Must have gadget for digital camera fans
Despite the fact that handsets like the Nokia Lumia 1520 with its 41 megapixel camera are desperately trying to kill off the dedicated digital camera, some people still prefer to use a camera – not a smartphone. GoMo News itself is pretty addicted to its Fujifilm FinePix S700. Why? because it has a viewfinder and we can use it in bright sunlight because you don’t have to look at a screen. There was a major drawback when it came to transferring photos taken by the S700 to something sensible. Not any more. The Eye-Fi Mobi from Eye-Fi has completely solved the problem. You just put the SD card inside your camera. And you then transfer the photos to a handset or tablet via Wi-fi. It is very, very simple to use. it works on both iOS and Android.
Matt DiMaria, Eye-Fi’s CEO, observed, “The capabilities of smartphones are very limited when compared to digital cameras in the areas of zoom, high-speed shooting, lighting and other functions.”
He added, “Eye-Fi Mobi is our most user friendly card to date and it is designed for photography enthusiasts who seek a solution without compromise: – high quality photos and videos combined with the instant online delivery of the smartphone.”
He’s not wrong. Even though our Samsung notebook sports an SD card slot as standard – transferring files was a pain. Especially after we installed Windows 7.
Now, as soon as we take a pic, it appears straight away on our smartphone – currently a Prestigio PAP 4500T (Dual SIM) Android handset.
Effectively, all you need to do is go onto the relevant app store (Play or iTunes) and download the free Eye-Fi app.
Then, pop the existing SD Card out of your digital camera and replace it with the Eye-Fi Mobi.
We expected that ‘pairing’ the card with a smartphone would be tricky but it worked very swiftly.
Our only reservation is – what is the use of Wi-fi going to do to the camera’s battery life? We can’t tell because our S700 eats batteries in the first place.
In the UK, the Mobi card will retail for £41.99 for the 8GB card; £51.99 for the 16GB card, and £71.99 for the 32GB card.
It will be available through Amazon and the Eye-Fi website, amongst other retailers. More information on where to buy one, go to http://en.eyefi.com.
Eye-Fi Mobi’s key features: -
Setup simply and instantly: Mobi has the simplest Eye-Fi card setup yet – no computer, no account and no cloud. Just download the free Eye-Fi app for iOS or Android, enter the Mobi card’s unique 10-digit code, and the mobile device is paired. Use the same code to pair as many mobile devices as needed.
Share real-time: High-resolution photos and videos instantly transfer from camera to a device’s photo roll/gallery. From there, edit and share with favorite apps.
Transfer anywhere: Built-in Wi-fi means no Wi-fi network, hotspot or internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi literally moves photos from camera to devices anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
Works with the devices users already own (and love): Mobi works with thousands of cameras.
Eye-Fi Connected: Many manufacturers have integrated the software support for the Eye-Fi technology into their camera’s.
Free Eye-Fi App: for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, including the Kindle Fire.
Backup automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they’re taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on the mobile device.
Achieve lightning fast quality: Mobi reinforces Eye-Fi’s commitment to provide exceptional performance in SD memory – HD video, low light and fast action shots are easily captured with this high-performance card.