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Unstable, confusing and unreliable.,
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This review is from: Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB Wireless SDHC Memory Card (Accessory)
*Edited in 10/8/12 (about 8 months after I bought it)*
I decided to change my review and rate this item 1 star down. It simply doesnt fit for its purpose. It lately started to work erratically, losing its purpose completely. Like someone else said in another review, it definitely isnt a "pro" item, it is completely unreliable. After 8 months of daily use I didnt see any improvement, no significant update. Im turning its wi-fi functionality off and just using it as a very expensive and regular card...
Dec 15 2011:
I've been using it for 3 days now and have mixed feelings about it. I consider myself a bit geeky, but still this card took me a good amount of time and reading in forums and their website to understand how to use it. So a few things to consider.
- Geotag depends on local wi-fi, not on GPS. So So don't expect the most precise location thou most of the time it is precise. No wi-fi around you, no geotag. You DONT need to connect to any wy-fi, just to detect wi-fi connections around to pinpoint location. Going to Amazonia? No geotag (probably)
- Geotag is added ONLY after WI-FI TRANSFER. Eye-fi does not geotag your pictures when you shoot them. Meaning? Wanna speed up uploading to your computer connecting the card directly to your laptop and drag and drop? Well, you won't get geotag! So if you shoot raw you will have to wait a bit longer to upload your pics! Eye-fi needs to upload your pics to your computer wirelessly, then it sends information to their servers which will send back geotag to be added to your pics. Its all automatic, but it is good to know how it works and they don't tell you this anywhere.
- No control over what is transferred. At all! Turn on your cam, the upload starts. Ok, if you want to delete something you can delete later from your computer. But did you run out of battery during transfer? Chances are the card won't resume from where it stopped. Very temperamental.
- iOS transfer is very unstable and needs a LOT of improvement. It works fine when it decides to work, but usually you will be turning your camera on and off and quitting and restarting the app a couple of times before you manage to get it working.
- Very bad iOS app. Non intuitive, unstable, confusing, no clear instructions, again no control over what is being transferred. Have some good amount of free space on your phone, just in case
- No manual included
- Confusing website with essential information almost hidden. Its clean and tidy but not very user friendly or obvious.
- The computer application (Eye-Fi centre) is limited and confusing.
- Geotags pictures you took with your DSLR (after all the complexity above mentioned)
- Can upload your pictures to Flickr automatically
- Easy/fast transfer from camera to computer IF: your pictures are not too heavy, your camera is sat beside your router, you don't mind everything being transferred to a designated folder (included blurred pics, etc)
In general I like it. But Im patient and geeky and I really like the idea of geotagging my pics, transferring them wirelessly and uploading to my Flickr (which is premium account, meaning no worries about space limit or monthly quota). I cope with the flaws of this device because I really want the features it offers (when they work). But it's definitely not easy to use or reliable and it has a lot to improve to become stable.
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Initial post: 23 Aug 2013 13:54:41 BDT
LM Timothy says:
Just FYI, there is a selective transfer option on modern cameras which have Eye-Fi Connected integration. With these you can pick and choose which photos you want to upload after taking them.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2013 14:27:59 BDT
Thanks. I recently got a Mark 5D III and will definitely check this option.
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