Why haven't wifi SD cards made a bigger splash?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by RichA, Jun 24, 2011.

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    RichA Guest

    Seems like being able to download images without touch the card is a
    good idea. I've never used one so I don't know what speed, etc., is
    RichA, Jun 24, 2011
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    Savageduck Guest

    I haven't used one yet, but I have heard nothing but good reports from
    some of those I know who do. Now that you can download directly to
    iPhone, iPad, or Android device makes Eye-Fi even more flexible.
    DTownTV episode #75 at about the 15 minute mark, recently gave a demo
    on the Eye-Fi card. They also discuss using Shuttersnitch rather than
    the Eye-Fi App.
    < http://www.eye.fi/ >
    < http://kelbytv.com/dtowntv/2011/05/05/episode-75/ >
    < http://www.shuttersnitch.com/ >
    Savageduck, Jun 24, 2011
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    Alex Monro Guest

    Because I don't want to have to worry about my camera getting hacked.
    Alex Monro, Jun 25, 2011
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    Cost, aren't they about 8 times more expensive than a normal card .
    Whisky-dave, Jun 27, 2011
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    ray Guest

    ray, Jun 27, 2011
  6. I don't find that particular aspect of any interest, and I have
    one such card. It's slow, and it's not under my control.
    I don't know when it's started, when it's finished, etc.

    Also, the cards are very limited in what Wifi networks
    you can configure them to attach to. They won't attach
    to any hotel or airport network I've tried, for example
    (they can't be configured to work on any network where
    you have to go through a logon screen on the device
    you'll be using the network from).

    I was optimistic that the Android connection option
    would be useful, but it turns out not to be (and runs down
    my camera batteries in nothing flat). It works by the
    card becoming a Wifi access point and the Android
    connecting to it. This disconnects me from everything
    else, which is not useful.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jun 28, 2011
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    Gary Edstrom Guest

    I just purchased an 8GB pro and I have mixed feelings about it.

    On the up side, I am going on a vacation to Tokyo this coming Saturday
    and am planning not to take my big laptop computer, but only taking my
    iPad. The Eye-Fi solution seemed like the best way to get the pictures
    from my small Canon S90 P&S into the iPad so that I can post them on the
    web. I have succeeded in doing this. I will what until I get back home
    before downloading the photos from my large Canon 50D camera.

    On the down side, it is DEFINITELY not very intuitive to setup and use.
    I am glad I got the chip a few days in advance...It is going to take me
    that long to figure out what is really going on in both the Windows &
    iPad support programs.

    Gary Edstrom, Jun 29, 2011
  8. But you only need one.

    By camera-buyer standards, a $50 4GB card with WiFi
    is near the impulse-purchase level.
    David Dyer-Bennet, Jun 29, 2011
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    Michael Guest

    I have been using the Eye-Fi for some months. "Not intuitive" is an
    understatement, but once you get things set up it's very good, though a
    little slow. I save my photos in "best" JPG and in RAW, and I set up
    the Eye-Fi card, for home, to uipload the Jpegs directly to iPhoto and
    the RAW to a folder that I can upload into Aperture. That's just the
    way I set up the workflow, but it works well. I haven't tried using it
    outside my home WiFi setup yet.
    Michael, Jun 29, 2011
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    John Turco Guest

    Did you notice the P&S trend towards putting SD slots, inside battery
    compartments? It began in the mid-2000's, and may have been designed
    to increase the sales of those higher-priced (but, more convenient)
    Wi-Fi cards.

    Conspiracy theories, anybody?
    John Turco, Jul 5, 2011
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    Whisky-dave Guest

    Nah, I think it's because they only wanted one flap to design
    rathen than differnt flap/covers for cards, USB, external power,
    batteries etc..
    Those little flaps are usually a weak point in camera design so the
    less of them you have the better.
    Less fidly too having one largish one than 3 small ones.
    Whisky-dave, Jul 5, 2011
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    John Turco Guest

    Actually, on eBay, digicams' replacement battery doors have long
    seemed to be a booming business.
    John Turco, Jul 9, 2011
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