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Nikon ML-L3 Remote Shutter Control

NIKON ML-L3

WIRELESS REMOTE SHUTTER RELEASE | PRICE: $20

RANGE:
 
8.0
DURABILITY:
 
9.0
BATTERY:
 
9.5
VALUE:
 
10.0
OVERALL:
 
9.0

PROSCONS
AffordableDirectional IR
Works Great
Easy to Use

Last Updated: October 19, 2012 | By Brian Tobey Email Google+

SUMMARY


Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Shutter Remote Control

INTRODUCTION

The Nikon ML-L3 (NIKON# 4730) is a wireless remote control to remotely perform shutter control and autofocus. It is primarily used for Nikonís mainstream DSLRs, however it does work with the Nikon 1 mirrorless camera system along with some advanced Coolpix cameras. It is handy when taking group photos or photos that you would like to appear in. It comes packaged with a small case. Oh, and it's made in China, hence the affordability.

The ML-L3 has one simple button for shutter release. It does not have the capability to press it half way down to autofocus. Instead, it autofocuses just before it fires the shot. It is extremely handy for group shots, or times when you do not want to wait for the timer. Most of Nikonís DSLR provide the ability to fire it directly or with a short 2 second pause / timer feature.

At most retail locations you can purchase the ML-L3 for about $20. However, eBay usually has them at half that price. I would first try eBay. If you prefer other online stores, try Amazon or Adorama.



PERFORMANCE


HOW IT WORKS

The Nikon ML-L3 features a one button simple design. It uses Infrared (IR) to transmit to the camera for the desired shutter release.


INFRARED SENSOR RANGE

The range from the remote to the camera can be quite far. Iíve used mine up to 50 feet (15 meters) away. However it is very directional. You need to be within the cameras sensor range. This depends more on the camera than on the remote, and sometimes what lens you are using as I have had lenses limit the sensorís field of view on the camera. This of course is not true for the Nikon D3200, as it has two IR sensors, one in the front and one in the back!


BATTERY LIFE

The battery life is quite good for the ML-L3. I have no complaints here. It uses a 3V lithium watch battery (CR2025). I use mine from time to time and it has lasted well over several years. One quick note, when packing it for a trip, be sure not to put it where it may be pressed, as that would drain the battery quickly.


VIDEO CAPBILITY

The Nikon ML-L3 does not work with Video as youíd expect it to. In live view, it assumes you want to use it to take a photo rather than record a video. This is its biggest down side. I would love this to re-focus my videos or trigger the record capability. Unfortunately this is not the case with the ML-L3.


ML-L3 Battery bay tray CR2025


COMPATIBILITY


The Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote shutter control is compatible with a variety of Nikon cameras, including the newer Nikon 1 mirrorless camera system and even some Coolpix, although it is most commonly used for Nikonís mainstream DSLRs. Unfortunately the professional level DSLRs do not utilize it. I guess Nikon wants you to purchase there more expensive remote devices. What a rip off. I prefer using Photix brand remotes for Nikonís professional series cameras, as they are considerably cheaper and work well.

Below are some compatible popular cameras:

Nikon ML-L3 remote control back side

CONCLUSION



RECOMMENDATIONS:

Should you think you have the need for a remote control, and you have a compatible camera, I would highly recommend the ML-L3 remote control. It works great and is simple to use.

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