Hi VTers, Kimberly from VT here.
Do any of you use, or have you heard of the Eye-Fi card? It's a wireless memory card that fits into your camera just like a regular SDHC card but it has built-in Wi-Fi which means that you can effortlessly transfers photos and videos to your iPhone, iPad, Android device or computer.
Is anyone using this? If so, what do you think of it? If you're not using it, does it seem like something that would be helpful for you during your travels? For more information, you can check out eye.fi.
Would love to hear what you think!!
May i just tag in so i can mabye find out hwat it is :)
Does it cost anything to use the wifi for instance.
I mean there is free wifi just about anywhere in the world today if you are ready to walk around two corners from time to time.
Claus reporting from Kathmandu using free wifi at Helenas cafe.
Hi Cluas - No, there is no cost to use the WiFi. Basically, you put this card in your camera and you can automatically upload your photos to any device or your computer. You no longer have to take out your camera chip, upload photos, then download to desktop. If you primarily use your computer/laptop, when you take photos, you can automatically send them to your desktop so the next time you use your computer, they are there. Does that make sense?
And a follow up questions - would it be useful if you could automatically upload your photos to your VT library?
Just did a quick look in the Apple store and it appears to transfer photos wirelessly to an iPad.
It obviously works in some of the latest devices. I have a 7 years old digital camera and the original iPad, so I know it wouldn't work for me, but from my quick read it looks interesting.
I looked into them a year or so ago, one of the things to keep in mind is that you still need a WiFi hotspot or turn your phone into a hotspot/link for it to work.
Obviously, depending on your travel, WiFi hotspots may not be available. I for instance, do a lot of photography in the mountains or wilderness area where I may not receive signal.
Additionally, speed has also been a problem in the past - not sure how much work has gone into fixing some of the glitches.
It will upload to a phone w/out the need of WiFi though - although I am not sure how much of an advantage that has?
As I carry up to 20 sdhc cards and a reader with me along with a 1 TB external portable hard drive to store my photos, I can simply insert a card into the reader and continue shooting or store is for later download.
Another BIG problem with the EyeFi is that your camera is indisposed while it uploads and it totally drains your battery - something else to keep in mind.
Yes, batteries that continuing battle. I've been using AA Energizer Ultimate Lithium Batteries in my 7 year old camera and they do about 1200 pictures before they are drained. I just wait until I get home from trips and then fire wire all the pictures from my camera to computer in no time. Haven't felt the need to instantly download pictures while on the road.
May I ask if you are asking this question in your role as a VT Staffer or in your personal capacity?
I - and I know others - think that it is important that this is made clear when Staffers participate in the Forums.
I ask now because some of us have felt frustrated, not to say let down, by the lack of response to an "open" question recently posted by one of your colleagues.
In that case it appeared the question was possibly linked to a future VT project on which opinions were sought.
I have one and the X2 Pro version is required to do a direct transfer without going through a hotspot (this is the version I have). It's is rather inconsistent. It does not work more often than it does and even though I have the latest firmware revision and my Nikon D800 has a eye-fi setting, I have not been able to get it to connect at all.
The only camera I had any luck with at all was my old Panasonic point-and-shoot. Even with it, it was extremely slow. I would not recommend this technology to anyone right now.
It sure sounds interesting.
Seems like it still needs some adjustments, but i can see this being useful after some testing.
Kinda like with all gadgets really.
The people who just have to have the latest thing pay a lot of money for something that does mot really work properly and then the rest of us buys it the year later when the second edition comes out for a much lower price and works much better.
How true. The only recent exception would possibly been the iPad. I got the original one almost 2 years ago and it has all the bells and whistles I wanted in a true personal take everywhere computer. I haven't been overwhelmed by there 2 newer versions so will be sticking with the original for a while longer.
The technology has been out for at least a year and I haven't seen any significant improvments...
We just need a few more tech geeks to buy it and test it then.
These things always improves dramaticly or they simply go out of business.
I hear G has asked staff to have their position stated in their logo but I think they should also sign their post..so we can see immediately who they are
..........VT Staff.... (or else their VT position)
Hi All -Thanks for your responses. I was inquiring on behalf of VT as we're talking with them to see about possibly working together.
Also, whenever I post, I always indicate in my first email that I'm from VT, so hopefully that helps clarify :)