The new D5300 D-SLR along with many COOLPIX compact digital cameras have Wi-Fi® built-in. Now, using any of these cameras, you can seamlessly transfer images from your Wi-Fi camera to your compatible smartphone or tablet for easy sharing via email, text or uploading to an image sharing site. And a great feature of Nikon cameras that feature Wi-Fi connectability is that you don't need to be at a Wi-Fi hotspot. The camera and your smart device create the connection.

Although your smartphone probably has the capability of shooting photos, your Nikon digital camera can likely take better photos. This is because digital cameras utilize larger image sensors, and powerful image processing engines. The camera’s sensor is designed to give you a higher resolution, wider dynamic range, and the ability to shoot in low light and use high ISOs—all of which allow for the generation of high quality image files. Nikon digital cameras also utilize great NIKKOR lenses, as well as many features that allow you to be creative with your photography.

Images shot with Nikon cameras that feature built-in Wi-Fi can be uploaded to a compatible smartphone or tablet that has the Nikon Wireless Mobile Utility app loaded on the device. The app is free and can be found on the iTunes Online Store® for iPhone® or iPad® users and the Google Play service for Android™-powered smart devices.

Once on your smart device, you can upload images to image sharing or SNS websites, or send them to friends and family via email or text messaging.

Your imaging needs and smart device will likely determine the file size/type that you shoot images with that are going to be transferred from the camera via Wi-Fi. The D5300 is a 24-megapixel HD-SLR camera and you probably won’t want to shoot using the maximum resolution of the camera if you’re planning on sending images to a smart device using Wi-Fi. This is because the larger the file size, the longer it will take to travel from the camera to the device, so it is suggested that you use JPG rather than NEF. JPG fine/large will also give you larger files than choosing JPG Basic/medium or small. For a balance of high image quality and fast image transfer, we recommend jpg/fine/medium.


Remote Control

You can even use your Android™- or iOS-powered phone/tablet as a remote to shoot photos with—allowing you to get into the shot along with your other subjects, or even place the camera in a location to capture wildlife while you snap the shutter from a remote spot far from the wild animals. What’s really fun is that you actually see the same image the camera sees on your smartphone or tablet’s LCD screen—allowing you to shoot at precisely the right moment that you want. (Select COOLPIX models allow for remote shooting, check your Camera's User's Manual to see if your camera has this capability.)

It’s easy to share still images with your friends and family using your Nikon digital camera with built-in Wi-Fi. You can also share video with the D5300.


Using the D5300's built-in Wi-Fi

In order to use the Wi-Fi feature of Nikon cameras that have built-in Wi-Fi, you’ll need to download the free “Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility” app. For folks using Android™-powered devices, download the app from the Google Play service and install it on your Android™-powered smart device (phone [2.3 or later] or tablet [3.x or later]). For folks using an iPhone® or iPad®: iOS version 6.0 or higher, download the app from the iTunes Online Store®. Once the app is installed, follow the remaining steps each time you want to shoot with your camera and upload images.

Insert a media card into the camera. You must have a media card in the camera for the Wi-Fi menus to be fully accessible.

There are three different ways that an Android user can connect to their D5300 and only one way for an iOS user to connect a camera to their iPhone® or iPad®. The following instructions can be used by both Android™ and iOS users—connect by selecting the camera’s WI-FI NETWORK OR SSID on the smart device. Connecting this way is the quickest and easiest because it is an unencrypted connection.

Android™ users also have the option of connecting via Push-button WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) if their smart device supports push-button WPS, or PIN-entry WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup). For step-by-step instructions on setting up those types of connections, please see your camera's User's Manual.

You can now access the camera from the utility. Upon selecting the Take Pictures Remotely option in the app, Live View is started automatically, allowing you to now see what the camera sees.

While Wi-Fi is established on the D5300, the Wi-Fi icon will flash in the information display. It will stop flashing once a connection has been established and the camera is exchanging data with the smart device.


Connecting the D5300 to the Smart Device via Network SSID (Android™ and iOS)

1.    Enable the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi.

     a.    Press the MENU button to display the menus, then highlight Wi-Fi in the setup menu and select it. Once selected, highlight the Network connection and select that, then highlight Enable and press OK. Wait a few seconds for the Wi-Fi to activate.

2.    Display the camera WI-FI NETWORK OR SSID.

     a.    Highlight Network settings and select it.

     b.    Highlight View SSID and select it.

3.    Go to the smart device’s Wi-Fi settings and select the camera SSID or Wi-Fi Network in the list of networks displayed by the smart device.

4.    Launch the Wireless Mobile Utility on the smart device.

To Terminate the Connection:

Wi-Fi can be disabled by selecting Wi-Fi, Network Connection, Disable in the camera setup menu or by starting movie recording or by turning the camera off.

When you are done shooting, turn the camera off.

Once the files are on your smartphone or tablet, that device’s Wi-Fi or cellular service is used to upload the files to websites or to send them as attachments to emails.


Step-by-step set-up for using the built-in Wi-Fi in COOLPIX cameras:

Accessing the camera varies with the type of connection that’s used by the smart device. Android users may have the choice of: Push-button WPS, PIN-entry WPS, WPA2-PSK-AES or View SSID depending upon the capabilities of their smart device. iOS users will use View SSID. The quickest and easiest connection is the View SSID as it is unencrypted. For step-by-step instructions on using Push-button WPS, PIN-entry WPS, or WPA2-PSK-AES connections, please see your camera's User's Manual.

The following COOLPIX compact digital cameras have Wi-Fi built-in: AW110, S9500, S6800, S6500, S5300 and S5200. The COOLPIX S800c also has built-in Wi-FI and it runs on the Android operating system. To read how to set up the COOLPIX S800c, click here.

 

Connecting a COOLPIX to a smart device using Network SSID (iOS and Android)

1.    Enable the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi.

a.    Press the MENU button to display the menus, then highlight Wi-Fi Options in the setup menu and turn it ON. You will see that the camera is beginning to search for the smart device.

2.    On an iOS-powered device, you will need to go into settings and select Wi-Fi.

3.    Select the camera’s Wi-Fi Network or SSID, which will begin with the name Nikon followed by an alpha-numeric string. The camera and smart device will then connect.

4.    Launch the Wireless Mobile Utility on the smart device.

Once the files are on your smartphone or tablet, that device’s Wi-Fi or cellular service is used to upload files to image sharing or SNS websites or to send them as attachments to emails.

COOLPIX cameras must have a media card in the camera for Wi-Fi options to be accessible; and the camera’s battery must have at least 50% charge.


To Terminate the Connection:

Wi-Fi can be disabled by selecting Wi-Fi, Network Connection, Disable in the camera setup menu or by turning the camera off.