Any Eye-Fi Users Out There?

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I am curious if any of you have used any of the Eye-Fi brand SD cards for your photography.  I discovered that the D5000 actually has Eye-Fi functionality built in and I find the concept pretty interesting but I have never tried one.  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Eye-Fi cards, they are SD memory cards that have built-in wi-fi technology.  This allows you to actually upload images to your computer or to a photo-sharing site such as Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and more, all from inside your camera.  There are actually 4 flavors of Eye-Fi with varying capabilities from simple home computer transfer to those that geotag and allow access to over 10,000 wi-fi hotspots.

I love the concept of going out for a morning shoot, coming home and grabbing a bite to eat, and then sitting down at my computer to look at my automatically downloaded images.  The problem is that I don’t own one nor do I know anyone that has used one, so I’m not sure just how well they work.  I would love to get one to test in the D5000 (and possibly add it to my bonus chapter on camera accessories) but I don’t want to waste my money if it’s not worth the trouble.  So if any of you has had any experience using one, I would love to hear about it.  You can find out more about Eye-Fi cards by clicking here.

Comments

  1. I love the idea but I don’t think Eye-FI supports RAW format.

  2. I have an EyeFi for my Canon G10 which I got to see just how good they were and it’s not bad. I’ve never had an error and I don’t even realize when it is uploading if I’m not at my computer. It’s pretty sweet. When setting it up it even gives instructions on how to set your camera up for power saver to optimize battery life during transmission.

    Scott

  3. phillip says:

    Do they upload Raw as well as jpeg?

  4. Personally, I’m waiting for when the support RAW. Very cool concept and I’d be happy to buy one – personally, I don’t like shooting in .jpeg mode.

  5. I use a EyeFI card every day for work with my Canon 1Ds Mark II and I’m not thrilled with it. The write speed is incredibly slow (about 10x slower than SanDisk Extreme compact flash cards I usually work with) and the files transfer quite slowly to the camera as well. It’s a good concept, but the execution isn’t quite there. The lack of support for RAW files is a huge downside as well.

  6. I guess I’m reluctant on this technology. I work across the hall from our Security folks and I get bits/bytes of information regarding wi-fi/smart cards/etc. (ie: eyefi) and how easy it is to gather information off of whatever is broadcasting. I’m not overly protective of my images; but, I don’t want to be “transmitting in the blind”.

  7. The link below is th Bill Lockharts Blog and he did quite a detailed write up on the EYE=Fi Card.

    http://www.bill.lockharts.com/blog/2009/01/05/eye-fi-sd-card-review/

  8. I’ve looked at them, but I don’t upload to iPhoto or anything that would make sense. I create a folder for each shoot, with the date, and upload the RAW files there. Sorry to say that’s my organization system ;-) I’ve considered it for my P&S but haven’t done it yet. The geotagging relies on Wifi signals, so it’s not as cool as it sounds either.

    If you do get one, I’m curious how you use it…

    robert

  9. It’s just a matter of time before they support RAW and it’s a simple software update. I bought my EyeFi card 2 months ago and since then it’s had 4 software updates. It now supports video

  10. “The geotagging relies on Wifi signals, so it’s not as cool as it sounds either.”

    Wow… That makes it much less attractive.

  11. ive been using eye fi about 12 months, couldnt do without it as a teaching tool. I teach photographt so shoot example shots live and upload via lightroom to a big screen

  12. I had one, but returned it. The show stopper for me was that the camera couldn’t be set to auto-power off. So you couldn’t walk away while it uploaded pictures or the camera battery would be dead when you got back.

  13. Shannon says:

    I have two of them and I love them. I use one in my Canon Elph (used when I need waterproof case) and the other in my D40x. Their support is fantastic and I am very satisfied with them. I’m looking at getting the D5000 Nikon as an upgrade and because it has eye-fi smart settings built right in.

  14. There’s a new Eye-Fi Pro (4GB for now) that supports RAW: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-10040-10120

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  2. Jeff Revell says:

    Thanks to everyone that commented on my questions about the Eye-Fi card. Just what I needed to know. http://bit.ly/CE1w5

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