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Wi Fi Camera Wireless Wi Fi SD Card

September 22nd, 2014 No comments

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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.

Groundbreaking High Speed Camera System

December 14th, 2011 No comments
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MIT Media Lab researchers have created a high speed  camera system that can capture images at a rate of one trillion frames per second.  This high speed camera system can capture  light traveling through objects. There are a multitude of scientific and artistic uses for a system such as this. For more on the MIT Media Lab visit their site http://www.media.mit.edu/.

Upgrading Photo Technology

December 11th, 2008 1 comment

” I’ve loved more cameras than women, but I love women more than cameras.”
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I’ve been working out some theories on the most practical way to upgrade technology. Cameras, computer hardware, and software technology move at an alarming rate. The question is: when does it make financial and practical sense to upgrade? There are considerations of implementation and cost involved. Here I will outline these considerations and my theories and strategies.
Moore’s Law describes a long-term trend in computer hardware where capacity of circuitry doubles every 24 months. These same principles can be applied to almost all technologies, though the timing is different for every technology and situation. Technology upgrade theory is all about cost, implementation, and gain. Developing a good strategy is dependent on the nature of the technology and that must be studied carefully.

Know the Technology and know the habits and schedules of the manufacturers of that technology.
Example #1 Adobe is on an 18Month upgrade cycle: they allow you to skip versions and still get upgrade pricing: and their upgrades are usually major.
Example #2 Nikon usually upgrades the flagship models six-nine months before the top prosumer models. The top of the line prosumer cameras usually have many of the desirable features of the Flagship model at 40% of the price. Nikon is notoriously slow in getting their announced cameras to market. Read more…

Seitz Cameras and Scanning Backs

April 23rd, 2008 1 comment

Prepare to be humbled!

The Seitz 6X17 is a 160 megapixel camera and every pixel is real, not interpolated data. It’s a scanning camera and does not use the Bayer Filter Pattern associated with most modern camera sensors. Betterlight is another manufacturer of scanning backs and they have an excellent explanation of how scanning backs work. Seitz makes some of the most fascinating photographic equipment: from Web LiveCams to 360 Pano Cameras their stuff is cool. There website is fill of interesting photographic examples of what their products work.

This is the RoundShot D3 360 Camera. It spins around while scanning. This system uses only a slice of the lens so horizontal distortion is reduced.

This is the Tablet Control System. If you read my previous post on tethered tablet shooting, then you should appreciate what this control system adds to workflow.

I’ve worked with rented Betterlight scanning backs a couple of times, but have yet to own one; maybe for my 40th birthday. This stuff is not cheap, but you could be the only kid on your block with a 160 megapixel camera!

Tethered Tablet Shooting

April 16th, 2008 No comments

I’m using a Lenovo X61 Tablet PC for tethered shooting. It has really changed the way I shoot. I’ve been shooting tethered to laptops for some time, but a tablet is a much better way to go. Laptops need to be set up on a table or a stand which is never convenient. Tablets, however, can be hand-held or stuffed into a bag carried over the shoulder while the tablet is still connected and powered on. Just make sure the vents are not covered or you’ll cook your processor. I’ve got a special shoulder strap sleeve on my tablet. Not needing a surface to set up and being able to use a digitizer pen instead of a keyboard and mouse is what makes a tablet perfect for tethered shooting. Read more…