SnapBridge

Pair this app with a com­pat­i­ble Nikon cam­era to trans­fer your pho­to­graphs wire­lessly via Blue­tooth

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What the app does

SnapBridge is Nikon’s lat­est app, de­signed to pair with a SnapBridge-com­pat­i­ble Nikon cam­era via Blue­tooth to down­load pic­tures from your mem­ory card to your de­vice. You can also take pho­tos re­motely (if the cam­era has Wi-Fi), with the Live View feed dis­played on your mo­bile de­vice. Cur­rently SnapBridge is com­pat­i­ble with the Nikon D500 and D3400, along with some Coolpix cam­eras and the KeyMis­sion 80. Nikon’s older Wire­less Mo­bile Util­ity app does a sim­i­lar wire­less teth­er­ing job for ear­lier Wi-Fi cam­eras, but with­out al­wayson Blue­tooth down­load­ing.

When to use it

SnapBridge is de­signed to be used all of the time; it’s al­ways ready to down­load in the back­ground via a con­stant con­nec­tion be­tween your de­vice and a com­pat­i­ble cam­era. SnapBridge uses Blue­tooth low en­ergy (BLE) tech­nol­ogy to fa­cil­i­tate this ‘al­ways on’ im­age trans­fer. The con­nec­tion isn’t a one-way street, ei­ther, as you can sync your phone’s GPS lo­ca­tion and time in­for­ma­tion with your cam­era.

How to use it

Read the re­views on the App Store and Google Play, and you’ll see that some users are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing teething trou­bles mak­ing the con­nec­tion. But once the ini­tial pair­ing is made, that’s it, it’s locked in. Just don’t see this as a way of au­to­mat­i­cally back­ing up your full-res pho­tos. You can’t trans­fer RAW files us­ing SnapBridge, for in­stance, and only 2MB JPEGs or thumb­nails copy au­to­mat­i­cally – al­though full-size JPEGs and some movies can be trans­ferred man­u­ally on the D500.

You’ll need to down­load Nikon’s SnapBridge 360/170 app if you’re us­ing a KeyMis­sion 360 (see page 106) or 170

Nikon’s Wire­less Mo­bile Util­ity app of­fers sim­i­lar shoot-and­share func­tion­al­ity

As well as ad­ding lo­ca­tion data, you can em­bed your im­age copy­right de­tails

Al­though you can con­trol a D500 re­motely, you aren’t able to do this with a D3400

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