Free Nikon DSLR Tethering Software for PCs, Tablets and Smartphones


Nikon DSLR owners who want to control their cameras from their PCs have a few options available to them. But while most of them offer basic functionality (i.e. aperture, shutter speed and shutter release control), the free, open source software digiCamControl seems to offer a bit more.

Originally named Nikon Camera Control, digiCamControl came about last year when programmer Duka Istvan set about creating a free program that could control his newly-purchased D5100. After looking at his programming options and playing around with both Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) and Nikon’s SDK, he wound up settling on Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), a solution that offered much more in way of control than the others he had looked into.


Fast forward to the beginning of this month and we have the official version 1.0.0. Windows PC owners can now download the stable release and, after tethering their camera up to their computer via USB cable, take advantage of full access to almost all camera controls.

Using the program, you can pull a live view, focus and expose manually or automatically, trigger your shutter remotely, and even use sequences, bracketing, time-lapse and focus stacking in addition to shooting single frames.


Once a picture is taken, you also have control over the image transfer, naming, and storing of the shot right from inside the program. And after setting up your camera within digiCamControl, it can also be worked wirelessly from any tablet or smartphone with a web browser.

The current release already supports almost every Nikon DSLR out there, and both the source code (C# programming language) and the program are free and open source under the GNU license. To learn more about and/or get your hands on either, head over to digiCamControl’s website by clicking here.

(via Nikon Rumors)

  • Aleksandar Aleksić

    Nice. Any interesting software like this for canon fans?

  • Tony

    Re the article title, where do tablets and smartphones come not this?

  • Tony

    ‘into’ this? (Stupid ipad keyboard)

  • pete n pete

    Mac version would be nice.

  • DLCade

    Second to last paragraph: “And after setting up your camera within digiCamControl, it can also be worked wirelessly from any tablet or smartphone with a web browser.” We didn’t go into too much detail there, but you can find out more at digiCamControl’s website :)

  • Amadeusz Leonardo Juskowiak


  • pete n pete


  • John Cunningham

    Thanks. This software just made my day (have a Nikon D5100)

  • Tony

    Got it. Thanks. Will dig a little more.

  • Christopher Adam

    is it save in jpg format or raw format ?

  • Joakim Bidebo

    There is a *nix app called gphoto2 that maybe works for mac. Played with it some with my Canon and under Linux so not sure at all how it works for Nikon or other OS.

  • Focus Dave

    “Sofortbild quit (not so) unexpectedly.”—get ready for that

  • Amadeusz Leonardo Juskowiak

    Canon used to distribute “EOS Utility” for free (and still does), but I’m not sure if the software is still maintained.

  • A2Flyer

    Interestingly, when i attempted to download the software, my Norton said it was a virus. They need to register the exe with Norton.

  • Aleksandar Aleksić

    Silly me, tottaly forgot about EOS Utility… Well, now i should only try to find that old disk somewhere… Thanks!

  • -

    Would be nice if it was for tablets and phones though

  • murm

    Norton is the worst thing you could load into your computer, it thinks everything is a virus,,,,, lose it.

  • smitty

    +1 on that…I call it “The Norton Virus” or “Norton’s Virus”

  • mmyl

    Doesn’t work for d3100

  • Dan

    Not free – but capture pilot from Phase One, with Capture One Pro