Nikon WT-5A wireless transmitter now available for pre-order

B&H is now taking pre-orders for the new Nikon WT-5A wireless transmitter that was announced with the Nikon D4 camera.

Update: WT-5A is also available on Adorama.

Here are two demo videos of the Nikon WT-5A wireless transmitter:

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  • Ren Kockwell

    Wow. Say what you will about the market for this thing. But there are almost no positive posts for it. Everyone bitches about the price. It will be interesting to see if this sells or the price drops.

    • Spooky

      $100.- would be a fair price and I would order one immediately. But like this…? No thanks, before I buy it for this price, hell freezes over.

      3rd party wireless for a fair price please……anyone?

  • Don

    Ok, I’ll try again. Read the specs. Can’t you do all this (camera control and uploads) via the Ithernet plug on the side of the camera. If so, then you don’t have to wait for a 3rd party vendor to come out with lower, but still overpriced wireless. Just plug in your ev eryeday wireless adapter (no more that $100) to the camera’s Ithernet port and it just exactly the same as controling and download while connected with a cable. Neither the camera nor the Computer software (Camera Control Pro ) would know that you were not connected with a cable. If it’s a wireless N or faster, the bandwidth is there.

    Pleaseee someone tell me what I’m missing or does no one know yet?


    • Kang

      You’re not missing anything. You’ve hit the nail on the head. Completely overpriced. Canon includes software for remote shooting with every camera for free. It’s tethered, but a simple wireless usb adapter would make it wireless.

    • Michael FirstLight


      You are 100% correct, anyone can have BETTER function than this for just $75 using off the shelf products. I posted the link in an earlier post I made; if anyone want to see what to get and how to make one, see the link I posed earlier.

      Actually, 802.11N isn’t enough for 18MP files. It provides a maximum theoretical connect spec of only 300Mbps AND requires the connection to a Wi-Fi network to function. A Wireless USB transmitter and receiver (read: not 802.11N, no network connection required at all) provides upto 480Mbps direct transfer to any notebook or tablet with a USB port running Windows and Nikon Camera Control 2. EyeFi, Even EyeFi X2, sucks by comparison; it is SLOW, connection is slow and unreliable, can’t transmit 12MP JPEGS fast let alone 18MP JPEGS even in AdHoc mode – and forget about transferring NEFs with an EyFi at any acceptable speed and forget about doing any remote camera control with it.

      The WUSB 2.0 transmitter/receiver pair I provided a link to earlier is 100% reliable – always connects instantly, can wireless transmit both JPEG and NEFs pairs TOGETHER fast, relaly fast (1-2 seconds per pair with my D300) – and I have full remote control using Nikon Camera Control 2 – including full remote live view, focusing, exposure, everything – all for a mere $75.

      Sadly, I wrote Nikon early last year through their only suggestion page and officially submitted the idea to them; I wasn’t the first to build one of these with readily available off-the-shelf parts; it was easy and required no electrical work – just some common products combined.

      Nikon isn’t going to make any profit off of the WT-5. They could do what I and others did and don’t it easily, put a $250 price on it and their profit would have been astronomical even at that price point, plus they’d have sold tons of CC2 and differentiated their competitive offering. Now I hope Canon does it just to capitalize on their myopic thinking and raise the stakes.


      • Calibrator

        One of the major reasons I chose the D7000 over the Canon 60D was that the Nikon at least has easy to use GPS connectivity and a multitude of GPS units/loggers available to choose from to get the GPS directly into the EXIF data.
        I guess for many (not all!) people wanting wireless connectivity it will be similar – but the other way round: Canon over Nikon…

      • Don

        Thanks! BUT… if Wireless N is not fast enough, what is Nikon using? Are they actually using Wireless USB? If so, don’t you have to have another transcever at the other end attached to a USB port on your computer? I thought the Nikon device plugged into the Ethernet port on the camera? No? It could be dual N, no? Isn’t there an Wireless Ethernet Protocal faster than N? I know there are solutions out there that a 100% reliable and cheap. There may even be more than one solution. If N is not fast enough and there is not one faster now, just wait a few months and there will be.

        • Michael FirstLight

          Oh, Wireless N will function work, but it depends on your definition of ‘fast enough’ – what I am saying from a few years of experience is that it isn’t practical unless you have time to wait for the transfers which can get lengthy with 802/11-anything. No, Nikon didn’t implement Wireless Wireless USB – they should have done it in camera in my opinion and yes, you just need a USB receiver stick in a computer somewhere within range. Wireless N should also have been bundled as you can get more distance with Wireless N, but with distance comes even more transfer speed degradation. One isn’t a replacement for the other.

          If there are others that have also used 802.11 transfer from camera to computer, EyeFi X2 and Wireless USB 2.0 (all three) they can confirm what I am saying from lots of hands on experience.

    • Daniel

      Would’ve worked if you just wanted the wifi capability.

      But the WT5 also runs a web server on its own. I think it’s actually inside the wt5 and not inside the camera itself.
      A web server that’s also quite fast and responsive, at the demos shown on iPad/iPhone (the Andoid tablets demo seems to create lag on its own though).

      • suprchunk

        You would be thinking incorrectly then.

        • Daniel

          On the contrary. Check other posts about it.
          There’s not a single line in the D4 specifications that says the web server resides inside the camera.
          It seems to be squeezed into that wonderful compact WT5 gadget.
          Which explains why you won’t get the web server, by just using the etherenet port.

  • Dan

    Maybe when all you guys grow up and be big boy photographers you’ll learn how to write purchases off as a loss on your taxes.

    Quit crying because some “toy” is out of your price range. Why don’t you stop playing pretend and become real pros!?!

    • Dan

      Not to be confused with the “other” sarcastic Dan 😛

    • Calibrator

      Stop being such an arrogant dick, Dan.

    • Wade

      Dan, why don’t you stop making an asshole of yourself instead?

    • Captaindash

      I’ll bet money Dan has better gear than photos. I’ve rarely met the techie who wasn’t more obsessed with 50k color shifts than making sure they’ve lit/composed the scene to be the most visually appealing. Who cares if your photos are technically perfect when they’re visually dull? I bet he drives a car he can’t really afford, and thinks he’s a better driver because of it.

  • Gra

    Price is loud for sure…tho it sounds like a company rebuilding after a few major crises…

    Wonder how many of the folks complaining, ponder how much they’re really paying for their MacDonald’s Fries when they know the cost of a potato…

    Of course it’s niche…the shooters using this would earn the cost back every 3 or 4 photos

    • Lou

      I fully agree!! I think Nikon is overpricing items to make for it’s financial losses due to the natural disasters at its factories. Personnaly, I think the tactic is going to backfire. I was excited about the WT-5 until I saw the price! I’m not going to be Nikon total sucker…lol. It’s bad enough that I’m paying $6,000 for the D4. At least it’s not anticipated $6,800 of the 1Dx.

  • Aaron

    Wow, this has been a riot to read… “I could buy a laptop, rip it apart, and make one of these for less than Nikon is selling it for!”, “Only because you’re a hack who doesn’t work for a living… I wish I could pay more for it!”

    Might I submit that it is possible for something to be horribly over priced and yet still well worth buying for certain applications?

    Personally I think it’s priced where it is because it’s only being sold to a subset of an already small market of D4 users– if they’re planning to make 5000 cameras a month, how many WT-5’s are they going to sell? Amortize the engineering effort, test and tooling over that quantity and it gets pretty steep. Parts aren’t going to be cheap in those low quantities either.

    What’s strange to me is that they didn’t design this for a larger user base.

    • Kang

      Sorry, but little engineering effort went into this (I’m an engineer). It’s just a wireless interface to some software that already exists. And even the tooling and material costs are not that high. I could outsource the physical plastic design and have it made for well under $100, even with a qty of just 1.

      • DaveEP

        Go on then – I challenge you! Last time I had plastic parts made the tooling was thousands of dollars!

        So, I challenge you – get one professionally made and come back with ONE for $100. Maybe then you can offer it for sale.

        Don’t forget we want ALL the functionality of this unit not use some simple wifi transfer.

    • Calibrator

      > What’s strange to me is that they didn’t design this for a larger user base.

      There are two rational explanations:

      a) Nikon doesn’t make as much profit with the body as they wanted and now compensates for this by making the accessoires extremely expensive. See the D7000 where everything with a Nikon label is extra expensive (batteries, battery grip, GPS unit).


      b) They simply think that where there’s money for a D4 there’s also shitloads of money for other stuff. As they can’t sell an additional battery grip (like the similarily priced one for the D800) the WIFI adapter has to make up for it…

      With either tactic they invite third-party-manufacturers, obviously.

  • vinman

    I guess I’m the only one booing Nikon for not making this functional with the D800 (even if it requires the MB-D12). Yeah, it’s pricey (so is the grip) but there’s a lot of functionality built into that particular transmitter.

    • ninpou_kobanashi

      Is the web server in the transmitter or the the camera?

      • JorPet

        I don’t see on the D4 spec where it says that the web server is in the camera. The only time you see HTTP access mentioned is with the transmitter. So, until better documentation comes along or someone can prove definitively that the web server is built into the camera, I’m going with the web server is a part of the transmitter.

        Yes the camera supports an ethernet connection, no that doesn’t mean that it has a web server built in. There looks to be a fair amount of functionality that becomes available only when the transmitter is in place. A bit like all the electronics in the flash that run that.

        • ninpou_kobanashi

          That might be why it’s a bit pricey 🙂
          Darn! I would love to use this feature but I’m, leaning towards a D800 [from my D700].

          I’d like to have a programable interface where the intervalometer accounts for the ambient exposure changes during sunrise/sunset.

          The normal Nikon SDK does not support iOS/Android, but this thingy looks like it would totally work.

        • Zeke

          In this demonstration, the D4’s built-in web server is accessed via its Ethernet interface:

          Incidentally, I wouldn’t pay too much attention to omissions in Nikon’s spec sheet. The NikonUSA site doesn’t even list Ethernet as one of the available interfaces.

  • Tech comment

    Not sure if wireless USB dongle would work. USB is master slave. The USB in the camera is probably a slave designed to connect to a computer that acts as a
    Master. Apple offers a camera connection USB kit to turn the iPad to a master to connect to the camera’s memory card. If you connected a USB wireless dongle to the D4 and the camera could act as a master, how do you load the drivers on the camera for the different wireless dongles?

  • Raffi

    Since the D4 has got an integrated web server
    There is no reason the EyFi give the same service as the WT-5
    The data transfer and the control of the camera
    Since this is done by web navigator !
    For ne this was ok to charge that price 5 years Agoo y now it’s look like a bit too much.

    • Daniel

      The D4 doesn’t have integrated web server, that WT5 has the web server integrated though.

      So just using the ethernet won’t give you any web server.

      • suprchunk

        “So just using the ethernet won’t give you any web server.”

        But it does.

        • Daniel

          It doesn’t
          It just gives you wifi access, like the older and cheaper WT4.
          To host a web server, you either have to bring a laptop and run software for it, or buy the damn WT5 😛
          (see there was a reason for it)

      • Zeke

        No, there is a web server built-in to the D4 that can be accessed via the Ethernet interface using a standard web browser.


        I’m repeating this link in order to squash this rumor, which to my amazement has evolved from a hunch to a presumed fact in the course of a few hours.

    • DaveEP

      Eye-Fi is connected to the card slot – not the ethernet port.

      Can some one PLEASE post a link to a BATTERY POWERED wifi –> Ethernet adapter that would achieve the same thing – guaranteed?

      No, I don’t have access to a wall socket – it must be battery powered and must last for 2+ hours continuous transmitting.

      • Michael Firstlight

        Why does it have to be Wi-Fi? See my link earlier – it is battery powered, faster, and more reliable; I use it constantly.

    • Joe Blow

      Did you ever think the server could in fact, be contained in D4, but requires the WT-5 to enable it; this way the WT-5 could be made as compact and inexpensive as possible, thus increasing the margins on the WT-5 to 99%!!!!

  • Rick Heatherley

    Nikon seems to be on a roll with charging unrealistic prices for accessories. Sure, buy a D800 for $2999, but be prepared to shell out another $1000 for the grip, battery, cover and charger. It’s not about the money as much as it is about value for the money. $877 for a wifi adapter doesn’t sound right. Nor does $459 for a battery charger.

    • Daniel

      Though you won’t be paying $877 for the wifi adaptor, since the D800 isn’t compatible with the WT5 anyhow 😛

  • man that is expensive

  • James Dehnert

    Wow. A bit pricey. Why they didn’t make this for the D800 is a real mystery, but at this price I’m not going to worry about it.

  • Here’s a positive post ! I am buying the Wt-5 with the D4. In fact 3 sets as we have three teams. But we shoot all day everyday using wireless. The Wt-4 is a pain but we can’t work without it. The cable connection from the belt transmitter to the camera gets caught up when moving around and can easily get pulled out. The Wt-4 eats batteries, lasts 2 hours max. And there is no Wireless N on the Wt-4 so when we are at trade shows with hundreds of other networks all competing it’s sometimes hard to get a good link.

    The D4 has most of the the wireless hardware built-in, the Wt-5 is just the antenna and the web server. Yes it’s expensive for what it is. If someone gives me a viable professional alternative that will work all day everyday without letting me down, I’ll try it.

    What does worry me is the WT-5 will eat into the battery life as it’s powered from the new battery in the D4 which is not as powerful as the one in the D3S. So I’ll buy a spare battery as well.

    But one busy event will pay for the camera and the transmitter plus the extra battery!

  • Nikon screwed up twice in the last 5 years, then raised the roof of the prices for their “next generation upgrade” models”. First with the SB-900 and it’s “protective” thermal shutoff that allows 30 bursts before shutting down (if you’re lucky). Then with their WT-4 “wireless” transmitter and its damned required USB to camera body tether. The now-flagship SB910 flash doesn’t automatically cut itself off right in the middle of a session, however you’re going to pay a pretty penny higher for it. And the TRULY wireless WT-5 which is fortunately as small as the second generation WT-2 cost four times more. I assume the Japanese need to screw the world to pay for tsunami damage.

  • If someone gives me a viable professional alternative that will work all day everyday without letting me down, I’ll try it.

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