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Old Sep 26, 2010, 4:08 PM   #1
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I'm referring to the "Eye-Fi" wireless SDHC cards. Maybe y'all already know about them, but I didn't until I got a flyer from J&R.

It's an SD card with built-in WiFi that relieves you of the terrible burden of removing the card from your camera and plugging it into a card reader to transfer your photos. After being configured properly it can automatically download the files stored on it, to your computer or your web site (like Flickr).

I was intrigued by this, just in terms of where technology is going, so I did some checking on it. User reviews have noted a few problems:

1. It's extremely slow for large files (wireless - Duh!). An unmentioned corollary of that is that although you don't have to remove the SD card from the camera, you'll be removing and recharging the battery a lot more often.
2. They have some likelihood of locking up during use; the vendor's solution is to reformat the card. Guess what happens to the images you've already stored on the card.

All that said, I do believe this technology will become commonplace in the future.

What I'd find a lot more interesting is an SD card that's actually a GPS receiver than can add your location to the EXIF files. I don't particularly need that right now but I can see where folks who are traveling would find it very useful. Plus it would be darned cool.

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The problem as well is it doesn't transmit while you are shooting...you have to put the camera down and do nothing with it while the images are being transferred.
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Mike, they'll probably work all this out. But it still seems to me to be a solution looking for a problem.
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Gee, where have I heard that before?

Well, it's been a few years now and it's still not solved.
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Gee, where have I heard that before?

Well, it's been a few years now and it's still not solved.
Yeh well, I remember saying something like that when they told me that my Kodachrome would be replaced by something called digital.

And I thought that was a heart medicine...
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