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5 best Nikon apps for Android for better photos

These days, the options on your camera aren't the only ones you have. Here are the best Nikon apps for Android!

Published onSeptember 20, 2021

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Nikon is one of the big two when it comes to cameras alongside Canon. Their midrange models are inexpensive, and they work quite well. Much like Canon and others, you can also control them with the right apps. Admittedly, there aren’t a whole ton of options here because DSLR cameras usually have all the stuff you need on the camera itself. Still, there are some decent options. We can help you find some of the better ones. Here are the best Nikon apps for Android!

Camera Connect and Control

Price: Free / Up to $5.99

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Camera Connect and Control is one of the more stable Nikon apps. It supports most Nikon Coolpix, most of the D-series, and some others. You also have the option of connection through USB or Wi-Fi depending on your camera model. The free version of this app lets you do things like view images you’ve taken, remote capture photos and videos, control the shutter, and even see the serial number. The paid version adds live view, bulk downloads, and more. It’s a little buggy. Otherwise, it’s not half bad.

Camera Remote Control

Price: Free

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Camera Remote Control is a really good place to start with Nikon apps. It turns your phone into a remote control for your camera. There are some caveats, though. Your phone has to have an IR blaster as does your camera. Otherwise, it should work pretty well. The app supports a variety of cameras from a variety of manufacturers. Nikon is one of them. It’s a good no-hardware app to plug up potential holes in your setup. Plus, it’s free with no in-app purchases.

Helicon Remote

Price: Free / $48-$75

Helicon Remote is one of the most expensive Nikon apps out there. It’s mostly for professional use. You can do things like set extra long exposures, use exposure bracketing, get a full screen live view mode, time lapse shooting, video recording, burst shooting, and more. It should support many Nikon cameras. However, it definitely does not support the D3xxx lineup. There is a free version. That way you can try it before you buy it. We highly recommend that you do so.

Magic Universal ViewFinder

Price: Free / $1.59

Magic Universal Viewfinder won’t let you control your Nikon cameras. However, it can be quite useful for scouting locations and planning shoots. It uses your phone’s camera to emulate what shots look like on your Nikon. It’ll change the aspect ratio and you can even alter things like exposure. It’s an excellent tool for setting up shots before lugging all of your camera equipment out. This used to be a single app for Nikon cameras but it actually works for a bunch of other models now too.

Official Nikon apps

Price: Free (usually)

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Nikon has several apps in the Play Store. They’re for all kinds of things. Several of them are connect apps for various needs. There is also a Nikkor shopping app, an image-sharing app, and more. The most useful app is, by far, SnapBridge. It lets you connect to your camera, use your phone as a manual shutter (only in photo mode, unfortunately), and it’s the easiest method to upgrade your more modern camera, like the Z-series. At the very minimum, Nikon owners should check out SnapBridge and maybe dabble in the others.

If we missed any great Nikon apps, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android app and game lists!