I purchased an Eye-Fi memory card and it was delivered today. I am playing around with it, and so far I am impressed. It is basically a memory card with a built in Wi-Fi adapter. It automatically sends pictures from the camera to the computer on my network. Pretty cool.
Only hiccup and criticism I have so far is that the instruction book and setup up give little to no direction. It just says – plug into the computer and follow the setup on the computer. It doesn’t give much direction as to what you need to do to actually make it work after you’ve plugged it in.
Fortunately, I figured out all of the settings on the computer, wireless adapter and camera, and it appears to be working properly now. The upload speeds are relatively fast, so far, and under the situation I have used the card [one or two picture test shots]. I’m sure I will have more of a review after I have used the card more.
Note – the camera may be smart enough [like mine] to recognize that an Eye-Fi card has been inserted. My camera automatically set the transfer mode to off… So, I snapped a few pictures and waited with no results. I looked at the memory card settings on the camera and determined that, indeed, the camera had turned off the transfer capability for the card.
Also, make sure that the wireless settings are available for your local wireless adapter/network. The Eye-Fi requires that the password is entered as well as the security type/method [WPA, WPA2, WEP, etc.] that is being used.
The Eye-Fi is not intended to be my primary memory card. In fact, there is a newer 16GB version. Since this is more of a non-standard memory card, I went for the cheaper older version – more to play around with it and see how well it works. I can always upgrade later if I find that it is really worth it.
I am in the process of looking at CF cards to fill a more permanent role as camera storage space, as well as other SD cards for backups. However, for quick local trips where I won’t be shooting more than 200 pictures, the Eye-Fi will probably come in handy.
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