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Nikon & Apple Partnering Up On ‘Top Secret’ New App

By Anthony Thurston on June 6th 2015

It appears that Nikon owners could be getting something special from a behind closed door partnership between Nikon and Apple. Rumors have started to surface that the two companies are teaming up to build a special new app for Nikon cameras that allows for some interesting new features.


According to the report over on Nikon Rumors, the two major brands are working together on a new app for Nikon cameras that will allow for new features to be added to the camera via wifi. This sounds similar to Sony’s system on their A7 cameras, which allows for ‘apps’ to be installed on the camera to expand functionality (like a double exposure app or timelapse app).

It is also thought that some of these new features could be filters to affect the look and feel of your images; which could be an interesting way to get some new looks out of your Nikon camera.

There is no word on when, or if, this new app will ever see the light of day, and if it does, what cameras will support it. But this sounds like an interesting move from Nikon to better compete with what Sony’s mirrorless cameras are capable of.

What are your thoughts on this? What sort of features/apps would you like to see Nikon make available through this new partnership with Apple? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think! 

[via Nikon Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Scott Pacaldo

    I hate ‘partnerships’ like this. what about canon users who are also iphone users?
    It looks like the thing when the iOS notification started out, at first they only integrated twitter, then on the next conference they announced that they added facebook integration.

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  2. Richard Bremer

    As I’m not an Apple adept, I’m not directly interested in the partnership unless the apps come available to Android too. But, an Apple/Nikon hybrid D750 would be an interesting thing to look forward too…

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  3. Robin Lendrum

    I look forward to getting some hands-on experience with it, when it is released.

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  4. Nasser Gazi

    Very interesting. Can’t wait to see what this the app will be.

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  5. Moise Oiknine

    I would love to see something with Android and Nikon. Would be willing to pay for the app if it does what it claims… Whatever that may be.

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  6. Dave Haynie

    They’re taking about running on-camera apps. That’s something they have to do with care. The reason apps work on a cellphone is that what most people think of as the main processor, the ARM Cortex A9 or A15 or A57, the Qualcomm Krait, etc, that’s a dedicated applications processor. The critical realtime stuff needed to make cellular work properly happens on a separate “baseband” processor. This wasn’t the case in the really early days, as phones weren’t quite smartphones, but were getting smarter.

    So there’s a limit to what an application might be able to do around the time of the exposure, when the camera’s processor is tied up with critical realtime functions: autofocus, image stabilization, image processing, etc. On the other hand, some of the cooler stuff that happens across multiple photos, like Olympus’s Live Composite mode, might be something possible to add-in via an app. That’s the interesting stuff to me: not so much adding in something I can do better in Lightroom or Photoshop, but something that’s really useful at shooting time.

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    • Barry Cunningham

      My first guess would be something in the area of phone / camera synergy.
      But what do I know?
      Maybe they can surprise us with something unexpected.

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    • Dave Haynie

      If they put the right hooks in the camera, it could grab the image and do processing on the phone, with the phone’s much more powerful processor. That sets up the camera as basically a peripheral to the phone, and wins because it doesn’t put undue burden on the camera’s processor. I didn’t think of that, but it’s a great idea. Probably not for any realtime stuff — the network or USB connection is too slow. But anything else, yes. They could probably even do Olympus’s Live Composite as an external app/plug-in. That’s nothing you can’t do in Photoshop — the advantage is having that on-site, live.

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  7. Dustin Baugh

    Are they finally just catching up on having the ability to tether a camera to a phone natively? Or does Nikon already have an app to remote control like Sony/Panasonic/Olympus?
    It sounds like a Sony app installer clone to me.

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  8. Paddy McDougall

    Canon will probably do the same in two years and talk like it is a total innovation. Fuji will give it away for free with updates every two weeks. Nikon will claim it gives an extra 5 stops of DR. Leica will put a red dot on it and charge £1k but justify this by saying that it was crafted from coding going back five generations. Sony will build there own but it won’t be as good because seeing it through the glass they supply doesn’t give the full resolution. Panasonic and samsung will probably have it on wearable tech but because pros don’t rate them nobody will even talk about it. ;)

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  9. Scott Mosley

    I would really like to see additions of focus peaking and other video features

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    • Thomas Horton

      I would love focus peaking. That and focus trapping,

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    • Thomas Horton

      I would like to see more advanced metering calculations either in camera or on the device. Standalone light meters can do scene averaging, calculate brightness ratios and guide the photographer through various versions of Zone exposure. It would be nice to have this capability without needing a separate light meter.

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  10. J. Dennis Thomas

    Hopefully it’ll be an improvement on the WMU app. That thing is buggy.

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