Nikon has launched a wireless mobile adapter which brings Wi-Fi capability to their DSLR cameras.
Launched for use with Nikon’s new D3200 D-SLR, the WU-1a is a USB dongle that lets photographers connect their camera to smart mobile devices. Designed to enable easy sharing, backup and remote camera control, the WU-1a is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi for direct camera-to-device communication without the need to connect to external Wi-Fi hotspots first. Users can send high-quality photos and movies directly from their D3200 to a smartphone or tablet, or control their camera from their smart device.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe said: “Advancements in smart device technologies have made sharing photos and videos on the go a key part of the photographic experience for many people. With WU-1a, Nikon D-SLR users aren’t going to have to compromise between quality and immediacy anymore: high-quality images can be shared with friends and family moments after they were taken.”
Remote camera control
In addition to transferring images directly from the camera, the WU-1a also lets you use your smartphone or tablet to control your D-SLR camera remotely. You can preview or compose images from your smart device, or check camera settings and trigger the shutter release from a distance. This makes it an exceptionally useful accessory to have if you want to take a self-portrait—or if you want to take advantage of the bigger screen on your tablet to compose more elaborate shots.
The WU-1a is compact to carry, easy to use and is powered by the camera, so it doesn’t use batteries. It currently supports Android OS 2.3 or later for smartphones, and Android OS 3.0 or later for tablets; an application called “Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility” is available for free download to your smart device from the Android Market. Firmware can be easily updated via your smart device.