A wide range of connectivity choices is available with the mirrorless camera system from the Z series. Connect to a computer or FTP server with the optional WT-7 Wireless Transmitter, connect to a smartphone or tablet by using the SnapBridge software, connect directly to a Mac or Windows-based PC, or connect to a computer using the SnapBridge app. Even a wired Ethernet connection is possible thanks to the WT-7’s Ethernet connector.
Because you have so many choices, it’s natural for you to be curious about which one is ideal for you. We will explain the distinctions between the numerous possibilities for wireless connections, as well as provide some advice as to when it would be advantageous to utilize one sort of connection rather than another.
What are some reasons you would wish to connect to a computer, smartphone, or FTP server? To begin with, in order to download substantial video and image data or to operate the camera remotely. In addition, these choices range from casual picture downloads or taking photos remotely to more complex workflow solutions that are geared toward professionals in the photography industry.
Z7 II Mirrorless camera and a smartphone, both of which display a photograph taken by Brandon Woelfel on their respective LCD and touchscreen displays.
Connecting a smartphone or tablet that is compatible with the Z series full-frame mirrorless cameras and using the SnapBridge app allows users to examine photographs, download photos, and then share content via email, text message, or social media. In addition, you may snap images remotely by controlling the camera through the use of a smart smartphone.
SnapBridge: How to Establish a Connection With a Smart Device
It is easy to use the SnapBridge software to connect a camera from the Z series to a smartphone or tablet that is compatible with it. Simply follow the on-screen directions after downloading the software onto your iOS-powered mobile device (iPhone®, iPad®, or iPod touch®) or smart device (running the AndroidTM operating system) and pairing the camera using Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi®.
After the devices have been connected, you will be able to download photographs, examine images stored on the media card within the camera, and even take pictures while remotely controlling the camera.
It is the perfect option for usage in a casual setting, such as when you are out and about, traveling, or simply want to share a few pictures. You can take a picture with remote shooting even if you don’t want to be in it or if you want to position the camera in a location that is inconvenient for you to be in. You do this by controlling the camera using an app on your device.
How to Establish a Direct Connection to a Computer
You may also connect directly to a Mac or a Windows-based PC with the Z series of cameras, and you have two distinct alternatives to choose from depending on your requirements. Wi-Fi allows for a direct connection to be made between a camera and a computer; this mode is referred to as Access-Point Mode. There is also an option known as Infrastructure Mode, in which the camera connects to a computer by means of a wireless router or a wireless LAN that has already been set up (local access network).
If you are taking pictures outside or in any other setting where the computer is not already linked to a wireless network, select the Access-Point Mode from the drop-down menu. If you want to connect to a wireless network that has already been set up, you may do so by using Infrastructure Mode. This might be done at home, at a studio, or in any other site that has a wireless LAN set up.
Full-frame mirrorless cameras from the Z series may connect to an FTP server or an HTTP connection to a computer using the WT-7. These connections can even be made simultaneously.
How to Establish a Connection to a Network Computer or FTP Server Using HTTP
It is highly recommended that you use the optional WT-7 Wireless Transmitter whenever you have plans to transmit big-picture or video files to an FTP server or to a computer that is connected to a network.
This wireless transmitter is a workhorse, and it also gives you the ability to manage the camera from a computer connected to a network by utilizing the optional Nikon Camera Control Pro 2 software. Using the HTTP Server Mode of the WT-7, the camera may also be controlled from a web browser running on a computer or mobile device that is connected to a network.
Connectivity through Wire in Addition to Other Choices
In addition, the WT-7 features an Ethernet connector, which enables wired connections to be made between the camera and the computer.
If you just want to download photographs to your computer through a wired connection, you may connect the camera to a Mac or a Windows-based PC via the USB port on the camera, and then download images and videos to your computer from there.
The files may be transferred from the camera to a computer in the quickest and least difficult way possible by using a media card reader to download the contents from the card. This is by far the most efficient method.