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NikonWU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter
 
3.9

(based on 258 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (115)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (19)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (149)
  • Lightweight (136)
  • Reliable (62)
  • Durable (36)
  • Small (3)

Cons

  • Not functional (27)
  • Difficult to use (18)
  • Poor design (13)
  • Not durable (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (101)
  • Everyday (77)
  • Portraits (58)
  • Home (56)
  • Landscape photography (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (107), Semi-professional (34), Casual user (25), Getting started (22), Professional (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (176), Yes (22)

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

 

Save your money!

I bought this item because it had some good reviews and I thought it would let me control the camera more than just a regular remote. It doesn't. I also thought it was just...Read complete review

I bought this item because it had some good reviews and I thought it would let me control the camera more than just a regular remote. It doesn't. I also thought it was just a cool gadget. It's actually a bit of a pain to operate and just because the picture comes over the iphone doesn't mean the quality of the preview is any greater than the cameras screen quality. In other words, you're not gonna get some crisp display by which to fine tune camera settings. I also thought I would need it to transfer files to my computer more easily via wifi, but here's the best warning I can give you, when you have the wireless feature turned on, your file will begin wireless transfer to your phone and it will take forever to download; especially if you try to download the RAW files. Keep in mind, while the downloading of the file is in progress, you cannot take any more pictures. Your camera is tied up for the entire process. Other than the things I've said, it does do what it claims.

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5.0

Handiest Trincket for Picture sharing

By Juice

from NY

About Me Getting Started

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

Sends Pics straight to Phone, computer, etc... Super easy to use and hardly know it is attached to camera!! Must have for any picture sharing.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

Convenient

By Mandy

from Pennsylvania

Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

A great tool to have especially when you have parents, grandparents or friends wanting pictures you take with your camera. No waiting to upload and print.

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2.0

Not fully compatible with D7100

By csd

from Boston, MA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home

    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

    I shoot in dual-card mode on the 7100 with NEF's being written to slot 1 and JPEGs to slot 2. In this mode - and using Android with latest version of the App as of this review - the WU-1a doesn't seem to see slot 2 (the whole point of this device for me was to be able to download JPEGs off slot 2 while in the field). It allows me to convert the NEFs on slot 1 for download - or - if I pop out the card in slot 1 will allow me to download off slot 2. These extra steps are silly but necessary due to issues which are probably the fault the of the App and not the device. In general - the app is somewhat flaky. The device seems solid but Nikon needs to do more work on the App to make this "toy" worth the price.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    3.0

    Software very limited, poor connectivity

    By Mike S

    from Rochester MN

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Traveling

    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

    I have used on P520 ( remote shutter and zoom in /out control + Live view to compatible android phone). Used with D5200 just shutter control a little better than IR remote since it is radio instead of line of sight (alas major WiFi stability issues). No other control other than able to access the memory card and select photos for transfer. Note- 3party software on android has almost FULL control of the P520. No android tablets are compatible with it that I have tried - only my phone worked with it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Handy little gizmo!

    By Todd Dougherty

    from Chamberlain, SD

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

      Easily transfers and shares photos to my smart phone and tablet. I like that I don't have to wait to get to the office and transfer to the PC manually. Great for sharing to social media on the fly...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      1.0

      Defective? or just a bad product.

      By MakeMoreArt

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • None

      Cons

      • Not Functional

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

        I tried to use this adaptor to connect my D3300 to both my iPad Air 2 and my Samsung Galaxy. It couldn't connect with my iPad at all, and the connection with my Galaxy kept cutting in and out every few seconds. I'd say I got a defective adaptor, but there's just too many people out there who have had similar experiences.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great for mobile use

        By photo bum

        from Texas

        About Me Casual user

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

          Great for reviewing your photos from a tablet without having to dismount the sd card. Much better than just using the lcd screen to make sure you are getting the shot.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          1.0

          Functionality Limited

          By Lou

          from Boston

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Not Functional
          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Home
          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

          The wi-fi connection drops randomly and often requires a camera reset to get a connection back. The IOS/nikon app associated with the WU-1a is severely limited allowing one to snap a picture only -- no camera adjustments -- or to download a JPEG file -- no raw files. The potential is there and, hopefully, Nikon will do some work on improving it.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Not compatible with iOS

          By didi

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

          This came free with my camera, so I can't complain, but the package indicates it is not compatible with iOS....so if you're an Apple user, you might need to keep looking.

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          5.0

          Great Wireless Convenience

          By Johnny Z

          from Owosso, MI

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

            So far, it works flawlessly. Much simpler than removing a SD card to get acces to pics.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            3.0

            Not the simplest wi-fi ever

            By rgminnesota

            from Mankato, MN

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                It works - once you get the companion app on your device and configure Wi-Fi. Worked super slick on my smart phone; took much more work on a tablet. Not an issue with the WU-1a, just getting everything synced up.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Received this as a gift

                By Kim

                from Columbus, Ohio

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Uses Wifi Not Bluetooth

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                I received a new Nikon DSLR for Christmas and this was part of the gift. My husband was super excited for me to be able to use my 'good camera' for my online store photos as well as family photos that we share from our phones regularly. I loved the ability to do this as well. It has simplified my life and made my family and products look great!! My only negative feedback on this 'wireless adapter' is that you have to turn off the wifi on your phone to use it. Instead of linking via bluetooth like other devices, this requires that you use the wifi option. Aside from that small inconvenience, it is a great addition and we love it.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Good product

                By Joe

                from High Bridge, NJ

                Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                This is definitely worth the $39 price. Easy to use, easy to install on the phone/tablet.

                you simply download the app, install it on your handheld device, and you can easily download from the camera to the handheld.

                Even comes with a small case that attaches to the camera strap so you don't lose it.

                Love the product.

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                2.0

                Not Very Useful

                By James

                from California

                About Me Casual user

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Functional
                  • Poor Design

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    This mobile adapter is great if you want a live view of your camera from your phone, but not much else. There is nearly no functionality within the app and there is a great amount of lag and instability while using the app.

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                    5.0

                    Great accessory

                    By lls

                    from New Boston, MI

                    Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                    I really love the adapter that came with the camera. It makes it very easy to share photos fast no matter where you are. This is a must have accessory.

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                    2.0

                    Necessary software is bad to the point of being unusable

                    By Westside guy

                    from Maritime Pacific Northwest

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Not Functional

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                      I know this is a hardware review, but the WU-1a requires software to make it more than just a hunk of plastic - and that software is problematic, to say the least.

                      I realize people complain about software all the time - but this, I just can't understand who at Nikon thought their "Wireless Mobile Utility" for iPhone should be released.

                      I'm not speaking at the level of, say, complaints you might hear regarding Microsoft or Adobe software. Whatever you think of their products, the software generally launches and functions. But WMU... It disconnects from the camera at random intervals. It loses the camera frequently. But even when it's technically operational, this is the slowest software I've had the misfortune to ever use. If you can imagine what Windows 10 might run like if you could somehow install it on an IBM PC from 1992, you might have some concept of just how slow this software is. Plus it doesn't really let you do much of anything other than click the shutter - there's no other camera control options available at all.

                      The hardware itself seems adequate. If you can find a third party piece of software to operate it, then this works. I have occasionally used qDslrDashboard to control my D7100 from a Mac - it's quite quirky but functional. The decision to generate a wifi network from the WU-1a and require your device join that, rather than having the WU-1a join an available network, seems needlessly limiting - after all, if you've got your phone with you, at a minimum you can use that as a hotspot.

                      I wish this worked well - the concept is great. But, no - without adequate software, there's no real reason to purchase this hardware.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Awesome device

                      By Joey p

                      from Springfield Nj

                      Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                      This device simplifies your picture taking and sharing capabilities .The Nikon app syncs easily and controls the camera and viewing photos is a breeze.

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                      5.0

                      Great device!

                      By KK the photographer

                      from Tampa, FL

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                          Works very well!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          5.0

                          Great idea

                          By Lisak

                          from Winter Haven Florida

                          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                          Still learning how to use the camera but this little gem makes it super easy to transfer my pictures. Love it!!!

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                          5.0

                          Wonderful

                          By Jamie

                          from 30101

                          Comments about Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter:

                          This is a wonderful accessory for my camera. It was easy to use and the app is easy to install. Love that I can instantly get my photos on my phone.

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