Adobe Lightroom Tethered Capture Compatible Cameras

Posted by: on Dec 14, 2010 | 25 Comments

UPDATED: For the most up to date list of supported cameras, please see this page.

Lightroom-Logo-1024x1024Adobe Lightroom has integrated tethered photography features built into the software.   Although new camera makes and models are always being updated for this functionality, below is the most recent list of currently supported compatible cameras for tethering functionality (updated 11/20/2014).

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom supports tethered capture for the cameras listed in this document. Adobe recommends USB 2.0 or 3.0 for optimal performance, unless otherwise designated.

Note: For assistance using the tethered capture feature, see Import photos from a tethered camera in Lightroom’ s Community Help section.


Canon cameras supported with tethered shooting

Also see the notes section, located below the camera list.

  • *EOS 1D Mark II
  • EOS 1D Mark III
  • EOS 1D Mark IV
  • *EOS 1Ds Mark II
  • EOS 1Ds Mark III
  • EOS 5D Mark II
  • EOS 5D Mark III
  • EOS 100D (Rebel XT/EOS Kiss Digital X)
  • *EOS 350D (Rebel XTi/EOS Kiss Digital X)
  • *EOS 400D (Rebel XSi/EOS Kiss X2)
  • EOS 450D (Rebel XSI/EOS Kiss X2)
  • EOS 500D (Rebel T1I(EOS /Kiss X3 Digital)
  • EOS 550D (Digital RebelT2i/EOS Kiss X4 Digital)
  • EOS 600D (Rebel T3I/EOS Kiss X5)
  • EOS 650D (Rebel T4i/EOS Kiss X6i)
  • EOS 700D (Rebel TSi/EOS Kiss X7i)
  • EOS 1000D (Rebel XS/EOS Kiss F)
  • EOS 1100D (Rebel T3/EOS Kiss X50)
  • EOS Rebel T5i / EOS 700D / EOS Kiss X7i
  • EOS Rebel SL1 / EOS 100D / EOS Kiss X7
  • EOS 1D X
  • *EOS 5D
  • EOS 6D
  • EOS 7D
  • *EOS 20D
  • *EOS 30D
  • EOS 40D
  • EOS 50D
  • EOS 60D

*Supported only through Lightroom 4.1.

Notes on Canon cameras

* For the 60D, 5D Mark III, and 1D X, a card must be in the camera for tethering to work properly.

** Using the 50D in Windows, images can fail to come into the computer if the CompactFlash® card is inserted or removed during the session.

*** Not supported on Mac OS X 10.7.

Note: Some problems have been reported when tethering Canon cameras to Lightroom on Windows 8. For help, see Troubleshoot tethered capture in Lightroom.

Nikon cameras supported with tethered shooting

Also see the notes section, located below the camera list.

  • D3
  • D3s
  • D3x
  • D4/D4S
  • D90
  • D300
  • D300s
  • D600 / D610
  • D700
  • D800 / D800E / D810
  • D5000
  • D5100
  • D5200
  • D7000
  • D7100
  • DF

Notes on Nikon cameras

For all Nikon cameras:

  • If you trigger the shutter with the tether bar capture button, the image must finish downloading before another photo can be captured. Triggering a capture with the shutter release button on the camera does not have this limitation.
  • Images do not save to the compact flash card. They are only downloaded to the computer.
  • Only one Nikon camera can be attached at a time.

Other supported cameras

  • Leica S2 (Lightroom 3.2). Not supported on Windows XP.
  • Leica M (Type 240) (LR5 Only)
  • Leica S (Type 006) (LR5 Only)
Here is a list other popular tethering software options to explore.


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25 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom Tethered Capture Compatible Cameras”

  1. Is there a driver available for the Canon 1DsMKII on Windows 7. When I connect my camera to my laptop via firewire and ExpressCard Adapter, the camera is recognized but it says a driver is required. I can’t find a driver on Canon’s site and Lightroom 3.3 says no camera is attached.

  2. Everything I find says that tethered shooting is now supported for Nikon D7000, Windows 7 64-bit in Lightroom 3.4 with Camera RAW 6.4 but I have all of that and LR still says “No Camera Detected.” Frustrated beyond belief. This was what I spent the $200 for. Can someone please help?

  3. @Charles Heyman and Admin (Tether Tools): Canon no longer supports older camera models such as the 1DsMkII. I have the same problem with my 5D classic. The only way to tether is to use an XP or Vista OS for Windows PCs/laptops. If you have Windows 7, you can run it in XP Mode — I haven’t tried it but I’m told it works fine on 32-bit systems. Not sure if it works on 64-bit or not, but a Google search should provide answers regarding a 64-bit work-around by running XP Mode in Windows 7.

  4. why there is no tethered shooting support for panasonic DMC-FZ35.. i think they don’t want to make business..

  5. HI,

    Can you give any tips on how to set up tethering to Lightroom via ethernet? (Nikon D4)


  6. HI Seth,

    Yes I understand its a matter of connecting the CAT cable however I have read that additional software is required for Lightroom to “find” the camera on a PC.(I’m not sure if that info is correct)
    I can’t find any further info on the subject unfortunately.
    I just wanted to confirm all the requirements before I commit to tethering using the Ethernet solution.

    Thanks for your assistance.

  7. Hi Claude – After additional research we discovered the only software to support the D4 with CAT cable is Nikon Camera Control Pro. When you plug in the CAT, Camera Control Pro should automatically recognize the camera. With that said, we spoke with a number of people that have used the CAT with a D4 and they all recommended sticking with USB if tethering under distances of 80 feet. I hope this helps and please let me know if I can be of any additional assistance.

  8. Supporting specific cameras has no doubt been a great way to drive upgrades for Adobe. But hopefully in a subscription world they will publish a single specification that will work for all cameras so that we can get cameras supported upon release. Be gone, Luddite solutions …

  9. Is this cable compatible with Nikon D7200? I assume if it’s compatible with the D7000 & D7100 then it should work with the D7200 as well but I thought I should check first.

  10. Hello,

    I have canon. 5d mark iv, I bought the tether cable USB- B.
    When I contact the camera , tethering starts working, it takes one or two photos then it does not work anymore.
    I tried turning off the camera , restarting light room 6, but same problem exits.
    Meanwhile, it works fine if I use Canon utility 3 software, but not light room.
    Any advise

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