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The Nikon WR-1 is a Fancy New Wireless Remote Control That’s Hot Shoe-able

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The new Nikon D7100 DSLR wasn’t the only interesting product announced by the company yesterday. Appearing alongside the camera was a new WR-1 Wireless Remote Control Transceiver. It’s a remote control that can be used in multiple ways depending on your needs.

If you want to shoot time-lapse videos with your DSLR, the WR-1 can serve as an intervalometer. Simply mount it to the hot shoe of your DSLR, plug it into the camera using the supplied cable, set it, and forget it.

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However, the device’s real potential emerges when you pair it with a buddy: either another WR-1 or a WR-R10 Transceiver. You can then use your WR-1 as a remote controller while the other accessory connects to the DSLR and serves as a receiver. This allows you to trigger your shutter remotely and also check/adjust your camera’s settings (e.g. ISO, shutter speed, aperture, shooting modes) from a distance.

If you want to control a number of cameras simultaneously, the WR-1 can be set to “Master” mode to control up to 20 other WR-1 units or 64 other WR-R10 units. The “Slave” devices can also be organized into four different groups if you would like to control sets of them independently.

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The WR-1 uses a frequency of 2.4GHz, has 15 different channels, and offers a maximum range of 394 feet. Since it uses radio waves, you don’t need to rely on line of sight or be hindered by sunlight like you sometimes would with an infrared device. If you need to extend the range, you can use multiple WR-1s to relay the signal to the camera.

Be warned, though: the WR-1′s power comes with a price. It’ll have a hefty price tag of £650 when it hits store shelves in Europe starting in March 2013. B&H is also taking preorders for the device for $550.

(via Nikon via N-Photo)


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/ivor.wilson1 Ivor Wilson

    £650?!? They have GOT to be joking!

  • Mansgame

    isn’t that built into the camera already?

  • Vincent Stoessel

    It’s big, expensive AND needs a cable?

  • siva

    Why would anyone pay £650 for this? Crazy price.

  • ganzo

    right price like right price is for the sony rx1 LOL

  • Swade

    Sports photographer being able to control 6 cameras from his main camera?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivor.wilson1 Ivor Wilson

    You’re probably right, in that it’s such a niche product that only someone who makes a salary of £20000 or more from their photography would even consider blowing this much money on it.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    so its like a really expensive pocketwizard?

  • Joakim

    That’s more than my camera costs…

    Buy a cheap timer trigger from ebay + Yongnuo radio remote trigger for flashes and you got most of those functions.

    Yongnuo flash trigger can be flipped so you can use it to remote trigger lots of cameras instead of flashes.

  • Ellis Vener

    No it’s like a really expensive Nikon dedicated CamRanger.

  • Kaouthia

    So, when you’re using this, where do you hook up the flash?

  • Kaouthia

    If a photographer’s only earning £20K/yr, they’re not gonna be buying stuff like this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivor.wilson1 Ivor Wilson

    Do the words “or more” mean nothing to you?

  • Kaouthia

    Then you might as well have said £1 “or more”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ivor.wilson1 Ivor Wilson

    Here, have a hair.

  • Kaouthia

    Here, have a clue.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    You don’t need a cable, works wirelessly as well (radio 2.4 GHz)

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    You don’t need to attach it on the hot shoe.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    You don’t need to attach it to the hot shoe.

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    It doesn’t need a cable, works wirelessly as well with the WR-R10 (2.4 GHz radio).

  • Kaouthia

    So, to what would you attach it to prevent it from just dangling down and yanking itself out of the USB socket? :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/sebastian.rasch Sebastian Rasch

    Put it in your pocket? You don’t need to attach it with the cable, you know!? There’s a wireless transmitter WR-R10.

  • Kaouthia

    You still need one attached to the camera, you know? Else, how does the camera receive?

  • Kaouthia

    Did you even read the article?

    “However, the device’s real potential emerges when you pair it with a buddy: either another WR-1 or a WR-R10 Transceiver. You can then use your WR-1 as a remote controller while the other accessory connects to the DSLR and serves as a receiver.”

  • David Worthington

    think i’ll stick with my Chinese $16 wireless controler/intervalometer for now.