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  • RAW Image Transfer and Much More: What’s New with SnapBridge Version 2.6

  • On May 3, 2016 we published a blog exploring 6 things you can do with SnapBridge & the Nikon D500. We received over 250 comments in response to this blog and, rest assured, we have taken your feedback on board.

    Nikon has always been passionate about giving our photographers the best equipment at their fingertips. Not just the best cameras and lenses, but also the best software to support them. That’s why we now wish to share the latest updates with SnapBridge 2.6 (Apple & Android) – the bridge between your camera and your world.


    Here’s what’s new

    Nikon’s SnapBridge app for iOS and Android is the fastest, easiest way to transfer photos from your camera to a compatible smart device, and the latest update (launched at the end of August) includes two particularly long-awaited features:

    • Going RAW: RAW (NEF/NRW) images can now be downloaded from Wi-Fi enabled cameras
    • A new way to shoot: Your DSLR and/or mirrorless camera’s focus, aperture, shutter speed, white balance and more* can now all be controlled via your smart device (please note, exact features vary by camera model)

    Above and beyond this, SnapBridge version 2.6 also offers;

    • A faster, easier initial pairing process
    • A new power-saving mode that helps maintain smartphone battery life
    • User-selectable location information for greater accuracy
    • A new design to improve the app’s ease of use

    Version 2.6 is intelligently automatic. Users can now enjoy faster automatic image transfer for 2MP JPEGs, while saving larger JPEGs and RAW files for manual transfer. What’s more, SnapBridge can now automatically upload web-ready 2MP versions of every shot you take,  free to our cloud storage site, NIKON IMAGE SPACE – meaning that sensible back-up of your photos has never been easier.

    Importantly, the application is ready when you are. It keeps your camera and smart device connected whenever they’re within range so you can pair once and forget about it. And since the connection is through Bluetooth Low Energy, it won’t compromise your smart device or camera’s battery life and performance.

    Additional features include the ability to easily switch between up to five Nikon cameras using SnapBridge, and the automatic registration of your camera with Nikon, alerting you when new firmware is available.


    A journey of development, with user feedback at its heart

    We now feel SnapBridge has significantly developed since its official launch at Photokina 2016.

    To offer our readers a better insight on this topic, we sat down shortly with Dirk Jasper, Product Marketing Manager for Nikon Europe, to share his view on this topic:


    “When Snapbridge was recognised with a TIPA award, we sensed at this stage, we had an idea that could be revolutionary. Of course, realising the potential of this idea is not without its challenges. The earliest versions of the app were far from perfect, and we quickly learned there were areas our users felt could be improved. We can’t stress enough how crucial this feedback has been – it’s informed the work we do, and the features we offer. It’s taken time but, with the support of our user community, we’ve been able to evolve SnapBridge into the multi-functional, multi-faceted tool it is today.”

    Dirk went on to share that he was excited for the future development of the app.

    “It’s in our heritage to always want to improve and be the best. Working closely with our photographers, we’re confident we can enhance SnapBridge further. It’s currently rated four stars on the Apple and Google App Stores – we want five stars, and to keep improving its functionality and performance.”


    Further information

    To learn more, head over to the Nikon website

    For general guidance on using SnapBridge, visit here

    For information on compatible cameras and supporting features, visit here

    Information on Wi-Fi compatibility can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page


    *DSLR and mirrorless control features include:

    • Accessing Live View on your smart device
    • Taking single or continuous shots
    • Changing focus by touching
    • Selecting shooting modes (P/S/A/M)
    • Adjusting shutter speed, aperture and ISO
    • Adjusting exposure compensation and white balance
    • Video Start/Stop