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An Introduction to Wireless Tethered Photography

When shooting with the camera connected to a Mac or Windows computer via a USB cable, you can use tethered shooting software to download the pictures directly to your computer. You can also control the camera remotely using the FUJIFILM Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® or HS-V5 software. “Wireless tethered shooting” lets you connect to the camera via a wireless (Wi-Fi) network instead of a USB cable.

Read on for more information on wireless tethered shooting.

A Visual Guide to Wireless Connections

Prepping the Computer

Install the software needed for wireless tethered shooting to a Mac or Windows computer that is connected via a network to the router that will be used to connect via Wi‑Fi to the camera.

Tethered shooting is available with Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, HS‑V5, and FUJIFILM X Acquire. When using Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom®, you will need one of the following two plug-ins: the FUJIFILM Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO or the FUJIFILM Tether Shooting Plug-in. HS‑V5 requires HS‑V5 software (available separately). FUJIFILM X Acquire is available for free download from the FUJIFILM website.

FUJIFILM X Acquire

Prepping the Camera

Ready the camera for connection to a wireless network.

  1. Select AUTO or MANUAL for CONNECTION SETTING > WIRELESS SETTINGS > IP ADDRESS. If you chose MANUAL, select an IP address (IP ADDRESS), network mask (NETMASK), and gateway address (GATEWAY ADDRESS).

    Be sure that OFF is selected for CONNECTION SETTING > PC SHOOT MODE.

  2. Check whether the router is equipped with a WPS button. If it is, proceed to “Simple Setup”. If it is not, proceed to “Manual Setup” instead.

    The camera must connect to the router during the prep stage to configure the network connection. Be sure the router is on and ready to connect.

Simple Setup

If the router is equipped with a WPS button, you will be able to connect to the network without entering a password or adjusting other network settings.

Before proceeding, check that the camera and Wi-Fi router are on.

  1. In the camera menus, go to CONNECTION SETTING > WIRELESS SETTINGS > ACCESS POINT SETTINGS, highlight SIMPLE SETUP, and press MENU/OK.

    The camera will display a message prompting you to press the WPS button on the router.

  2. Press and hold the router WPS button until the WPS lamp starts to flash.

    This step must be completed within two minutes of your selecting SIMPLE SETUP in the camera menus.

  3. When the camera connects to the router, press MENU/OK.

To connect using a PIN, press the selector up in Step 1. The camera’s WPS PIN will be displayed; to connect, you must enter the same PIN on the router as described in the router documentation.

Manual Setup

Before proceeding, check that the camera and Wi­‑Fi router are on.

To connect manually to a network by entering the network name (SSID) or choosing from a list of the networks detected by the camera, go to CONNECTION SETTING > WIRELESS SETTINGS > ACCESS POINT SETTINGS in the camera menus, highlight MANUAL SETUP, and press MENU/OK.

Proceed to “Choosing a Network from a List” to choose from a list of networks or to “Entering a Network Name (SSID)” to enter the network name manually.

Choosing a Network from a List

  1. Highlight SELECT FROM NETWORK LIST and press MENU/OK.

    The camera will start searching for wireless networks.

    If no networks are detected, the camera will display an error and return to shooting or playback.

  2. Highlight a network and press MENU/OK.

    A icon indicates that the network requires a password. After entering the password, highlight SET and press MENU/OK.

    The default password may be found in the documentation provided with the router and in some cases on the router itself.

    Password (KEY)

    A message will be displayed while the camera connects.

  3. When the camera connects to the router, press MENU/OK.

Entering a Network Name (SSID)

  1. Highlight ENTER SSID and press MENU/OK.

  2. Enter the network name (SSID). When entry is complete, highlight SET and press MENU/OK.

    The default SSID may be found in the documentation provided with the router and in some cases on the router itself.

    SSID

  3. Highlight the type of encryption used by the network and press MENU/OK.

  4. Enter the password. When entry is complete, highlight SET and press MENU/OK.

    The default password may be found in the documentation provided with the router and in some cases on the router itself.

    Password (KEY)

    A message will be displayed while the camera connects.

  5. When the camera connects to the router, press MENU/OK.

Wireless Tethered Photography

Choose a connection type and take pictures remotely.

  1. In the camera menus, select CONNECTION SETTING > PC SHOOT MODE > WIRELESS FIXED. The camera will connect to the Wi‑Fi network selected in “Prepping the Camera” and wait for a connection from the tethered shooting software installed on the computer.

  2. Launch the tethered shooting software on your computer and select Preferences > Camera Search > Network. If the camera and computer are on the same network, select Search within the segment.

    If the camera and computer are on different networks, go to CONNECTION SETTING > WIRELESS SETTINGS > IP ADDRESS in the camera menus, check the camera’s IP address, and then select Specified IP address on the computer and enter the IP address.

    Connections via a router that has NAT or IP Masquerade enabled are not supported.

    At default settings, pictures taken with the camera during wireless tethered photography are not saved to the camera memory card. Use the file format option in the tethered shooting software to choose the file type.

The Indicator Lamp

During wireless tethered photography, the camera indicator lamp shows camera status as follows:

Indicator lamp Camera status
Flashes red Searching for router.
Flashes amber Connected to router and awaiting connection from tethered shooting software (connection lost).
Flashes green Ready for tethered shooting.
Red with red flashes (red) Searching for router; pictures awaiting upload.
Red with amber flashes Connected to router and awaiting connection from tethered shooting software (connection lost); pictures awaiting upload.
Red with green flashes Ready for tethered shooting; pictures awaiting upload.
Green Subject in focus.
Flashes green Focus or exposure warning.

Uploading Pictures

Wi‑Fi connections conform to IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard and are slower than USB. Given the extremely long times required, we recommended that you do not attempt to upload RAW images or other large files via Wi‑Fi.

Place the camera as close as possible to the router. Distances of no more than a few meters are recommended.