How to Use Wireless Remote-Control Modes on Your Nikon D5300

By Julie Adair King

There are multiple Release mode options on your Nikon D5300, some even allowing remote-control access. Two Release mode settings relate to the Nikon ML-L3 wireless remote-control unit. These Release modes work as follows:

  • Delayed Remote: After you press the shutter-release button on the remote unit, the AF-assist lamp blinks for about two seconds, and then the camera takes the picture.

  • Quick Response Remote: The image is captured immediately. In this mode, the AF-assist lamp blinks after the shot is taken.

Normally, the camera cancels out of the remote-control modes if it doesn’t receive a signal from the remote after about one minute. You can adjust this timing by using the Remote On Duration option, located on the Timers/AE Lock submenu of the Custom Setting menu.

The maximum delay time is 15 minutes; keep in mind that a shorter delay time saves battery life. After the delay time expires, the camera resets itself to either Single Frame, Quiet Shutter, or Continuous Low or Continuous High mode, depending on which mode you last used. The Release mode is also reset to one of those modes if you turn off the camera.

As with self-timer shooting, it’s a good idea to cover the viewfinder when you’re using these modes, to prevent exposure problems that can be caused by light entering the camera through the viewfinder.

These Release modes are not meant to be used with a wired remote control. Select one of the other Release mode settings, and then press the shutter-release button on the remote to trigger the shutter. Wired or wireless, see your remote’s operating guide for more details on using the unit.