Whether you frequently work with digital photos online or manage a lot of personal photos, one of the very best new gadgets to have on your radar is the Eye-Fi card. At January’s Consumer Electronics Show it won Yahoo!’s Last Gadget Standing competition, and it got a Best of Show award at the Macworld show the following week. I’ve been using it, and especially if you have a home Wi-Fi network and don’t currently have a Wi-Fi enabled camera, it’s very useful.
The Eye-Fi card (an SD card with Wi-Fi integrated) sends photos wirelessly to your PC or Mac, and they’re automatically saved to a folder that you pre-define. The receiving computer does need to be running Eye-Fi Manager software, but other than that requirement all hassles surrounding getting your photos from your camera to your computer are removed. The Eye-Fi Manager software can take care of routing your photos to your favorite photo sharing sites online, such as Flickr, without requiring you to worry about logging in or passwords. You can also take advantage of Eye-Fi Service, which will store your photos and deliver them to your turned-off computer the next time you turn it on.
If you’ve taken a photo that’s too large for your destination site, the Eye-Fi card will automatically resize it. The routing of the photos is secure, and you can choose to have your photos uploaded to your home computers as well as online sites. There is a list of supported destination sites available online.
In my experience, the Eye-Fi card is an easy way to make sure that you don’t leave photos sitting on your camera, never to be archived. It’s also nice not to hassle with cables and docks. It costs $99.99, and you can get it at numerous retailers, such as Wal-Mart, or order it from Amazon, Costco.com, Buy.com and other sites.
Do you wirelessly upload photos, and if so what’s your solution?