Earlier this week I picked up an Eye-Fi Pro X2 SD card to review for photo month. It’s the evolution of the original Eye-Fi card, cutting the cord for a lot of photographers out there.
But you might be wondering “What’s an Eye-Fi card at all?!”. Good question! It’s an SD card that has a built-in Wi-Fi radio. When you think about it, it’s pretty impressive: cramming a Wi-Fi radio INTO an SD card can’t be easy, and getting one that will broadcast through the bodies of modern cameras... well it’s an impressive engineering feat to be sure!
So why would you want one? Well, an Eye-Fi card makes it easy to actually manage your photos after taking them. By logging into my home network with the Eye-Fi card, I’m able to automatically upload pictures to my computer, without having to dig for a cable or card reader. It’s handy for cutting workflow time; as soon as I get home I can start my upload without having to find my accessories.
There’s another feature I like when I’m shooting product shots at home: Endless Memory Mode. the Eye-Fi that I picked up is 8GB, which can go fast when you’re shooting up to 24 megapixels, even if you’re shooting JPEG. Endless Memory Mode deletes pictures to make space after they’ve been uploaded, so you can keep shooting without delays to swap cards. The Pro X2 is a great upgrade for me, because I shoot in the RAW format. It’s the top-end Eye-Fi card, and that’s the big selling difference from the previous levels, making it a good upgrade for me.
Two other Pro-only features out of the box are Geotagging and Hotspot access. Geotagging uses WPS, the Wi-Fi positioning service, to add Geotagging information to any photo in any camera. It’s a great way to track photos and trips in areas taht have WiFi. Hotspot access means you can get online at places like Starbucks and McDonalds to upload on the go. These are features that come with the Pro X2, but the entry-level and mid-level cards can be upgraded to included them.
Also great: the recently launched apps for both iOS and Android. I haven’t used it yet, but being able to upload while mobile is pretty cool.
I’ll have an in-depth look at how all these features in the Eye-Fi Pro X2 fare later this week.
It's never been easier to transfer your pictures to your computer. With the Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB SD memory card, you can wirelessly send your images directly to your PC or a specific online site through your wireless network - No cables required. This Pro model lets you work with RAW files, and even assigns location based information to each photo.
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