First your phone went wireless, then your laptop, now finally, your camera!
Never scrounge around for a USB cable again! Eye-fi is a magical orange SD memory card that will not only store 2GB worth of pictures, it’ll upload them to your computer, and to Flickr, Facebook, Picasa (or 14 others) wirelessly, invisibly, automatically!
This little guy looks like a normal 2GB memory card and works with nearly any camera that takes SD memory. There are no antennas, no protrusions, no subscription fees, and no cables.
Here’s how it works: You set up the card once, then on you never have to touch anything. Just take photos. Whenever your cameras near the wireless network you selected and idle, Eye-fi will upload all your photos (JPEGs only) to your online photo sharing service. Next time your computer’s online, they’ll download there, too!
Yes, it is practically magic.
It’s amazing for anyone who loves photography, but also great for computer unsavvy parents and grandparents. Set up their photo sharing account, slip an Eye-fi in their camera, and your mom’s finally your Flickr friend!
Wow. All this for only $99. What will you ever do with all those cables now?
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does it require a subscription fee?
A: Nope. The $99 fee covers all the features listed here.
Q: Will it reduce my battery life?
A: Advanced power management (the wifi is only powered-on when there are files untransfered and the camera is idle) keeps battery usage low.
Q: What if my camera takes CompactFlash (CF), MemoryStick, xD, or something else?
A: Purhcase your Eye-Fi with a bundled CompactFlash adapter and use it with cameras that support SD or CF cards. (DSLRs included!) Everyone else is out of luck. Sorry. 😦
Q: What if my computer’s off?
A: No problem. Your photos will download to your computer next time it’s on. (You can also choose to send your photos only to an online service, or only to your computer.)
Q: What if some photos are private? I don’t want everything on Flickr…
A: Tell Eye-fi to mark every photo upload as private, then just make the ones you want to share public via your web browser!
Q: Can I upload from more than one wireless network?
A: Yup. You can set up Eye-Fi to recognize as many wireless networks as you want. Whenever it sees any one of those networks, it’ll start uploaing photos. (If it sees more than one, it’ll pick the one with the strongest signal.)
Q: Can I upload photos directly to my computer without an Internet connection?
A: Yes! If your Eye-Fi is setup only to send photos to your computer, it can do this without a net connection. You’ll still need a wireless access point, and access to the Internet to complete intiial setup. (If you want to send photos to an online photo sharing service, You can still take photos without a connection. They’ll upload next time you have one.)
Q: Is this magic?