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I remember when this little device was announced and thought “that will never catch on”. More than five years later, I’m now the owner of an Eye-Fi wireless SD card. Eye-Fi cards wirelessly transfer images from point A to point B, no USB cable needed!
The less-expensive Mobi line (8GB, 16GB, 32GB) is designed to instantly transfer photos from your camera to your phone or tablet. For those who don’t do any editing, have plenty of device storage, and order prints from their device, a card from this line will be perfect. This scenario also makes it easier to share photos online.
The Pro line (one current model, 16GB) allows you to wirelessly transfer photos from your camera to your computer. It can connect to your home WiFi and even transfer RAW file formats.
The Pro X2 is the one you want.
Most scrapbookers will want the Pro card because it removes a step (connecting the USB cable) from your existing photo workflow, making it that much easier to get your images sorted and backed up. (To me, the Mobi cards would add a step!)
Installation | While the Mobi cards don’t need a computer for set up, the Pro cards do. You’ll also need to visit the website for instructions, as there are none on the box. The installation on my Mac was pretty simple. (It works on PC too.) In the software, I choose to use the Relayed Transfer so that my camera and computer didn’t have to be awake at the same time.
Usage | I first tested the card in my office and wasn’t getting it to work. While the card has a 45 ft indoor range, the troubleshooting guide said that there should be no troubles if you are within 15-20 feet and in line-of-sight of the router. I have an older home and found that I do need to be within line-of-sight of the router.
Note: Your camera needs to be on for the transfer to initiate. After I finish taking a batch of photos, I will turn my camera on in my kitchen (near my router). I have it set to down auto-sleep for 5 minutes to ensure that all of my images get transferred.
Because I have Lightroom’s auto-import set up for my phone photos, my last step is semi-manual. I have an import preset set up to get my photos into Lightroom with the click of one button.
I feel like I’m late to the game on this one. So I’m curious, do you have an Eye-Fi card?