Gunther Wegner, creator of the LRTimelapse software, reveals a major issue affecting all the latest Nikon cameras compatible with the SnapBridge wireless app. For some reason, the Nikon engineers linked the camera’s Wi-Fi feature to the use of the app. When switching to a third-party app, the SnapBridge-capable cameras disable Wi-Fi, completely making the use of third-party apps over Wi-Fi impossible. Hence, photographers who rely on specialized apps for their work such as time-lapse or macro photography are stuck and cannot use these cameras anymore.
The German software developer explains: “Technically, the standard Wi-Fi interface is also available in your new cameras with SnapBridge, and in principle it even would work with our specialized apps. Unfortunately, currently the cameras switch it off after a short time, as soon as the user switches from the SnapBridge app to another one. The only thing missing for us in your new cameras is the possibility to manually turn on Wi-Fi via the menu independently of the SnapBridge app!”
He continues: “This is my modest request: Please give us back the possibility to use Wi-Fi independently of SnapBridge! We would be really happy if you could provide a firmware update for the Nikon D500, D5600, and D7500 and a corresponding implementation in all upcoming cameras. The time-lapse community and all others who depend on an open Wi-Fi implementation will continue to be faithful users of your cameras in the future!”
As a time-lapse photographer myself, this is a huge deal breaker. Thousands of photographers rely on specialized apps for their work. Hopefully that was a honest mistake and Nikon will correct this problem in the next firmware update.
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