Nikon Listens to Users, Opens up WiFi on Cameras

One of the chief beefs that Nikon users had with the D850 and other DSLRs was that they were forced to use a SnapBridge Wireless standard for connecting their mobile devices. Snapbridge was difficult to use, and relied on Bluetooth, leaving photographers virtually chained to their cameras. But with the Z series full frame mirrorless camera, that changed, and mirrorless users could enjoy an open wifi connection, expanding their reach.  Now, with a firmware update, the rest of Nikon’s current DSLR lineup is free to do the same.

One of the chief reasons for the shift was customer complaints of the SnapBridge system, even going to far as filing claims of false advertising on Nikon for their WiFi claims in the D500 series camera.

Then, an open letter from time-lapse photographer Gunther Wegner complaining about the proprietary Nikon wireless system went viral, and the handwriting was on the wall.

With the Z series, it seemed as if Nikon was waving the white flag, offering WiFi access not only through Snapbridge, but also with an open wireless standard for users of iOS and Android devices. All you’d need is an app to handle it.  Or, get a wireless field monitor that could also connect.

Today, however, Nikon went even further, issuing firmware updates for the Nikon D850, D500, D7500 and D5600 that would eliminate the need for using Snapbridge in the WiFi chain.  The firmware updates can be found here, along with a few housekeeping improvements:

NIKON D850 FIRMWARE V1.10

  • The camera now also supports direct WiFi 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 WiFi 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 WiFi 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 WiFi 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.

Unfortunately, Nikon D5 users are left wanting with this update. That’s likely due to Nikon’s plan to update the D5 with CFExpress (and 12 bit raw) support in the near future. They’ll just do it all at the same time. But then again, there’s also plans to update the D850 and D500 with CFE support as well. So why leave out the D5 today? That’s a good question.  But it’s a start.

Hat Tip – DIYP

About James DeRuvo 780 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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