Nikon stops forcing Snapbridge on users – unlocks real WiFi on the D850, D500, D7500 and D5600

May 9, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Nikon stops forcing Snapbridge on users – unlocks real WiFi on the D850, D500, D7500 and D5600

May 9, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Well, this is certainly an interesting bit of news. Nikon has actually, finally, stopped forcing their proprietary Snapbridge wireless system onto Nikon photographers. After a false advertising claim over the D500’s WiFi capabilities back in 2016, and then an open letter from LRTimelapse creator, Gunther Wegner in 2017, Nikon is finally capitulating and giving us real WiFi back.

A round of new firmware updates for the Nikon D850, D500, D7500 and D5600 now adds support for standard WiFi alongside Snapbridge – as it is with the Nikon Z mirrorless cameras. Now, users can finally choose which software they wish to use to control their cameras.

First, here’s the links for those who already get it and just want to update their cameras.

The addition of Snapbridge to Nikon DSLRs, and the locking out of standard WiFi was one of the reasons I haven’t upgraded any of my Nikons to Snapbridge-enabled bodies. And I know a number of people who switched brands entirely to be able to get simultaneous wireless control of multiple cameras from tablets.

I use qDslrDashboard (which is now ControlMycamera on iOS) regularly over WiFi to remotely control cameras, especially when shooting video. I’ve been using it for years. It’s a fantastic piece of software, offering a lot of control over how you can control your camera (or cameras – it supports a whole bunch at once), and Nikon’s Snapbridge app just doesn’t even come close.

Fortunately, though, Nikon has finally listened to the users who have been asking for their WiFi back for three years. And as well as giving people their WiFi back, the firmware updates also offer a few other new fixes.

Nikon D850 Firmware v1.10

  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    – SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    – The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.

Nikon D500 Firmware v1.20

  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    – SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issues:
    – The camera sometimes had trouble focusing on subjects in the focus points at the edges of the frame.
    – The camera would sometimes stop responding during shooting in continuous high-speed (CH) release mode.
    – The camera would sometimes not turn off after the power switch was rotated to “OFF”.

Nikon D7500 Firmware v1.10

  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    – SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issues:
    – If the mode dial was rotated from P to U1 and then back to P, ISO sensitivity would be set to the value selected for U1.
    – Repeatedly pressing the zoom in and zoom out buttons during movie live view would cause unexpected behavior when 3840×2160; 30p was selected for Frame size/frame rate in the MOVIE SHOOTING MENU.

Nikon D5600 Firmware v1.10

  • The camera now also supports direct Wi-Fi connections to devices running SnapBridge. For more information, see the “Addendum to the User’s Manual” in which this feature is described. Before using this feature, upgrade to the following version of the app:
    – SnapBridge version 2.5.4 or later
  • Fixed the following issue:
    – Touch Fn would sometimes not be available.

So, if you’ve been hoping to get real WiFi back again, now you have it. At least for those cameras.

The Nikon D5 is noticeably absent from this round of firmware updates. Although, the Nikon D850, D500 and D5 are also expected to get a new firmware soon to add CFexpress support. So, perhaps the D5 will get its WiFi back again then. There’s also no mention of the Nikon D3400 or D3500 this time around, either.

But, at least we’re off to a good start. I’m sure Nikon will get caught up eventually.

Thank you to Gunther for leading the charge for the past couple of years, and thank you to Nikon for finally listening to what your customers actually want.

[via LRTimelapse]

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17 responses to “Nikon stops forcing Snapbridge on users – unlocks real WiFi on the D850, D500, D7500 and D5600”

  1. Jeton Aliji Avatar
    Jeton Aliji

    It’s kind of ironic that we need to thank them for this, when we actually paid 3000+$ and therefore helped the company.

    They should thank us and heed more to our demands.

    1. Adrian J Nyaoi Avatar
      Adrian J Nyaoi

      Jeton Aliji No, you did not thanks them, you just told them off.

  2. Javier Cardona Avatar
    Javier Cardona

    Wait a sec, I rarely use the Wi-Fi on my D7200 so I’m kinda lost on this topic bit since I’m not seeing a firmware update for my model I’d like to know if my camera is “affected” by this issue?

    I don’t use the Wi-Fi because I think the Nikon app is very inconvenient, I just use it sometimes to transfer pictures I want to share instantly.

    1. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      The Nikon apps are really bad. The D7200 always had regular WiFi, though (no Snapbridge), so you can use 3rd party apps which offer much better control and a lot more features. :)

    2. Jeton Aliji Avatar
      Jeton Aliji

      John Aldred
      Can you please name a few?
      I’m on Android.

    3. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      As I mentioned in the article, I use qDslrDashboard. It’s a fantastic app. I use it a lot when I’m shooting interviews with multiple cameras. That way, I can sit behind one camera and monitor a couple more from my chair. I just use Android tablets and phones. There’s a link to it in the article. :)

    4. ccsd130droid2@gmail.com Avatar
      ccsd130droid2@gmail.com

      If you have an android device try camera connect & control. It’s not pricey CBD works well for me. The developer was really nice and responsive when I bought it.

    5. Javier Cardona Avatar
      Javier Cardona

      John Aldred really helpful! Thank you so much!

    6. John Aldred Avatar
      John Aldred

      No problem :)

  3. School District admin Avatar
    School District admin

    This is great! I’ll update when I get home and try my favorite software. However I wonder if the d500 can now trigger video as well. I found that no matter what, my USB or Snapbridge, I’ve would have to physically touch the record button.

    Generally the wifi is Bleh but I do believe there were tons where I had a connection but Snapbridge just failed me, though I do like the location sharing. I would say it’s still a lot better that the w1 adapters, sometimes I really wish I still had a simple IR trigger.

  4. W Douglas LeBlanc Avatar
    W Douglas LeBlanc

    WiFi from camera to your phone only transfers .jpg no .raws ?

    1. Pierre Lagarde Avatar
      Pierre Lagarde

      Depending on your camera, but qDslrDahsboard usually allows you to transfer raw files thru WiFi connection. It remains slow, though.
      USB or card reading thru a portable reader is always faster for the moment.

  5. Javier Lopez-Rosende Avatar
    Javier Lopez-Rosende

    WHAT ABOUT THE D5 U ASSHOLES?

  6. Daniel Lugo Avatar
    Daniel Lugo

    Dang. Now the d750 would be a super hybrid for work

  7. Patricio Murphy Avatar
    Patricio Murphy

    This is great news! I uninstalled that unreliable piece of garbage and installed WMU, and started right away to download RAW files with no issue whatsoever. I don’t know how a big company such as Nikon put out such a lousy app, Snapbridge is utterly useless.

  8. Henryb65 Avatar
    Henryb65

    Thank you John. I got a D7500 a few weeks ago (up from a D3200). I found that connecting to Snapbridge very difficult at first, which I finally managed to do Then I stumbled on your article, downloaded Control MyCamera and connected in 5 seconds. The app looks great. Thanks again.

  9. DC Medical Marijuana Avatar
    DC Medical Marijuana

    I tried downloading both apps and got the same error. Not available In your country or region. I’m in Denver. Are they not available in the US?