File push tech comes to camera tech


Does it sometimes feel like camera technology stopped just before the rest of the world adopted cloud, mobile, push and Wi-Fi file transfer methods? The good news is cameras are finally getting there. However, many of us have cams a few years old. We don’t have the convenience of picture file push technologies.

A few companies saw this opportunity and created a solution. The one I use is from Eye-Fi. It is a memory card with Wi-Fi built in. It is not up to the level of current communications tech, but it does work pretty well. Watch my video below to see a short introduction to the Eye-Fi Pro memory card.

For me there are two main problems with this card:

  1. It is unable to use the Hotspot feature of my phone. This did work at one time but between updates to the phone and the Eye-Fi firmware, it stopped working. This means I can no longer send photos from anywhere with just my phone unless I use the Android app. I don’t like the Android app so I don’t use it.
  2. The card used to allow Hotspots which required authentication, such as hotels. That feature was removed for some reason.

Please watch the video and leave comments below. Also, you may wish to join the Grim’s Photography BBM Channel (C0045B753) for tips on using your DSLR camera.


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  • Robert

    Thanks for taking the time to share this. I’m interested if can you set it up to use your phone as the wifi connection?

    I’ve shared this with a friend

    • jrohland

      Robert, I did address this in the post. For me, I was able to use my BlackBerry’s Hotspot until BB10.3.2 came out. After that, it no longer works. There is an Android app which runs fine on my Passport but I don’t like the app.

      There are other manufacturers making these cards and some take a different approach. I recommend you research those before choosing Eye-Fi.

      Possible the Eye-Fi will work great with the Priv, if you plan to get that phone.

      • Robert

        Just re-read and caught it. Thanks for clarifying the OS compatibility.

  • Great article and getting posted to my channel!
    I have looked a little into these and found they do work with a CF adapter, all be it a little slower but I guess that’s the price you have to pay!

  • veeru789

    Great post! Would you recommend the new cameras that have in built cloud and WiFi capabilities over this? Looks to be a bit slower. And if the WiFi isn’t available do they automatically back up when Wifi is available?

    • jrohland

      Veeru, I would recommend a more modern camera if it meets your needs and budget. Yes it will download all files it had not already sent when it connects to a known Wi-Fi.