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NikonWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
 
4.0

(based on 91 reviews)

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    (40)

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    (24)

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    (18)

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    (5)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (65)
  • Lightweight (61)
  • Reliable (27)
  • Durable (10)

Cons

  • Not functional (8)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Poor design (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (45)
  • Everyday (33)
  • Portraits (28)
  • Home (24)
  • Studio (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (43), Semi-professional (18), Getting started (8), Professional (7), Casual user (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great New Technology

This is really a fun new gizmo. It's easy to download pictures I've taken with my D7100 to my iPhone which I can then email to family members around the country. Downloading is...Read complete review

This is really a fun new gizmo. It's easy to download pictures I've taken with my D7100 to my iPhone which I can then email to family members around the country. Downloading is slow, so it's only practical for one or two photos. Using it to take self-portraits or group photos with the camera on a tripod and the iPhone to monitor Live View and trigger the photo works really well. You can see on the iPhone screen exactly what the camera will take. The camera settings have to be done on the camera before shooting, but hopefully this will be an added feature to the iPhone app in the future. Example photo taken with D7100 on tripod, ISO 800, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, focal length 31mm on AF-S 17-55mm 1:2.8G Nikkor lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cool little device

Purchased the camera becaseu it had this option. Design could be better...sim card? It isn;t bulky but it does stick out form the camera a bit. Could get dammaged if...Read complete review

Purchased the camera becaseu it had this option. Design could be better...sim card? It isn;t bulky but it does stick out form the camera a bit. Could get dammaged if not careful. It does come with a neat little storage container that connects to the strap. I modified it a bit and it is pretty convenient. Some reviews say it has trouble staying connected. I experiences some similar behavior although I think it was becasue my wifi at home was competing for the connection. I ssuspect this is less of a problem whne not near an automatically connecting hotspot.

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2.0

Disappointing Performance

By Phoographer from Denver

from Denver, CO

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Functional

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

      The adapter works great if you want to take selfies wirelessly. However, if your goal is to be able to transfer photos from your camera to your phone or tablet, don't bother.
      The WU-1a is designed only for taking photos remotely. Every photo you take using the app is automatically saved to your phone or tablet but you are not able to transfer any other files from your camera.
      I was very disapponted and Nikon does not make that clear in their product description.

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      5.0

      Very good investment.

      By AZ Backcountry

      from Mingus Mountain, AZ

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Traveling
        • Wildlife Photography

        Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

        The Nikon WU-1a Wireless Adapter is extremely useful. I downloaded the free application from Nikon. I was able to see what the camera is focused on, take pictures and download them to my phone with my D5200 from over 50 feet away and behind 6 walls in my home. I repeated the test with my tablet. That is the ultimate torcher test. I have used it to take family photos without having to run into the picture at the last second. I can see that everyone is looking at the camera and have their eyes open. After taking the picture I can view it to see if it came out the way I wanted it to. I have used it to take pictures of our 10 week old puppy Vizsla playing fetch. Priceless. It comes with a little protector case and string tether. I ran the tether through the cover and then looped it on my camera strap so it is always available.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works as described

        By Lawrence C. Wolf

        from Bedford Hills, NY

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

            The adapter is easy to install. Download of the Nikon app to my Android smartphone was very easy. Connecting the Wifi works well and it works parallel to other Wifi. Uploading pictures happens within a good time frame. The only negative point is, that you can't see the picture on the smartphone screen when you take a picture via remote control from your phone. Would be great if NIKON could add that to the app.

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            5.0

            Great w/ S4, D5200, and DSLR Dashboard

            By Speedyweber

            from Boise, ID

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

              First off, I bought a refurb one. They are refurbed from Nikon and have a 90 day warranty. If something is going to go wrong it would happen within that time frame. Don't hesitate buying a refurb if you're thinking about it.Now, if you use Android, I highly recommend grabbing DSLR Dashboard. [@]/There are so many more features with DSLRdashboard then Nikon's WMU. Basically WMU will let you look at photos on the camera and transfer any you would want on your phone, and you can take pictures, which sets the camera in live view when you do so. There is not much control of settings in WMU. However in DSLR Dashboard you can control metering, focus servo, WB, mode, type and quality of the photo, ISO, bracketing, and so much more. Settings allow you to choose weather you want to save the photo to either or both as you take it, if you want to auto review, etc.Now a word of advice if trying to use this on an S4. Go to your wifi settings and disable auto connect to wifi. If you do not, you will get error messages from the phone saying the internet connection is too slow and it will not stay connected to the WU-1a. Also, if you do download Nikon's WMU, make sure it is forced stop on your phone to use DSLR Dashboard, or else WMU will try to autoconnect and not let Dashboard connect.

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              3.0

              Works well, but limited

              By John

              from Conover, NC

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                The WU-1a wireless mobile adapter works well and connects to both my iPad and iPhone. I was able to download the photos using the Wi-Fi on both devices, but didn't test the range from the camera to the devices. The main issue is the App from iTunes. The instructions that come with the WU-1a describe its use on an Android tablet. The iTunes store only lists the App for the iPhone and not the iPad, but nevertheless you can download it on both devices. The App doesn't appear as functional as that described for Android devices. Hopefully, someone at Nikon will send iTunes an improved App.

                The small case keeps it from being lost, but it is a little awkward having it on the camera strap all of the time.

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                4.0

                Pleasant surprise

                By Bob

                from Corunna, MI

                Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                After reading other reviews I am happy that it is easy to set up and transfers images at a much faster rate than I expected.

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                5.0

                Love this thing!

                By Brilliant Imagery

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                  Super useful to me! This allows me to use my iPhone as a wireless remote to take photos and allows me to take to photos from my camera and download to my phone so that I can post a quality image to Instagram or Facebook without having to connect to a computer or wifi. Simple to use as well.

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                  3.0

                  It's OK

                  By Binu

                  from Texas

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    From my experience with this, I would consider this a toy. I have tried to get consistant results with both android and iOS, no luck, unreliable. Unit frequently disconnects. When it does work I prefer the android OS it does lt you focus the camera by touching the screen, I like that feature.

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                    5.0

                    excellent choice

                    By Damienfz

                    from Massachusetts

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    It's a wireless device that allows you to only snap a photo and review it on a Android smartphone or tablet. Price range is steep compared to the excellent free usb tethering apps on Google but if you want wireless this small gadget will serve you 100% satisfaction.

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                    3.0

                    Gadget-y...

                    By Diana

                    from San Marcos Tx

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

                    • Facebook Uploads

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    Okay- I wanted a gadget. I wanted to play. If you read many of my reviews, you will see that I love Nikon everything - and I am rarely disappointed. Okay. Truth? This is a toy gadget that really doesn't work that well. Maybe I will go back and re read the settings - and maybe it will work better but the bluetooth connection drops after about two pics are transfered -and sometimes sooner. Maybe if I was shooting in low res, the pics would transfer faster, but in all honesty, I would probably not buy this again -and wouldn't recommend it. I guess I was wishing it would transfer pics as fast as my iPhone does to facebook or something... alas. One disappointment but not a big one. And I am glad I tried it.

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                    5.0

                    Wireless Works Wonders

                    By Rick

                    from Peoria, AZ

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

                      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                      My D7100 is now wireless! Photos now easily transfer to my Samsung Galaxy. Setting it up was a bit of a challenge, but I Googled the problem, found a solution, changed a setting on my phone, and it now works flawlessly!

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                      5.0

                      Great way to share photos

                      By Curtis

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Home
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                        I use this wireless adapter with my Nikon Df and iPhone. It is an easy way to quickly share low resolution photos by email other other on-line services. It works as advertised and the app is easy to use. It is very small so is easy to carry - just be careful so you don't lose it.

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                        4.0

                        Nikon WU-1a: Great Value. Easy Set-up

                        By Livefish

                        from Bologna, Italy

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Small size

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                          Simple and intuitive set-up and use from Nikon and Apple. As expected. I plugged the WU-1a into my Df, downloaded the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app to my iPhone 4s, connected them wirelessly and took and transferred my first photo all in about 7 minutes start to finish. No cables. No issues. Another 2 minutes and I was controlling the auto focus and shutter release of the Nikon Df from the iPhone. Easy wireless file transfers, though perhaps a bit slow with raw files through the WU-1a. The iPhone app is pretty basic, but if you're just looking to move an image file wirelessly without hassles, it gets it done. The unit is tiny, but Nikon ships it with a clever little housing that clips onto the camera strap and secures it whether it's in use or not.My only minor complaint is that there's no app for the Macbook OS, though that transfer is done easily enough with a cable or card reader and the WU-1a is, for me, really travel/remote gadget. All good.

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                          3.0

                          Matt

                          By Photo- Matt

                          from Seattle, WA (GO HAWKS)

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use

                            Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                            So far it seems to work good. I have on;y tried it once or twoice. I noticed that when I'm shooting RAW, the software isn't very robust, it often crashes or fails to upload the image.

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                            3.0

                            Great piece of gear.

                            By Revosimike

                            from Cummiing, gA

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Functional
                            • Unique

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                            Use it for sharing, saving and all around photo enhancing. Wish all my cameras or gear had same amount of functionality! Would recommend for Nikon users.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great for a tablet !!

                            By Rick

                            from Chicago

                            About Me Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                              This is so much easier that loded the files on my computer and using photostream or drop box.

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                              1.0

                              This product needs work...

                              By More2Learn

                              from Slingerlands, NY

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Inexpensive If It Worked

                              Cons

                              • Doesn't Work Well
                              • Not Functional
                              • Poor Connectivity
                              • Poor Design

                              Best Uses

                              • Making Money For Nikon

                              Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                              To date I haven't been able to use this product due to constant disconnection problems. I've tried it using my Samsung S III and iPhone 5 and both exhibit the same problem except that the the WMU app from Nikon on my S III freezes and then reboots my phone. I should add my background is in Networking, Systems and Programming so let's not quibble that I may not being using it right.

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                              1.0

                              Waste of Money

                              By GrumpyDBA

                              from Newcastle, WA

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Not Functional
                                • Poor Design

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                  Expensive for what it does and on top of that it barely makes it possible to use for remote photography.

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                                  • No

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                                  2.0

                                  Not impressed

                                  By Lucy

                                  from Oregon

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Functional

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                      This has lots of potential, however so far it has not worked as reviewed/described.

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                                      4.0

                                      Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter

                                      By Nikon Wireless Mobile Adapter

                                      from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                                      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                                      The wireless mobile adapter is a great feature but it does not work smoothly when downloading
                                      pictures after you have taken them. I got a disconnect camera error message when attempting
                                      to download pictures. I later learned that the adapter has to be reset occasionally. After resetting,
                                      it works great. Just an added step.

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