The Eye-Fi Card and How It Works

The Eye-Fi card is just like any other SD card, except that it has embedded Wi-Fi technology. It fits into your camera and stores media, videos and photos but with embedded WI-Fi you can automatically and wirelessly upload photos and videos to your computer and to your favorite sites. You can send photos & videos directly to your computer, iPad,iPhone and Android device directly from your camera.

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How Eye-Fi Card Works

The Eye-Fi card has built-in Wi-Fi that can effortlessly transfers photos and videos. It uses your home Wi-Fi network with wireless 802.11n connectivity. When you set up the application you can specify which of the 32 networks that you can add to select for the Eye-Fi card to use to transfer your media. The popular media sharing sites include Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Picassa and others. Whenever your camera is on within range of a specified network, your photos and videos will be transferred to your computer and to your favorite sharing site. Direct Mode will allow you to transfer from anywhere, provided you have a wireless connection. It works with almost every brand of camera, so you do not need to purchase a new camera.

What You Need

Eye-Fi works with any of the hundreds of SDHC compatible cameras., including Canon, Nikon, Casio, Panasonic and more. You will need a broadband or wireless  Internet connection to set up your Eye-Fi card and a Wi-Fi 02.11b/g/n compatible router on the 2.4GHz band. A computer with Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7 or Mac OSX (Intel) 10.5. The software requires 100MB of space on your computer.

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Features and Benefits

With all the available features, Eye-Fi is very easy to operate. You can select which photos and videos are uploaded, and thanks to the speed of built-in 802.11n connectivity, you can quickly transfer JPEG photos & videos through your home Wi-Fi network. With the Selective Transfer feature, you can selectively transfer which photos or videos to upload. With 4GB of memory, you can store up to 2,000 photos or 90mn of video with top-notch Class 6 speed. Working just like a regular SDHC memory card, it is suitable for your compact camera. You can organize your media by automatically putting photos and videos into distinct dated folders too.

(Photo courtesy of flickr user : schaft9)

An increasing number of camera manufacturers are enhancing the features of the cameras offered and  many are offering Eye-Fi card recognition and optimization. With the added features in some higher end digital cameras, it is possible to adjust and optimize settings while photos and videos are wirelessly uploaded. The Eye-Fi Connected feature is now included in newer model cameras such as the new Nikon D5000 (which follows in the footstep of the already Eye-Fi Connected D60 and D90), as well as the entire spring line-up of Casio cameras.


The complete line-up of Eye-Fi memory cards are relatively inexpensive when compared to regular SD cards and can range in price from $40-$90.


It is easy to see why reception of the Eye-Fi card has been very enthusiastic. It’s easy to fall in love with such a handy and needed product. The software is cleverly designed and integrates seamlessly. The set up and configuration can easily be done by anyone. Transferring images from card to computer, or uploading to sharing sites is trouble-free and exceedingly fast. The most enjoyable feature is wirelessly moving images from our camera to the computer, from there, you can share them with rest of the world.

Watch the video below about one of Eye-Fi’s products : The Eye-Fi Connect X2

Like the Eye-Fi Connect X2 memory card? Order yours here.

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