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SnapBridge: that was fun! Now what: USB Tethering? WiFi?

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David H. Hartman:
I spent about 30 minutes the first try but I didn’t know the ritual myths and especially secret handshakes. Another 45 minutes the next day and finally magic! Then I tried to change the USB password and oops! Finally I got SnapBridge connected a second time. 

SnapBridge is fun but what’s it really good for? Social media? Uploading photos for eBay? I think it’s transferring GPS location data to my camera but I’ve always been in the same location so I'm not sure. My camera is a Nikon D850.

What options are members finding for serious preview of full resolution JPG(s) on a laptop or desktop computer with low latency? Which option: USB or WiFi? What is available in standalone Windows and MAC programs?

What options are available for serious remote camera control? Especially important is pre-focus in live view with low latency shutter release. Having the camera focus in live view before releasing the shutter is not useful for many applications.

Thank you!

Dave Hartman

Birna Rørslett:
I only use Snapbridge to feed GPS data to my Z50. All other functionality is turned off.

Why one would want to participate in the flooding of "social" media with yet more jpgs straight off camera I fail to comprehend.

Tristin:
The failure on behalf of ILCs to allow users quick ways to send/share images is a massive one.  I've had many family members come to me asking for camera recommendations, and I just tell them to upgrade their phone.  I wish I could point them to something like a Z50, but know they would hate it for this one crucial aspect it lacks.  I often find myself using a phone instead of my Nikon because it is simply superior most of the time.  My "real" camera has become a niche tool.  I personally am hoping future Zs correct this, and I can begin relying on my Nikon for all of my picture taking needs.

David H. Hartman:

--- Quote from: Birna Rørslett on December 07, 2020, 22:48:35 ---I only use Snapbridge to feed GPS data to my Z50. All other functionality is turned off.

Why one would want to participate in the flooding of "social" media with yet more jpgs straight off camera I fail to comprehend.

--- End quote ---

Well some love to post any and every photo they take. I don't know why either. For them SnapBridge should be great (or maybe not).

Sharing photos with friends and relatives is a reasonable thing to do if there is some restrain. In the past one might have a roll developed. 2x prints made and a few chosen and mailed to family.

I'm looking for something to preview photographs as full resolution JPG files. I'd be shooting NEF + JPG Fine. I'd like serious remote, hands off, camera control. SnapBridge is deficient in both.

Dave

MFloyd:
SnapBridge works OK with the D6; it gets more complicated with the D850.

My workflow in the field is camera -> SnapBridge -> Lightroom Mobile for editing -> broadcast through Lr Mobile to social media / press officer. This all in a matter of minutes. It has been a “life”saver in regard of confinement / separate groups, not always having access to press room because belonging to a different (COVID-19) “bubble”. Images are 1600x1000 px / 1 MB size, sufficient for internet publication. Classic editing for more traditional media (eg printed press) takes later in the day, through the normal way. But you like it or not, most news info flows now through Twitter, Insta and the like...

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