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Nikon Wireless Remote Review
TrueToad / Saturday, March 5, 2016 / Categories: Reviews

Nikon Wireless Remote Review

Nikon Wireless WR-T10 WR-A10

Need a wireless connection to your camera? Fire that SB-5000? Nikon answers the mail with a small wireless transceiver and transmitter, fits in your palm ready to go.

Be Advised: There are two versions of the WR-10 (transceiver) out in the wild, Version 1/2 and Version 3. The WR-10 before the release of the Nikon D5 / D500 does not support the remote wireless firing of the SB-5000 Speedlight; you will need the newer firmware version 3. Bad news, if you own the earlier version, it can not be upgraded past firmware version 2.  GOOD News is: Nikon will upgrade the firmware for free - Start Here: Requesting Firmware Upgrade Section

- This article is about the Version 3 WR-10 model.

Following a visit to Nikon USA site, I found a wireless system offered by Nikon that served a dual purpose. The problem was the entire system was over $180.00, not exactly cheap but you mostly get what you pay for -so I bought one system for my bag.

Luckily Nikon sells their wireless in individual pieces or as a complete package (transmitter, transceiver & coupler) making lost replacement parts easy, but not cheaply.

SetUp:  Simple setup, you plug it into your cameras 10 PIN remote terminal (front of the camera) set the channel, you also need to go into your camera settings to set the default behavior - easy.  Once that is done you are ready to use it. The remote offers three selectable frequencies, 5-10-15. And while the remote uses a small button type battery and uses IR the transceiver uses the power from the camera and sends RF when used to fire compatible speed-lights, and after days of use did not overly expend my camera's batteries too much but I did notice a slight increase in battery usage overall.

Dependable Usage: I found overall the wireless remote is a very dependable and reliable solution while I have had mine now for two years and use it on a regular basis. 

Range: I was able to remote fire an SB-5000 from about 40 feet, and use the handheld remote from about 35 feet.  This by no means was the limit, just from my notes on the day I was using it. More than anything the handheld remote fires the camera shutter and depends on the line of sight to your camera and battery strength of the remote, while the transceiver uses the camera battery and RF to fire the speed-light, it has a longer range (if that makes sense?)

What does it do? This allows you to remotely fire your camera wireless. Now that the Nikon D5, D500 and SB-5000 are on the market the Wireless system also offers remote fire of the SB-5000 without the need of a Master Flash or SU-800.  I can set up my D500 with the wireless remote and use the SB-5000 to trigger the other SB-910 and SB-700 I have so; there are some remote flash capabilities using this. Remote Speedlight fire only works with the newest D5, D500 and the SB-5000.  You can expect Nikon will expand into this area more when they release updated cameras.

Who is this for Anyone who has a compatible camera and needs hands-off remote trigger capability for supported speedlights and shutter release. Anyone wishing to reduce camera/lens shake by removing their need to touch the camera shutter. When I shoot long lens, I sometimes use the remote fire or when shooting high magnification Macro shots to reduce to a minimum camera shake and of course those selfies. 

Is the cost worth it? I think so! After having other products fail and not having to deal with a wired shutter release, this system is simple to use and set up. I use mine often, so I am a bigger beneficiary of the dependable, reliable end of this. While others who rarely need a wireless remote then not so much worth the cost.  If you are considering a newer camera and flash that supports the wireless system - go for it.

Cons:  

  1. One complaint is the wireless hand controller does not take standard AAA batteries and uses those small flat batteries which seem to be out of juice just when you need it.  
  2. The line of sight transmitter.
  3. Remote is tiny and hard to hold and easy to misplace.
  4. The range could be a factor for some, but I know it works out to 30 feet.
  5. Cost, it is expensive.
  6. Can not use the remote and external GPS together (same port) Nikon needs a hub type stacked interface to support multiple inputs.

Pros

  1. System works, is dependable and reliable - The remote may be a bit too small but it works well.  
  2. The system is modular so one could control a couple of cameras with it as long as all cameras are in the line of sight + allow you to replace only the part you lost.
  3. Can be used to fire newer Nikon SpeedLights

The Nikon Wireless  WR-R10 /WR-T10 / WR-A10 remote Controller set offers a reliable way to a hands-off remote fire of your camera and newer Nikon Speedlights, making the system usable in some situations. So, when your thinking of buying cheap, remember you normally get cheap.;)  go with Nikon.

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Photographer's Notes

Please check the NikonUSA site for firmware updates for your camera.  It is a good idea to do a periodic check with Nikon to ensure your camera remains current.

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Camera Body
  • Nikon D500
  • Nikon D810
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D7200
Accessories Used
  • WR-A10 Wireless Adapter
  • DR-5 Viewfinder
  • MB-D17 Power Pack

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