Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control

Remote shutter release method will come handy when you want to take Fireworks photograph, Night photograph or any long exposure shooting where camera shake will be the main problem. If you want to trigger your camera shutter remotely, you have two options. One is to use wired remote shutter release cord and the other is to use wireless remote control.

Few months ago, I had posted a blog about Nikon MC-DC2 wired remote shutter release cord and now I feel to write something about wireless remote control for remote shutter release. There are lots of rumors and speculations about using wireless remote control. So I am trying to put my own experience and opinions about this accessories.

Nikon ML L3 Wireless Remote controlThere are some reviews which say it has to have proper line of sight with camera IR sensor to trigger the camera shutter remotely. But I think it depends on how are you taking picture and I can’t really complain about this feature. And the other feature that lots of people are concerned about is it’s Autofocus feature. There is no doubt that this remote is able to autofocus the lens before triggering the shutter but it will not re-focus if the shutter release button has already been pressed halfway down to focus the subject. To focus using wireless remote control, it is better idea to compose your shot but do not use camera’s shutter release button half way down to focus it but use wireless remote control instead. Does it make sense to you? I think it does.

Lots of people complain that it doesn’t come with any instruction on how to use it when you buy it. Here is simple instruction on how to sync your wireless remote control with your DSLR camera.

How to use ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control?

Nikon D90 top viewI believe in most of the Nikon camera, you go to Custom Settings Menu (CSM) with the pencil icon and then go to Release mode. There you can specify which method you want to use to release your shutter button. With Nikon D90, its even much easier than that. D90 comes with release mode button just to the right of the LCD panel. This button has set timer icon and wireless remote icon nearby. While pressing that button, you have to rotate main command dial to change your release mode option. You can change from single shot to continuous shot to timer shot to wireless remote mode. Once you change your release mode option to wireless remote (It will display wireless remote icon on the LCD display), you are ready to use wireless remote control to trigger shutter.

Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control supports Nikon P7000, D3000, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D7000, D70s, D80 & D90 Digital SLR Cameras.

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  1. Mathew, AUS says:

    I own this and wired shutter release cord also. But I liked the wired version better.

  2. John, USA says:

    I agree with Mathew. + 1 to wired version.

  3. Terry Mac says:

    I purchased the Wireless Remote ML-L3 a week ago, but have been using the wired remote for more than a year. There has been so much negative comments about the ML-L3 at various web-sites that I couldn’t believe that a NIKON Camera Product could be such a terrible performer. I have spent the last 3 days, giving this wireless a complete workout. The clerk, where I purchased it gave me the following info, based on observations & feedback from some of his customers.
    1/ maximum distance from remote to camera, at camera level of 6 ft, 15 ft..
    My experience: Remote to Camera Distance 29 Ft. with the camera upside down on a tripod.
    2/ Remote must be placed directly in front of the camera.
    My experience There is a blackout area directly behind the camera of about a 60 degree angle. With the camera placed on a tripod at a height of 9 ft, ( inside a room) I was able to fire the camera within a 300 degree arc with 150 degrees on either side of the centre line of the camera lens. I have placed the Nikon D80 on a tripod at a height of 14 feet, stood, at a tripod base to remote distance of 10 ft with the remote held at a point of angle of 270 degrees( or 135 degrees from Lens Centre line) & the ML-L3 performed effortlessly. I am absolutely delighted with its performance & would recommend it to any user who is willing to roll up his/her sleeves & learn how to use it…

    • Thank you Terry for your detail and experimental explanation. I hope it helps many photographers who read this blog to know about Nikon Wireless remote control unit.

  4. I have the Nikon P7000 and use the wireless remote. It’s great for taking a single shot, but I have to go to the camera, look at the shot, and then put it back on remote mode. Is there anyway to set the camera to remote mode so that it is locked in and I don’t have to go to the camera after every shot to change back to remote mode? Please help!

  5. Whitney,
    I haven’t used it with P7000 but in case of D80 and D90, once you put shutter release mode into remote mode, you don’t have to go and put it back on remote mode. There should be some way to do it for your camera.

  6. Page 215, D7000 owner’s Manual
    C 5: Remote on Duration Menu Button Custom Setting Menu
    Choose how long the camera will remain on stand-by in remote release mode( 80). If no operations are performed for the selected period Remote shooting will end & the exposure meters will turn off. Choose Shorter times for longer battery life. To reactivitate Remote Mode, after the timer has expired, press the camera shutter release button halfway. The selectable time periods for Stand-by are I minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes. All this info is in the owners manual, which you can download a free copy which is printable. That’s assuming that you didn’t receive such a manual when purchasing your D7000. Hope this helps .


    Kindly let me know which one is better and convenient in these two items of remote controls and why? MC-DC 2 or ML-L3

    Thanking you,
    With regards


    • Well, usually it depends on what you are trying to do. If you are only concerned with triggering shutter for long exposure shot (to avoid camera shake), I will go with Wired version. Some people prefer to get wireless to do self-portrait or operate camera from distance but I have also heard that wireless doesn’t work from all the angles.

      Personally, I use Wired version. Hope it helps.

      Happy Shooting!

  8. any way to shoot in continuous mode with IR remote (ML-L-3) for Nikon D5100

  9. I wanted to ask that i want to take potraits of just myself and standing about 3 steps from camera …. So how will i use the autofocus feature of the remote & does the autofocus feature works efficiently ??? Ty

  10. can i use this Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control for nikon coolpix p520 dslr camera

  11. Bruce McFadden says:

    I have a new Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote for use with my Nikon D7000. Camera has been set up according to manual directions. It seems to work fine for a while and then stops. I have to go back to the camera and refocus etc and then I can use the remote for another 5 minutes or less. What am I doing wrong ? Thanks

  12. Daniel Zuliani says:

    Hi, will the remote just trigger the shutter for pictures or could it be also used to shoot video as well (stop, start)?


    • I think there are some remote that triggers start and stop of video recording but I am not sure if this particular one will do it. But if you find out any, please update us.

      Happy Shooting ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Hi everyone, I have D750, I want to put my camera 60′ in the air and remote trigger the camera with the ML-L3 remote. Does anyone know how to keep the D750 from going to sleep?

    Thank you in advance,


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