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 1.6 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
* Z 7

Please note that the Nikon D3XXX series will never be supported by Sofortbild, as Nikon does not provide libraries for those models.

What’s New

Version 1.7

• Support for macOS Catalina
• Includes new vendor libraries
• Support for the Nikon Z 5, Z 7 and Z 50 (all untested)
• Support for the Nikon D6 and D780 (also untested)
• Many fixes, hopefully resulting in better reliability

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 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?

Kleetz ,

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

Haroldus Magnus ,

Runs well in a Virtual Machine

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.

App Privacy

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16.3 MB

OS X 10.11.0 or later, 64-bit processor



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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.