Lightroom: When will my camera be supported for Tethering?

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Tethered Capture is a feature of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allowing the direct connection of your camera to the Lightroom desktop environment. Images are imported into your Lightroom catalog as they are captured via the connected camera. 

New camera support for reading the raw files is generally added quickly after a camera is released by its manufacturer.  New camera support can be verified here: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html. Additional information regarding new camera support can be found at this link: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/03/why-doesnt-my-version-of-photoshop-or-lightroom-support-my-camera.html

Tethered support for a particular camera model normally follows a version or two after the raw file support. Adobe relies on the manufacturer’s (Nikon & Canon) SDK (Software Development Kit) to facilitate the tethering of your camera to Lightroom. The timing of the release of a manufacturer’s support via their SDK greatly affects the time to release for tethered support. In addition, Adobe goes through a rigorous process of integrating the functionality of the SDK and tests tethering before support is announced. Information about Leica support can be found here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/tethering-with-nikon-and-leica

To see if your camera is supported for tethering on your version of Lightroom, refer to this document: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html

If your camera is listed but your Lightroom version is too old, you may need to update or upgrade to enable tethering.

If your camera is not listed, and your camera’s raw file isn't supported, you would need to check with the camera’s manufacturer to see if they support tethering via their SDK. 

Note: Not all camera manufacturers or models will necessarily receive tether support.
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When can we expect to be able to use tethered capture to LR from Pentax K-1 via wi-fi ? The camera has now been out for two years .
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Wired tethering for the Pentax K-1 is available via a plugin: http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/download_digital.html

I don't believe Lightroom itself provides wireless tethering for any camera.
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Thanks for your reply , there was discussion on a Pentax forum which seemed to suggest there was a plugin to enable wireless tethering in LR , and I had searched the Adobe downloads looking for it .

The Pentax Image Transmitter software , with tethering plugin , only supports wired tethering , even though the camera has built-in wi-fi which can support tethering and remote operation ( and does via mobile apps ) .

Given that the Pentax Image Transmitter software only supports wired tethering , I baulk at its high cost - if it did what I wanted it would be a different matter .

Anyway , thanks for your time and your reply .
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Looks like Ricoh just announced developer SDKs for tethering Pentax cameras: 
https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/pentax-news/ricoh-releases-sdk-for-pentax-cameras.html

But strangely, when you read the details, the SDKs only support wireless tethering for iOS and Android, not Mac or Windows.
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That's how it currently is with the Pentax apps already available : mobile devices only .
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Nikon D5 tethered shooting.

Need ability to tether Nikon D5 to Lightroom!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled D500 tether support on LR CC.

Please add D500 tether support!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Add Tethered Support for Sony cameras.

Is this that hard to Add?, I can't afford 7000.00 Nikon.
This is a key feature and one of the reasons I bought Lightroom.
Please help.

Thank You
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethered support in Lightroom for Nikon D500.

When will tethered support be available for the Nikon D500 in Lightroom?  I need this for my work, I upgraded to this camera and now can't use it until I can work tethered.

The only other option would be the Snapbridge IOS app, to view images on my Ipad, but that software isn't ready yet either!

Very frustrating.
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Digicamcontrol works with the D500 and is free...that might be a option while we wait?
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Doesn't Nikon have a version of tether software like Canon? I find the Canon software to be excellent. But use C1
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Yes, but unlike the Canon software, Nikon's is too expensive.
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Canon comes with the Camera free, LR is about $90-120, C1 is about $200-300.
How much is the Nikon sw?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Wish to tether Nikon 1 V3 camera to Lightroom.

I have a Nikon 1 V3 camera and have just acquired Lightroom for the first time. I find that the camera isn't on the supported tethering list. Is there a way to get it added to the list please?
Thanks
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Shooting tethered with Lightroom CC (2015) using Canon 5d mark iv.

Hi, I'd like to shoot in tethered mode with my Canon 5d mark iv with Lightroom CC (2015) (Mac OS X Yosemite). I know you guys are working on this - just wanted to add my encouragement
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Hi , I'd like to shoot in tethered mode using my Sony A77 mark 2 and my Sony A99 mark 2. Why no Sony's????
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While Sony does provide an SDK for tethering to cameras (wirelessly) and there are apps out there that use it, apparently Adobe has decided it doesn't meet their requirements for LR tethering.  See this topic for a detailed discussion of the issue: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/no_tethered_support_for_sony_900
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You can also use Sony's Remote Camera Control to tether and download the tethered pics to a folder, and use LR's File > Auto Import to automatically import those pics into LR as they appear in the folder.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When can I expect LR tethering to my Canon 5D Mk IV?.

Cannot shoot tethered from Canon 5D Mk IV to LR.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethering in Lightroom with the Sony A7R2.

I would love to see native tethering support in Lightroom for the Sony A7R2. Currently in order to kind of tether to LR using the Sony A7R2, you're required to set up a watch folder and use Sony's Remote Camera Control App (a free Sony app) to fire the camera. I would love to have the ability to just open up LR, plug in my Sony and shoot tethered natively. In commercial photography, tethering is super important. LR has this feature, and works great on my Canon cameras, however adding support for other cameras like the Sony, would be great!

Because LR doesn't currently support tethering with the Sony A7R2, I've had to purchase & learn Capture One Pro just to tether with the Sony. That's all I use it for (currently). I'd love the ability to use LR instead if I had that as an option.

To take it a step further, we are all working more and more on mobile devices. I really love what Adobe is doing with LR Mobile. The ultimate tethering solution would be using a mobile device (like a tablet) and tethering to LR Mobile via Wifi or USB cable. It would also be great to have the ability to control the camera from the tablet, have live view available, the ability to keep your photos on the sd card in your camera, and also have the option to upload your RAW/jpeg previews to LR Mobile that would also sync to your desktop.

That said though, I'd just really like to use my Sony A7R2 and tether into LR natively without any workarounds. 
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I would also like tethered support for the Sony A7R2.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Support Sony tethering.

Given the rising popularity of Sony DSLR and mirrorless cameras, Adobe really should implement support allowing Sony shooters to tether using Lightroom. The Sony A7RII is one of the most used cameras, and has been out for several years. I'm surprised that Adobe has not already implemented this. I love Lightroom – I've been using it for years, and I use it to process all of my RAW files. It is, however, inefficient and costly to have to rely on CaptureOne (or some other software) for tethering, and Lightroom for editing. 

Please listen to your consumers – I know I'm not the only person asking for this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom CC: Nikon D3100 Tethered Capture.

May Adobe allow for Nikon D3100 to tethered capture or all Nikon DSLR Cameras? 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom Tethering with Nikon D850 not updated almost 2 moths. Most selling cam....

I have Nikon D850 for almost 2 month now and still didn't notice updates on Lightroom tethering capturing. Honestly Im paying full price for all the Adobe cloud programs and see every week one update one different programs. Doesn't make sense why simple update cant be done in Lightroome.

I think Lightroom is one of the oldest one and most used one so why cant keep up with new camera on market? Please can someone from Adobe push this forward. I buy camera to use with all new functions that have and Lightroom doesn't allowing me to do that. Where is then point to buy new camera if the software doesn't support it.

Thank you.
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The official response to this topic says: "Tethered support for a particular camera model normally follows a version or two after the raw file support.  Adobe relies on the manufacturer’s (Nikon & Canon) SDK (Software Development Kit) to facilitate the tethering of your camera to Lightroom. The timing of the release of a manufacturer’s support via their SDK greatly affects the time to release for tethered support. In addition, Adobe goes through a rigorous process of integrating the functionality of the SDK and tests tethering before support is announced."

LR 7.0 (Classic) provided raw support for the D850 and was released on 10/18.  Nikon only added support for the D850 to its tethering SDK the day before on 10/17, so it's likely that LR 7 will support tethering in its next release.  If Adobe continues its past behavior of releasing a new version every two months or so (as it did with LR 6), hopefully D850 tethering will be supported sometime in December.  But this is just an educated guess.

You should be complaining to Nikon as much as to Adobe about this -- Nikon could do a much better job of updating its tethering SDK in a timely manner.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Camera Support for Tethering.

Hi Community
Can anyone give me an explanation about the fact that only Leica, Nikon and Canon Cameras are supported for tethered Shooting? I do not understand that because tethered shooting is possible using a plugin.
Will Sony Cameras be supported for tethering someday?
Regards Greg
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethered Shooting not working in LR CC CLASSIC with Nikon d850..

Tethered Shooting not working in LR CC CLASSIC with Nikon d850. Yes, I have tried everything. It works fine with Capture One. 
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Totally agree with all the comments but the A99ii and A77ii must also be supported for tethering. 
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ADOBE - please provide support to your loyal professional photographers for Sony cameras. It's ridiculous that we have to buy Capture one to tether now (which I've done) but I'd prefer to keep with my old workflow and use Lightroom.
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I support this request. At least Lightroom/Photoshop should be able to tether the a9 and a7Riii.
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Well I jumped ship and like Capture One 11 and might not ever look back, it’s faster and has better color management. I think it typical Adobe to be slow on updates that matter. Sure they are updating features to keep their subscription base happy, but not upgrading some core features like tethering. Maybe they think no the many people tether.
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Capture One rocks for shooting tethered. However, I can't get over the fact that you have to create unnecessary files. For example, in order to get an image from C1 to Photoshop, you can do two things. Export your processed RAW file as a PSD or Tiff etc. Or, you can right click on an image and select "Edit With" and choose Photoshop. But then C1 automatically creates a PSD file, regardless of if you want to use it or not.

When you open files from LR into Photoshop it doesn't create any new files unless you tell it to. I've tried just about every RAW editor out there and I still prefer LR. There are some things that I really like about C1 though for sure. I just don't like the workflow. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethering support for Sony A7R3.

I'd like to be able to tether my Sony A7R3 with LR.  Sony's Capture One works great.  Extremely fast.  I heard about workarounds that utilize Sony's proprietary capture alogrythms, but allow immediately viewing/editing in LR/PS? 
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I have a Sony A7R2. I ended up buying the Sony Pro version of Capture One specifically for tethering. It's much better than LR and gives you the option to have a live view. I still prefer to use LR to process my RAW files though because I like the tight integration of LR & PS. Capture One  is way better for tethering with Sony cameras.

However, If you really want to use LR to tether with your Sony, you can download Sony's free software (on their website) to trigger your camera, and set up an auto import "watched folder" with LR. This will allow you to essentially shoot tethered into LR. But again, you're going to have to use two pieces of software to make that happen and it will take longer to get started. Hopefully this was helpful  
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Thanks so much, Peter. It is helpful. I just need to spend more time with Capture one to get more comfortable with it I guess. Seems I get lost in it when I use it, mostly because I haven't spent a lot of time with it,  and have used LR since it came out.
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I'd like to know more about that.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Support for tethered shooting with Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony cameras.

A few days ago i've bought my new and very lovely Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 mirrorless camera.
I've tried to shoot via tether mode in Lightroom but sadly i've found out, that just the old 3 prehistorical brands Canon, Nikon, and Leica are supported for tethered shooting in Lightroom.
When will Adobe expand the support for all the other great camera manufacturers?
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Good question, I've been waiting for Adobe to support Sony cameras for a while now. I haven't read anything indicating that they will. So I had to start using Capture One specifically for tethering. Still currently using LR for the rest of my workflow
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tether Sony cameras.

I am using Sony cameras because my first DSRL had been a Sony Aplha 100.
Today I'm working with a Sony A 77 II.

For Sony cameras it's even worse: there is not tethered capture at all.
I really like to work with Lightroom...

...but if the performance stays at this level (working with 24M images on a 4k Monitor is quite slow) then I will have to switch to Capture One, too.

Note: This conversation was created from a reply on: Lightroom: Tethered live view.