Eye-Fi cards have been around since 2006 as a way to wirelessly transmit your digital camera photos to your computer or mobile device. The catch was that you had to connect to a Wi-Fi network before in order to do so. Not so with the new Eye-Fi Mobi.
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The Eye-Fi Mobile X2 does everything the previous Eye-Fi(s) did - upload photos to your computer and online - over a Wi-Fi network. The Mobile X2 has a new trick: It'll zap photos to and from your Android and iOS devices.
When the Eye-Fi X2 Wi-Fi SD card appeared, it introduced a new feature, Direct Beam, which opens a direct connection with Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. Now the necessary apps for those devices have arrived.
We peeped the tech at CES, but Eye-Fi's "Direct Beam" magicalness is mobile - doing what the little Wi-Fi cards should have been all along. The new models skip your network entirely, creating a link between camera and mobile device.
Having an Eye-Fi wireless SD card in your camera is useful, but only if there's a wireless network to connect to. Soon, though, anyone with an Eye-Fi X2 will be able to upload photos through their phone's 3G connection.
If you have an Eye-Fi SD Card and an iPad, you can ditch Apple's iPad Camera Connection kit right now. Just use the app ShutterSnitch, which sends the photos on your Eye-Fi directly to your iPad (and iPhone).
First, the Eye-Fi added Wi-Fi to any camera with an SD card. Now, the Sagem Orga SIMFi does something similar. It's a SIM card that adds Wi-Fi capabilities to mobile phones... Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, that is.
The Eye-Fi is an SD card that adds Wi-Fi uploads to any camera. Their latest flagship, the Pro X2, is pretty similar to old Eye-Fis, but it's faster and even a bit smarter, too.
Kind of nice: If you buy 200GB of paid Google storage for $US50, you'll get a free 4GB Eye-Fi card. Since the card's $US60, you could also look at as "buy an Eye-Fi card, get 200GB of Google storage."
Though the latest Xacti is a budget model, it still has a 10MP CMOS sensor that records 720p video (H.264 encoded MPEG-4), a mini-HDMI connection, 5x optical zoom and SDHC support. It also looks to have built-in Eye-Fi capabilities.
The Gadget: Today Eye-Fi Wi-Fi-enabled SD cards have been upgraded with a 4GB Pro version with new features like support for RAW files, selective uploading and the ability to send files straight to your computer with via an ad-hoc network.
Our beloved Eye-Fis (SD cards that add Wi-Fi to any digital camera) have finally gotten the bump from their 2GB standard. Now Eye-Fi cards hold 4GB of photos and upload videos to YouTube/Flickr.
One Flickr member ripped apart his broken Eye-Fi after being sent a replacement. No big surprises were found, but that gold bar on top? That's the integrated Wi-Fi antenna. Cool stuff, no?
There's really nothing wrong with the semi-perfect Eye-Fi, other than maybe that we could use more than a piddly 2GB of SD storage when we're away from our Wi-Fi network. To celebrate keeping the doors open for a year, Eye-Fi has announced the Eye-Fi Anniversary Edition card. It's a limited edition version of their classic Eye-Fi, doubled in size (features like geotagging can be purchased at an additional cost). You can pick up the Anniversary Edition at Costco for $US100 or on their site for $US130. We'll let you decide if that Costco card is worth it or not.