Nikon WU-1a


When I purchased my Nikon P7800 part of the appeal was being able to take the images straight from the camera to Facebook or Instagram to share them with family and friends.  The camera itself is amazing and I am very happy with the purchase but this little adapter is a pain in the ass.

First lets talk about where it plugs in.  This little guy plugs in right on the same side that you grip the camera.  So you can’t keep the adapter in at all times you absolutely have to remove it or your paw will eventually break it off.  So for convenience this is a -1.  It appears Nikon was well aware that this would be the ‘case’.  Case here being the operative word.  Nikon includes a case that fits on the camera strap so that you can put the device away after using it.

Now let’s talk about using it.  The adapter software runs on both Android and Apple phones.  This is a huge win for me as I switch phones like some people switch underwear.  Currently I am using a Android LG G2 phone which is a great phone with long battery life and an amazing screen.  The software loads fine and the first time I used it with the camera it was amazing.  The Nikon WU-1a worked great for passing the images from the camera to phone and then from the phone to Facebook.  The transfer gives you an option full size or recommended size but it really doesn’t tell you what that size is.  I made some prints from it and looks good to me so whatever it is thumbs up.


Now the second time I used the Nikon WU-1a it failed.  It disconnected twice in image transfer.  I did this at the very tech heavy office so I wasn’t sure if something was interfering or what.  I tried it again at home and it worked once but then failed again.  My hope was that maybe because my camera was still on 1.0 firmware that an update would do the trick.  Unfortunately there is no update for my camera.  So right now I would give it a 2 star review and be very aware of your return policy.  I am going to keep it and try it on some other phones and see how it works.

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