Sofortbild is a native macOS app for tethered shooting using Nikon DSLR cameras.

The software allows you to control any supported Nikon DSLR camera remotely from your Mac via USB.

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

Supported models as of version 1.5 are:
* D3
* D300/D300S
* D3S/D3X
* D4/D4S
* D5
* D500
* D5000/D5100/D5200/D5300/D5500/D5600
* D600/D610
* D700
* D7000/D7100/D7200/D7500
* D750
* D800/D800E
* D810/D810A
* D850
* D90
* Df
* Nikon 1 V3

What's New

Version 1.5

Under the hood, this is a major new version of Sofortbild, built on a modern 64-bit foundation, using new libraries supplied by Nikon. It adds support for all the latest Nikon DSLR camera model and the Nikon 1V3. It also supports macOS High Sierra, macOS Sierra and OS X El Capitan.

On the downside, we can no longer support many older models, as Nikon no longer supplies libraries for those. Also, Sofortbild now requires OS X El Capitan or later, due to compatibility limitations of the Nikon libraries.

We know there are issues with certain camera models under certain conditions. As we cannot possibly have and test all Nikon cameras, we decided to release this version now and try to further improve compatibility in upcoming releases.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

65 Ratings

65 Ratings

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?

Runs well in a Virtual Machine

Haroldus Magnus

While this app is not working in El Capitan, it does run well in a virtual machine of an earlier OS, running inside El Capitan. I have VMware Fusion 8.1 with a Mountain Lion OS on a current MacBook Air - also gave it a successful try with Yosemite vm. One thing to keep in mind is to set the vm to use USB 2.0 (not 3.0) so it can connect with the camera. Problem solved and your main OS can be kept current. Sofortbild is just too wonderful to live without. I fire the camera with an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard (Command-r) as I walk around the studio set-up, adjusting the subject and lighting without unneccasary trips back to the tripod.

Works with the Nikon D700, here’s how!


How I got it to work quickly with the Nikon D700.

First off, this software DOES NOT save the photos you take while tethered to the CF card! It saves all photos straight to a folder you designate onto your desktop or where ever. Keep that in mind.

When I first tried to use this software with the D700 it wouldn’t recognize the camera… or so I thought. What was really happening is it was reading the CF card! So if you have a lot of photos on your card, it will take a long time before the software recognizes the camera and lets you use it.

The solution: Turn off the D700, take out the CF card, turn it back on... and boom, it should work almost instantly! Because the photos are saved directly to the computer, you don’t need the CF card in the camera. If you REALLY want it in there, remove all your photos and it should read and recognize it faster.

Hope this helps!

P.S. This may work with other Nikon models


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