Tethering Softwares


There are multiple versions of software available that can be used for tethering purposes. Among the favourite tethering software for professionals include Adobe Lightroom, Capture One Pro, Canon EOS Utility, and Nikon Camera Control Pro.

To find a compatible software for your camera please refer to  TetherTools Tethering Software Finder.

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a comprehensive RAW processing and photo management application that includes tethering functionality for select Canon, Nikon and Leica digital cameras. Lightroom only offers limited access to camera settings directly from a computer but fully supports instant viewing, zooming, rating and tagging of shots. You can even set it up to import photos into a specific Lightroom catalog. as they are taken. Like all other tethering software, Lightroom displays your high resolution files on the tethered screen as you capture them, so you can easily check focus, lighting and composition in great detail. Lightroom is available for both Windows and Mac.

The above offers keyboard shortcuts to save time when using Lightroom.

Capture One

Phase One’s Capture One Pro is a professional RAW converter and image editing software that also includes extensive tethering features. It enables you to capture, organise, edit, share and print images in a flexible and efficient cabled tethering workflow. Phase One also offers a tool/app that connects Capture One Pro to an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone so users can present, rate, zoom and even trigger the camera wirelessly using a compatible mobile device. 

To find if your camera has tethered support in Capture One please follow this link:  Capture One Supported Cameras

Manufacturer Software

Many of the camera manufacturers have their own tethering software. Here is a list:

  • Canon EOS Utility 
  • Nikon Camera Control Pro
  • Sony Camera Remote Control
  • Hasselblad Phocus
  • Olympus Capture

Please Note: Pentax & Fuji offer there own Lightroom Plugins for Tethering.

Third Party Tethering Software's

The software's mentioned so far include the most popular tethering software's currently available. This said not all camera's are supported by them. It is also worth bearing in mind a lot of the third part software's include additional features that you might find particularly beneficial. These additional features include multiple camera control, advanced time-lapse, HDR features and more. Here is a list of the third part tethering software's worth exploring:

  • Backyard EOS
  • Backyard Nikon Breeze Systems
  • Camera RC
  • Control My Nikon
  • DarkRoom
  • Darktable
  • DigiCam Control
  • DNA Software
  • Entangle
  • Fuji Hyper-Utility Software
  • Kuuvik Capture
  • Olympus Capture
  • PK-Tether
  • Promote Systems USB Tether for Lumix
  • Smart Shooter
  • SofortBild
  • TetherPro

Other softwares may be available however this article is based on the software available at the time this Article was Published.

This information was sourced from TetherTools Ultimate Tethering Guide