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This review is from: Nikon WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter for Nikon D600 Digital SLR (Electronics)This is one of those mediocre gadgets that has the potential of being very useful. I had more or less the same experience other reviewers had:
a) You need to know how to look for the wireless network generated by the WU-1B - not everyone knows how to do this. It would be much better if you switched on the camera, started Nikon's app and the iPhone or iPad connected seamlessly.
b) You can't change camera settings with the WU-1B on the camera. There must be some esoteric technical reason for this, but the one that comes to mind is software that was rushed to market without working out the kinks. I have used it with aperture priority and a flash and it worked well, but you have to turn off the camera and remove the device to change settings.
c) The camera periodically disconnects from the iPhone or iPad, usually after being idle for some time, but not always. The time after which it disconnects varies from 10 minutes to about 20 minutes. It may take some fiddling with the network settings and the button on the device to get reconnection promptly.
d) The downloads do take some time, but this is wireless so it's never going be speedy. It helps to decrease the file Quality setting to Normal or Basic. On the other hand, the first download seems to be the slowest, and subsequent ones seem to go faster. If you take a sequence of pictures and the camera disconnects, the downloads will continue after reconnection without any prompting on your part.
e) If you leave the device on for any length of time, it will suck the juice out of the battery in record time. It took 3.5 hours to lose 80% of a battery's charge under this circumstance.
f) If you have used a WT-5 with a D4, this is a downright disappointment. If you consider that the combined price of a D600 with a WU-1B is about 30% of the price of a D4 with a WT-5, I guess you might consider that it is reasonable if the cheaper combo has 30% of the features. It doesn't. Focusing by tapping on your iPad's screen and being able to take a picture from your iPhone, and downloading the pictures is not even 10% of what you can do with a WT-5, which is also browser based. On this one, Nikon definitely wins the bait-and-switch award.
Having said this, I used it mainly in a forensic setting and took over 1000 pictures with it. My main purpose was to back up the pictures on another device while I was taking them. Barring the occasional need to reconnect the devices, it did this well, but not much else. What I particularly resented was the need to turn everything off to change camera settings and reconnect the devices after you did. It prevents you from establishing any kind of continuous work flow. This is a device with great potential released prematurely. I think that a camera like the D600 deserves an accessory with greater functionality.