Although nominally a Wi-Fi enhancement for your digital camera, The Eye-Fi card is an SD card that currently goes up to 2GB of capacity. This is definitely new, if not revolutionary. This means no more either having to hook up your camera to your computer OR extract the card and plug it into a card reader attached to your computer in order to download your pictures. Just get them instantly from your camera as long as you’re in range of your WiFi home network.
The Eye-Fi SD card just needs to be configured to work on your home Wi-Fi network and away you go. It currently does not work with hotspots which typically require logging in with a username and password, but that may be a blessing in disguise as you don’t want your private photos exposed to a public network. The other convenience that Eye-Fi gives you is instant uploading to your favorite Photo sharing website such as Fotki, Shutterfly, dotPhoto, webshots, phanfare, Picasa Web albums, Flickr, TypePad, Wal-Mart, snapfish, VOX, smugmug, facebook, photobucket, Kodak Gallery, and Sharpcast. Quite an impressive list.
While certainly more expensive than a typical 2GB SD card, the convenience and speed that it buys you may be priceless or at least well-worth it. If you’re like me, you tend to have photos stacking up on your camera before downloading them, and the Eye-Fi would certainly help me in that regard. The Eye-Fi is compatible with any digital camera that takes an SD card. I can also see it being useful with other devices that take SD cards so that I could upload those files easily to my computer.
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(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)
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