The Nikon WR-1 wireless remote controller lets Nikon photographers take control from a distance. Our head of testing got use this new Nikon accessory, announced at the same time as the Nikon D7100. Here are her first impressions
Announced at the same time as the D7100, the WR-1 Wireless Remote Controller is a transceiver that, as well as enabling the shutter to be triggered remotely, allows the camera settings to be checked and adjusted from a distance.
The Nikon WR-1 price is £649.99, and although it can be used via the supplied cable (more on this later) to add extra intervalometer functionality to an SLR, the WR-1 really comes into its own when used in pairs or when paired with a WR-10 to allow wireless remote control.
One unit (or an WR-10 announced at the same time as the D5200 and available for around £79) acts as receiver, while the other is the controller.
The WR-1 uses radio waves with a frequency of 2.4GHz so unlike some infrared devices it should work well outside in sunlight, doesn’t rely of line of sight and can be used to trigger the camera from around corners.
When working with another WR-1 the maximum working distance is around 120m. There are also 15 channels available to avoid interference with other units.
When it is set to ’Master’ mode an WR-1 unit can be used to control up to 20 other WR-1s or 64 WR-R10 units and is compatible with the D4, D800, D800E, D600, D7100 and D5200.
When controlling several cameras the Nikon WR-1 can divide them into four groups for independent and simultaneous control.
Nikon supplies the WR-1 with a soft case, MC-37 Connecting Cord (for ten-pin remote terminals) and MC-38 Connecting Cord (for accessory terminals).
While the WR-1 may appeal to professional sport and wildlife photographers who need to be able to control and trigger their SLR remotely, its price puts it beyond the reach of most enthusiasts.
These photographers may question why Nikon hasn’t built Wi-Fi connectivity into its SLRs to allow remote control via a smart phone or tablet.
This would have the added of benefit of allowing the scene to be viewed on the phone/tablet screen while the camera is in live view mode.
We have yet to see the range of settings that can be controlled by the WR-1, but assuming the essentials of exposure and colour can be adjusted it looks very useful. The Nikon WR-1 price however, is excessive, especially bearing in mind that most users will have to buy an WR-R10 or a second unit to go with it.