EyeFI - WIFI SDHC card for your camera

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  1. sgn

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    DPreview have a small news article about the latest EyeFI card that's out.

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0906/09061003eyefiprowireless.asp

    Eye-Fi Inc. today unveiled the Eye-Fi Pro, a new wireless SDHC memory card for digital cameras that allows professionals and photo enthusiasts to automatically upload images straight from their camera to their computer and the Web. Available today, the Eye-Fi Pro includes RAW image support and peer-to-peer connectivity for a direct connection between the camera and a computer, no router or Internet connection required (also known as ad hoc).

    I've been watching this over the last few months and waiting for the transfer speeds to get better. I can see a real practical use for these cards if your away from wifi it saves to memory and when in range it uploads to your pc or a transfer service like flickr etc.
     
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    I too have been looking at this and i can see its impacts being pretty uber if they get it right.
    if it can peer to peer to things like an iphone it could be very impressive indeed.

    for me the biggest applications will be the ability to upload to a laptop when on the move to see the images as close to realtime as the point to point uploading will allow. Also I'm looking into these new micro four thirds cameras for diving photography and the combo with this means upping the photos without opening the case which will be handy for multi dive days.
     
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    remembering hearing about this last year..

    this would be sweet.
     
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    I'm seriously considering getting one of these and setting it up in adhoc mode to connect to my acer aspire one (with 160gb, maybe upgrading to a 500gb hdd) and automatically dump the pictures when it can.... so sweet.
     
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    It says not available outside america, canada or japan?
     
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    I'd love to see them bring it to CF.
     
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    CF is dying. Wouldn't hold your breath.
     
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    Would it work with one of those CF to SD card adapter things?
     
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    It does, just gotta pick the brand. There's sites that have tested and reviewed it in CF adapters.

    None of the stores that sell it will post them to an address outside of the US, Canada or Japan, so you'd have to know someone over there. There's no warranty here if you got one, unless you sent it back and got the person who bought it for you to claim.
     
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    From experience

    Slow as balls, jpeg files only.

    Unless they've changed it, what you could get in the states this year is upload to a web gallery only - flicker, mobile me etc. I couldn't see any way in the software to dump directly to a computer.

    Upload times are anything from 1 to 3 minutes from time of capture.

    Edit: tho not sure if what i used was this pro card. Definitely not the pro version. Here's hoping the boosted the speed.
     
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    I'd say you were not using the pro card as the pro version supports RAW and peer to peer networking.

    It was noted in a few early reviews any further than a few meters away from the wireless access point and the speed of tranfers dropped off.. but that's the price you pay for such a small anntenna.It would be good if you could jerry rig an external coupler to the card so you could have a little anntenna sitting on top of your camera..


    heck maybe down the track Canon etc might even put he option of WIFI directly in the camera. so you could have an option like "Save to Card and WIFI"
     
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    A friend of mine has a device like this, for shooting weddings. Basically he shoots inside the church/location while his offsider sits somewhere closeby with a laptop and sorts/does minor PP on the photos as they come in.

    One of the things that they specialise in is having a slideshow of the day at the reception before the bride/groom arrive.
     
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    thats a pretty neat idea. would be great if these cards could transfer video on the fly to wifi. save my mate buying heaps of CF cards!
     
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    Thanks for the idea. I'vedone this at other parties by swapping cards and then uploading toa presentation box and then starting a slide show but this sounds like a really good use of the card..

    if only you could have a porgram that could then know to check the folder every few mins and then add them to the rotation.
     
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    say what?!!
     
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    that's pretty brave. is it fast enough to transfer raws with consistent shooting? and if not... is he shooting in jpg? i'd prefer to not show my wedding photography work anywhere unless it's been properly PP'd.
     
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    It's probably Canon's wifi transfer battery grip?
     
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    Its fast enough to transfer with consistent shooting. I was talking to him the other day, and he said it wasnt one of the EyeFi things, but rather a little mini-PC which he has built that he carries nearby him and is tethered over wireless USB, that has 12gb of storage and buffers everything asif he was shooitng tethered, and because it thinks its tethered it writes to the onboard CF as well.
    The miniPC then transfers over 802.11n to the host machine, and his partner does processing (she does 80% of the processing anyway)
     
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    I've been wanting one for ages, but haven't got around to importing one. I haven't read anywhere about this, but when it's uploading is that process exclusive, or is that a background process? Ie, while the files are uploading, can you continue to use the camera? If that's the case, I really couldn't care if it takes 3 minutes to upload a photo, as it all just goes on while I'm standing around doing other things and continuing to take shots.

    Also, can anyone comment on Eye-Fi's compatibility with the Canon IXUS 100IS and Canon EOS 450D ?
     
  20. altorus

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    The non pro version works with a 450D.

    Uploads are in the background, you can continue shooting when it's uploading.
     

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