I’ve been downsizing a lot recently and rediscovering some of my old digital cameras. I use my mobile phone a lot these days, probably around 80% of my photography at the moment involves using my mobile phone. I wanted to try and find a way that I could use my old cameras to capture the photographs and the mobile phone to process them and I did some searching online and discovered Eye Fi cards. They seemed great and come in different flavours but the basic Mobi version was all I really needed.
After placing an order for one I discovered that they have actually removed some functionality from these cards which means you cannot selectively download images from the card to your mobile device. What happens is instead that all images are transferred to your mobile device. Ever single one. This is potentially bad news if you’ve got a mobile device with limited storage capacity. This put me off and I immediately regretted placing the orderer. Thankfully I was able to cancel and continue my search.
Up stepped the Toshiba FlashAir WiFi cards. This seemed more like it. When you connect to your camera and the memory cards WiFi signal through your mobile device and go to your web browser it automatically takes you to a web interface that allows you to explore the contents of your camera. You can browse folders and images. At this point nothing has been downloaded other than the image thumbnails in your browser cache. To download your full resolution image you just click on the thumbnail and it loads in the browser allowing you to choose to download the image or not. Simple. And half the price of the Eye Fi card.
Connection is secure and you are able to set your own WiFi network name and connection password when setting up. And it’s pretty easy to set up.
I’ve been using it this weekend and have been really very pleased with the performance of it in my Panasonic GF1 camera. I managed to take some photographs on the camera and edit them on my phone and upload to social media from my car in the middle of the Scottish country side.
I bought the Toshiba Flash Air 32GB Class10 Wireless Memory Card/ Wifi SD Card but they do smaller and bigger capacities also. As long as your camera supports SDHC cards you’re good to go.