Apr 16, 2014 Nick Rego
If you’re a frequent photographer (and I mean you use an actual camera, not your smartphone) then you’ll love the Eye-Fi mobi SD card. It may look like a regular SD card, but it has one very cool trick up its sleeve – built in Wi-Fi.
The integrated Wi-Fi module of the Eye-Fi mobi means that as you take photos and videos with your DSLR, they are automatically transferred wirelessly to a paired smartphone or tablet. This then allows you not only to preview the photo you’ve just taken, but also easily share your professional-grade photo on social media.
Setting up the mobi is extremely easy, and there’s a comprehensive list of supported cameras on their website. I use a Canon EOS 550D, and the camera detected that I had inserted an Eye-Fi card into the camera, and promptly gave me the option to turn Wi-Fi on from within the camera’s settings menu. Once turned on, I simply downloaded the accompanying app to my phone and registered using the card’s unique serial number. After the two were connected, every photo and video I took with my camera was magically transferred within a few seconds to my smartphone. The app itself is very basic, only allowing you to select multiple images for manipulation and to show transfer progress.
Powering the mobi is an ARM CPU and class 10 memory, which makes it great for burst mode shoots or HD video recording. The card also only activates the Wi-Fi module when a new photo is taken, ensuring that there isn’t a drain on your camera’s battery.
This does however pose one massive issue – storage space. I was shooting at my camera’s default 18megapixel resolution, which meant that every photo was around 5-6MB in size. Since there’s no way to select which photos get transferred to your device, you’ll have to go and manually delete any ones that you don’t want. This means that you need to make sure that you’ve got enough space on your smartphone or tablet, especially if you take video clips which can easily weigh in at a couple of hundred megabytes each.
Transferring files was completely automatic and seamless, and it took around 7 seconds to transfer a 5.74MB photo to my paired HTC One. Video of course was another story, taking about 6 minutes to transfer a 192MB clip. You can also pair a single card with multiple devices, however you can only have one device active at any given time.
The Eye-Fi mobi card is perfect for anyone who longs to share better photos on Instagram or Facebook, and now that I think about it, I think this is what some of my own friends may be doing. Obviously you’ll have to share the photos as they are, unless you have some better photo editing apps on your device. I only wish that the mobi would work with PCs, as it would be amazing to have photos transfer immediately to a computer for retouching (this is now available as of May). Still, if you want a foolproof way to get photos over to your tablet or smartphone, then this little gem is perfect for you.
A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys playing videogames during work hours and tinkering with the latest gadgets.
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