The 10 Best Nikon Apps of 2023

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 from a Nikon camera to a mobile device.

Here are 10 of the best Nikon camera apps right now.

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Best Camera to Smartphone Transfer App: Nikon SnapBridge

Nikon SnapBridge app for Android
What We Like
  • Instant transfers.

  • Add hashtags, copyright info, and location information.

  • Easily transfers images to iPhone.

  • Automatically uploads pictures to online Nikon Image Space.

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

  • Doesn't work with all Nikon cameras.

  • Initial setup is tricky.

Nikon SnapBridge is a free app that works with Android and iOS. It's compatible with Bluetooth- and Wi-Fi-enabled cameras. The app adds convenience to 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

Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app for Android
What We Like
  • It's free.

  • Seamless sharing on social media.

  • WU-1a wireless adapter turns old cameras into smart ones.

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

  • Won't work with a SnapBridge-compatible camera.

  • Unreliable connectivity at times.

Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility connects your Nikon camera with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch via Wi-Fi. Once connected, you can browse photos on the camera's memory card or share photos to Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. You can also access your 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 app for Android
What We Like
  • Control the KeyMission camera from a smart device.

  • Crop images and extract stills from videos.

  • Easy to catalog travel adventures.

What We Don't Like
  • May not work with older versions of iOS.

  • Requires Bluetooth 4.0 or later.

  • Compatible with only two camera models.

  • Has not been updated recently.

Nikon SnapBridge 360/170 is meant to be used only with the Nikon KeyMission 360 and 170 cameras. The app allows you to remotely control the camera when capturing photos or video. You 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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Nikon Image Space app
What We Like
  • Backs up photos to an 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 photographers may run out of storage space quickly.

  • More than average "buggy" complaints.

Nikon Image Space is an app and service you use to store, manage, and share images after you take them. It's a convenient way to back up your photographs in the cloud, integrating content seamlessly with SnapBridge.

Nikon Image Space is free for up to 2 GB for everyone, with 20 GB free for users with a registered Nikon ID from a product. It is compatible with all platforms.

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

Camera Connect & Control app
What We Like
  • Control a DSLR from your phone.

  • Share from a camera to other apps.

  • Use Party Mode to share images.

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

  • Doesn't work with every Nikon and Canon camera.

If you have a Nikon camera that you use for some situations and a Canon that you use for others, having an app that's compatible with both is invaluable. Camera Connect and Control meets that need. See the list of all the Canon and Nikon models that are compatible on the app download screen.

Camera Connect and Control is available for Android and iOS devices. It has a three-day free trial, a lite version for $4.99, and a professional version for $11.99.

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Best App for Creating Family Photos: DSLR Remote Control

DSLR Remote Control app
What We Like
  • Take professional photos without using a selfie stick.

  • Control shutter speed and aperture from a mobile device.

  • Live view.

  • Movie recording.

What We Don't Like
  • In-app ads in the free version.

  • Not wireless (needs a USB cable).

  • The cost of the pro version is high.

  • Doesn't support some Nikon models.

Turn your phone or tablet into a remote control or trigger for your Nikon DSLR camera. With this app, you can finally get a family photo without enlisting a professional or a neighbor. Control shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and other settings from your mobile device. 

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

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Best Remote App for Professional Use: Helicon Remote

Helicon Remote app
What We Like
  • Advanced exposure bracketing and time-lapse shooting.

  • Combine various features with focus stacking.

What We Don't Like
  • USB OTG support required for Android devices.

  • Pricey license.

While this app can only be used on devices using USB OTG support, it provides many 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 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

Magic Nikon ViewFinder app
What We Like
  • Simple to use.

  • Saves views for future use.

  • No need to carry heavy or expensive equipment.

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

Magic Nikon Viewfinder functions as a stand-alone director's viewfinder. It is a useful app for photographers, cinematographers, directors, and marketers who want to find the best angle or shooting location. Choose your camera and lens combo to get an accurate preview of how a shot will look.

Magic Nikon Viewfinder works on Android and iOS devices. A free ad-supported version, an ad-free subscription for $1.59, and a premium purchase version for $4.99 are available.

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Best Photography Aid: Light Meter

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

  • Includes a white balance meter and depth of field calculator.

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

Light Meter is handy when you need help calculating the right light settings. While not specific to Nikon, this app is useful when you use your Nikon DSLR manual settings.

Light Meter is for Android and iOS devices. There is a free version and a paid $6.99 version.

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Best Digital Photography Assistant: Exposure Calculator

Exposure Calculator app
What We Like
  • Free with no ads.

  • Calculates night settings.

  • Easy to set up photos when learning to use settings.

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

  • Android only.

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

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