Nikon Remotes and WiFi 101

Here's the scoop on (reasonably) current Nikon remotes and WiFi accessories, and the cameras they do or don't work on.

Wired Remote

Good news and bad news here: Nikon has long used the 10-pin connector on their high-end cameras, and it has remained consistent across six generations of pro gear now. The following recent cameras have Nikon 10-pin connectors: D300/D300s, D700, D800, D800E, D810, D3s, D3x, D4, and D4s. These cameras can use all the 10-pin remotes:

  • ML-3 Modulite combination wired/wireless remote
  • MC-30a is the basic wired remote with trigger lock
  • MC36a is the multifunction wired remote that supports timed options
  • MC-21a is the 10' (3m) extension cable for 10-pin


The consumer cameras are more complicated because Nikon has had two different styles of wired release for them:

  • MC-DC1 was introduced with the D70s, and works with the D70s and D80 cameras
  • MC-DC2 was introduced with the D90 and works with the D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100, D5200, D7000, D7100, D600, D610, D750, and Df DSLRs, and the Coolpix A and P7700
  • The D40, D40x, D50, D60, D70, and D3000 do not have wired remote options available from Nikon


Infrared Remote

Nikon has one IR remote, the simple ML-L3:

  • ML-L3: Coolpix P7700, Coolpix A, Nikon 1 models, D3xxx, D5xxx, D7xxx, D6xx can all use it directly with no additions.


Radio Remote

Nikon has two radio-based remotes, the simpler WR-10 models, and the more complex WR-1 model:

  • WR-T10: Coolpix P7700, D90, D3xxx, D5xxx, D7xxx, D6xx, D750, and Df all use with the WR-R10 receiver plugged into the camera. The D300/D300s, D700, D800/D800E, D810, D2 series, D3 series, and D4 series all require an additional WR-A10 that the WR-R10 plugs into. The WR-R10 transceiver is relatively small and plugs directly into the camera's GPS port (or indirectly in the case of the cameras needing the WR-A10).
  • WR-1: D90, D3xxx, D5xxx, D7xxx, D6xx, D750, and Df all use the MC-38 connecting cord; the D300/D300s, D700, D800/D800E, D810, D2 series, D3 series, D4 series all use the MC-37 connecting cord (both supplied with the controller). The controller itself occupies the hot shoe of the camera and plus indirectly into the camera's GPS or 10-pin port.


WiFi

Nikon has several WiFi options, and they tend to be very specific to camera groups. The basic WU-## models are designed mostly to work with dedicated Nikon apps on iOS or Android. The WT-## models are more sophisticated systems. 

  • WU-1a: plugs directly into the camera's GPS port and works with the Coolpix P330, P520, A, P7800, and D3200, D5200, D7100, and Df models.
  • WU-1b: plugs directly into the camera's GPS port and works with the Nikon 1 S1, J3, AW1, and V2 models, plus the D600 and D610.
  • WT-4A: plugs into the following cameras via a cable: D7xxx, D300/D300s, D700, D800/D800E, D810, D3 series, D4 series.
  • WT-5A: plugs directly into the D4 series. Can be used with the following cameras by combining it with a UT-1 communications unit: D7xxx, D800/D800E, and D810.


WiFi is built into the D5300 and D750 cameras. 

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