- Via infrared signals with the Nikon ML-3 or ML-L3 remote controls
If you’re shooting a subject in direct line of sight, you can use either the ML-L3 or ML-3 remotes (depending on your camera), which use a beam of infrared light to trigger the camera. The range on the ML-L3 is around 5m from remote to camera, while the ML-3’s range is roughly 8m.
- Via radio signal with the Nikon Wireless Remote Controller Set and WR-1 remote controller
The Wireless Remote Controller kit includes the WR-R10 transceiver (controller) which is attached to the DSLR and receives signals from the WR-T10 transmitter. Alternatively, you could use multiple WR-1 remote controllers, which are both transmitter and transceiver in one. Because these systems use radio frequencies instead of infrared, you aren’t limited to line-of-sight operation. Their ranges are also much greater than infrared options – around 20m for the WR-T10 to the WR-R10, 50m for a transmitting WR-R10 to a transceiving WR-R10, and a whopping 120m for WR-1 to WR-1.
- Via wi-fi
Your Nikon camera may come with wi-fi built-in, or you could create wi-fi via Nikon’s WU-1a or WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter and your smartphone or tablet. Alternatively, to send images from the camera to a computer or FTP server, you can use the Nikon WT-4, WT-5, WT-6 or WT-7 wireless transmitters, depending on camera compatibility – the new D5, for example, uses the WT-5 and WT-6 models, while the D500 uses the WT-7.
- And finally, using the self timer…
Yes, it’s old-school and low-fi, rather than wi-fi it can be handy because it’s built into your Nikon camera, so you’re never without it. It’s ideal for group shots where you want to be in the picture, or for long exposures where you want to avoid the risk of shake from pressing the shutter button.
Can my Nikon COOLPIX go wireless, too?
- Set the self-timer – Most Nikon COOLPIX cameras have a self-timer built-in.
- Use the ML-L3 wireless remote control – select Nikon COOLPIX can utilise the ML-L3. Check your camera manual for details.
- Use a smartphone or tablet to shoot – again, some Nikon COOLPIX models are compatible with the WU-1a/WU-1b wireless mobile adapters.
Nikon ML-L3 & ML-3 remote controllers
Nikon Wireless Remote Controller kit (WR-R10 + WR-T10 + WR-A10)
Setting up and pairing a WR-R10 and WR-T10
- Connect the WR-R10 to your DSLR, either via the camera’s accessory terminal, or with the WR-A10 adapter.
- Choose which channel you want to use – 5, 10 or 15.
- Pair the WR-R10 and WR-T10 by turning on the camera, placing the two remote devices next to each other and pressing their grey pairing buttons simultaneously, until the red and green LEDs on the WR-T10 receiver flash on and off in sequence. The devices are now connected up to a distance of about 20m, and you’re ready to shoot. The button on the WR-R10 controller acts just like the shutter release on your Nikon camera; press it halfway for autofocus and all the way to take the picture.NB You can pair one WR-T10 transmitter with an unlimited number of cameras, provided they each have a WR-R10 transceiver attached.
Pairing multiple cameras to one master camera
- Attach the WR-R10 to the 10-pin connector of the master camera, using the WR-A10 adapter.
- Set the master camera and remotes to the same channel.
- Turn on the cameras and press the pairing buttons on the master camera and one of the remote cameras simultaneously, until the red and green LEDs flash in sequence. Repeat this until the master camera is paired with all the remote cameras.
Nikon WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller
Pairing two WR-1 units
- To pair units, press the menu button to display the menus, then highlight pairing in the link mode menu and press OK.
- Repeat for the second unit.
- Now, placing the units close together, highlight execute on both menus and press OK. The pairing complete message will be in the display and the LED will flash red and green alternately to let you know the units are paired.
Once the units are paired, you can check and adjust camera settings remotely. The shutter-release button on the transmitter performs the same functions as the shutter-release button on the camera: press it halfway to focus and all the way down to take the picture.
With the WR-1, you can simultaneously operate and control up to four camera groups. This could come in handy if you need to keep each group focused on a different subject, such as at a football match where you might want to have one camera’s point of view from the goal and another from the halfway line.
Setting up one WR-1 as a master with multiple remotes
Wi-fi with Nikon WU-1a & WU-2a wireless mobile adapters
Step-by-step wireless adapter set-up
- Insert the WU-1a or WU-1b into the camera’s accessory terminal port and turn the camera on.
- Press the button on the WU-1a/WU-1b, holding it down for about 5 seconds, until the LED on the adapter flashes.
- On your smartphone or tablet, open the wi-fi settings and select the Nikon camera’s network from the list of networks available. It will begin with Nikon, followed by a string of letters and numbers. (With Android smartphones, once you initially make this network connection, your device will automatically connect when you enable the camera’s wi-fi in future. For Apple devices, you’ll need to perform this step each time you want to use your camera’s wireless feature with your smartphone.)
- Once the connection is established, the LED on the adapter will glow green.
- Launch the app and select the take pictures remotely option in the app. Live View will start automatically, allowing you to now see what the camera sees. Select view pictures to see the photos stored on the camera’s memory card and choose the ones you want to download to your smartphone.
- When you’ve finished shooting, turn off the camera and disconnect the WU-1a/WU-1b adapter. If, while shooting, you turn the camera off to conserve battery power, the adapter will also be powered off, but when you turn the camera back on the adapter will turn itself on and automatically re-establish the wi-fi connection. (If it doesn’t, simply reselect the Wu-1a/WU-1b device from the device menu in your smart device.)
Using wi-fi enabled Nikon cameras
- Download and install the free Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app.
- Ensure there is a media card in the camera, and if you’re using a COOLPIX, check the battery is charged to at least 50%.
- Enable the camera’s built-in wi-fi. Newer models have an external wi-fi button, while on older cameras you’ll need to select wi-fi in the set-up menu.
- Go to your smart device’s wi-fi settings and select the camera’s wi-fi network or SSID in the list of networks displayed. (With Android smartphones, once you initially make this network connection, your device will automatically connect when you enable the camera’s wi-fi. With Apple devices, you’ll have to perform this step each time you want to use the wireless feature of your Nikon camera with your smart device.)
- Launch the app on your smart device.
NB If you’re using a Nikon camera with NFC (near field communication), you can also connect to a compatible Android smart device simply by placing the camera’s N mark next to the device: they will automatically connect, launching the app at the same time. If you’re an Android user, you also have the option of connecting via push-button WPS (wi-fi protected set-up) or by PIN-entry WPS.
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Wi-fi with Nikon WT wireless transmitters & UT-1 communication unit
Connecting the camera and your WT device
- To set up the WT-5 wireless transmitter for image transfer, in the set-up menu, select network, then highlight choose hardware and navigate to the hardware list.
- Select WT-5 and press the OK to select the highlighted option and return to the network menu.
- Navigate to the network connection and select enable.
- Use the connection wizard to create a network profile: under network settings, select create profile, then highlight the connection wizard and press the right side of the multi-selector pad. Select PC image transfer method, enter a profile name and press OK when done.
- Use the menu to search for the wireless network and then select it from the menu. If asked, enter the encryption key or password. The green LED will light up as the camera attempts to connect to your wi-fi network. If you enter the password incorrectly, the LED will blink red. Once a wi-fi connection has been made, the LED will blink green.
- Once connected, the camera will ask if you want the connection wizard to copy the profile to the computer. By choosing yes, it will do this and pair the camera with the computer.
- Finally, connect the camera to the computer via USB. The camera will prompt you to start the wireless transmitter utility on your computer: do so. When complete, remove the USB cable.
Connecting the camera to your network via HTTP mode
- In network settings select create profile, use the connection wizard, then select HTTP Server.
- On the camera, select network and note the icons on the camera’s back screen.
- A green box will surround the network profile name indicating a good network connection (it will be red if there is a problem connecting). Also note the small network icon; it will be a wi-fi antenna bar or a small computer network icon.
- Note the camera’s web address or IP address. Type this into your computer or mobile device.
- Enter the username and password (the default setting is nikon as the username, with no password).
- To create an FTP profile, select the connection wizard, select FTP upload, and enter the name you choose for this network profile.
- Then search for the wireless network, select the SSID or network name, and enter the encryption key or password. Choose obtain IP Address automatically and click OK.
- Fill in the menu items for the server type, either FTP or SFTP.
- Enter the FTP server address.
- Choose your login method for the FTP server – either anonymous or user ID.
- Enter the FTP username and password provided by your network administrator.
- Enter the folder name and port number provided by your network administrator.
- Choose the destination folder, which is usually the home folder, and you can start shooting. Images will download to the FTP server automatically.