Making the iPhone/Mirrorless Camera Connection

How to Create a Rock-Solid Workflow with These Devices

Derrick Story
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7 min readApr 1, 2024

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Nikon Zf, iPhone 15 Pro Max, Kingston Card Reader with USB-C adapter.

Mobile apps that provide wireless communication between mirrorless cameras and smartphones perform fairly well for things like geotagging pictures. But they’re painful at best when it comes to getting real work done. And by real work, I mean copying images from my camera to an image editor on the phone where I can edit and share them.

I’ve tested software created by Nikon, Fujifilm, OM System, Pentax, and others. Most of the time, I can get them to work, but in the end, I feel like it’s easier to lug around my laptop and use a card reader. But I shouldn’t have to.

The processing power in today’s iPhone is ample for managing and editing pictures from mirrorless cameras. The screens are absolutely beautiful and large enough for basic tasks. They are cloud-connected devices, so our work is immediately backed up and shared to all of our computers. But where they really shine compared to full-sized laptops, is that they fit in our pockets.

So, with a mirrorless camera around my neck and an iPhone in my jacket, I should be conquering the world. Instead, I find myself wasting time trying to get the two devices to talk to each other with fiddly WiFi software.

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Derrick Story
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Photographer, writer, podcaster — www.thedigitalstory.com — Editor of "Live View" on Medium.com.