Remotes for the Z System Cameras

The Z9 features Nikon's older 10-pin round remote connection, which is used for both wired and wireless remotes:

  • MC-30A wired remote — Nikon's simple wired remote. Lower cost versions of this solution exist, such as the Vello RS-N1II. Wireless versions are also available. Also the Pixel Shutter remote.
  • WR-R10 wireless transmitter (replaced by the WR-R11a)— Nikon's wireless remote system can trigger remote flashes, or be used with the WR-T10 to fire the camera remotely.
  • Nikon's more sophisticated wired remote is the MC-36A Multi-Function remote. Costly, and doesn't really provide necessary functions for the Z9 that don't already exist in the camera itself (e.g. time-lapse ability). 

Other Nikon cameras using this connector: D500, D8xx, D3 series, D4 series, D5, and D6.

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The Z5, Z6, Z6 II, Z7, and Z7 II feature Nikon's standard 10-pin rectangular remote connection, which is used for both wired and wireless remotes:

  • MC-DC2 wired remote — A simple wired remote. Lower cost versions of this solution exist, such as the Vello RS-N2II. Wireless versions are also available.
  • WR-R10 wireless transmitter (replaced by the WR-R11b)— Nikon's wireless remote system can trigger remote flashes, or be used with the WR-T10 to fire the camera remotely.
  • Foologrpahy Unleased N2 — A smartphone-controlled wireless trigger that plugs in the 10-pin connector on these cameras. Integrates with geotagging, and supports interval and long time shooting.

Other Nikon cameras using this connector: D90, D3100 and later, D5xxx, D7xxx, D6xx, D7xx, Df, Coolpix P7700, P7800, A, and P1000.

The Z6 II and Z7 II also received firmware updates that support the ML-L7 wireless remote (see Z30/Z50/Zfc, below).

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The Z30Z50, and Zfc don't have a dedicated remote connection. Nikon has made a special Bluetooth type remote control for the Z30, Z50, and Zfc:

  • ML-L7 wireless remote — A remote with additional programmable functions and controls. The Coolpix P1000 can also use this remote.
  • AODELAN ML-L7A Wireless shutter — a third-party clone of the Nikon ML-L7 remote.
  • JJC BTR-N1 Wireless Remote Control — another third-party clone of the Nikon ML-L7, though in a different style. They also make a TP-N1 Shooting Grip (selfie stick) that comes with the wireless remote.
  • SmallRig Tripod Grip for ML-L7 — not actually a remote, but a place to put your remote in a small handgrip/tripod combination that works for selfie/video type work.

Other Nikon cameras using these Bluetooth remotes: Coolpix P950, Coolpix P1000, Coolpix A1000, Coolpix B600, Z6 II, and Z7 II.

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USB options also exist:

  • Alpine Labs Pulse — A smartphone-controlled wireless trigger that plugs in the USB 3.0 connector on cameras. Beyond triggering, supports long exposure, HDR, time lapse, photo booth, multiple camera triggering, and starting/stopping video.
  • Miops Camera Trigger — Directly supports the 10-pin and MC-DC2 connector cameras, and has lightning, laser, and sound triggers, as well. More extensive capabilities, but more expensive.

Remember, too, that the SnapBridge application can act as a wireless remote trigger for the cameras.

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