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LZeal releases ezShare wireless SDHC card with a Wi-Fi on/off switch

By dpreview staff on Jan 25, 2013 at 19:15 GMT

Chinese software company LZeal has announced ezShare - a Wi-Fi SDHC card with an on/off switch to reduce power consumption in cameras without menu options to control such cards. When the wireless function is turned on, images can be accessed via a web browser, suggesting it offers an HTTP server, like Toshiba's FlashAir cards. There are also dedicated apps for smartphones and tablets. The Class 10 SD cards are available in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB capacities. Prices and availability information to be confirmed

Specifications

Capacity 4GB/8GB/16G/32G
Wireless Standards IEEE 802.11b/g/n
R/W Speed Class 4/ Class 6/ Class 10
Applications Digital Camera, Digital Video, DSLR or other devices with SDHC slot
Access Terminals Wi-Fi device(iPhone, iPad, Smart Phones, Tablets, Pad, Laptops, etc
Applicable format: JPEG/RAW/AVI/MP4/MOV,etc
Browsers Support Safari/IE/OPERA/Chrome
Max. Access Users 5
External dimensions: 32(L)×24(W)×2.1(T)(mm)
Weight: Approx. 4g

Comments

Total comments: 54
John Driggers
By John Driggers (Jan 27, 2013)

@actrurus,
So does this mean that the Toshiba card doesn't automatically push the photos to your wireless device?

How do you get the photos on to your wireless device (instead of just browsing what's on the camera? Do you have to select and download each one that you want?

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Actrurus
By Actrurus (Jan 28, 2013)

That's right, no push. So you have the option to save from the web browser, which is one at a time of course; this would be fine for my needs.

I like things simple! As it's a standard web service setup on the card I don't need any proprietary software at the other end of the link, also means anyone I let in on the password can browse the images as well on their device. If you need push then the eyefi card might be better?

On my smartphone I've download a free app from Olympus (which seems to talk to any wifi device, not just an Olympus camera). It's great in that it allows me to select a load of images as thumbnails and import as a batch, which in my case I wouldn't really do that often.

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kenyee
By kenyee (Jan 27, 2013)

Anyone know the real wifi transfer rate?
The Eyefi only does something like 15mbit/sec (so it's around 2MB/sec)...

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snakeusa
By snakeusa (Feb 6, 2013)

1.5MB/sec actually, I have both ez share and eye-fi. I like ez share better. Easy setup, beautiful install and I have not had any malfunctions. The same speed, less price. just $49

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Actrurus
By Actrurus (Jan 27, 2013)

I have just bought the Toshiba 8gb wifi card and it works fine. Just switch the camera on and connect to the card from any wifi enabled device and browse the photos on the card with any web browser.

I plan on using it in my waterproof compact when I am on holiday on sea-kayaking trips. I will then be able to easily copy some photos from the camera into my smartphone and post them to friends, etc without using a laptop, which wouldn't fit into our kayaks anyway!

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avbee
By avbee (Jan 27, 2013)

indeed these kind of SD WIFI will consume more power from your camera......I will only use galaxy tab 7.7 + card reader (attached to the to galaxy tab) upload to upload photos

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 26, 2013)

This card sounds amazing!

QUESTION: given the pure physics of WiFi transmitting a certain amount of watts output, which draws multiples more power than a low power consumption memory card does, is there a danger to the camera equipment (if not, at least in longevity), and does it endanger the camera manufacturer's warranty?

Even if it's only 0.5 watts output, for example, it is still multiples more than the typical low power consumption SD card that our cameras are designed to power up.

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (Jan 26, 2013)

I don't really know the answer to your question, but I do know that the new X2 range of cards have improved power management features and from my own use of the card I get the impression that the card isn't always transmiting a signal. Also, the additional power drain, which there must be, seems negligible; I just haven't noticed any significant difference in battery life.

I am interested in the question you raise and would love to hear from some folks with expertise in this area.

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RedDog Steve
By RedDog Steve (Jan 26, 2013)

It's very low transmit power, probably less than 1mW (.001W).
Even still, power consumption is a concern, hence the switch.

Hopefully the majority of uses will allow access to it without accidentally being bumped into the wrong position.

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The Squire
By The Squire (Jan 28, 2013)

Bear in mind that the specs for the SD interface was designed to include support for peripheral devices and the extra power-draw they need. You don't see them so much anymore but a few years back the SD slot was used by many PDAs and smartphones to add things like GPS, scanners and the like. So, assuming the camera manufactures didn't cut corners, there's no reason to think that pulling more power from the SD slot than a normal SD memory card requires will cause any practical harm to it.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 28, 2013)

@reddog: it is more like 0.23w
@squire: the standard is all nice, but if you were a camera manufacturer, would you necessarily prioritize battery life in your camera design, or design a camera for anything the world can throw at it in an SD slot?
Before we go any further, let's try and google to see how much a memory card draws, and how much THIS card draws.

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Timmbits
By Timmbits (Jan 28, 2013)

FOUND IT! SD memory versus SD wifi card:
Sandisk SD card power draw: max 40mA; standby 150uA
Ambicom CF WiFi power draw: max 380mA; standby 17mA

So yeah... TEN TIMES MORE power draw...

source: http://www.davespda.com/reviews/other/sdsdiowifi.htm

As you can see, at rest, the power draw is there, but shouldn't affect battery life much, in the grand scheme of all the things that are going on in the camera, that's normal. BUT... ten times more power draw on a memory card slot is a risk...

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sh10453
By sh10453 (Jan 29, 2013)

@Timmbits .. It's very good question.
As electrical engineer, my major concern here is the heat generated by nearly 400mA, given the very small nature of the SD card, and that it is in a closed compartment, where you don't have the ideal situation for heat dissipation.
Such heat, especially during warm weather conditions, could destroy the card, but excessive heat could also damage adjacent components, depending on what is adjacent to it.
The warranty might become a fight between camera & card makers.
To make things worse, the SD Association has not released a Wi-Fi SD spec, but I believe they already have a draft, and I think that Eye-Fi, and other Wi-Fi SD makers (members of the Association) have already said they would not accept or abide by this standard.
300 or 380 mA is a lot of power for an SD card in a confined environment.
What is next? Are they going to install a cooling fan for the card?
It's of course best to have wireless off until you are ready to transfer the files.

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snakeusa
By snakeusa (Feb 6, 2013)

This card is $49 on Amazon

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Jan 26, 2013)

I searched web retailers and foud the EZ card more expensive than the Eye-fi card.

I use EYE-Fi cards on a daily basis for Jpeg transfers.
Once home I downlod my Raw + Jpegs in usual manner.

They work very well for me once connected to my tablet.

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yupiewang
By yupiewang (Jan 28, 2013)

You could search on ebay,you will found cheaper price with 8G/Class10,16G/Class10,and 32G/Class10.All of them support RAW file,direct transfer.

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John Driggers
By John Driggers (Jan 26, 2013)

(Continued-see prior comment)
The eyefi process is vastly superior to the EZshare process. It just takes a week or so to figure out how to set up the eyefi card. It's not buggy, but the user experience is and they should fix that. However, it's still worth the hassle, as once you get it figured out and set up, it works great, it's fast, it's easy to turn on and off and to switch downloading between computer, tablet and phone. It's just not plug and play.

I have no experience with the new Toshiba card, but would like to hear from someone who has. And please spare us all your guesses, speculation and folk tale comments if you do not have a Toshiba card. You're just making noise in the wind.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jan 26, 2013)

it took me like 30 mins to figure out eyefi and have it up in running

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (Jan 26, 2013)

@John Diggers
Your two combined posts are very well said. Lots of folks whine about the Eye-Fi cards, when really there is nothing wrong with them, it's mainly user error. However, much of that user error is brought about by the not too clear instructions that accompany the card, and even on their website things aren't as clear as they should be.

But once you have spent time (far too much in my opinion) on their site and on their forum and worked out all the permutations, it's a wonderful and robust product. I should say that I am referring to their new X2 cards; the previous generation had lots of problems.

The irritation of having to log-in to an online account to change settings, I think is just a way of them controlling things i.e. to prevent Chinese/Far East IP theives copying their product. I don't particularly like the irritation but I accept it because it protects consumers from buying junk copies from the likes of eBay (who admit that most mem cards on the site are fake).

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plevyadophy
By plevyadophy (Jan 26, 2013)

@John Diggers (Part II)
I am also grateful to you for pointing out the shortcomings of this new ezShare card, which I first discovered about two weeks ago at this online retailer: http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/wi-fi-card/

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Louis Dallara
By Louis Dallara (Jan 27, 2013)

I am a geek very familiar with WIFI and could never get ehr card to consistency transfer, I has a approve camera... I sold it..

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John Driggers
By John Driggers (Jan 26, 2013)

Actually, the "news" is that they now are selling class 10 cards. All their previous cards had the on/off switch. That's old.....

What they don't really make clear is that there is no "push" to your computer/tablet/phone. You have to go and get the photos. With mobile devices you have to down load one at a time. Very cumbersome. With laptops and desktops you can get a whole folder, but it transfers as as a single RAR file that you then have to extract your photos from. Very cumbersome too.

Eyefi cards biggest issue is the complexity of use, poor instructions, and a presumed default choice of use to upload to outside services or the eyefi server storage instead of a simple transfer between your camera and a computer/tablet/phone.

The simple transfer task was added last as the product evolved. Eyefi would do well to set up software defaults to that option instead of social media or eyefi servers.

(To be continued)

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yupiewang
By yupiewang (Jan 28, 2013)

Indeed,end user can automatically push images to smart device by one button pre-setting on latest released Apps on iOS,Android. Select-download behavior is designed for browser-access.

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BozillaNZ
By BozillaNZ (Jan 25, 2013)

With the time I open the card door to access the switch, I can instead take the card out and chuck it into the SD slot in my desktop/laptop and only using 1/100 time to transfer all my images over!

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

This might be good for on the go when you're outdoors or in remote location and you want a virtual 'tether' to your laptop without actually being physically attached. You import your images directly into Lightroom without a lot of hassle. That's my take on its purpose.

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Josh SZ
By Josh SZ (Jan 25, 2013)

Sure you can if you have a notebook/desktop computer nearby. but if you only have a ipad/smatphone around?

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

I don't see why you couldn't do it with a tablet device, provided you have the necessary software and storage capacity.

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Aroart
By Aroart (Jan 26, 2013)

Exactly

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pwmoree
By pwmoree (Jan 26, 2013)

Using the shuttersniitch app and the eyefi card together works fine in the field. All shots jpegs are pushed to the ipad directly. I still find it a bit slow at times. Defining small jpegs and including raw solves that to some extend. You then have immediate pad-screen size views of your shot and you can download the raw shots later.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

You lost me at 'Chinese'. Let me know when they start outsourcing to Japan.

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Mafoo
By Mafoo (Jan 25, 2013)

If you boycotted everything the Chinese made, you would not have a computer to type on, a phone to talk on, a tv to watch, a car to drive... I can go on if you like.

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Karl Summers
By Karl Summers (Jan 25, 2013)

I'm not really knocking Chinese products(I love Walmart) inasmuch as I'm emphasizing my preferance for Japanese-made electronic items, which are clearly superior.

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RedDog Steve
By RedDog Steve (Jan 25, 2013)

There are some who prefer Non-Communist sourced goods.

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Woodlink
By Woodlink (Jan 26, 2013)

I hear Leica makes nice camera gear.

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Pritzl
By Pritzl (Jan 25, 2013)

I'm confused. How can you turn the Wifi on/off when it's inside the memory card compartment?

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Cane
By Cane (Jan 25, 2013)

If you look at the picture, the switch is on the edge of the card. So what you do is take those skinny things dangling from your arms and use them to open said memory compartment door and move said switch. Yes, this is a first world problem, but with a little exercise and practice, I believe it can be overcome.

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Jan 25, 2013)

you'll be remain confused for the rest of you life if you don't reseach.

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Mafoo
By Mafoo (Jan 25, 2013)

Also it's a memory card as well, so you can remove it, turn off wifi, and put it back in as just a memory card.

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Pritzl
By Pritzl (Mar 22, 2013)

Missed the responses. I was asking how this was that much easier since you most likely will have to turn the camera off, remove the card, flip the switch, return the card and then turn the camera back on.

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vodanh1982
By vodanh1982 (Jan 25, 2013)

Good luck with your photos.

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Jan 25, 2013)

This one probably better than buggy, problematic and very high priced EYE FI CARDS. This new one has an on and off switch to preseve power for short life battery of my canon S100. I'll be returning this very costly unreliable EYE FI CARD for good.

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Digitall
By Digitall (Jan 25, 2013)

Hopefully half the price compared to well-known brands, at least, the ON / OFF feature is a good option.

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Jan 25, 2013)

I'd love to see a comparison between all these wifi sd cards.

In particular, I'd like to know which ones will transparently sync directly to a smartphone in the background with the sd card in AP mode.

Eyefi software is better on Android than iOS in this way, but the hardware has a lot of quality issues (or I'm very unlucky), and I'm not sure which will fill that spot the best.

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G Sciorio
By G Sciorio (Jan 25, 2013)

You're not very unlucky :-) I have issues too.

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (Jan 25, 2013)

You are not alone, me too is having problems with Eyefi cards.
Also I dislike their software and the fact that you need to login to be able to make changes to the eyefi card settings.
.
It would be nice if DPReview could do a review on these new wifi sdhc cards.

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Jan 25, 2013)

No!! you're not unlucky.. it's the manufacturer of the crude made EYE FI CARD which is now very unlucky for there's a new and reliable one just came up.and with a brillant idea to provide an on and off switch on it.

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yupiewang
By yupiewang (Jan 28, 2013)

ez Share works in AP mode exactly.

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plasmo
By plasmo (Jan 25, 2013)

does anyone know how much it costs, and is it available to purchase?

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Najah69
By Najah69 (Jan 26, 2013)

Hi Plasmo,

It's seems to cost 145 US$ or 105 € for a 16 Go if you buy it on there wn online shop.

http://shop69011823.taobao.com/

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yupiewang
By yupiewang (Jan 28, 2013)

it might be territory difference.Even in Germany,you could buy an ez Share @ around 59USD for 8G/Class10,functionally similar to 8G Pro.: RAW file supported, direct transfer without external internet, no need for presetting,multi-user access simultaneously.

http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313&_nkw=ez+Share&_sacat=0&_from=R40

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xlynx9
By xlynx9 (Jan 25, 2013)

HTTP server. No such thing as an HTML server.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Jan 25, 2013)

Toshiba describes its cards as offering an 'HTML server function'

http://www.toshiba-components.com/FlashAir/faq.html#3

But yes, I concede your point - it's an HTTP server that delivers the contents as an HTML page.

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Josh SZ
By Josh SZ (Jan 25, 2013)

It is not an invention but practically useful.

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mauijohn
By mauijohn (Jan 25, 2013)

It's an improvement...IBM invented it.

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