Nikon WU-1a Apps

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by CharlieBrandt09, Jun 20, 2014.

  1. CharlieBrandt09 macrumors 6502

    CharlieBrandt09

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    I got this adapter to be able to shoot remotely using my iPhone/ipad and because I had a bunch of Best Buy credit.

    Does anyone know of any third party app that can utilize this? The Nikon app is just, um...not so great.
     
  2. helix142 macrumors newbie

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    Airplanemode is the secret

    I've just begun using that app as well. No 3rd party apps that I was able to find. Some research on other forums did show that it tends to work better if you enable airplane mode and then turn on just the wifi with the nikon network. Mine worked OK, one crash out of 3 tries before airplane mode and none since (6 uses). The killer for me is the 2-4 second delay that occurs between hitting the button and the picture actually being taken.
    I'm lucky that I live in a rural area without much 2.4Ghz noise, I can't imagine someone in the city using these.
     
  3. whiteonline macrumors 6502

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    I've searched all over. Even for an SDK so I can write my own app.
    Unfortunately neither exist.

    I haven't seen huge delay in taking a picture, but the data transfer and overall interface is a pretty pathetic effort by Nikon.
     
  4. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I notice a lag, maybe one second. But with the ability for the two devices, there needs to be more functionality. Foremost, I would like the ability to change camera settings from the app.
     
  5. whiteonline macrumors 6502

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    You piqued my interest in finding some use for the device.
    I came across an Android app called DslrDashboard, which has the ability to connect to the WU-1a and WU-1b (not sure how at the moment).

    Anyway, the developer has come out with a beta for OS X.
    http://dslrdashboard.info/qdslrdashboard-v0-1-4-for-mac-osx/

    It appears through browsing the site, an iOS version may be in the works.

    Fingers crossed....
    From what I read, DslrDashboard is everything Nikon should have made.
     
  6. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is exactly what I wanted. Hope it comes soon!
     
  7. Padaung macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the app is pretty basic and the connection (and app) can be frustratingly prone to crashing.

    The good news is that the iOS app is better than the Android version. Annoyingly I have an iPhone and Google Nexus tablet. Due to the bigger screen the tablet is naturally better for showing images to other people, but the app is even more basic than the iOS version. I tend to use my phone as a wireless remote.

    However, I did use the WU-1b and my phone to take a group family photo this weekend. The camera was pointing down to the garden from a bedroom window, all worked perfectly from about 15 meters away. Clear line of sight, and this was in the countryside so very few wi-fi signals to cause interference. Using it in London can be a painful experience even with the phone and camera right next to each other.

    I've not experienced the shutter delays others have mentioned here.

    I also turn off 'download image' as it slows down use too much. I prefer to shoot and review later. The ability to change camera settings from the app would be a major plus point. Please sort this out Nikon (or is this just a deliberate disabling of features?). Please also bring the Android app up to the same level as the iOS app.
     
  8. CharlieBrandt09 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I really don't care to transfer images. I also use the camera for review, and it is painfully slow. The remote function is what turned me on the most. I too, bought this with taking family portraits (which include me!) in mind. But the ability to change camera settings within the app seems like a no-brainer to me.
     

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