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From Adorama News Desk: Eye-Fi, a California-based company, announced this morning what they say is the world’s first wireless SD memory card for digital cameras. The 2GB card, which will retail for around $99, is said to make it possible to send photos wirelessly from a digital camera to a Wi-Fi-enabled Mac or PC using wireless networks (also known as “hot spots”). The card works with any current SD-compatible camera, and will automatically upload photos onto pre-selected social networking sites or on-line photo labs when the camera is turned on. The feature, if it works as promised, could very well save photographers time spent uploading images to computers and then to web sites. The card is expected to be available immediately.
So this is a 2GB SD Card that can transmit photos over 802.11g wi-fi to the user’s PC and/or to specific social networking sites.
During a simple set-up process, users select from among 17 popular online photo sharing, social networking or blogging sites to share their photographs, and select where on their PC or Mac they want to archive their images. Once the set-up is complete, users can focus on taking pictures and sharing memories – and not on the process of uploading photos from their camera.
Without seeing the setup process, it is hard to judge what kind of impact this might have, however, I can see benefits in not having to download photos all the time. My concern would be what would happen if the camera is shut-off or loses connection while uploading photos from a 10+ megapixel camera, is wi-fi connectivity going to make sense?
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