10/31/12 UPDATE: Correction re AF Area Mode - You can use Face Priority AF Area Mode.
Not all iPhone/iOS and Android devices can use the Wireless Mobile Utility Adapter app.
- iPad 1 - works but requires iOS 5.1. The app is not native to iPad therefore it won't fill the screen.
- iPad 3 running iOS 6 - the app doesn't show up in the App Store no matter what I search.
- iPhone 4 running iOS 6 - the app shows up in the App Store and works. This is the phone I used for this review.
- iPhone 4S running iOS 6 - the app doesn't show up in the App Store no matter what I search.
- My wife's low-end Andoid phone - the Google Play store said her phone wasn't compatible.
The documentation wasn't very detailed, but it was easy to setup.
1. Download the free app to your phone.
2. Connect the adapter to the D600's mini-USB port and turn on the camera. The adapter will power on.
3. Turn on the phone's wi-fi and search for the ad hoc wireless network created by the adapter. Optional: establish a password for the wireless adapter's network. My phone memorized the password so I didn't have to re-enter it every time I wanted to connect to the adapter.
1. Connect the wireless adapter to the camera.
You connect to the network using your phone the same as you would for any wi-fi network.
No multiple users: when one device is already connected to the wireless adapter, no other device can connect to that same adapter.
- Upon choosing "Take Photos," the camera's live view photo automatically activates. You hear the mirror lift immediately, though it takes about a second for the live view feed to start showing up on my phone. Once I see the live view feed, the refresh rate is very responsive, as if you are looking at the live view at the back of the camera.
- When the remote live view is active, the camera is locked (as though it is shooting tethered). However, from the shooting screen, you can bring up the quick option menu and activate the camera shooting mode, which will allow you to shoot with the camera. (The function of the phone would then be to review the images.)
|The quick option menu, with the option to shoot with the camera|
- You will see the shutter speed, aperture, number of shots left and battery level. Can't see ISO. You cannot change exposure settings. However, exposure is not locked. If you are in an autoexposure mode (P, A, S, Auto, etc.) the exposure will vary as the scene changes.
- One cool feature is that you can tap anywhere on the phone's screen to choose the AF point. This is way faster than using the joystick. The AF area mode
- Tap the "shutter" on the phone screen to take the shot.
- If the Live View selector is on Live View Movie mode, then pressing the shutter will take a photo with 16:9 ratio.
- By default, phone will download the preview. (This option can be disabled.)
- The review of the shot is kind of slow. The workaround is to enable Raw + JPEG and choose small basic JPEG. With these settings, the image shows up after about 6 to 8 seconds. By comparison, if I use a large basic JPEG, it takes about 25 seconds. If I use raw, it takes about 40 seconds to see the shot.
- The preview has several limits. First, you can zoom in but the preview is of a limited resolution (it seems it is the same resolution as the LCD screen). The resolution is the same regardless of the JPEG size chosen, making it hard to use it for confirming focus. The download preview also does not have auto-rotation for the orientation, so viewing a portrait image can be a little confusing. You also can't see the EXIF data.
- If preview download is enabled, the 4 most recent shots will show up on the bottom of the screen (similar to Lightroom's filmstrip). If the phone is in landscape orientation, the filmstrip won't show up. Note: going back to the main menu will clear the filmstrip.
From the main menu, you can select "View Photos." In this mode you can see the shots on the D600's memory card, regardless of whether it was taken with remote live view. You'll see thumbnails of the photos (JPEGs appear separately from NEFs and NEFs are labeled as such). You can select photos then download them to your Photos app for editing, sharing, using as a wallpaper, etc.
From the main menu, you also have the option to change settings. Here you can set up the wireless network password, and the power-off timer for the adapter.
I haven't taken real world shots yet with this adapter. I'll update this post when I do.
Here is a test shot. I took this while holding the camera at arms length. The live view was in movie mode, hence the 16:9 ratio. The live view focus was on face priority with AF-F. As you can see the focus is exactly on my eyes.
Here is a casual group shot that I took (note: photomerged very quickly in Photoshop). The D600 was on face priority. The focus was on the faces on the front row. The focus was spot-on.
Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility instructions here.