Nikon delays the release of the N16F1 Bluetooth remote control


Nikon filed paperwork with the FCC to delay the release of the previously rumored Bluetooth remote control N16F1 (Bluetooth 4.1 + LE):

"We are requesting dismissal of the approved model FCC ID: CGJ1153EB which was issued in August 8, 2017, dueto the reasons stated below:Change of sales start date and the device has not been sold in any country yet, including USA. We will propose theFCC Certification as anew application with the same FCC Identifier." (source: FCC)

It seems that Nikon had plans to released the N16F1 most likely with a new camera and then canceled or changed their plans. My guess is that this new remote goes together with the rumored Nikon Coolpix P900 replacement or the new mirrorless camera.

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  • Allan

    Peter, is this the first time you posted a picture of the back of N16F1?

  • Allan

    Two Hebrew sentences.

  • Eric Calabros

    Most likely scenario: Remote control delayed because mirrorless camera delayed and mirrorless camera delayed because its kit lenses delayed.

    • I think so too – the remote is too “high end” for a COOLPIX camera. The new Nikon mirrorless camera was supposed to be announced at the end of 2017 or early 2018.

      • Allan

        I AM … delayed.

        • I am not surprised after all the layoffs and cuts they realized that they cannot deliver on time, so they will start hiring again… companies do that all the time.

      • Eric Calabros

        Maybe they thought just two kit lenses is not enough to convince the fan base that they’re serious this time, at the other hand they have to make another equally convincing set of lenses for FF mirrorless . 2016 was affected by sensor supply problem​, and 2018 is about the glass.

      • Sebako

        Although, the Coolpix B700, for example, has two Fn buttons. And Bluetooth…

    • doge

      Let’s hope it’s 18-55! ^^

  • Semaphore

    Maybe closing down the China plant is causing production delays.

  • Mahatma

    Couldn’t one use the phone as remote?

    • Shutterbug

      Yes, but this ist true for the KeyMission 170 and 360 as well, which use the ML-L6 BT-remote. Not everybody owns a phone or wants to use the smartphone, when this should be quicker (the KeyMission models have to establish a Wifi-connection prior to remote release).

      • Piooof

        Yep, but it’s not only a speed issue. If you want to photograph your bike stunt, for example, you’ll be more inclined to use a $50 plastic remote than a $500 phone. And chances are that the remote will be cheaper than a solid phone protection!

    • Spy Black

      If the WiFi actually worked on the new bodies, and if you actually had intelligent, functional software, yes. If you have an older, standard WiFi enabled body, you’re golden. Just download an app like DSLR Dashboard and roll.

    • Max

      Yes, but Snapbridge…

  • TurtleCat

    Maybe they can use the time to hire a UI designer so it won’t be so blasted ugly?

    • PhilK

      If you’re talking about the remote depicted in the image at the top of the post, I’d say that’s good ergonomic design with well-separated buttons using distinctly different shapes, organized into functional groups.

      The more typical remotes have big blocks of identical buttons in rows, which might look better to some people but are ergonomic disasters.

      I’ll take the ergonomically superior remote over the ‘pretty’ remote any time.

      The only stylistic change I might make is to replace the silver-colored parts with some other color, maybe. But it’s a nitpick.

      • TurtleCat

        I look at it as functional but not ergonomic. I also feel that good usability means it should be designed well both visually and tactilely (to coin a word). This is an engineer’s remote that would make Edward Tufte recoil in horror.

        • sandy

          It’s a frikin remote. It looks just fine.

          • TurtleCat

            And you’re saying they shouldn’t use good human factors on a remote?

  • Eli Wohl

    Any connection of the Hebrew littering in the back to TowerJazz? 🙂

    • Good conspiracy theory 🙂

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