The single most frequently asked question about Sofortbild is: “Does Sofortbild support my camera?” or “When will Sofortbild support my camera?” “my camera” is a placeholder for any not yet supported Nikon or any Canon, Sony, etc. DSLR on the market.
The Sofortbild website lists all currently supported camera models. These are most of the Nikon DSLR that exist. Sofortbild right now relies on the official Nikon camera drivers which Nikon releases to third party developers as the Nikon SDK.
As you can see yourself on the SDK Website Nikon does not provide camera drivers for the older models. I was able to use the camera drivers that come with CCP2, but since there is no documentation available Sofortbild does not always work correctly with very old models like the D1 series.
Nikon has also not released camera drivers for the latest models yet, which is the reason why Sofortbild does not support the D7000, D3100 or D3000 yet. Unfortunately Nikon does not have any support for third party developers so there is no way I can tell you when I will be able to provide an update for those models.
That’s it for the Nikon DSLRs.
Since releasing Sofortbild (and Nikon Control before renaming the software) I think I got emails asking for support of basically every other DSLR ever released. As mentioned above and in other posts in the past, Sofortbild currently uses the Nikon camera drivers exclusively.
Canon provides SDKs for third party developers as well. Both SDK do not have much in common which means I have to rewrite most of the code to add support for Canon cameras. Adding support for Sony and other DSLR is even harder.
I am and have been the only developer of Sofortbild. I am a full time graduate student and still work part time. This means there is not much time where I can work on private projects and Sofortbild is not my only private project.
Although Sofortbild has become one of the most used applications for tethered shooting, I have not made much money with it at all. A few people have donated some money, for which I am really grateful, but it is not enough to invest a lot of time into Sofortbild. With that said, I am still actively developing Sofortbild, adding features and supporting new Nikon cameras as drivers become available, but I can not give any details on when I will be able to add support for Canon, Sony, … DSLRs.
(I am currently thinking about options including making Sofortbild Open Source.)