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Wi Fi Camera Wireless Wi Fi SD Card

September 22nd, 2014 Comments off

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Back in 2008 we posted a review of the 2gb Eye-Fi card after running it through the paces on a trip to NY: http://www.foto-tech.com/eye-fi-wireless-sd-card/. Today there are many very affordable ($30) options for Wi Fi Cards and devices that attach to cameras.  A few cameras also have built in Wi Fi transmitters and we expect most cameras will have built in Wi Fi in the coming years. Transend and Mono Price make systems in addition to Eye-Fi and card sizes range from 8gb-128gb. It’s really a miracle of micro tech that these companies can fit all that into an SD card.

Why are Wi Fi Camera solution of such interest to the editors of Foto-Tech?
We believe that the future of Camera Technology is the camera with GPS & Transmitter included.  The GPS helps journalist and documentarians of all types with what, WHERE, when, why and how and the transmitter is essential for utilizing the imagery.

Professionally, these Wi-Fi cards are very useful if the camera you use has two card slots.  We record raw files to a CF card and transmit Jpeg files using a Wi Fi SD card in the other slot.  The Jpegs are for quick previews and a Non tethered workflow.  Our camera transmits Jpeg files to a folder that Lightroom is watching.  Any adjustment we make to these jpg files in Lightroom are later synced to the RAW files.  For our studio, it’s an efficient system  that brakes the tether cord and streamlines our workflow.

Personally, We use the same system for all our point and shoot cameras that the family uses.  When the camera comes in contact with a Wi Fi hotspot after taking pictures, the card transmits the images to our distribution system.  The system starts with Adobe Lightoom and usually ends with Facebook and SmugMug family galleries.

Mono Price Wi-Fi® microSD™ Adapter

Add Wi-Fi® file transfer ability to your existing SDHC™ compatible digital camera using this Wi-Fi microSD™ Adapter from Monoprice!

This adapter is in the form of the popular full-sized SD™ card and features a built-in 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi radio. The radio is powered by the camera (or other device it is inserted into), has a maximum indoor range from 16 ~ 55 feet, and has a maximum outdoor range from about 82 ~ 164 feet. The adapter is a stand-alone wireless hotspot and requires no other networking or applications to function.

This adapter requires an SDHC compatible full-sized SD card slot on your camera. It uses any microSD card up to 32GB capacity (not included), though class 10 cards are recommended if video is to be captured. Connecting to the adapter is as simple as selecting the adapter for your wireless network, then opening up a browser. Up to 5 users can simultaneously access the card to browse or download the contents.

This adapter was reviewed by c|net on June 19, 2014. You can read what they had to say about by clicking on this link.