Eye Fi Wireless SD Cards

July 20, 2010

in Accessories

I actually picked up on this through a post from Googler Matt Cutts. Part way through the posts he lists some problems and the super cool solutions that people have invented to solve them.

One of those listed is the Eye-Fi wireless SD card.

OK, so this technology has been around for a bit, but I missed it and I imagine a few readers of this blog did too so I hope this proves interesting to portable tech fans.

What is the Eye-Fi Wireless card?

The Eye-Fi wireless SD card is just like any other SD card you put into your camera. Netbook owners will be familiar with these as almost all portable PCs now come with a built in SD card reader.

Except the Eye-Fi card has one very important difference – it also comes with a WiFi antenna that enables you to upload photos directly to your PC.

The card is capable of connecting wirelessly to any home network in range, you can read more here.

Endless Capacity

As long as you are in range, you’ll never run out of space to store photos as you can automagically upload files to your PC as you take them.  Clever stuff.

I love the idea. Unfortunately my ancient Canon camera is down as one that suffers from an interference problem, so I won’t be rushing out to test it myself, but I’ll be replacing it later in the year so maybe then.

Has anyone used one of these?

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Si July 24, 2010 at 9:29 am

Trouble is the speeed at which it uploads them to your laptop is MEGA slow

Randhir (Eye-Fi) July 26, 2010 at 4:54 am

Si, the wireless transfer speeds are typically 10-15mbps (megabits per second), so a 5MB photo would take about 3 seconds. The key point though is that all you have to do is turn your camera on and Eye-Fi will do the rest. You don’t have to be at the computer to do anything else.

So even though this is slower than a USB transfer, it is easier since you just turn the camera on. This explains why most consumers have photos on their cameras for 4-6 weeks, while 60% of Eye-Fi users are sharing them online within 24 hours of taking the photo.

jez August 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Hi Randhir, thanks for taking the time to comment. Personally I hate the idea of having my photos sitting on my camera for weeks, especially when a 4gb+ card can store hundreds of photos. That’s a lot of memories that might be lost if they aren’t taken off and backed up.

I’m surprised that even high end cameras rarely have wi-fi in still, and still amazed that the Eye-Fi card is even possible! Very cool idea imo.

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