Sofortbild is a Mac app for tethered shooting with Nikon DSLR cameras. Each camera model has to be actively supported by Sofortbild, so only models listed below will work. In addition, Sofortbild requires a ‘library’ from Nikon as foundation to be supported. Certain models are either too old, so the Nikon library for that model does not exist. Also certain newer (low-end) models lack this Nikon library, for reasons unknown to us.
Fully Supported Cameras
FX (full frame) format models
- Nikon D4
- Nikon D3s, D3x, D3
- Nikon D800, D800E
- Nikon D700
- Nikon D600
- Nikon D300s, D300
- Nikon D200
DX format models
- Nikon D7100, D7000
- Nikon D90, D80
- Nikon D60
- Nikon D40x, D40
- Nikon D5200, D5100, D5000
The following models don’t have an official SDK from Nikon, but historically they work in Sofortbild. Legacy support means that not all features may work. There is no library and no documentation from Nikon, so support will never improve.
- Nikon D2xs, D2hs, D2x, D2h
- Nikon D1x, D1h, D1
- Nikon D100
- Nikon D70s, D70
- Nikon D50
Unsupported Nikon Cameras
- Nikon D3300, D3200, D3100, D3000
- Nikon D4s
- Nikon D810
- Nikon D750
- Nikon D610
- Nikon D5300
- Nikon Df
If a certain Nikon camera model isn’t listed here, it’s probably too new and will be added to one of the lists, soon. Feel free to make us aware of this fact.
Currently Sofortbild only works with Nikon cameras. Other brands like Canon, Sony, Olympus, … are not supported at this time.
As listed in the separate article Supported Nikon Cameras, the D3x00 series are not supported by Nikon.
Nikon does not offer the library and documentation (also known as SDK) needed by developers like us in order to add support to apps like Sofortbild. We don’t know why that is the case, there’s no official information from Nikon regarding the topic. Feel free to check the Nikon site for yourself to see which cameras can be supported in theory.
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.
tl;dr: Sofortbild only works with the specific Nikon DSRL cameras outlined on the Supported Nikon Cameras page. Models from other manufacturers like Canon, Sony, Olympus or others are not supported at this time.
Since releasing Sofortbild (and Nikon Control before renaming the software) we got emails asking for support of basically every DSLR ever released.
Sofortbild currently uses the Nikon camera drivers exclusively. Canon provides SDKs for third party developers like Nikon does. Both SDKs do not have much in common, which means most of the code would need to be rewritten from scratch to add support for Canon cameras. Adding support for Sony and other DSLRs is even harder.
Sofortbild currently only has a single developer, working on it as a private side project. Although Sofortbild has become one of the most used applications for tethered shooting, it does not generate any revenue. A few people have donated some money in the past, for which the original developer was very grateful. Nevertheless, this was never enough to make a solid investment into Sofortbild. With that said, Sofortbild is still being actively developed, adding some features, fixing problems and supporting new Nikon cameras as SDKs become available.
But, unfortunately there is no specific plan to support other vendors in addition to Nikon any time soon.
There are lots of emails asking the same question: “When will you publish an iPhone or iPad version of Sofortbild?”
Short answer: This is technically impossible without dedicated custom hardware.
Slightly more elaborate answer: In order to get admitted to the iOS App Store, apps written for iPhone/iPad need to adhere to the official SDK published by Apple. Using this SDK, it is not possible to directly communicate from iOS to a camera in the way needed. There are two workarounds: 1) The USB library of iOS could be ‘hacked’ to perform as needed. Given the disclaimer outlined above, such an app would never be allowed on the App Store and therefore nobody could get it. End of story. 2) One could create a piece of hardware that mediates between iOS and the camera. Creating custom hardware is not something a small independent developer can do.
Fortunately, hardware solutions exist on the market, e.g. The CamRanger. We have no affiliation or experience with this product. Feel free to check it out.
There have been a lot of requests for a Windows version of Sofortbild. There is something that might be interesting for you: Bernd Peretzke has written a similiar application for Windows XP and Vista called DCamCapture. Bernd is using the Nikon SDK as well, his application has a similar feature set and it is also free.