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Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs

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Product Highlights

  • 2.4 GHz Reduced Interference Frequency
  • 16 Channels
  • Range Up to 328'
  • Built-in Antenna
  • Receiver is Powered by Camera
  • Dual-Function Shutter Release Button
  • Bulb Release Mode
  • Trigger Confirmation
  • LED Indicators
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The FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs from Vello is a miniaturized, reliable remote control kit that will trigger your 10-pin Nikon DSLR from up to 328' away. Ideal for sports, wildlife photos or self-portraits, the kit contains a transmitter and receiver that are small enough to easily fit in a shirt pocket. The system works on the 2.4 GHz frequency for reduced radio interference and extended operating range, and since radio signals pass through obstructions you don't need to position them in line-of-sight.

Simply lock the tiny receiver into the 10-pin port and select 1 of 16 channels for use. No connecting wires are necessary - the receiver is powered by the camera. The handheld transmitter has a channel selector corresponding to the receiver's as well as Focus, Shutter and Shooting Alarm color-coded confirmation LEDs. The transmitter runs on one easily-sourced AAA battery, while the receiver is powered by the camera itself. Included is also a removable lanyard for use as a wrist strap.

2.4 GHz Radio Frequency
Reduced interference and improved wireless signal quality.
Small, Lightweight Remote Control
Compatible with Nikon DSLRs with a 10-pin remote terminal.
Extended Range
Operates at up to 328' (100 m), depending on conditions.
16 Channels
Operates without interference from other wireless devices.
Built-In Antenna
improves reception of receiver.
Dual-Function Shutter Release Button
Press release button halfway to activate autofocus; press fully to trip the shutter.
Shutter Trigger Confirmation
The red On LED on the transmitter lights up each time the camera focuses and the shutter is released, providing visual confirmation that a photograph has been taken.
Bulb Mode Release
When the camera is in Bulb mode, the FreeWave Micro remote control can open the shutter at the beginning of the exposure and close the shutter at the end of the exposure.
Works in Extreme Temperatures
Operates in temperatures from -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C).
Compatible Cameras
Nikon
D800 & D800E, D700, D300, D300s, D200, D100 (battery grip required), D4, D3, D3s, D3x, D2 D2x, D2Xs, D2Hs, D2H, D1H, D1, D1x
Frequency 2.427 GHz to 2.457 GHz
Range 328' (100 m)
Confirmation LEDs Focus: vivid blue
Shutter: dim blue
Shooting alarm: red
Power Supply Transmitter: AAA battery
Receiver: powered by camera
Working Temperature -4 to 122°F (-20 to 50°C)
Dimensions Transmitter: 2.83 x 0.86 x 0.90" (82 x 34 x 17 mm)
Receiver: 2.75 x 1.33 x 0.67" (70 x 22 x 23 mm)
Weight Transmitter: 0.7 oz (19.8 g) without battery
Receiver: 0.4 oz (11.3 g)
Total (transmitter and receiver): 1.5 oz (42.5 g)
Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs
  • FreeWave Micro Wireless Transmitter
  • FreeWave Micro Wireless Receiver
  • Lanyard
  • AAA Battery
  • Soft Pouch
  • Instruction Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    VelloFreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs
     
    4.6

    (based on 34 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (25)
    • Compact (16)
    • Easy to use (15)
    • Attaches securely (13)
    • Durable (13)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Family photos (8)
      • General purpose (8)
      • Night time (8)
      • Outdoors (8)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (7)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (31)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Compact is the key!

      So far I have only used it for taking macro and landscape shots. I use in the Mirror Up mode to eliminate camera shake. First click - mirror up - second click - takes...Read complete review

      So far I have only used it for taking macro and landscape shots. I use in the Mirror Up mode to eliminate camera shake. First click - mirror up - second click - takes pic. The unit was flawless!

      The receiver is very small and compact. It is a bit of a challenge to screw the slightly oversize lock ring into the camera socket thread. It is a close fit clearing my Sigma 17-70 AF-M switch. The receiver does come on (red LED on) immediately upon installing into the 10 pin connector (even if the camera is off). This caused no issues, just turned it off with the front on/off button. I like the fact that it uses the camera power source so there are no extra batteries that you need to carry for it. The LED's are bright and easy to see from quite a distance. The fact that there are no exposed wires to have hanging outside from the 10 pin connector to the receiver is what I like. I had an older version that the cord always got in the way and eventually the fine wires inside got damaged and shorted out at times I needed the unit to work.

      The Transmitter is nice shape with a sliding cover to keep it's on/off button from being pressed or while in storage. It only uses one AAA battery, no more odd sized hard to find (in stores or in the camera bag) batteries. LED's on the transmitter let you see the two are talking to each other. This is a plus when they are a distance from each other.

      My only concerns (and I have not proved this) is that in BULB mode the red & blue LED's on the receiver stays on during the entire exposure. So at night doing star trails the LED's are a bit bright and might cast a glow in the image if extreme foreground is present. A small piece of black tape will fix that... just have to remember to stick a piece somewhere I can find it :-)

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Compact but ...

      I purchased this FreeWave Micro Wireless for three reasons: 1) I liked the compact size; 2) I liked the fact that the receive used camera battery power instead of a coin battery,...Read complete review

      I purchased this FreeWave Micro Wireless for three reasons: 1) I liked the compact size; 2) I liked the fact that the receive used camera battery power instead of a coin battery, which can be difficult to come by in he field; and 3)it has a slide to prevent accidental shutter actuations. So far so good, right?Well, not so fast. As long as the receiver is attached to the camera it uses battery power, even if the camera is turned off. You will either need to remove the receiver or remove the camera battery to "turn it off." There is no off switch. So, what did I gain over the Vello Wireless Shutterboss I had been using? A smaller unit that connects directly with the 10-pin Nikon connector avoiding the hotshoe mount and cable, and a slide that covers the actuator button on the transmitter. I lost a bit of functionality and traded one potentially battery draining problem for another potentially battery draining problem.The FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs by Vello works as advertised but there should clearly be a statement regarding camera battery usage and inability to turn the receiver off, even if the camera is off...I like the unit's compactness and it functions as intended. It does not appear to be overly robust in its construction though and time will tell if durability is a problem. I have kept my Vello Shutterboss a will continue to use it as convenient.

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      4.0

      Works

      By Nursultan Tulyakbay

      from Kuzcek, Kazakhstan

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

      It does the job. Build quality is a bit on the fragile side. I am a little leary of this brand having used the cheaper model that only worked for about 5 times before it just stopped working. I guess time will tell. Other reviewers mentioned that the receiver interferes with their lense. I don't know what lense they are using but I don't see how a lense could possibly be interfered with, on the D800 anyways. One downside that is present is that you can't use the PC sync port with this plugged in. Another reviewer remarked that there is no way to turn it off. There is a power button on the receiver, but it will power on by default when plugged in. It can be a bit tricky turning it off as it makes the same led flashes for power on and power off. The way to check it to try triggering after you power it off. Can't speak for the range as I only use it within about 10 feet. I like that there is only 1 AAA battery to worry about instead of some weird specialty batteries that can be hard to find when in the field.

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      5.0

      Works Great on Nikon 810

      By Bob

      from Maine

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Long Time Exposures
        • Night photography
        • Remote Shooting
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos
        • Wireless

        Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

        No problems, does the job perfectly.
        quality build.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works well and easy to use

        By Rocketwolf

        from Easton MD

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

          Worked right out of the box without reading the instructions (Hey I'm a guy what can I say)Within 2 hours I was using at a wedding in a church. No real problem to attach the receiver it did take a few seconds to seat it before turning the knob. I worked anytime I pressed the button except once before I took it out of my pocket. Others have complained that the receiver drains the camera battery. My model has an off button I assume to prevent that, maybe they listened to battery drain complaints. So I have no complaints or cons.

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          5.0

          FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote

          By greymule

          from Denver, Colorado

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

            I use the product when shooting on a tripod with mirror-lock up for ultimate sharpness and for light painting situations. Works like a charm. Since there is an on-off switch on the receiver that attaches to the camera, battery drain is not a problem. Excellent range also. No drawbacks as near as I can tell. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who wants a reliable wireless trigger.

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            4.0

            Small and no wires

            By gpoole

            from SE Michigan

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Standard Battery

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

              Works great. I've had a variety of 10 pin accessories for my Nikons. Every on has had some sort of cable or connector problem including my previous wireless release. The only wired connections that have held up are Nikon brand. Now no more cables to fail!

              I like the small size of the receiver too. Reciever is powered from the camera so it doesn't need a unusual size battery like my previous release. The transmitter battery is a common AAA so that's a plus too.

              My only complaint is that it is quite difficult to tighten and loosen the connector screw. That kept me from giving the FreeWave 5 stars.

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              5.0

              No Wires!

              By Dan

              from Zeeland, MI

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                Until I purchased this shutter release, I relied on a similar model that involved a wire that became damaged prematurely, and occupied of my hot shoe mount. This shutter requires neither and thus far has been very reliable on my Nikon D700.

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                5.0

                Frees up your hotshoe; no dangling wires

                By teambergie

                from Kanab, Ut.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                  This replaced another Vello model that was fine but I didn't want the receiver plugged into the hotshoe and the wire connecting it to the camera.Others have said that you cannot turn the receiver off...not true! Just hold down the little silver button on it until it blinks rapidly, then release it; it will no longer blink slowly...it is off.A note of caution: take the battery out of the remote if it is not going to be used for awhile; the battery leaked and ruined the contacts to the point that it works intermittently now. Will be ordering another.

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                  4.0

                  Good tool

                  By Mason

                  from Los Angeles, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Powered By Camera
                  • Small

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                    Basic wireless remote that works as advertised.
                    Note, the receiver is powered by the camera. On-Off switch on camera does not shut off power to receiver. Suggest either disconnecting receiver when not in use or removing camera battery.

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                    4.0

                    Does the job

                    By Baron

                    from New jersey

                    Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                    This product works great. The only thing missing is a timer when you use the bulb mode. If it does have a timer and I missed it, give it a 5

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                    5.0

                    Wish I'd bought it sooner

                    By Aaron Linsdau

                    from Jackson, Wy

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Commercial
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                      What a simple, elegant and functional product! This is far better than a wired remote. If you have a 10-pin port on your Nikon, just buy it. Once you have it, you'll never imagine how you lived without it. It even has a bulb mode. With rechargeable AAA batteries, you're set.This made my architectural and jewelry photography work infinitely easier. Instead of having to go back and forth to the camera or computer, I can make lighting adjustments, shoot, look, and move much quicker. This combine with the Camranger is the ultimate combo.No, I'm not sponsored by Vello but it's changed my professional shooting so much, I can't help but say good things about it.The LED indication that the camera actually fired is handy, too. If you're far enough away, you can't hear the camera, so it's handy that there's an indication that the camera fired, too.

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                      5.0

                      Now this is a neat product!

                      By Through Harold's Lens

                      from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Candid Portraits
                        • Family Photos
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                        This product allows me to shoot photography without my eyes looking at the camera. I just have to point the lens, wide angle, towards my subject and fire away. I also use it without a tripod by setting the camera on something firm and firing away.

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                        5.0

                        Love it! Love it! Love it!

                        By Cougar Ridge

                        from Colorado

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                          Nice and light! Easy to use, just needs a cord so you don't lose the control.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Excellent ... I will use it a lot

                          By Rosa

                          from Norway

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                            There is only one problem. it does not fit with the Tamron 24-70mm f / 2.8
                            There is not enough space between the lens and the Wireless Remote

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                            5.0

                            Excellent wireless remote

                            By Tim

                            from Cincinnati, OH

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                              I use the wireless remote when I cannot be behind the camera - during weddings, for nature photography and for long exposures when using a tripod. It is a very compact and reliable device.

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again and again

                              By Wen

                              from Brooklyn, New York

                              About Me Photography Student

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Travel

                                Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                I use it when I shoot photo, that's make it easy to me.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Love this remote

                                By JackieC

                                from Ooltewah, TN

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Self portraits

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                  I am working on a 365 project where I have to be in the photo everyday in some way so a remote is a must. This one is great and replaced my old one that constantly needed charged. I love that this uses the camera's power and does not use my hotshoe. Great copact size too. Been using it for about a month now and love it!

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                                  4.0

                                  Feels very cheap

                                  By Micah

                                  from Omaha, NE

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Flimsy Construction

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                  While I look the look and ease of setup for this wireless remote, it all feels very cheap and I have a hard time imaging it will last long... One ill-move (a drop, set something on it, etc) and I feel it will crack or break in half. It feels very flimsy!

                                  Build quality aside, it's easy to setup and use! Good range and I like the look/style of design.

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                                  5.0

                                  Awesome!

                                  By Odysseys

                                  from Oswego

                                  Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                  Works perfect!!

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                                  5.0

                                  Trustty

                                  By Camguy

                                  from Hellam, PA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Family Photos
                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Travel
                                    • Underwater
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events
                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                    It's a great trigger. It's not hard on your cameras' battery life. I'd dissconnect it from your camera when finished, as it may consume some amount of power if left connected. I've only had one instance where the trigger annoyed me.

                                    I was shooting ice once, and the LED on the reciever constantly stays lit when shooting..
                                    This stray light ended up in my ice photographs without me knowing any better. I was shooting at night doing long exposures of the aforementioned ice when when this happened.

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing little device.

                                    By Photoartkaz

                                    from Saint Charles, Illinois

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Portraits
                                      • Product photography

                                      Comments about Vello FreeWave Micro Wireless Remote Shutter Release for Select Nikon DSLRs:

                                      I take a lot of close-up product photos, and this device prevents any camera shake, even with the tripod. I previously used a cable release, but this transmitter allows me to move around a bit more.

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