Nikon is introducing two new apps that should make your workflow faster and easier, and they’re both completely free. The first is NX MobileAir, a smartphone app that transfers photos straight from your camera to your phone and uploads them to an FTP server. The second is NX Tether, a program for tethered shooting with Nikon cameras.
NX MobileAir eliminates the need for a computer when transferring photos from your camera. They are shared to an FTP server, and everything can be done automatically without even touching your phone. But if you want, you can add a bit more info to go with the photos. The app lets you add voice memos about the images so you can share them with the rest of your team. You can also choose which photos to transfer, and you can crop, flip, and straighten them before you do.
To be able to use the NX MobileAir, you need to install it on your phone and make sure that your camera firmware is up to date. Note that the free version comes with limitations: you can create one album and add 999 images to it. If you upgrade and pay $4.99 a month, you get unlimited albums and photos.
NX Tether is a tethering shooting software for compatible Nikon cameras. Like other tethering software, it sends your photos straight to your computer as you shoot them. It’s compatible with other Nikon software, so you can make edits using Nikon NX Studio. If your camera has a built-in or optional wireless transmitter, you can shoot wirelessly, too.
Unlike NX MobileAir, the NX Tether is completely free and there is no premium option that you need to pay to use.
NX Tether is coming on 4 November and you’ll be able to get it for free on Nikon’s website. You’ll wait a bit longer for NX MobileAir, which will be available in iOS and Android app stores from 24 November. You’ll find the list of compatible cameras and system requirements here.