Nikon’s D3200 entry-level sdSLR represents a first for the company as it is the first Nikon dSLR in history that is wi-fi capable thanks to the add-on WU-1a transmitter, which can also be used as a remote trigger, too. With this new function, Nikon is obviously trying to bridge the gap between smartphones and cameras, bringing together the cameras’ superior image quality and functionality with the phone’s internet connectivity.
Recently, Digital Photography Review, one of the web’s most trusted resources for all things digital photography, completed its in-depth D3200 review. However, in a postscript, DPR staff just added a page detailing the WU-1a wi-fi accessory and its capabilities.
So, how does it work?
First of all, one needs to install an app on one’s Android-powered phone (Nikon’s wi-fi adapter is nly compatible with Android) to get the adapter to work in the first place. That done, simply plug in the WU-1a into the D3200’s AV port and turn on the camera. If done correctly, four options will appear:
1. Take pictures. Here, one snaps pictures as usual, the pictures are then transferred to the phone.
2. Take pictures remotely. The camera enters live view mode and the display from the camera then appears on the phone, which can then be used to take pictures.
3. Share pictures. Use the phone to share pictures that were already downloaded onto it.
4. Download pictures. Transfer pictures from the camera to the phone via wi-fi.
In practice, the staff at DPR said that the whole setup worked as promised, but not without some annoyances, chief among them being that the phone and camera can disconnect and that the thumbnail preview screen has to be regenerated (which can take some time) every time you leave and re-enter it on the browser. As for remote triggering, the WU-1a is no substitute for a professional-grade device.
In the end, though, the WU-1a gets its stated job of allowing one to transfer images from the D3200 to a phone and then upload to the web done, albeit with a few minor annoyances, which is nothing surprising considering that it is, after all, a new technology.
Want to buy Nikon gear in the Cleveland area? Well, there’s Cleveland-based Dodd Camera, with its downtown superstore. In addition, there are many smaller Cleveland metro area chain stores in the Cuyahoga County area, too. Live West of Cleveland? Loomis Camera, located in downtown Elyria, Lorain County, is another place to go for all your photographic needs. Both are authorized Nikon dealers.
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