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Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter

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Product Highlights

  • Wi-Fi Module for Select Nikon Cameras
  • Free App for Android or iOS Devices
  • Remote Live View and Shutter Release
  • Send Images to Your Smartphone or Tablet

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The Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter is a Wi-Fi module for select Nikon cameras. Used in conjunction with a free app for Android and iOS devices, WU-1b facilitates remote Live View and can also trigger the camera's shutter release. In addition, images captured by the camera, or already saved to a memory card in the camera, can be transferred to a Smartphone or tablet.

Compatibility
Compatible with Nikon D600, D610, 1 AW1, 1J3, 1 V2, 1 S1
Wi-Fi 11b/g/n (maximum range approximately 33 - 49' (10 - 15 m))
OS Smartphones: Android OS version 2.3, 3.x, 4.x and iOS version 5.1, 5.1.1.
Tablets: Android platform 3.0 or later.

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NikonWU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
 
3.8

(based on 91 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (7)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Lightweight (29)
  • Compact (18)
  • Durable (12)
  • Reliable (9)

Cons

  • Not functional (3)
  • Unattractive design (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (20)
  • Family photos (10)
  • Studio (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
  • Home (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (14), Enthusiast (10), Semi-professional (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), High-end shopper (6)
    • I Am A:
    • Family older kids (3), Family young kids (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (44), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

third party app

Bought this for my nikon D600 and was very unhappy with Nikons app, very primative and drops connection all of the time. I was getting ready to purchase camranger and came accross an app...Read complete review

Bought this for my nikon D600 and was very unhappy with Nikons app, very primative and drops connection all of the time. I was getting ready to purchase camranger and came accross an app that does the same thing that camranger does but it works with the WU-1B perfectly and the app is free. It is "dlsrdashboard" and there is an app for ipad, android and windows. I am using android on a Motorola Zoom. I cannot believe that Nikon is letting this money making app slip through there fingers. If you want a instruction manual you have to purchase it from [*] for your kindle app, it costs $2.99. Anyone that is wanting a great app should get this now, you will be glad you did.Oh yea I almost forgot the best part you can record video remotley with this app!!!!!!!!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Barely functions, and very finicky!

The instructions for this unit are woefully incomplete. Expect to have the unit disconnect from your smart phone every time until you set your timers to never expire on the camera itself. (i.e....Read complete review

The instructions for this unit are woefully incomplete. Expect to have the unit disconnect from your smart phone every time until you set your timers to never expire on the camera itself. (i.e. keep metering on, keep displays on, etc.) If you don't do that, the wireless unit shuts down EVEN THOUGH you have it in live view. As a result, you really wind up PLOWING through batteries with this unit on the side.

Even when you have the power off timers set high, the camera will disconnect from the remote control software after the first picture EVERY TIME. After you go through the whole process of reconnecting, then it'll often (but not always) stay connected. But the really poor thing is that for some reason when the camera disconnects on its own, the software AUTOMATICALLY turns off live view! So you reconnect, hit the button to go into camera control and it looks as though NOTHING is happening! It took me forever to figure out that I had to go back into the menu, turn live view back on (EVERY time -- arrrgh!), then I was back to where I started from.

So the sequence works like this... connect to camera wi-fi. launch wamu utility, connect to camera. Start live view, take a picture. Camera disconnects from wamu BUT NOT from wifi. Exit wamu. Re-launch wamu, see it "find" the camera again. Tap on take a picture. Nothing happens. Bring up the menu, then turn live view back on. NOW you'll hear the shutter open, and start getting live view pictures on your phone. Hit button to take second shot. Pray that the camera doesn't disconnect again or you'll have to do the whole nine yards all over again!

Functionality the WU-1b is adequate, but just barely. With the wu-1b attached to your dslr, you CANNOT review pictures on the dslr -- EVER! Even if no phone is connected and you aren't doing anything else (say live view), you can't review pictures. Hit the play button as often as you like, it ain't happening. You have to physically pull the wu-1b out of the camera to use the playback button on the camera. UNACCEPTABLE!

Plus while you have control of the camera on the phone, even though the phone CANNOT CHANGE any camera settings, all the controls on the camera are locked out so you can't change them there, either. You have to back out of live view, slide the slidey thing on your phone so that the camera is now under camera control (WHY is this necessary!??), make the changes, then move the slidey again to take control of the camera from the phone again.

It's almost as though Nikon tried to design camera control like a government bureaucracy. What should be a simple single or double step process is instead made into a sixteen step busywork process. NOTHING is easy. NOTHING is intuitive. Seriously, assembling IKEA furniture is *easier* and *more intuitive* than using the wu-1b and its associated software!

Possibly the most frustrating thing about this unit (besides the continuous disconnects until you jack the power off timers to infinity) is that you can NOT use it to start/stop video! This is such a glaring oversight that it's almost comical. You're already in live view, even if you only did a frame every now and again during video capture it'd be OK. But to have it completely NON-FUNCTIONAL for video is just insulting to the average person's intelligence.

It does what it says on the box (which is why it's not worthy of only one star), but ONLY what it says on the box. It will take a picture. It will download that picture to your phone so you can share it on facebook. That's IT, it will do NOTHING, and I mean *ABSOLUTELY NOTHING* else.

Such a waste of potential! This could have been a slam dunk and THE REASON to choose Nikon's products over everyone else's. As it is, it's barely a blip on the radar, and a weak blip at that!

Best use would be for a remote camera that you want to capture stills only. Additionally only good enough for a location where if the camera doesn't fire it's not a big disaster. In other words, this product is nowhere near ready for serious photography, and is only barely adequate for just puttering around photography. It's simply too unreliable and far too unfinished for anything else.

Bad Nikon, bad!

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1.0

Waste of time, effort & money.

By AJ

from Atlanta,GA

Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

I purchase this wireless adapter to download images onsite and print at parks with my Canon Selphy printer. Wireless would not stay connected during downloads to iPhone 6. I was never able to download a single image. Two days later I returned for a refund.

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5.0

Closes the loop

By Country Parson

from Kansas

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

      This is a great accessory. It closes the loop between your camera and your phone. The app is a bit hard to find in the App Store. Restrict your search to iPhone only. The app works just fine with iPad.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Wireless Adapter

      By Steve

      from TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

          I have been using the WU-1b adapter for the past six weeks and while sometimes it takes repeating the process if does deliver eventually. I would give this device a better than average rating.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Cool very small device

          By Photo fool

          from La Quinta Ca

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

            Works as advertised. Easy to set up and use. Complete directions are included but not needed if you know how to use WiFi. The WU-1b is very tiny and would be easy to loose. Supplied is a small plastic case to store the WU-1b that can be mounted on the camera neck strap if desired.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Wireless Adapter

            By Orif

            from South Carolina

            Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

            Seems to connect intermittently. Luckily I had infrared remote. Also, you lose control of exposure settings.

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            5.0

            Good product

            By Hleif

            from Colorado

            Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

            Worked as advertised, fast shipping as usual.

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            4.0

            iphone 5s w/ Nikon V2 - it works okay

            By embazle

            from Honolulu, HI

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                I purchased this with my Nikon V2. It was super easy to set up. It works okay with my iphone 5s I'll explain the Pros and Cons below after set up instructions.

                Nikon V2 set up:
                1. plug it in
                2. go into camera menu
                3. select Wireless Adapter
                4. Select "turn on"

                Iphone 5s set up:

                1. Download "Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility
                2. Disable Bluetooth (for some reason it slows down the picture rate when enabled)
                3. Go to Settings> Wi-Fi> select Nikon Wireless.
                4. open the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility

                Pros:
                1.Now that the Iphone 5s is connected to the camera wirelessly I can view the pictures on the camera. It also allows me to select multiple pictures for download giving me different size options.

                2. I can even control the camera from my phone giving me the same pic view that the camera sees, thats awesome

                Cons:
                1. For some reason... it doesn't seem to hold the wireless connection for a long period of time, it drops out and if my Iphone is near a wifi connection that it remembers, it will then reconnect back which forces me to go back into the settings and reconnect the Nikon wireless adapter, kinda annoying.

                2. The Bluetooth has to be disabled if you expect to get your pictures downloaded faster, it tends to lag when its on.

                I was hoping to use my iphone as a means to remotely take pictures but I can't trust that it would be stable, probably best to purchase a seperate remote for that function.

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                • No

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                5.0

                A handy and great tool

                By Jaycee

                from Hudson, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel

                Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                Having the ability to take images from the camera in order to instantly upload and send them to family, friends and social networks is a wonderful thing when those friends and family members live at a distance and are unable to be there.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Great gadget

                By Gerry

                from Sarasota, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos

                  Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                  Great way to get pictures onto the internet quickly and in the field.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Useful for transferring pictures to IPad

                  By jsmd

                  from Potomac, Maryland

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    Useful for transferring pictures to IPad after downloading Nikon WMU Ap.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    work instantly

                    By csyao

                    from Williamsburg, VA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                      Does exactly as it specified.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Satisfactory product

                      By Frank

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                          The idea is great but the device is not all that convenient to use and set up and actually get it to function. Maybe I just need to use it a few more times...

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Cool Cool Cool

                          By MIKE T

                          from long island ny

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Travel
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                            I just love this gadget.it's so cool to be able to see your picture using your iphone and to be able to release the shutter with the phone.I have a 400mm lens that I will be taking to Hawaii and plan to be using this attachment alot

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                            • No

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                            2.0

                            Very Limited

                            By JC

                            from Virginia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Travel

                              Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                              Functional hardware but software is minimalist at best.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Wireless connectivity to computer.

                              By Pert

                              from Norwalk California

                              Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                              I am really happy having the capability of viewing my photos in my studio wirelessly, I used to have my camera tethered to my computer, and not once or twice have i tripped on my cables. This unit worked great!

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                              5.0

                              Excellent product

                              By rdvette

                              from Mt. Airy,MD

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                Purchased product to use in sunlight situations ;allowing self to see images immediate
                                on tablet (with proper android software)Works great. would recommend

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                                • No

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                                3.0

                                Less than expected

                                By Quercusnut

                                from Portland OR

                                Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                I was excited with the concept of this wireless adapter, however after the the use on several occasions, I am less than delighted. The wi-fi is slow and keeps disconnecting. It does what what is advertised just very slow and unreliable.

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                                4.0

                                Works as Described

                                By Terry

                                from Orinda,CA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Remote Control

                                  Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                  I've had no problem getting this to work with my D610 and iPhone 5. It functions as described. Too bad the number of wireless functions are limited.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Product is great!!!

                                  By Marlo

                                  from South Carolina

                                  Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                  I love my WU-1b wireless mobile adapter...makes transfer images to my phone so much quick than computer! I also love using my phone as a remote to take self portriats also!!! Great product

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                                  4.0

                                  AMAZING!!!!!!!!

                                  By menbar photos

                                  from ny, ny

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Home
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                    I have searched for many products that seamlessly upload photos to devices and this by far is the best one i have found.

                                    works way better than and EYE-FI card and photos do not need to be downloaded to phones in order to view first.

                                    my only comment about the product that annoys me a little is you can not review photos on the camera while the adapter is plugged in and you cannot change shutter speed pr aperature while in the live view mode

                                    aside from those two things which arent the biggest of concerns for my use i find the product to be fantastic and easy to use with the on phone app

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                                    • No

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