Developer: The Munich Appsters

Current Version: 1.3

Last Updated: 3 years ago

Download Size: 10.9 MB - Download


ATTENTION: This version of Sofortbild is not compatible with OS X El Capitan. The only current workaround is to run it on previous versions of the operating system, such as OS X Yosemite.

Sofortbild is a native Mac OS X application for tethered shooting using Nikon DSLR cameras.

The software allows you to control any Nikon D4, D3S, D3X, D3, D600, D800, D800E, D700, D300S, D300, D200, D7100, D7000, D90, D80, D60, D40X, D40, D5200, D5100 and D5000 remotely from your Mac via USB or through wired or wireless LAN using a wireless transmitter (on selected models).

Sofortbild transfers all captured images instantly to your hard disk for review in full resolution and quality and further image processing.


Release Notes:

• Made Sofortbild compatible with the Mac OS X sandboxing security model.
• Added support for D600 and D5200. More to come with a future update…
• Fixes for D800/D800E.
• Please note that D3100 and D320 lack features necessary for remote control.

This app is for controlling only certain Nikon DSLR cameras. It does not support Canon cameras, and it’s not being advertised as doing so. Giving us 1-star ratings won't change that, and to be honest, is a little unfair.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.3
Review by Khurt Williams

Learn to write useful reviews. - The primary key in reviewing a app is to provide specific enough detail to allow whoever reads it to find value in the review. If the app was unplayable or tried to scam you out of money we could both agree that the app deserves a bad review. Technical issues can be resolved if you first contact the developers rather than run to the review section to give them a 1 star rating. You will likely get a response back from developers that are current with their app. Don’t let good apps suffer because they’re filled with un-detailed 1 star reviews. Remember you are writing the review to help other buyer make a decision. This is not the space for your personal attacks or to ask for additional features. It’s not about YOU, it’s about the next person.

Found helpful by 14 out of 25 people
Version 1.2.5
Review by icngacsn

Does not work for D7100 - It looks like a wonderful app but unfortunately although the author states the d7100 is supported, it does not recognize my camera. A quick web search shows many d7100 users in the same situation. I have emailed for support but have not received a response. I’m not holding my breath since the last update was in 2012...

Found helpful by 4 out of 6 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.3
Review by thekirman

Fantastic for D90 Astrophotography - Running OS X Yosemite with USB connected Nikon D90 for astrophotography. I have the camera connected to a Meade LX200GPS 12” telescope with a camera adapter and t-mount. With camera in Manual mode you can remotely change all the necessary camera settings on the fly, use Live mode to see how telescope is pointed and focusing image, take snapshots and download on the fly. Perfect.

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.3
Review by PTJAC

Force Close Problems - I am using a Macbook Pro Retina display with an Intel Core i7 processor, running OS X Yosemite, and tethering to a Nikon D90 camera. We use it to for product photography and it is very helpful, when it works. It allows you to choose what folder you would like the images to be stored in as you take the pictures and the display is perfect for what we use it for. However, sometimes it will not connect with the camera, but lately the problem is that Sofortbild will close as soon as I snap the first picture and will not allow me to use it at all. Is there other troubleshooting I need to do in order to fix this besides restart it, completely shut down in safe mode, and restarting the application?

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
Version 1.3
Review by djh90

Great free alternative to Nikon Camera Control - All I wanted was an app to control my Nikon D40 over USB that would let me adjust the settings for the various modes as well as capture directly to my computer. This app does that perfectly! Thanks so much! (Also works great under Yosemite for those wondering)

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 1.3
Review by MicheleDB

Nothing beats free... - I was looking for some cheap software that would allow me to view my video setup on a bigger platform than my Nikon’s LCD. This does that beautifully. I can’t believe it’s free? It’s probably not for you if you’re looking to impress your clients with the instant gratification of seeing their photos, as the interface is pretty remedial. But it’s definitly a great tool for a novice or pro-am. I should mention I’m shooting on a D7100 and it recogizies my camera fine.

Found helpful by 4 out of 4 people
Version 1.3
Review by Skip Martin

This App Adds a Sorely Needed Feature to Lightroom - I love this app. I also love Adobe Lightroom. But, shooting tethered is shooting blind with Lightroom as there is no “live view” on the computer. It shows you the image after the capture. By using Lightroom and creating a “watched folder,” then have Sofortbild download captures to that folder. You not only get your captures automatically imported into Lightroom, but you can compose and shoot from a “live view” on your computer screen using Sofortbild. It makes my Canon shooting students jealous.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people