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Linking FTP to Dropbox for live images from Canon R3 and Nikon Z9

Dropbox is a popular and favourite cloud service. Many photographers want to send photos directly from their camera to an editor or colleagues. Modern cameras like the Canon R3, R5, R6, 1DX and the Nikon Z9, D5, D6 have the ability to send images using the FTP protocol either wirelessly via WiFi or with wired Ethernet.

However, Dropbox and other popular cloud-based file services do not offer the ability to receive files via FTP.

Digital Ocean sells hosted servers running the linux operating system. On these servers, a combination of Dropbox software and FTP server software like vsftpd can be configured to achieve a simple, integrated service that accepts live images via FTP which are then pushed to a computer via Dropbox.

The following versions of the software have been tested: Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS. vsftpd 3.0.3. Dropbox for Linux 165.4.4300 64 bit. macOS Ventura 13.1 (22C65). macOS Dropbox v164.4.7914.

More to come…