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Don't leave pictures stranded: Eye-Fi Mobi SD card review

By dpreview staff on Feb 21, 2014 at 08:00 GMT

If you're looking for a Wi-Fi card that's simple to setup and blasts images off into cyberspace in a matter of seconds while you take advantage of your camera's far superior image quality (compared to a phone), you can't go wrong with the Eye-Fi Mobi. How does the Mobi stack up against the pricier Eye-Fi Pro X2 card? 

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Total comments: 95
jcmarfilph
By jcmarfilph (1 month ago)

Still thinkin why the background is that fruit and not robot or no phone promotion at all but just the card itself.

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Simon Gardner
By Simon Gardner (1 month ago)

Very happy with EZ share cards. And the app has just been much improved. You can either tether (either RAW + JPG or just JPG) or selected individual downloads. It's quick and I use it all the time. with my pocket camera which I always carry.

Never use the phone camera.

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theobag
By theobag (1 month ago)

I use a RAVPower filehub that comes with several features. It works as a wireless SD card reader, USB flash drive/hard drive reader. I use it to backup and upload photos to Instagram. And aslo, it works as a protable external battery charger. 3000mAh is not much, but can at least give a full charge to my phone.

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FFN Photos
By FFN Photos (2 months ago)

I need a wifi card that I can Select certian pics off of, I take pics of racecars at the local race tracks, I need something where I can take 1 or 2 pics and send them directly to the racing paper as soon as the race ends, I take anywhere from 300-700 pics in 1 night I can not have all 300-700 upload to my phone..

What card can I use that will do this? They don't make any kind of cable to go from my I phone to the camera, I already checked into that.

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downtownfish
By downtownfish (2 months ago)

So there is no way to select what images you want to send to your phone? This seems pretty stupid, or am I missing something?

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mihoha
By mihoha (3 weeks ago)

To select which photos to upload with Mobi:
- use a camera like eos 60d that can develop raw to jpeg for single pictures that you select
- shoot all raw, only develop to jpeg when you want the picture uploaded

You can do the same for pro x2 if you turn off transfer of raw

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boblister
By boblister (2 months ago)

I agree with the previous poster. It can be a very hit and miss affair. Sometimes it takes a bit to get the cards network to show up on my iPhone 4s. But the worst problem is the iPhone can occasionally connect and find that no images are transferred. For some reason the Eye-Fi thinks it's sent them and has tagged them accordingly. So other than removing the card and using a card reader, you have no way to get the images off. Kind of defeats the object really. When it does work its great.

I also have a Toshiba Flashair which has a different approach. Rather than push the images it presents a web interface and by using an app gives you access to pull off what images you want.

No system is ideal, but although I miss the instant push of images from the Eye-Fi, I prefer the more predictable Flashair system.

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friedduck
By friedduck (2 months ago)

I bought an Eye-Fi Mobi for use with a Sony RX-100 and it's been a mixed experience at best. It's like magic when it works, but then it doesn't work consistently.

Sometimes it doesn't broadcast its presence and I can't connect. Sometimes it's very fast but other times painfully slow.

Even overlooking the occasional hiccup the design leaves a lot to be desired. They've stripped the ability to selectively transfer files. Unless you shoot selectively you'll run out of time or batter before you've transferred all your shots.

Save your money and wait for a better solution.

All of this is with a relatively new iPhone 5, for reference.

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karlchwe
By karlchwe (2 months ago)

So the Mobi cannot connect to existing wfi networks? Even if that had no practical downside for the reviewer, that seems like an odd feature to give up. I imagine Eye-fi just took an existing wifi chip and software, maybe even from the Pro 2, and disabled that capability so they could justifiably create a new price point. Same for transferring JPGs only. The wifi protocol doesn't care what size or type of file you are sending. Making the Mobi JPG-only required some additional programming or engineering.

Or do I misunderstand somehow?

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jeremyclarke
By jeremyclarke (2 months ago)

That's one possible explanation, though there are many other possibilities. One is that the old wifi solution (whatever mix of hardware+software it was) wasn't working for them and they needed something new, but the new one happened to be missing whatever is necessary to allow connections to existing networks. Considering that almost all cameras with wifi aren't able to connect to existing networks either it seems like this is a strong possibility. Maybe it had to do with the price of the chips used in the Pro 2, or maybe it was energy usage or something.

I agree though that it's a clear downside of this new device. Maybe they did surveys and found that like the reviewer few people were using the feature, it seems like the custom-network system works best for most people.

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karlchwe
By karlchwe (2 months ago)

Thanks, Jeremy. It did not occur to me that there is a context of wifi-enabled cameras, all of which (you say) cannot connect to existing wifi networks. But that also makes me consider the even larger context of wifi-enabled phones, tablets, e-readers, etc., all of which can connect to existing networks. I have four such devices in my house. So it still seems like being able to attach to existing networks is the norm, and creating a new wifi network for other devices to attach to is not. The only devices I can think of that do that other than cameras, are wifi routers.

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Rachuco
By Rachuco (2 months ago)

I have bought a Eye-Fi pro 2 and it work great with de canon T5I transferíng pictures fast and easy to my IPhone or IPad. This Card drains power from the camera so yo have to take this in consideration, and bring along aditional batteries.

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///M
By ///M (2 months ago)

the toshiba Flash Air will transfer raw files, or any file on the card, picture, txt, or otherwise, has good power management/ability to turn on and off from the camera, and runs the same or less then the watered down EyeFi, this should have been in the review

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Duckie
By Duckie (2 months ago)

My Eye Fi card has persistent flash memory error and has been rejected by a long list of cameras

It also refuses to handle raw files. They are milking you indiscriminately. The capability is there, there just refuses to handle this file type because they have deemed that you have not paid enough. They are abusing their market position.

Also they will require your login to work and so works like a big brother.

All I want is point to point file transfer to my device. They have made a mess out of it and try to ask for more money in the way.

I am thoroughly frustratedby Eye Fi. I long for the days when the competition like EzShare, Toshiba, PQI and the like catches up.

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Dan Ortego
By Dan Ortego (2 months ago)

I still long for the day where some camera manufacture such as Sony, will offer true Wi-Fi that transmits images directly to the web. Yes, this would require a subscription just like your smart phone or tablet. However, I think this would be worth paying a monthly service fee similar to that of the iPad.

Yes, I know that it would probably require an external battery pack tethered to your camera, but I would definitely be willing to do all that in order to have instant posting to photo servers. Then again, maybe it already exist and I'm just not aware of it.

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karlchwe
By karlchwe (2 months ago)

I don't know what you mean by monthly service fee. Wifi is just a connection method. If you go somewhere that offers a free wifi connection to the internet, like a coffee shop, then true wifi devices can use it.

I imagine somebody will or has built a wifi dongle that attaches to your camera's USB port. Then the problem is getting the camera to use it. If cameras actually had an operating system (I know a few do), I'd guess that would not be an issue.

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Raw Jaw
By Raw Jaw (2 months ago)

I use the Eye-Fi pro card and can transfer Raw + Jpeg quickly.
I can process raw on my tablet with PhotoMate2.
If I want I can have the Eye-Fi card transfer only those images that I select by placing 'Protect' on any image.
You do have to set up the card on your PC but once you do
you are ready to shoot and transfer very quickly.

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ShutterInstinct
By ShutterInstinct (2 months ago)

Hi! How did you do that? I was trying to figure out how to transfer only certain photos to my phone. Is this feature available on the X2 Pro?

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Frank Merfort
By Frank Merfort (2 months ago)

I tried to use this card in a Nikon D7100 but it was very unreliably. The data transfer only works when the camera lies directly besides the tablet. I tried two different cards with two different tablets. I can't recommend this card.

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HarrieD7000
By HarrieD7000 (2 months ago)

My Transcend card is doing the same for less money. I even use a 16 GB card I bought for 40 dollar one year ago. It to is class 10 and does RAW. The apps on phonE and tablet are free and very easy to use.

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Jun2
By Jun2 (2 months ago)

buy a camera with wifi

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brn
By brn (2 months ago)

If buying new, yes. I'm not replacing my perfectly good D7000 just to get Wifi, when a sub $100 SD card will give me this feature.

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Brett St Pierre
By Brett St Pierre (2 months ago)

I got an Eye-Fo Mobi a few months for a cycling/camping trip so that I could update my blog using my iPhone everynight. I shot all images on my Pentax DSLR in RAW (Eye-Fi Mobi doesn't see these) and at the end of the day then edit/convert in camera to 5mp JPEG those I wanted to publish same day. The Eye-Fi Mobi just sees the JPEGs (and mov files if you shoot movies),ignores the RAW so doesn't waste time on the upload. It'll also ignore JPEGs uploaded previously. Since you're doing a one off upload of maybe 10-12 images once a day the battery drain on both camera and phone was minimal.

In my circumstance I was able to travel relatively light (no room for laptop or tablet) but was easily able to publish daily or through the day if I wished.

I've got a FluCard Pro for my new Pentax K-3 but while it has more functionality available, it isn't as simple to use like the Eye-Fi Mobi was for what I wanted to do on that trip

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ccclai
By ccclai (2 months ago)

It really drains your phone power quickly, remember to completely switch off the Eye-Fi app after use

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plantdoc
By plantdoc (2 months ago)

I miss being able to select individual pics instead of transferring all to my phone or tablet.

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BJN
By BJN (2 months ago)

I have a Pro X2 and hated the slow speed and unreliable operation. Admittedly mine has been gathering dust for a long time now, so perhaps the ecosystem for these cards has improved. It's really hard to imagine "can't go wrong" with a watered-down version of the product, but maybe there's a market for my unwanted Eye-Fi card.

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sonic2000gr
By sonic2000gr (2 months ago)

I've been using this for about a month now. It is very easy to setup, you just type the code from the back of the box into the eye-fi app and you're mostly done.
I am using this on both android phone/table and iOS (iPad3). On iOS devices you have to manually select the eye-fi network once you take a pic and the card goes active. On android the app can be set to automatically switch to the eye-fi network when one is detected. (Normally the card creates the network only if there is something to transmit and shuts it down soon after. It will still drain your phones battery faster since it will be looking for the eye-fi network)

The card remembers which jpgs have been transmitted. The transfer will only happen *once*. You can't transfer the same images simultaneously or at different times to multiple devices. You may delete the JPG file and recreate it (e.g., by doing on-camera raw processing and writing the resulting JPG to the card) in which case it will get transmitted again.

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sonic2000gr
By sonic2000gr (2 months ago)

If you don't need to transfer images from the card immediately, use your camera's menu (most cameras will show an eye-fi menu) to disable the wifi part. The card will still record the jpg and once you enable wifi again it will transmit all untransmitted photos in one go to your device. It is also a good way to save on the camera's battery power.

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write2alan
By write2alan (2 months ago)

Question: Do I need a router to transfer the images to a desktop or phone?

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instamatic
By instamatic (2 months ago)

No you don't. You may need internet connection for initial configuration though.

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davids8560
By davids8560 (2 months ago)

This device is adequate. Social media is the problem.

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instamatic
By instamatic (2 months ago)

I use an older version of Eye-Fi. It it very handy and possibly the fastest way to get JPEG pictures off your camera to your mobile device, (and even to your computer), or cloud through your mobile device. Indeed money well spent. It gives more traditional cameras that don't have wi-fi built-in a fighting chance vs. smartphones, seriously. We live in a world that likes to brag about what it's doing on social networks, and with the advent of the smartphone a few years ago, being able to instantly upload photos taken is very much a necessity today for very many people.

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maxnoy
By maxnoy (2 months ago)

I use this card all the time now. Shooting raw+small jpeg allows me to do quick selects edits on the iphone for posting to facebook/etc from a camera that has no built-in wifi. Results are excellent, it's super quick to get those up compared to editing raw, and can be done on the go. And I always have the RAWs for prints/jobs/etc. Despite limitations, for me personally, best ~100 bucks I've spent on camera equipment in a while.

1 upvote
Liberator
By Liberator (2 months ago)

I use Toshiba Flashair with my OMD and I like better than Eye-Fi. I used to have one but never liked it

1 upvote
Juck
By Juck (2 months ago)

Fascinating, yet pointless unless you tell us why you never liked the eye-fi. Was it the color?

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///M
By ///M (2 months ago)

most likely the posters eye-fi has some missing capability (most of their cards historically lacked one or another major feature for no other reason then to sell a higher price/larger profit margin card, its their business model, not technological limitation) where as the toshiba just does everything OOTB

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FujicaST605
By FujicaST605 (2 months ago)

Most of the critics here have nor even used the card. I have used it at events where we take the picture and people have the option to but. Having the pictures on an ipad for customer review nearly instantly, increases sales.

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DaytonR
By DaytonR (2 months ago)

Interesting stuff ! I liked the part were the reviewer also reiterated the same point regarding customers being impressed.... I guess it looks more modern and hi-tech using one of these cards :)

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girlsgamesonly
By girlsgamesonly (2 months ago)

i need to know that as well

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (2 months ago)

"If you're looking for a Wi-Fi card that's simple to setup and blasts images off into cyberspace in a matter of seconds..."

Unless you are a real-time photo-journalist, there's no good reason to do this, and it's generally a bad idea for multiple reasons.

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Cane
By Cane (2 months ago)

Um, no it's not.

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maxnoy
By maxnoy (2 months ago)

You are really off the mark here. It's a super useful capability. I use it more and more.

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Bill Dusterwald
By Bill Dusterwald (2 months ago)

If you are a commercial photographer and want to get a reaction from your client, this is ideal. If you're a astro-photographer and want to see the image on a laptop. So it is not a waste at all

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (2 months ago)

I do astrophotography, and I connect with a USB cable. I'm out there with the scope anyway, so there's no harm in using a cable.

I never, ever post un-processed images, and I generally like to look at them with at least one "sleep" in between looks. And when I'm on vacation, I don't tell anyone that I'm leaving except those that have to know, and never post pictures until I get back, and usually not for a week or two after that. I don't want anyone to know that I'm gone. I also would never post real-time images of what I'm doing even when I'm not away from home - too invasive and having them be a day or two later makes no real difference.

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alexzn
By alexzn (2 months ago)

Oh, the breathtaking selfishness of the DPR forums.... OK, Lee Jay, you are a bit of a pedant and a privacy freak. Fine with me, no worries, no offense. But why, or why do you assume that everyone is like you? Also, have you ever heard about Snapseed? Gives you a fine ability to post-process an image right on your phone. Like it or not, the world around you has moved on. People snap photos with their cell phone and share them online. The ability to share better quality photos is a positive development.

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BJN
By BJN (2 months ago)

alexzn, please point out the part of Lee Jay's comment where he assumes everyone is just like himself? Oh the breathtaking irony of taking someone to task for having a self-centric view of what's worth sharing or not.

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Marshall Dinowitz
By Marshall Dinowitz (2 months ago)

yeah, Lee Jay, and everyone is just like you. NOT.

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (2 months ago)

Never heard of Snapseed, and I'd never process an image on a tiny uncalibrated screen anyway.

People share photos instantly for the wrong reasons - for their own egos.

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///M
By ///M (2 months ago)

just remember if you process pictures direct to your cell, you have location data to whatever you are documenting, using an EXIF scrubber is recommended to remove this info

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quiquae
By quiquae (2 months ago)

@Lee Jay
You condemn people for shooting photos to gratify their egos, yet your profile suggests you are not a professional photographer.

Why, then, are you taking photographs at all?

I ask because if neither ego nor money are involved in your photography, an iPhone should be more than sufficient for the task and "post processing" should be a foreign language to you.

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Nigel Wilkins
By Nigel Wilkins (2 months ago)

sarcasm

I know, lets all find fault with stuff we don't want or need, rather than accept that others have their own needs which may be different to our own!

After all, these things are clearly so useless there's no market for them...oh, hang on, why do they exist?

/sarcasm

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Cane
By Cane (2 months ago)

Old people that shoot birds have no need for this, so nobody should. DPR rule #196345.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (2 months ago)

While it's not necessary to insult old people, It's true that people see products as if they were the only person in the world. "If it's not fast enough to shoot a charging rhino, it's worthless!" My neighbor shoots car accidents. He is the Ansel Adams of insurance.

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Mike Perlman
By Mike Perlman (2 months ago)

Cane, that is hilarious! Made my day.

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Zductive
By Zductive (2 months ago)

You should be embarrassed if you thought that was funny

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Serious Sam
By Serious Sam (2 months ago)

For people who have always been using Extreme pro SD card, the speed with Eye-fi is just unbearable. Here in Sydney I can buy an 32G Extreme pro for A$80 and a Kingston MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader for A$50. Total A$130.....exactly how much Ey-fi ProX2 16G is selling. The kingston only require me to take my card out of the camera, I can live with that.

The Ey-fi mobi sells for about A$50 which is same price as the MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader. Yes you have to pay about A$10 for an class 10 card, but there is one thing the MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader can do is back up to a USB key.

Unless Eye-fi bring out a version equal the speed of Extreme pro and price it at the Pro x2 leve(not going to happen)l, I will give them a pass.

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (2 months ago)

Warning: Kingston Digital MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader can destroy SD card FAT!
http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52052016

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Serious Sam
By Serious Sam (2 months ago)

Every electronic equipment has the risk to fail. It is up to the user to think of plan B planC etc, and of course depends on the user budget. I don't see there is a problem in his case. At least most of the time you can recover data from a SD card failure... Un like mechanical hard disk.....

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Adrian Harris
By Adrian Harris (2 months ago)

If it doesn't do ad-hoc networks, how on earth did the reviewer get the card to work outdoors - IE. Remote area with no WiFi around?

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Photato
By Photato (2 months ago)

It does peer to peer. I can send pictures directly to a tablet, computer, etc no router needed.
Even the old model which I have does peer to peer.
These cards are useful for certain cases but most of the time I use regular SD cards, cheaper, faster.

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (2 months ago)

I know Eye-Fi was the first, but isn't comparing between their nearly identical products a rather soft review when there are now various other wifi cards being produced under other brands?

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ProfHankD
By ProfHankD (2 months ago)

Not exactly -- I'm not talking about a collective comparison article. DPReview reviews of individual cameras still compare specific attributes across brands, this one doesn't. Aside from the second sentence, this article makes it sound like it's entirely a choice between Eye-Fi products.

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pwmoree
By pwmoree (2 months ago)

How to shoot RAW and at the same time send small jpegs to your tablet or PC I have never been able to find out. If you shoot large jpegs the transmission is rather slow. I liked the X2-pro but because of the above almost never use it.

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Adrian Harris
By Adrian Harris (2 months ago)

I use Panasonic Image-App which does just what you require - and lots more. Mind you I had to buy a GX7 to go along with it :o)
...but I could never get the Eye-Fi pro card to do anything useful :o(

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StevenE
By StevenE (2 months ago)

I think it can only be done on certain cameras, like the 5DIII, which has two cards.
I have my 5DIII set to save Large RAW to the CF card, and small JPEG to the Mobi X2 PRO SD card. The Mobi card therefor only uploads the small JPG, and i have the large RAW on the CF for later

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Dames01
By Dames01 (2 months ago)

Can't you shoot raw + jpeg?

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (2 months ago)

@StevenE that is a ludicrous misuse of the dual card feature. But what the hell. That is probably first time I hear about a workable setup with the wi-fi cards. Sad that it requires dual card slots, which are available only on few cameras.

@Adrian, I should try that. I have connected my GX7 with the smartphone, but haven't tried the image transfers. Mostly because I do not need the images on the smartphone. The bigger problem of course is that smartphones can be only connected to one network: either Wi-Fi or cell, but not both at the same time. That limits the usefulness of the feature. But just to see how useful it can be I would try it.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (2 months ago)

What is ludicrous about sending raws to the CF card and jpegs to the SD card slot? It's one of the three modes dual card cameras usually offer:
1) Overflow
2) Mirror
3) Split JPEG & raw

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Mike Perlman
By Mike Perlman (2 months ago)

It's fairly easy to do. With the Eye-Fi Pro X2, you can command it to transfer only JPEGs to a computer, tablet, or phone, while the RAW files will remain on the card and not transfer. I use a special image display command on my Mac through Preview so that the image pops up in fullscreen while I take them. Clients love it.

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alexzn
By alexzn (2 months ago)

The setting allow you to transfer only the JPEG files and RAW files will remain on the card. What you are really looting with EyeFi setup is the ability to shoot full-size JPEGs (assuming you want to transfer only the small size JPEGs). Presumably you can re-process the full size JPEGs either on a computer or if you like your built-in conversion, you can do it on the camera (clunky).

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Artistico
By Artistico (2 months ago)

Yes, this is the must-have thing for a camera since there is no way I'll be able to cope if I can't share all my unadjusted images almost instantly on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr - my friends would love their timelines filling up with that. Preferably they should be up there just as I trigger the shutter - no, even before I take the picture would be ideal so I could look it up there myself before bringing out my camera to see if a picture was worth taking. Someone should invent a time machine Eye-Fi card so I could do that.

Not to mention it is too much hard work actually taking the SD card out of my camera and inserting it in the card slot on my computer to import my photos that way. I mean: who does that anymore? I read a review of an Eye-Fi card and it says you can "get rid of a ton of messy cables". Who doesn't want to get rid of literally a ton of messy cables, right?

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Karroly
By Karroly (2 months ago)

"who does that anymore?"
At least, me...

"Who doesn't want to get rid of literally a ton of messy cables, right?"

Uploading an UHS SD card with a fast internal card reader to a laptop is MUCH faster than WIFI and does not need messy cables at all and largely compensate for the (ridiculously short) time lost to switch the SD card from the camera to the laptop...

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Mark B.
By Mark B. (2 months ago)

Artistico was being sarcastic...

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Artistico
By Artistico (2 months ago)

Spot on, Mark. And I thought I'd made it extremely obvious too. For every sarcastic comment in a web forum, there is always at least one person who doesn't get it and has to comment.

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Geekapoo
By Geekapoo (2 months ago)

That is what happens when someone reads a post and gives it a millisecond of thought...about all internet chat/discussion comments are usually worth

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StevenE
By StevenE (2 months ago)

It is useful for fast response in the field. Especially ENG. The small JPGs can be posted for reporting almost instantly through your cellphone, giving the shooter the scoop. I'd say WiFi transfer will become essential for NEWS gatherers, if it isn't already. RAW files are saved for later

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T. L. Rutter
By T. L. Rutter (2 months ago)

Funny! I can see facebook jumping on that one. Imagine going to your friends timeline and seeing a window of what they are pointing their camera at before the picture is even taken? Instead of pressing the shutter button, the camera waits for a "like" response! Someone quick, create an app for that!!!!

I don't know why, but I do find it easier to post pictures from my phone than from a pc, where Facebook is concerned. I like to quickly instagram the photos by adding a border and minor enhancements. For me, it's a quick style.

After reading your humorous post, I am certainly going to provide my audience with higher quality pictures to look at and focus more on quality than speed.

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BJN
By BJN (2 months ago)

I just take the crappy shot with the phone or tablet and save the good stuff to impress later. There aren't many times I want to share a crappified version of my good images.

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Paul_R_H
By Paul_R_H (2 months ago)

I just bought a camera with wi fi - a Lumix GM1. The interface is shockingly incomprehensible, the instructions are hopeless, and the connection itself is slow to establish and prone to dropping out. Given that the Mobi card depends on the host camera for its menus I'd be surprised if it's all that easy to use. And it won't go directly to a laptop without, again, an absence of sensible menus. Tell me, what was wrong with a USB wire anyway? Or just popping out the SD card and popping it into a reader? Except for social media sharing via a phone when you have no laptop handy, I just don't see the point. And even for that purpose you can buy SD to iPhone/iPad readers.

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Karroly
By Karroly (2 months ago)

"Except for social media sharing via a phone when you have no laptop handy, I just don't see the point."
Setting aside pro photographers who needs to instantly review an enlarged picture of their shots, Geeks like wireless connections...It is the future for them even if it drains batteries of their cameras and mobile devices... ;-)
Personally, I give priority to battery life.

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luben solev
By luben solev (2 months ago)

Or you could just usel Google+ if you are on Android (or something else if you are an iPhone user) and set it to back up your full-res photos to "the cloud" over either 4G, 3G or WiFi. Then you can download all the photos to your PC as and when you want.

The downside of this method over EyeFi is that you are doing two actions instead of one. But if you have fast internet connection the time loss should not be too bad.

And the big advantage over Eye-Fi is that your photos are on an offsite backup, so if your PC gets stolen or breaks or your house burns down, you can still get your photos from said cloud.

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Revenant
By Revenant (2 months ago)

Don't your method involve three steps? You have to transfer your photos from the camera to the phone or tablet first. And if the camera doesn't have built-in WiFi, isn't that when the Eye-Fi cards come in handy?

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luben solev
By luben solev (2 months ago)

My bad, I thought we were talking about using the Eye-Fi cards in phones - obviously looked at the photo and proceeded not to read the article accurately. Epic Fail.

In this case, yes, it is three steps unless you have the Android cameras by Samsung I guess.

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ThePhilips
By ThePhilips (2 months ago)

@luben "The downside of this method over EyeFi is that you are doing two actions instead of one."

You forgot the second - and for some the biggest - downside: now Google has your photos too. And probably NSA. And probably somebody else.

For casual shooting it might be OK (when *and* if the 3G/4G flatrate prices fall) but for literally everything else it is a NO GO. Sadly.

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RobertE
By RobertE (2 months ago)

With the Mobi card I shoot (low res) JPEG+Raw sending the JPEG quickly to an iPad or iPhone for review using ShutterSnitch. Eye-Fi have a Mobi Desktop Receiver for Mac and Windows in public beta: http://www.eye.fi/labs .

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Just a Photographer
By Just a Photographer (2 months ago)

Why should we still use Eye-Fi cards now in most places we can use a 4G network?

Next to that in todays world not only your phone has wifi already, but most (consumer) camera's have wifi too.

Few years ago these cards came in handy, but nowadays aren't these eye-fi card mostly redundant? Its only a matter of time before Eye-fi will be out of business.

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LSHorwitz1
By LSHorwitz1 (2 months ago)

A 4G network is no substitute for an EyeFi card. It provides no camera interface whatsoever.

The newer consumer cameras do often provide a WiFi feature but msny do not, including pro level DSLRs and other deluxe gear. For me the EyeFi is a no-brainer. I own 2, one for my NEX-7, the other for my alpha a77 DSLT, neither of which have any WiFi.

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Anfy
By Anfy (2 months ago)

Correct if I am wrong: the built Wi-Fi of most cameras for file transfer just works in connection to mobile devices like phones or tablets, not PC or Mac computers.

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Summi Luchs
By Summi Luchs (2 months ago)

There is a huge legacy of DLSRs and other expensive cameras without Wi-Fi. WiFI alone hardly can justify buying a new $1000+ camera body if there is no other major reason to upgrade. Even some actual models don't offer built-in Wi-Fi. So it will take quite a few years until these cards will become redundant.

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wlad
By wlad (2 months ago)

these cards were pretty much useless even back then..
Most people don't have a studio, so they don't need to review low-res images on a tablet/PC after each shot.
And these cards are useless for transferring full resolution pictures, not to mention RAWs. The abysmal maximum transfer speeds of 1.5MB/s make this just a toy, really.

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keeponkeepingon
By keeponkeepingon (2 months ago)

I'm not sure what world you live in but in the real world most cameras do not have wi-fi and most of the world does not have 4G, and even if it is available data caps make it impractical for mass photo xfer.

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Sochan
By Sochan (2 months ago)

I have recently bouth d610 without wifi and card like thi is very usefull. I have both a FlashAir toshiba 32GB class 10 card and maby this is not something for pros abut for a travel use or daily photograpy it is enouch. This cards wont be out of buisines until people will own cameras without wifi

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TekSavvy
By TekSavvy (2 months ago)

The good news is that on my Mac, I can plug-in my iPhone, launch image capture and backup all of my iPhone's pics to any given folder. It doesn't cost the addtional $40 +...

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (2 months ago)

You mean now that cameras can directly connect to a 4G network and upload their images? Or in what other does 4G help getting images from a camera/card to somewhere else?

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Lee Jay
By Lee Jay (2 months ago)

"This cards wont be out of buisines until people will own cameras without wifi" --Sochan

I don't own any camera WITH WiFi. Maybe I will someday, but at the moment, none of my 6 active cameras have WiFi, nor do I need it.

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