Many of us, especially iPhone and Android users, have become addicted to being able to upload photos to the net directly from our phones. Did you know that here was a device that would allow you to do that from your camera?
With smartphone cameras in the 5 megapixel range and up, and all those computer-driven features available, a lot of us have been using our phones more than our cameras. The quality of the smartphone photos has gotten better and we have become more and more accustomed to being able to share our shots with others instantly, using the Wi-Fi or 3G capabilities of our smartphones. When we see something shiny, we can shoot it and share it on a social networking site in seconds. That kind of convenience can be addictive, even if it does tend to dumb down the quality of a lot of our photos.
The good news is that we can now have the best of both worlds, combining our high quality real camera with instant access to the Web. The product that makes this possible is called Eye-Fi Mobile X2, a new device from the people that bought you the original Eye-Fi. That’s because one of the options on this new version of the product is wireless transfer directly to your smartphone or tablet without a Wi-Fi connection. Put the Eye-Fi card in the SD slot of your camera (it is also a standard 8GB SD card) and every photo that you take with that camera will be automatically transferred to your mobile device within 10 seconds.
And, of course, from there you can quickly transfer photos to Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, Flickr, or anywhere else that tickles your photo-sharing fancy. It works with the iPhone and Android phones, and retains all the capabilities of the original Eye-Fi- transfer directly to your PC or Mac, or via any available Wi-Fi connection. What’s new is that the X2 version is its own hotspot and can talk to your smartphone without the need for a Wi-Fi connection. That is hot new technology, and will let you share high-quality photos with the same ease that you do the lower-res photos from your smartphone.