Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

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24Peter
24Peter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,787
Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

I am in a studio environment and would like to transfer jpg images from my (new) D850 to my laptop while shooting for real time review. With my D750, I turn on the camera's wifi function and the camera and computer easily connect via wifi. DSLR Dashboard then gives me full wireless control and transfer of jpgs via my laptop.

It looks like the D850 works differently? I am not interested in reviewing on/transferring files to my smartphone, tablet or other device. Anyone have any insight on how to connect wirelessly (wifi or bluetooth) between a Win 10 laptop and D850?

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theonetruepath Senior Member • Posts: 1,744
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

Check out the Camranger. Preferably Camranger 2 which will be lots faster, but not Camranger Mini which is the smartphone-oriented version.

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Michael Firstlight Veteran Member • Posts: 4,635
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

theonetruepath wrote:

Check out the Camranger. Preferably Camranger 2 which will be lots faster, but not Camranger Mini which is the smartphone-oriented version.

Geeze!  It took them long enough to advance CamRanger to wireless ac - I'm STILL using my home-built wireless battery USB 2 mini-transmitter and receiver rig (WUSB2) I built many years ago because nothing else transmitted at a full 480mbps within  the studio.  Looks like Camranger2 will finally beat it and be good enough to transmit RAW+JPEG pairs fast enough to be of production use in the studio - guess I'll finally upgrade. My Linksys Velop mesh network will also help as each station maxes out the available network speed.

Mike

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backayonder Senior Member • Posts: 1,474
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

I have a D750 and the D850 and it seems that Nikon have deliberately stuffed up certain things with the 850. Namely the off camera flash availability. I have just had to purchase a SU800 to off camera trigger my SB900's ( yes I know there are other triggers available)

And wireless only available via Snapbridge?

As well as Photography I also mess about with Raspberry Pi computers.

I have my D750 connected to a portable Raspberry Pi with a 7 inch touchscreen running Dsbodies.

Oh if only I could get my D 850 to connect !

cheers

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gskolenda
gskolenda Senior Member • Posts: 1,344
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

theonetruepath wrote:

Check out the Camranger. Preferably Camranger 2 which will be lots faster, but not Camranger Mini which is the smartphone-oriented version.

Had them both the Camranger, and the Camranger mini, with my D850, Still to slow, lost connection easy, and too expensive. If you look around on QDSLR's website you can find directions on how to connect to the D850, It's funky, you have to connect to bluetooth first and quickly connect to the D850's Wifi. Once you learn the process it does work, fairly stable, and it's faster than the Camranger's I had, But it's still too slow for me.
I shoot mostly still life and product shots, in a small studio, so I don't move my camera around any, if at all, and I just tether the D850 up wired through Lightroom on my pretty fast laptop. I'm pleased with that. It's going to take a very fast and reliable Wifi device to get me off the wire. Good Luck.

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wilberforce_1 Regular Member • Posts: 279
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

AFAIK, for the D850 the only way to get the camera to start transmitting on Wi-Fi is via the Snapbridge app.

So what you need to do is to connect to the D850 from the Snapbridge app from your smartphone (which is initially via bluetooth), and then hit "remote photography" or "download pictures" buttons in the app.  This will trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi. Then, here's the key: DO NOT JOIN THE D850 Wi-Fi FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE!

Instead, join the camera's Wi-Fi network from your computer, and start QDSLR.  You can shut down the smartphone app, as it is no longer needed.  It is only needed to initially trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi.

btw, the default WiFi password from the D850 is "NIKOND850"

Good Luck, this sometimes takes several tries to get it right, but it does work.

I also have CamRanger, which is much easier if you get too frustrated, but is not free.

Hope this helps.

Mark

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mmmage001 New Member • Posts: 15
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

CamFi Pro is another option. It uses 802.11ac,  and the wifi transfer speed is about 10MB/s.

tomnorth
tomnorth Senior Member • Posts: 1,172
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

You could get a WiFi enabled SD card. It seems Toshiba is making the best ones these days. Several years ago I tried one from EyeFi, but found it too putzy to use so I got rid of it. I hope they’ve become easier to use and connect.

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K Joseph Senior Member • Posts: 1,018
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

24Peter wrote:

I am in a studio environment and would like to transfer jpg images from my (new) D850 to my laptop while shooting for real time review. With my D750, I turn on the camera's wifi function and the camera and computer easily connect via wifi. DSLR Dashboard then gives me full wireless control and transfer of jpgs via my laptop.

It looks like the D850 works differently? I am not interested in reviewing on/transferring files to my smartphone, tablet or other device. Anyone have any insight on how to connect wirelessly (wifi or bluetooth) between a Win 10 laptop and D850?

QDslrDashboard for iOs - anyone find it in the App Store, in the US market ?

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24Peter
OP 24Peter Veteran Member • Posts: 4,787
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

wilberforce_1 wrote:

AFAIK, for the D850 the only way to get the camera to start transmitting on Wi-Fi is via the Snapbridge app.

So what you need to do is to connect to the D850 from the Snapbridge app from your smartphone (which is initially via bluetooth), and then hit "remote photography" or "download pictures" buttons in the app. This will trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi. Then, here's the key: DO NOT JOIN THE D850 Wi-Fi FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE!

Instead, join the camera's Wi-Fi network from your computer, and start QDSLR. You can shut down the smartphone app, as it is no longer needed. It is only needed to initially trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi.

btw, the default WiFi password from the D850 is "NIKOND850"

Good Luck, this sometimes takes several tries to get it right, but it does work.

Mark

Great - thank you Mark! The only thing I had to do was turn off WiFi on my Android 8 phone before selecting "Remote Photography" in SnapBridge. Otherwise it would immediately connect before I could select the network on my Win 10 laptop.

The other thing to note is the D850 (unlike my D750) will keep the WiFi connection going even if you turn off the camera if you have "send while off" enabled (mine was enabled by default) in the Bluetooth (not WiFi) menu options. This might sometimes be useful but sometimes not.

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gskolenda
gskolenda Senior Member • Posts: 1,344
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

What the ell is ios?

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wilberforce_1 Regular Member • Posts: 279
Re: Connect D850 wirelessly to computer

24Peter wrote:

wilberforce_1 wrote:

AFAIK, for the D850 the only way to get the camera to start transmitting on Wi-Fi is via the Snapbridge app.

So what you need to do is to connect to the D850 from the Snapbridge app from your smartphone (which is initially via bluetooth), and then hit "remote photography" or "download pictures" buttons in the app. This will trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi. Then, here's the key: DO NOT JOIN THE D850 Wi-Fi FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE!

Instead, join the camera's Wi-Fi network from your computer, and start QDSLR. You can shut down the smartphone app, as it is no longer needed. It is only needed to initially trigger the D850 to start transmitting on Wi-Fi.

btw, the default WiFi password from the D850 is "NIKOND850"

Good Luck, this sometimes takes several tries to get it right, but it does work.

Mark

Great - thank you Mark! The only thing I had to do was turn off WiFi on my Android 8 phone before selecting "Remote Photography" in SnapBridge. Otherwise it would immediately connect before I could select the network on my Win 10 laptop.

The other thing to note is the D850 (unlike my D750) will keep the WiFi connection going even if you turn off the camera if you have "send while off" enabled (mine was enabled by default) in the Bluetooth (not WiFi) menu options. This might sometimes be useful but sometimes not.

Excellent, glad it worked.  I have iPhone, so was not sure if Android would work exactly the same.  Thanks for the tip on keeping the Wi-Fi connection when camera is turned off.   I would not have expected to find this in the bluetooth menu;  the downside might be draining the battery inadvertently.  And Horshack's linked instructions are much more thorough than mine.

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