For those of you tired of transferring photos via the cable or by inserting the SD card into your computer, this is the solution for you. Eye-Fi looks just like an SD card but, once you set it up, you’ll never have to remove it from your camera again. This process is analogous to buying a wireless adapter for a desktop PC. It presents a more elegant solution than purchasing a camera with wi-fi capability built-in because of modularity. Read on for my thoughts on the initial set-up.
- Card reader included
- Software update for Eye-Fi Center
- Firmware update for Eye-Fi card
- Ability to add up to 32 networks per card
- Uploads fast
- Software install (Adobe Air)
- Additional program added to the registry
The set-up was straightforward and consisted of inserting the Eye-Fi into a computer, installing the required software, signing up for an account, adding the the card to a network, and choosing a folder where the photos will be sent. According to the manual, the software is only compatible with Windows and Mac OS operating systems. I wasn’t too excited about the Adobe Air installation or the creation of an additional registry key for auto-start of the Eye-Fi software — but those are trade-offs. The software and firmware updates proves that the company is still striving to make improvements to their product, always a good thing. As soon as the set-up is complete, the software prompts you to take your first picture. After snapping a photo, the upload began a few seconds later and notification is in the form of a small preview at the bottom right corner of your desktop.
Update (09 October 2013):
This model has been discontinued.
For details about past and present Eye-Fi cards, go here.