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Latest Nikon Blunder: Default D750 Wifi Is Unsecured, Means Anyone Can View/Steal Your Images

By Anthony Thurston on September 25th 2014

When was the last time that Nikon announced a camera that didn’t have issues shortly after its release? I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it feels like it has been a while.

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This morning, it has been noted in a report by Amateur Photographer, that Nikon’s D750 Wifi is unsecured. So anyone with a phone and Nikon’s app can connect to your D750 and view, or even take your images without you having a clue it’s happening. This seems like a pretty big oversight from Nikon.

Other cameras with Wifi built in, like the Canon 6D for example, require that the wireless have a password, or some require that the phone/mobile device be paired with the camera. They all have some sort of safeguard to prevent unwanted access to the images on your camera, the D750 doesn’t, not by default anyways.

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On the D750, you have to specifically turn on Wifi security features, so an unknowing user could open their D750 up to have their images viewed/stolen without knowing it. To me, this wouldn’t be a problem if you could turn the security off, but the security should be on by default.

Now, in the grand scheme of things, how likely is it to happen that someone just so happens to have the Nikon app and views/steals your images? Probably unlikely in most situations, but it COULD happen, and Nikon needs to remedy this as soon as possible.

I would expect a firmware update from Nikon soon for any of you D750 owners. In the meantime, make sure to set up your Wifi security unless you care to risk your images being seen/taken without your permission -even if it is unlikely.

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What are your thoughts about this latest Nikon blunder? Do you think it is as big of a deal as it is being made out to be, or is this just a silly oversight? Leave a comment below!

[via Amateur Photographer]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jesper Ek

    Easy and quick remedy – turn it on…

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  2. Dave Field

    The way Nikon have “setup” their default wireless security is just one way of doing it. I have worked with high end network equipment (enterprise level, not home sutff) that comes the same way. Home network users are used to one thing and security professionals are used to a range of default settings. There are pros and cons in whichever way security is configured. Computer and network security is an ongoing challenge that keeps me fed while I become a pro photographer ;-).

    I bought one of these cameras and wow it is nice. I think the wireless security issue has been over stated (would a web site ever sensationalize something?). Perhaps Nikon could have looked at what the target market likes to see as default settings. Yes, there are other ways it could be done. But the way they have it is just one way of doing it, not a fault. Nikon does have wifi disabled by default and a security warning in the manual. This is a really nice camera and the wifi security is really just a matter of putting a password on it. The same way some people change the default password in other equipment (many don’t).

    Anyone interested may want to search for “Hackers turn a Canon EOS camera into a remote surveillance tool”. An interesting read, particularly if you are interested in photography and the security world. Yes, the complexity is a level higher, but quite doable for those in the know. This is the challenge in a world of mobile devices and flexibility and the dreaded cloud (talk about a real security challenge!).

    Now, I am going back to making photos on my new D750 before I get a security alert (and have to work).

    Cheers

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  3. Mike Morgan

    I’m not sure why they did this. I just changed out my internet router which cost less than $100.00 and had a password(generic, which I changed, but it was still password-secured out of the box). So if a $79.00 router can have a wi-fi password why doesn’t a $2,300.00 camera(body only)?

    I’ve wanted to change back to Nikon for a while now but it seems to me like every time they put out a camera, it has issues that seem to come out of nowhere. I’m sure you can put a password on the D750 somehow but why the unnecessary layer of hassle?

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  4. Leslie Troyer

    I don’t see it as that big of a deal – To conserve battery I would have it off except if I wanted to connect to my phone, computer…. once connected to the camera no one else has access. If I forgot and left wifi on – what are the chances someone else would connect and have Nikon’s software loaded on their phone/PC — me thinks fairly thin.

    That said – computer security has to be a top feature on anyone’s Bluetooth/wireless/connected device.

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  5. Emilio Savov

    Nikon seems to be making a lot of mistakes lately …. and I’m a Nikon shooter, I like Nikon .. but the older cameras, the news ones are all screwed up. They may be making some amazing pictures, but there are so many other things that make me forget about the great picture. Sooo sorry about such a great company…..

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  6. Chris Warkocki

    Sooooo let me get this straight… Just anyone is running around trying to steal my photos? The wifi is only on when I want it to be on and for the 1 in 20,000,000 people who knows exactly where to be when I’m transferring files to my phone that want to steal anything are really an issue aren’t they?

    SLRLounge when are you going to write actual articles instead of bogus fluff stuff? It should have been titled: “Remember to set your wireless password on your Nikon D750”

    Why you sensationalizing information? Report it and inform us don’t turn in to the next Fox News Anthony “Over Exaggerates” Thurston.

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  7. Peter McWade

    I just don’t use the WiFi function. Its a waste to even have it. I just take out my memory card and download the images. My wifi is OFF. Wastes precious battery power. I just don’t see it as an issue. Id see it as an issue if you could not turn security ON but since you can its not an issue.

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  8. Dave Lyons

    “When was the last time that Nikon announced a camera that didn’t have issues shortly after its release? I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it feels like it has been a while.”

    Well to be fair…. IF canon actually released more than 1 camera every other year…

    Complete non issue here except to bloggers and whiners the other 99.9999999999999% of the people who buy them will set it up as they chose instead of working around what’s chosen for them.

    If im out taking pix and someone drives by and hooks up to my cameras wifi… well they can have fun with the 1/100th of a raw file they were able to actually download in that time.

    This is probably made to get users up and going and trying it out quickly without the confusion of passwords in your first moments. Security is YOUR issue not theirs, they give you the tools and in return you’re “supposed” to supply enough brains to manage it.

    Its articles like this that feed the fire and make nothing into tornados and completely goes against what Pye said about wanting this to be a fun happy place… leave this crap to tmz lol

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  9. Kurk Rouse

    I really don’t see this as a big issue, go through your camera, disable , enable or modify what you need or don’t need to suit you . At least that’s what I do, some people just pick at nonsense when it comes to cameras.

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  10. Dave Coburn

    This article is idiotic. There is no flaw here, SET UP YOUR DAMN CAMERA. This is EXACTLY how new routers come out of the box. YOU have to SET THEM UP. Really stupid article and comments on who think this is an actual flaw.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Dave, the point is that many people DON’T read their manual or “setup” their camera properly. So many will turn on their WiFi with just the default settings – which are unsecured – and think they are fine. I pointed out the likelihood of this being an issue is unlikely, but the point is that security should be on by default.

      Oh, and this is not how routers come right out of the box. They come with a basic admin/password that you use to set them up. The D750 doesn’t have that unless you set it up, by default its just an unsecured WiFi connection that anyone can connect to.

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    • Leo Wong

      I agree with Anthony. In this world not everyone like to setup they camera or machine. As far as I know, many people who bought the camera and use the idiot mode(auto) and don’t know 90% of function are for…

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  11. Anthony McFarlane

    Not really a blunder IMO. It would only affect the people that chose not to learn about their cameras.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      Thats not a good excuse to have security disabled by default. Many, if not most, people rarely if ever read their camera manuals, and so this could be an easy oversight for someone who doesn’t… opening them up to having their images viewed/stolen (I know, highly unlikely).

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    • Anthony McFarlane

      I do agree with you. But we all know worrying about camera security is the least of our worries, again IMO. I.e. the article on how to remove the watermark from senior photos…

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    • Barry Cunningham

      The good news is that the people who don’t get why or how to set up the security features are unlikely to have any photos worth stealing.

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  12. Drew Valadez

    I would so take pictures of inappropriate things and intentionally leave Wifi on to encourage someone to view them while out in a public space.

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  13. Anders Madsen

    While I agree that this is not a monumental disaster, it is nevertheless one of those “Oh fer crying out loud, come ON!” moments – Nikon should have been seeing that one coming a mile away.

    It’s a bit like when Microsoft added the auto-save feature to Microsoft Word a couple of decades ago – and the decided to leave it OFF in the default settings. Really? Sometimes you wonder exactly what kind of logic made this seem like a good idea…

    That being said, I used to be a systems administrator and a CTO before I became a full-time photographer, so I am probably a bit more hysterical when it comes to networking than most people… :)

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    • Anthony Thurston

      I agree with you 100% here. Its nothing major, more of an annoyance really, but definitely a “Oh fer crying out loud, come ON!” kinda moment.

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  14. Chuck Eggen

    Not an issue as I see it. This may affect less than 1% of D750 owners. I agree with others, just another attempt to bash Nikon.

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  15. Greg Avant

    There is nothing wrong with the security on the Nikon D750. This is just the writers attempt to devalue the Nikon D750. The writer even says, “On the D750, you have to specifically turn on Wifi security features”.
    You turn on the security features when you need them. Would you turn on the alarm system to your house and then open the door? No. Go into the Nikon menu and turn on the security. Case closed.

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  16. Matthew Saville

    Obviously this isn’t something that truly qualifies as a “defect”, let alone a reason not to buy the camera, IMO. It’s just a feature that you’ll want to turn on immediately upon purchasing a camera.

    BTW, even the flagship pro cameras also ship with defaulted to JPG capture, but you don’t see RAW shooters whining about that LOL… ;-)

    =Matt=

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  17. Leo Wong

    That how I like to wait for new products out public for few month to see any issue remain. Just to save me headache.
    Thank for the info Anthony.

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  18. Clare Havill

    DOH! Nikon does it again. This seems such a basic oversight.

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