Canon WFTE3 Wireless Transmitter

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The Canon WFT-E2, WFT-E3 and WFT-E4 Wireless File Transmitters for several cameras in the EOS range allow you to either send files wirelessly or control your camera from the comfort of your computer all without using wires!

Who are they for?

Aimed mainly at studio and news photographers, the WFT units can be used to get large previews back on a computer to wire images to a picture desk almost as soon as they’re taken.

The WFT-E4 Wireless File Transmitter.

Key features

  • 802.11b and 802.11g

  • USB Host

  • PTP, HTTP and FTP protocols

  • Up to 150m range

  • Ethernet 110 Base TX connector

The WFT-E2, WFT-E3 and WFT-E4 units offer multi-protocol control and convenient USB hosting in a compact package. The units allow you to connect to both wireless and wired LAN networks with full support for FTP, HTTP and PTP. A new connection wizard makes setting up a WiFi connection quicker and easier than before and allows WPA-PSK authentication and TKIP encryption to ensure secure data transfer.

For those working in studios or on location these units are the quickest way of getting your images in front of your clients. Shoot tethered using an Ethernet 100Mbps connection for fast image transfer; wirelessly transmit images using 802.11b (11Mbps) or 802.11g (54Mbps) connections; or simply use the USB host functions to shoot images direct to an external USB hard drive.

To retain the weather sealing of the cameras, the units feature a built-in antenna. These units are perfect for commercial studios, sports and wedding photographers. At a wedding you can remain mobile, free from the clutter of cables. Images can be transmitted immediately back to a base-station where an assistant can select and edit them on location and present a slideshow in time for the wedding reception.

For sports and news photographers, images can be transferred directly to the picture desk, using HTTP mode, for review by the picture editor in almost real-time. For the busy commercial studio, having images available to view by the client or art director while the shoot is going on can save time. The art director could potentially give meaningful direction from anywhere in the world. Alternatively, it can be used in less pressured environments to get images onto a larger screen where they can be checked for lighting and focus issues.

If you want to geo-tag your images so they can be located on a map, you will also need one of these units as it provides the connection to allow the latitude and longitude information to be embedded within the EXIF data of each image you take.


Type Image transfer accessory compatible with IEEE 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Ethernet (wired LAN) (IPsec support). Can be connected via USB to external media and GPS devices. Vertical shooting controls included
Network Protocols PTP, HTTP, FTP
Wireless LAN
Standards compliance ARIB STD-T66 (Low-Power Data Communication System/Wireless LAN System), IEEE 802.11b, and IEEE 802.11g
Transmission method DS-SS modulation (IEEE 802.11b) and OFDM modulation (IEEE 802.11g)
Transmission range Approx. 150 m / 492 ft. 
- With no obstructions between the transmitting and receiving antennas and no radio interference 
- With a large, high-performance antenna attached to the wireless LAN access point
Transmission frequency WFT-E2: 2412 - 2472 MHz (central frequency, 13 channels total) 
WFT-E2A: 2412 - 2462 MHz (central frequency, 11 channels total)
Connection method Infrastructure or ad hoc (IEEE 802.11b/g)
Security Authentication method: Open, shared key, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK Encryption: WEP, TKIP and AES
Wired LAN
Standards compliance IEEE 802.3u (Ethernet 100 Base-TX)
USB Connection
Connectable Devices External media or GPS devices
Camera Extension system terminal
Wired LAN Ethernet RJ-45 port
External device USB 2.0 Hi-Speed port (for connecting external media and GPS devices)
Image Capture Capacity (Approx. number of images)
At Normal Temperature (23°C / 73°F): 2600 At Low Temperature (0°C / 32°F): 2600 
- Using a fully charged BP-511A. The number of images that can be transferred is nearly the same at normal (23°C) and low (0°C) temperatures. 
- When automatic transfer is performed during shooting of an image of approx. 4MB under conditions based on the CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) test standards. 
- Fewer images can be transferred when transferring images over a wireless LAN. 
- Fewer images can be transferred when using bus-power external media or GPS devices.
Power source
Battery Battery Pack BP-511A, BP-514, BP-511, and BP-512; One battery is used.
Battery check Automatic
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) 142.8 x 45.0 x 75.4 mm / 5.6 x 1.8 x 3.0 in.
Weight Approx. 340 g / 12.0 oz. (Body only)
Operating environment
Temperature 0°C - +40°C / 32°F - +104°F
Humidity 85% or less

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