Nero Trigger for Nikon review

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This Nero Trigger for Nikon ($194) review is by Alex Sarna:

The Nero Trigger is a device that can trigger your flash and cameras through 6 different modes. These include lightning, sound, timelapse, laser, HDR and DIY. These features can certainly makes photographers more creative with their off camera lighting techniques.

I received the product in the mail and once I opened the package, there were a few concerns that immediately stood out to me. To start off, I was surprised the trigger did not have pins on the hot-shoe. Instead, it had a flat plastic surface. When mounting, it seemed as if I was pushing the trigger into the cameras hot-shoe. It did not come off easily either.

Secondly, the hot-shoe on the device must have been accidentally glued on a slant. This was very strange to see and also made inserting it on the camera very difficult:

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Nero Trigger flipped over to see the plastic mount and awkward slant

I decided to test the unit on both my Nikon D40 and D300, just in case it was my D40 that had some incompatibility issue. The Nero Trigger did not even fit into my D300’s hot-shoe and I was not about to push it in. Plastic gripping to metal just doesn’t work and isn’t worth the risk of getting it stuck.

Additionally, the included cables did not properly connect to both units. One side of each cable fit inside the camera and trigger, but the second end on each did not match the connection ports in either device. This was rather frustrating to play around with.

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Nero Trigger cables

As a result of these major issues, apart from turning the Nero Trigger on and flipping through the menu screens, I could not fully test the product to its full potential.

On a positive note, the trigger did come with the 2 cables (mentioned above) for camera and flash connectivity and 2 AAA batteries ready to use. The menu systems seemed to be clear and simple enough to read.

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Nero in the box

In conclusion, I think Nero Trigger needs to revisit their product design and functionality. Incorporating a real, metal hot-shoe and making it straight, would be the biggest fix.

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