I hate having a limitation on my camera memory and always having to swap cards and transfer especially on bigger shoots. Also sometime the small screen on my camera does not alway cut it — especially when I’m with client, friends, or family members who want to look over my shoulder and get a peak of the shot. My camera does not support wi-fi transfer natively and I have seen photographers, mostly at theme parks, shoot a photo and transfer to a computer.
I have been aware of the EYEFi card for a while and with the release of the EyeFi Mobi this seemed like the perfect solution for my problem. After checking and confirming compatibility with my Canon digital SLR camera and computer – I was able to fire up the card and give it a try while on location.
What’s in the box:
In the package you will find the wifi sd card, case, some basic instructions and setup information.
As long as you have a compatible camera setup is very easy and much easier than the original EyeFi cards from what I have read. In the packaging the card comes with the ID/password that you will need when setting up on the computer. But when I installed in my camera in the normal sd slot, all I had to do was go to my menu option and enable wifi.
Once that was done and it was broadcasting all I had to do next was connect to my camera device with my computer by locating that wireless network and then inputting the password. It had a few setup questions but once that was done the connection was instant. As I shot some test photos I would see the images transfer over after the shoot to my computer and I can open or preview. This was great since now my 8gn card was virtually unlimited storage since I could transfer then remove from the card as needed.
Setup was almost the same for my iPhone and Android tablet — I just needed to download the app and use the same setup code and photos were easily transferred to the device I was using. Photos looked great on the iPhone but worked really well on my larger ASUS Tablet — that way many people could see the image and I could also check focus and more once it was transferred over — which took only seconds.
Usage & Performance
As mentioned above, you can turn the wifi on and off, so you don’t always need to use it. I did notice if the wifi feature was on that the battery life of the camera did decrease slightly but nothing too bad. The speed of the transfer was fast and I moved all around a small room when shooting and had no transfer issues since I was shooting with a remote trigger. Speed of the card is rated at —- and plenty fast if I needed to shoot some HD video or burst shots — although I don’t think that HD would transfer over as the file is huge and would be silly to do so anyway but If you are looking to transfer bigger RAW and video files you may want to check out the even more powerful EYEFi PRO X2 which can do just that.
Not only do you have the option to transfer and sync to all devices, EYEFi also has a cloud storage service to for easy upload, sharing, and storage.
One issue I ran into was that if I had photos already on my card and then connected to the card with my phone it wanted to download all the photos instead of giving me the option to just download with photos starting with the current shoot.
Having the option for now a wifi camera, “unlimited” storage space, and a way to see my photos almost instantly on a larger screen is amazing and the price is not all that much more than any other class 10 SD card. This is a great tool for any professionally looking to save some transfer time and a fun piece of hardware for any armature photographer too. All I can say is that I love it and it has worked flawlessly from the start. Perhaps down the road I would like to see a shutter trigger via wifi built in or a live view option but that’s more of a wish list and i’m sure the battery power would suffer if doing things like that.