Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

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Mark Chan Senior Member • Posts: 1,717
Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X
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I recently purchased an Eye-Fi card and tested with my OMD.

Short conclusion - this will significantly improve my uploading of pictures.  I set it up with my IPHONE and it works like a charm - no problems at all - other than the battery life of my iphone going down a wee bit faster than I want it.

I have three batteries for the OMD, so I'm safe on that front.

Will be testing it with the RX100.

And on an android device.

Regards

Sony RX100
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farrukh Senior Member • Posts: 2,720
Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

Presumably transferring files to your phone also drains the camera battery?

Brian Wadie
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Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X
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I find the same working with my ASUS transformer 300 to receive the .jpg images. Very useful in the studio.

There seems to be a good match between the card and Olympus programming  on the EM-5

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Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

I too have the 16G EyeFi and it works perfectly in my OM-D.  I will also use it in my LX-7, when I switch to that camera.  I send my images to a Nexus-7 while I'm traveling, and my MacBook when I'm not.  Also backs up to my Flickr account.  Works exactly as promoted.

If you ever need their tech support, it is excellent.

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dgnelson Contributing Member • Posts: 927
Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

How long does it take for photos to transfer to the iPhone?

Dan

OP Mark Chan Senior Member • Posts: 1,717
Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

farrukh wrote:

Presumably transferring files to your phone also drains the camera battery?

To my limited experiences, the battery goes slightly quicker but not alarmingly so. With a spare battery at hand one should be good to go.

OP Mark Chan Senior Member • Posts: 1,717
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dgnelson wrote:

How long does it take for photos to transfer to the iPhone?

Dan

I set the software and card in direct send mode - meaning in the absence of a WiFi network it'll search, connect and send files to your device.

Initially U want your device to be active and the app running.

It has taken anywhere from 15 secs to 30 secs to see the first jpg going, but after that initial run, assuming you are frequently shooting, the photos just find themselves there.

If hr device goes into sleep mode, the file transfer restarts at the last sent jpg when it's active again - assuming your camera is active also.

I set my jpegs to small so sending less than 1m per photo is pretty fast. Ymmv.

Walt Palmer
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Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

Mark Chan wrote:

dgnelson wrote:

How long does it take for photos to transfer to the iPhone?

Dan

I set the software and card in direct send mode - meaning in the absence of a WiFi network it'll search, connect and send files to your device.

Initially U want your device to be active and the app running.

It has taken anywhere from 15 secs to 30 secs to see the first jpg going, but after that initial run, assuming you are frequently shooting, the photos just find themselves there.

If hr device goes into sleep mode, the file transfer restarts at the last sent jpg when it's active again - assuming your camera is active also.

I set my jpegs to small so sending less than 1m per photo is pretty fast. Ymmv.

So Mark, you are using the 16Gb Pro X2 Class 10 card? You are sending small JPGs and it takes nearly a minute each?? Sounds VERY slow. The website says that card will send RAWs to any folder on a computer - but I can't imagine doing so at those speeds.

Easy to set up? Have you tried setting it up with a computer yet? I would be interested in getting images onto a large screen (sorry, not just an iPhone screen); I'm looking for speed and flexibility. I thought Eye-Fi had it, but your results sound like it is actually really slow.

Am I reading your results wrong?

(edited to add) Aha! Yes. you are ending less than 1 Mb per photo. How long does that take?

Walt

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Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

Walt Palmer wrote:

Mark Chan wrote:

dgnelson wrote:

How long does it take for photos to transfer to the iPhone?

Dan

I set the software and card in direct send mode - meaning in the absence of a WiFi network it'll search, connect and send files to your device.

Initially U want your device to be active and the app running.

It has taken anywhere from 15 secs to 30 secs to see the first jpg going, but after that initial run, assuming you are frequently shooting, the photos just find themselves there.

If hr device goes into sleep mode, the file transfer restarts at the last sent jpg when it's active again - assuming your camera is active also.

I set my jpegs to small so sending less than 1m per photo is pretty fast. Ymmv.

So Mark, you are using the 16Gb Pro X2 Class 10 card? You are sending small JPGs and it takes nearly a minute each?? Sounds VERY slow. The website says that card will send RAWs to any folder on a computer - but I can't imagine doing so at those speeds.

Easy to set up? Have you tried setting it up with a computer yet? I would be interested in getting images onto a large screen (sorry, not just an iPhone screen); I'm looking for speed and flexibility. I thought Eye-Fi had it, but your results sound like it is actually really slow.

Am I reading your results wrong?

(edited to add) Aha! Yes. you are ending less than 1 Mb per photo. How long does that take?

Walt

Eh, I typed the INITIAL transfer may take longer especially when U just woke your device. Then when they have linked up, and assuming U are taking pics on a more or less continuous basis - read the camera and device never go into sleep mode, the jpegs will just materialize on your predetermined device.

I have not tried it over a WiFi network nor have I tried uploading to a pc.

The speed when running is a sec or so per file, and you already know my file size.  I have experienced it sending the raws over, and it'll take less than 15 secs per 15mb or so. Not the ideal situation to use the tech imo, unless U shoot deliberately and thus have a limited number.

Will definitely work fine in a studio setting.

John.Laninga
John.Laninga Senior Member • Posts: 2,356
EyeFi speeds, JPG and RAW, geotagging and usage

I have the 16G card with geotagging and RAW upload.  I set it up to send to my MacBook and Flickr whenever I am in range of my own wifi network.  I send both JPG and RAW files; JPG transfers at about 6 images a minute, RAW about 2 images a minute.  These are full size files.

When I am away from my computer, I direct send it to my Nexus 7.  Here I can see and manage the images, if I am so inclined.  As soon as I get back in my own network the images also transfer to my MacBook and Flickr.

Also, if I am away from my own network but on a ATT WiFi node (Starbucks, McDonalds, and others) my images automatically upload to my Flickr account.

I never upload to the EyeFi View storage, just the ones mentioned.

One final note, the geotagging works, sort of.  It triangulates the nearest WiFi nodes known to Google and gives an approximate location.  If there are no known nodes (such as on a recent cruise) no data is filled in on lat/long.

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reygon Senior Member • Posts: 2,037
Re: EyeFi speeds, JPG and RAW, geotagging and usage

Thanks for sharing your user experiences guys. Is the card fast in writing (duringg shots) and reading (non wifi connection)?

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Re: EyeFi speeds, JPG and RAW, geotagging and usage

reygon wrote:

Thanks for sharing your user experiences guys. Is the card fast in writing (duringg shots) and reading (non wifi connection)?

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I use SD Extreme Pro Cards normally.  I can say that going 9fps @ RAW+JPEG netted the same amount of pics before the camera went slow - but that's probably just the camera's cache.

Let me try to check the different in speed later this weekend.

Regards

idiotekniQues
idiotekniQues Senior Member • Posts: 1,255
Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

never had an issue using plenty of different flash memory for cameras.

only when i bought the top of the line eye-fi this past summer to use with OM-D did i ever have an issue where files couldn't be read.

i posted in their forums after finding numerous people with the same issue, there was no resolution save buying some recovery software. i returned the card to amazon asap. very wary to try them again.

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idiotekniQues wrote:

never had an issue using plenty of different flash memory for cameras.

only when i bought the top of the line eye-fi this past summer to use with OM-D did i ever have an issue where files couldn't be read.

i posted in their forums after finding numerous people with the same issue, there was no resolution save buying some recovery software. i returned the card to amazon asap. very wary to try them again.

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Interesting; to date I have not had an issue like this.  Hopefully it was an anomaly.

Regards

Abrak Veteran Member • Posts: 4,064
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I have nothing but good to say about my experience with the eye-fi card (and I until recently had the admittedly rather slow write x 8gb class 6 x2 card). I have virtually used no other card in my OMD since I bought the camera.

I shoot RAW+jpeg, transfer the jpeg to my ipad via wifi. Sort and tag the jpeg and then transfer the metadata over to my RAW files in Lightroom via wifi (which I ingest in the normal way). I have done this with over 1500 photos on a single trip.

The eye-fi does not transfer data over wifi particularly fast nor does any wifi fata transmission. It isnt really suitable for transmission of RAW files although it can be done. By my testing it takes approximately 8 minutes to transfer 1GB of data - this is approximately 300 jpegs but only 60 RAW files.

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Anybody have experience with Eye-Fi and older camera (such as E-PL2)

I am think about using an Eye_Fi with my Oly E-PL2 for taking pictures of food and table settings, and then sending the pics to a PC or a tablet for review. I would probably send large JPG's, and speed of transfer is not a primary concern as long as it is not crazy slow.

Anybody have experience using the Eye-Fi on older cameras? Thanks.

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reygon Senior Member • Posts: 2,037
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Mark Chan wrote:

reygon wrote:

Thanks for sharing your user experiences guys. Is the card fast in writing (duringg shots) and reading (non wifi connection)?

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I use SD Extreme Pro Cards normally. I can say that going 9fps @ RAW+JPEG netted the same amount of pics before the camera went t slow - but that's probably just the camera's cache.

Let me try to check the different in speed later this weekend.

Regards

That's a very good result Mark. Let me know on your next check. Thanks.

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Re: Very positive experience with OMD + EYE-FI 16gb Pro 2X

idiotekniQues wrote:

never had an issue using plenty of different flash memory for cameras.

only when i bought the top of the line eye-fi this past summer to use with OM-D did i ever have an issue where files couldn't be read.

i posted in their forums after finding numerous people with the same issue, there was no resolution save buying some recovery software. i returned the card to amazon asap. very wary to try them again.

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Don't know if this helps...

I have the Eye-Fi card for my D800 and couldn't get the card to work in it though it did work in my D7000. It was suggested to change my wifi channel to channel 11 because of a "known" interference problem. This seemed silly to me at first but I did try it. To my surprise it worked. Only negative I can offer is that the Wi-Fi Pro X2 card is slow.

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Re: Anybody have experience with Eye-Fi and older camera (such as E-PL2)

pschatz100 wrote:

I am think about using an Eye_Fi with my Oly E-PL2 for taking pictures of food and table settings, and then sending the pics to a PC or a tablet for review. I would probably send large JPG's, and speed of transfer is not a primary concern as long as it is not crazy slow.

Anybody have experience using the Eye-Fi on older cameras? Thanks.

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My Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card works with Oly E-5, which is supposed to be 'older' than E-PL2.

I use manual upload setting to my laptop through home Wi-Fi by pressing the AEL/AFL button, so it doesn't transfer every 12MPxl Fine resolution shoot I take, which is considered very slow by USB cable/card slot transfer standard.

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