stealing from his blog. Its pure hypocrisy.
              But I disagree with Thom that its just a blogosphere thing, even if there wasnt any rumor site, this “I post it first” race would continue to exist in social media, especially Twitter.

            • Posting a press photo online before the official announcement is not stealing in my books – it’s called reporting news, in that case camera news. I do not post the picture online and pretend/claim to be mine, do you see the difference?

            • Thom Hogan

              Again, this is an ethics discussion I’m trying to provoke. A press photo almost certainly was embargoed. Someone broke the embargo, violating a legal agreement they made, either explicitly (NDA) or implicitly (contractual).

              What’s happening now is that the minute someone breaks the embargo, everyone else believes that the embargo is no longer valid and anything goes. In some cases, NDAs do have “publicly available information” clauses that let others out of the embargo. Some of us, however, morally believe that we’re still beholden to the original embargo and stick to it (I believe that’s dpreview’s position, as well as mine).

              This isn’t new. We dealt with this issue in the 70’s and 80’s in the personal computer industry, and it wasn’t new then, either. What is new is the frequency with which it’s happening, the broad proliferation of such information thru scraping, and the way the Internet is amplifying this. Plus, as I noted, the branding of information that isn’t there’s to brand, IMHO.

            • Yes, somebody maybe did violate the embargo, but I have not signed any NDAs and I am no binded by any agreements. I simply report the news and use the photos (if any) under the fair use clause. I do not claim that I took the photos, even if I put a watermark (I usually don’t, I used to in the past). Watermark is just that – a watermark. Often the images are leaked by people who have not signed NDA agreements. I basically see nothing legally wrong with what I am doing. I do not like to put watermarks and have not done it in a very long time. I basically assume that I will not get any links back if I brake any news and very often that’s the case.

            • Eric Calabros

              of course. nobody assumed you are in that watermarking camp.

            • Thom Hogan

              Pretty much my point.

              We’ve had this ethical slippage ever since content scraping started, but it’s getting worse. At some point the results will be paywalls or no useful/unique content visible among the scraping.

            • Yes, it is getting worse and there is nothing that can be done… besides watermarks… they work every single time 🙂

            • Flyespresso

              Modern phones don’t need the cell reception to tell what time zone it’s in–it’s all GPS. It’s not internet dependent at ALL.

              GPS Satellites work on a principle of highly accurate timing. That’s how the triangulation is fundamentally done. Thus your phone knows where it is, without any cell service!

              Thom, stick to cameras 😉

            • Thom Hogan

              And when the phone isn’t getting a GPS signal? ;~) And yes, that happened.

            • Spy Black

              That’s assuming the phone has a GPS chip. Some phones just use cell towers for triangulation. No cell towers, no location.

            • Flyespresso

              That’s true for “feature” phones—you’d be hard pressed to find a smartphone made in the last 3-4 years that doesn’t use GPS. It’s built into the chipsets that provide all the telecommunications. Cell based triangulation I don’t think ever made to smartphones in “mass”. Some early on (including original iPhone) used what’s called assisted GPS (aGPS) where cell towers helped get the lock on faster. Now this is mostly cached via cell signal as an entire weeks worth of satellite locations is a tiny file size..!

            • Presumably, your phone/camera would have synched up when you landed in Gaborone (yep, had to look that one up). 🙂
              BTW Thom, I THOROUGHLY enjoyed reading your D500 Guide. It was a huge help. Great job!

            • Thom Hogan

              Actually, it synced in Maun. Then for some reason got confused in Khwai, found itself at Camp O, lost itself again in Savute and Khwai again. Not sure what was going on. And not sure it wasn’t SnapBridge ;~).

            • Hmmm. My travels are a tad less exotic (does this make it a first world problem or a second/third)? 🙂 I would happily trade the convenience of a synched clock for a trip to Botswana.

            • Max

              You should swing by South Africa since you’re “in the area” 🙂

            • TheInfinityPoint

              I actually don’t like that as much (I know I can turn it off and I did). I have a GPS logger and I keep everything running on the same time zone (HAST in fact). Once I’m back at home, I just manually go in and change the capture times in LR. Honestly the only reason I do that is because my GPS logger doesn’t automatically adjust to new time zones.

          • As far as I know that’s exactly what it does do. There are a couple of reviews on YouTube that discuss this. Makes sense to me. Why drain battery with on board gps if you can ask a phone for coordinates?

  • Fly Moon

    Excellent news!!!! Downloading it.

  • Is it just me or does the iOS version’s need to use wireless for control of the camera (through the phone) and for downloading images seem a little odd? I thought the whole point of the Bluetooth connection was that it would minimize battery drain. Does the Android version work similarly?

    Is it possible to change basic camera controls (shutter speed, Aperture, ISO) using the phone? It appears that once you connect wirelessly to use the phone as a remote, you lose any ability to change settings without disconnecting from the camera’s wireless network. That’s a major pain.

    Anybody else experience issues trying to register a Nikon ID? I ended up having to do it on the computer, but now there’s no obvious way to sign into my account through Snapbridge.

    • Flyespresso

      It’s simple: Bluetooth does not have nearly enough bandwidth to show a live-view from the camera. That has to be done via wifi–otherwise you might be lucky to get even 1FPS.

      • I learn something new everyday. Thanks Flyespresso. What exactly is the purpose of the Bluetooth connection?
        Do you know if any of the camera settings are adjustable from the phone?

        • Flyespresso

          Bluetooth would have the bandwidth to do most things other than realtime video.

          I have no idea what Nikon uses it for 😉

          Wifi just uses a lot of power, and it’s mostly in overhead due to it being a multi-device communication stack. So just to get it running it requires a lot more cycles/power/etc. Bluetooth is a device to device stack, so at it’s core it’s a lot less overhead on the device. Hence why it’s used for transferring the smaller pictures in the background. It’s relatively “nothing” power wise (even if longer). Bluetooth Smart is even less–which is why you can have heart rate monitors last for years without needing to change a coin cell battery. Yet you’re not going to have bluetooth smart sensors talking, creating a network with each other capable of sending data at 100mbps+ speed…

          Bluetooth smart is perfect for how Nikon implemented it (from a hardware, not software perspective; which software is easy to change with no change to hardware, which is why I’m not worried about SnapBridge; it’ll get there, eventually). It’s a nearly powerless communication standard that lets your phone know your device is around, and lets your device know it’s around. If they happen to need to do something more, they handshake and revert to a traditional Bluetooth connection momentarily, allowing for an image to get passed over.

          Wifi then allows it to get the LV feed from the camera, higher speed data transfers (allowing for “Original size”), and whatever else they add over time.

          Realize so far the wifi is only used as an Ad-Hoc (device to device) connection. Which is different than your traditional wifi a computer uses–which is what the D500’s network grip is for–which is joining the “greater” network, allowing multiple devices to interact and it to communicate “out” to the “WAN”.

    • Kiboko

      Wifi for camera control for me to.
      And for download, i needed to set the camera to shoot RAW+JPEG? … But that worked with bluetooth. 🙂

  • Horshack

    The entire SnapBridge design concept of using bluetooth+WiFi seems ill conceived to me. I know Nikon was looking for a low-power, always-on solution (use Bluetooth for always-on, low-IQ xfers and WiFi for high-IQ/larger images) but the actual real-life scenarios where this would prove actually useful seems rather limited, particularly when you account for its complexity and esp when you consider how poor Bluetooth’s range is and how much effective power the solution actually uses (Bluetooth is lower power but since the transfer rate is slow the transfers take longer and thus mitigate some of the power savings).

  • Benno Hessler

    Is it just me, am I to dumb? It works basically, but it looses connection all the time, so I do have to re-connect frequently. Not funny, not very useable.

  • bgbs

    It’s 2016 and Nikon has just released a half-finished bridge?

  • jvm156

    it only works on 5 cameras? whats the dif from WMU?

    • Sawyerspadre

      The difference is explained on Nikon website.

  • Thom Hogan

    My fault for not fixing that mistake on my site. But I’ve been away for quite some time, and I was in the hospital before that.

    • Allan

      Speedy recovery. Please take care of yourself.

  • Lee Smith

    Who cares? If I wanted to use my phone, I would. Stop fretting about “mobile.”

    Grown ups using DSLRs with Instagram are dumb.

  • Can you manage aperture / shutterspeed / iso in remote mode with snapbridge?

  • C_QQ_C

    MM Nikon announces it is available for iOS here too, but it looks like Aple does not know that…

  • Andy

    Downloaded both Snapbridge and the new firmware for the D500; installed both and have spent the last hour trying to pair my Iphone and camera and it will NOT pair — rebooted the phone, removed and replaced all batteries in the camera and still no joy. The pairing process failed for me before I had the opportunity to type in the pairing code shown on the camera into the phone. Has anyone got this to work?

    • few other readers also reported similar problems on twitter: https://twitter.com/nikonrumors/with_replies

    • PhotoSophistry (David)

      I tried several times last night on one iPhone 6s Plus. But it simply wouldn’t pair. So I switched to a second iPhone 6s Plus, and it paired. The first was running the most recent beta of iOS 10. The latter was running the current iteration of iOS 9. So it is apparently not compatible yet with iOS 10.

      I may also suggest you make sure you remove any previous attempts. By this I mean, I discovered that the D500 kept each failed attempt at pairing as if it was successful. Additionally, pairing may have been partially completed on the iPhone, since there are two steps. You must remove this as well.

      • David, I managed to pair my iPhone 6s which is running iOS beta 10.

        • PhotoSophistry (David)

          Hmm. Anything special you had to do to get it to work? I tried several times with no success. I’ll try again.

        • PhotoSophistry (David)

          After some tinkering, I was able to get it to work with the latest beta of iOS 10.

  • PhotoSophistry (David)

    I am a new poster, but I’ve been reading Nikon Rumors for some time. I managed to successfully pair SnapBridge on an iPhone 6s Plus with the D500. It failed on my first try to the same model phone. I was able to link that later to the fact that the phone was running a public beta of iOS 10. Apparently, there is a compatibility issue there. But I paired it successfully with an iPhone 6s Plus running iOS 9.

    There are a couple things I discovered so far from testing. Generally, I shoot raw to both the primary and secondary card. This is a precautionary habit for my fashion and portrait work, using the D810. I had to change to shooting raw and jpeg, in order to benefit from the file transfer using Bluetooth. I initially set the transfer to 2.0MB files, but quickly discovered that each jpeg was barely about 150KB. However, they did transfer rapidly, with an occasional hiccup. Later I changed to “original size”, where each image was about 4MB. That took an eternity to transfer. About 12 minutes passed before 5 images actually showed up on the phone.

    Synchronizing the time worked well. I have not actually had an opportunity to check the metadata in the raw files to see if the geo-tagging worked as advertised.

    • mark_texas

      Thanks for the comment about having to shoot raw/jpeg. Spent about 20 mins trying to figure out why the photos wouldn’t transfer, but once I set it to raw/basic it transferred.

    • Can you manage aperture / shutterspeed / iso in remote mode with snapbridge?

      • Scott M.

        no

      • PhotoSophistry (David)

        Alex, in terms of camera control, all you have is the ability to focus and press the shutter. That’s it. The app has no control at all over over exposure.

  • JFH

    D500 overheated in the bag and battery drained 3 hours after pairing with snapbridge ios. I think the camera was turned off while in the bag. Either way, this shouldn’t happen. Any ideas on what happened. I’m on airplane mode now.

  • TMC

    Firmware 1.10 in my D500 and 9.3.5 on my iOS device. DOES NOT PAIR. Not sure why it won’t work. My Fuji app pairs my X100T with my iOS device…..que pass?

    • Roland Meier

      I’m using the same software stack and it works so no principle problem. Suspect a timing / sequencing issue when walking through the not so intuitive process steps on both devices. Keep trying, as said it works in principle (at least on a 6s)

  • TMC

    Now I will go work on connecting my Nikon F3 to my typewriter…

  • tcohen

    The old WMU app. could set the camera clock from an iPhone. I would be concerned that Snapbridge could rapidly drain the iPhone battery if it uses GPS continuously unless cleverly programmed (unlikely!). I don’t see any technological reason that a Snapbridge dongle couldn’t be made for older DSLR’s if Nikon so wished.

  • D700s

    Updated my iPhone 6. Downloaded the new C 1.10 firmware update to my D500. Fired both up, paired first time. Sent one photo to the phone just to test it. Worked fine. Nothing I’m going to print but I could send a photo to someone for a preview which looks fine for the purpose. I’m happy. I don’t see me using it often but it’s nice to know it’s there.

    • Andreas Vesper

      Transfer times are super slow. 30 – 60 s for a low res pic, 200 s for a compressed 3.3 MB full res pic. That’s simply a piece of very crappy Software and now even the transfer times of the old and pretty limited WMU app are brightin’ up

  • DK

    Downloaded the app & updated the firmware in my D500. What a disappointment.

    The app cannot modify settings on the camera such as aperture, shutter or ISO. While connected, you cannot change the settings on the camera directly. You have to get out of remote mode in the app, which turns off the wifi connection. make the setting change, then reconnect wifi via the “Settings” in iOS. It’s like negotiating a maze just to change the shutter speed.

    Also I noticed that even w/ the camera in MUp mode, the shutter would fire w/ the basic single shot mirror slap mode.

    I wish Nikon had kept the infrared sensor on the D500. The app will never work as a wireless remote. I ended up buying the wired remote after experiencing this craptastic app. I hope there is some setting in some menu that I’ve missed that will solve these issues but my first impression is not good.

    • Sadly, that mirrors my experience to a T. My only hope is that Snapbridge updates will eventually make it useable.

  • Kiboko

    Now I know why they made the battery exchange programme. But, still, even new batteries drains … When using battery grip on Nikon DSLR I am used to days whithout battery changes. Yesterday two emty batteries in a few hours.

    • Yep, I have to say I’m VERY disappointed with the D500’s battery life — or lack of it — as well (coming from the D300).

  • Judith Kaiser Breton Kane

    Bought Nikon Coolpix B500 at the end of July for a trip to Alaska. All paperwork said it had wifi. Then we found we have to download the app for Snapbridge for IOS WHICH WAS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AUGUST. So we lost out on using it for our trip. ITS NOW SEPTEMBER AND IS STILL NOT AVAILABLE. Not a happy camper. False advertising at the least. Not a clue when it will be available still. NIKON-????

    • Scott M.

      You really don’t want Snapbridge for anything, trust me. Nikon is firing people all week over this debacle.

      • Judith Kaiser Breton Kane

        So…..I bought this new camera and it’s no good?

        • Scott M.

          Camera is fine ( for a coolpix) Snapbridge is a crappy app.

      • KnightPhoto

        It turns out the low-power BlueTooth is getting functional/repeatable. It’s taken me a long time to inch forward on the repeatable part. The Wi-Fi I’m still having trouble with, partly due to Android detecting it is a non-Internet Wi-Fi and is bolixing up automatic connection. Wi-Fi I’m still having challenges but BT seems to be getting there. I just discovered if cam battery is down to 20% the BT transfer will not go. Popped in a new battery and away it went.

  • Scott M.

    So disapointed in the Snapbridge-D500-iPhone6s combo. Taking a picture of the LCD screen is easier. Nikon makes GREAT cameras but the app sucks in every way. Still love the D500 but I cleaned out any evidence of the worst app ever. Nikon? WTF?

  • Bluetrack

    Works for manually transferring low res pictures for Facebook, Twitter etc otherwise a big disappointment.

    Drains phone battery when location is used. Slow, slow, slow for transferring original pictures. No manual control of camera in remote usage. Transfering pictures while shooting takes for ever.

    Hope to see a future much improved release.

  • Martin Gomez

    Works very, very unreliably on an iPhone 6 with iOS 10.2.1, and a D500 with firmware 1.10. It uploads a photo or two, then stops with “Upload failed.” Works over WiFi, but that requires that the Bluetooth connection work first…which it doesn’t. This is an embarrassment for Nikon. The camera itself is fantastic.

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