Nikon have created a USB dongle that lets photographers connect their camera to smart mobile devices.
The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter is designed to enable easy sharing, backup and remote camera control and has been launched for use with Nikon’s new D3200 DSLR
The adapter 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 says: "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."
The WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will be available from mid-May 2012 with an RRP of £54.99.
From Nikon UK:
Wireless image transfer
With the WU-1a, you no longer have to choose between sharing low-quality mobile images on the spot or uploading high-quality images later through your computer: now you can share exceptional D-SLR images instantly.
No matter where you are, photos and movies can be sent directly from your camera to your smartphone or tablet: you don’t need to connect the adapter to an external Wi-Fi hot spot, and the device is powered by the camera. Images are transferred without hassle, ready for instant sharing via social media, easy uploading to photo sharing and storage sites, or for sending by email. You can also use the adapter to free up space on your camera’s memory card by transferring photos and movies for storage on your smart device.
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 there’s no need for 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.
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