The 12 Best Nikon Apps of 2020

These apps can transform your Nikon into a super camera.

Nikon camera apps make your Nikon DSLR camera even better. These apps allow you to add location tags, look up exposure settings, frame shots, or download photos straight from a Nikon camera to a mobile device.

Here are 12 of the best Nikon right now.

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Best Camera to Smartphone Transfer App – Nikon SnapBridge

Nikon SnapBridge's start screen allows for easy connection to WiFi-enabled cameras and remote downloading and photography using mobile devices.
What We Like
  • Instant transfers.

  • Add hashtags, copyright info, and location information from within the app.

What We Don't Like
  • Some Wi-Fi connectivity issues.

Nikon SnapBridge is a free app that works with both Android and iOS. It's compatible with Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The app breathes much needed convenience into the experience of sharing photos with instant transfers. It also allows remote camera control, location information with customizable accuracy, RAW image downloads, and social sharing options.

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Best App to Make Your Nikon a Smart Device – Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility

Image of Nikon Wiireless Mobile Utility view photos screen
What We Like
  • Free.

  • Seamless sharing on social media.

  • When used in conjunction with the WU-1a wireless adapter, it can turn old DSLR cameras into smart cameras.

What We Don't Like
  • The UI looks and feels dated.

Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility allows users to connect to their Nikon cameras using Wi-Fi. Once connected, you can browse photos on the camera's memory card or quickly and easily share photos to Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. Users can also access their camera's live view and capture photos and videos remotely.

This is a free app for both Android and iOS devices. 

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Best App for Video Playback and Editing – Nikon SnapBridge 360/170

Nikon SnapBridge 360/170 allows users to create remote footage, edit images and videos, and share
What We Like
  • Control the KeyMission camera from a smart device.

  • Crop images and extract stills from videos.

  • Really easy to catalog travel adventures.

What We Don't Like
  • Nikon's KeyMission 170 camera may not work with older version of iOS.

  • Requires Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

Nikon SnapBridge 360/170 is meant to be used with Nikon's KeyMission 360 and 170 cameras. The app allows users to remotely control the camera when capturing photos or video. Users can add captions and tag photos with date, time, and location information. 

Nikon SnapBridge 360/170 is free to download and compatible with most iOS and Android devices.

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Best App for Sharing Nikon Images – Nikon Image Space

Nikon Image Space is a handy app to have for storing digital content
What We Like
  • Backs up photos to SD card, computer, or hard drive.

  • Easy to share photos and videos.

  • Stores shooting data, location info, and photo comparisons.

What We Don't Like
  • Avid or professional photographers may run out of storage space quickly.

Nikon Image Space is an app that allows users to easily store, manage, and share images once they've been taken. It's a nice way to back up your photographs in the cloud, integrating content seamlessly with SnapBridge.

Nikon Image Space is free for up to 2GB upon sign up and 20GB with a registered Nikon ID from a product. It is compatible with all platforms.

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Best App for Viewing Manuals – Nikon Manual Viewer 2

Nikon Manual Viewer 2 lists out the manuals for most of Nikon's cameras so you can have them at your fingertips when needed.
What We Like
  • Look up key information about your camera and equipment.

  • Access digital versions of user manuals on the go, wherever you are.

What We Don't Like
  • Downloads can take a while, so may need to download manuals ahead of time.

Rather than carry your camera's user manual with you, Manual Viewer 2 allows you to have a copy of the manual wherever you are, so long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. This app is free and available for both Android and iOS systems.

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Best App for Controlling Settings on Cameras – Camera Connect and Control

Camera Connect & Control works on a variety of digital cameras, here is the settings page
What We Like
  • Control DSLR via USB or Wi-Fi.

  • Share from camera to other apps.

  • Use "Party Mode" to immediately share images.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads in the free version.

If you have a Nikon camera that you use for some situations and a Canon that you use for others, it may be valuable to have an app that's compatible with both.

Camera Connect and Control is available for Android devices. It has a free trial version; a lite version for $0.99, and a professional version that can be purchased for $7.99.

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Best App for Creating Family Photos – DSLR Remote Control

DSLR Remote control prompt asking to connect the camera
What We Like
  • Take professional photos without using a selfie stick.

  • Control shutter speed, aperture, and ISO from a mobile device.

  • Live view.

  • Movie recording.

What We Don't Like
  • In-app adds.

  • Not wireless (It needs a USB cable).

  • Cost of the pro version is quite high.

Turn your phone or tablet into a remote control or trigger for your Nikon DSLR camera. This app allows you to finally get a family photo without having to enlist a professional or a neighbor. You can control shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and other settings from your mobile device. 

DSLR Remote Control works with Android devices. It has a free version and a pro version ($99.99)

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Best Remote App for Professional Use – Helicon Remote

Helicon Remote allows for tethered shooting and remote control for all Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras.
What We Like
  • A lot of great features, including advanced exposure bracketing and time-lapse shooting.

  • Combine various features with focus stacking.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a USB OTB adapter if your camera does not have a USB OTB port.

While this app can only be used on devices using USB OTG support, it provides a lot of features for professional photographers. Features include Wi-Fi support for Wi-Fi enabled cameras, automated focus bracketing, geotagging, live view, time lapse, and more. 

Helicon Remote is for use with Android 4.0.2+ and a USB OTG. The free version does not allow shooting in raw format. A license can be purchased for $47.55. 

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Best App for Scouting Photo Shoot Locations – Magic Nikon Viewfinder

Image using Magic Nikon ViewFinder to choose a shot
What We Like
  • Simple to use.

  • Save shots for future use.

  • No need to lug around heavy and expensive equipment when scouting locations.

What We Don't Like
  • Older devices may not be compatible.

Magic Nikon Viewfinder is a helpful app for photographers, cinematographers, directors, and even marketers who want to find the best angle or shooting location. You can choose your camera and lens combo to get an accurate preview of how a shot will look.

Magic Nikon Viewfinder works on Android devices. There is both a free and a premium version available for $1.59 in-app. 

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Best App for Choosing the Best Lens – NikonLenses

NikonLenses allows users to quickly search for the right lens and get the detail on when best to use lenses
What We Like
  • Provides a comprehensive guide to Nikon lenses.

  • Includes a link for renting lenses from third parties.

What We Don't Like
  • Some features unavailable to users who are traveling or living abroad.

NikonLenses is an app that helps users choose the best Nikon lens for the job. It lists all of the F-Mount lenses and their relevant specs. Each lens has a detail page that has links to reviews, a purchasing link, and a rental link. 

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Best Photography Aid – Light Meter

Screenshot of Light Meter app
What We Like
  • Makes calculating F-stops and iso settings a breeze.

What We Don't Like
  • Can be buggy on some devices.

Light Meter is handy for those who need help calculating the right light settings. This app, while not specific to Nikon, is a help to Nikon DSLR users who want to use their manual settings with success. 

Light Meter is for Android devices. There is a free version and a paid $2.99 version.

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Best Digital Photography Assistant – Exposure Calculator

Exposure Calculator app for Android prompting users to input settings
What We Like
  • Free with no ads.

  • Calculates night settings.

  • Easy to set up photographs when learning to use manual settings.

What We Don't Like
  • Settings must be entered manually.

Given an exposure and settings, this app will calculate equivalent exposures. When you set your parameters, the third will be calculated automatically. This app is great for novice and experienced photographers alike. 

Exposure Calculator is an Android App.