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Eye-Fi Explore X2 - EYE-FI-8EX - EYE-FI-8EX (8 GB) SD Card

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The Eye-Fi Explore X2 sd Card - 8GB Storage, Geotagging, Wifi Uploading and More

Jan 17, 2011 (Updated Jan 22, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Geotagging works fairly well, strong set of wifi upload and online features

Cons:Geotagging only works where wifi can be detected

The Bottom Line: An amazing amount of technology in a sd card.   Wireless uploading is truly helpful and should be built into cameras.  Geotagging isn't perfect, but still quite useful.


$99 is a lot to pay for an 8GB flash memory sdhc card.   But once the Eye-Fi Explore X2 8GB+Wifi card is used, it looks like a pretty good value.   The Explore X2 claims to store camera images, (geo)tag jpg images with location, and upload jpg’s (and video files under 2GB) to your computer and most online photo services via your wifi network or AT&T/Harborlink/Easy WiFi hotspots.  The Eye-Fi Explore performs mostly as advertised, with a few caveats.

Setup

The Eye-Fi Explore comes with a USB card reader (not required) and set up guide.  Set up starts with inserting the Eye-Fi card into your PC/Mac.  Once recognized, Eye-Fi software is installed, and a wizard helps with set up and specifying upload options.  Eye-Fi has given much thought to the options, greatly enhancing the Eye-Fi Explore.   Options include..

...wifi network(s) used (ie, home, campus networks), and if wifi hotspots should be used
...how directories are created/named
...if  images are sent to iPhoto or other photo programs 
...if photos are uploaded to Eye-Fi View.   Images will be available at this website for 7 days.   Eye-Fi offers a $50/yr upgrade to store images permanently 
...if images are uploaded to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, MobileMe, or over 20 other sites.   My images go to Canon Image Gallery.  Images go online immediately, or only as specified from the Eye-Fi software.
...Twitter, Facebook, email, SMS notification when uploads start/finish
...when images are deleted (after uploads), and how full the card is before deletion starts

Using the Eye-Fi Explore


Geotagging is good, not great.  A gps equipped iPhone geotags better.  Eye-Fi determines location by sensing wifi signals, comparing those to the Skyhook database, which covers 70% of populated US areas, and many foreign cities.   In a remote locations or areas blocked from wifi, images won’t be geotagged.   Images taken in homes, cities, and public areas are almost always tagged accurately, down to the right address.   Images taken while driving are tagged less accurately, usually from the last stop or last wifi signal detected.

The camera must be turned on for pictures to upload.   Users may need to change their camera’s auto off settings to allow large uploads to finish.  In my home, images upload at 5-10 mb per minute.  Uploads at hotspots can be much slower, and connecting to public hotspots isn’t as reliable as I’d like.

(Re)Configuring your Eye-Fi card is easy, but must be done with a computer, a hassle on trips.   PC and Mac software both work well.   Eye-Fi View web storage is a useful add on, as are automatic uploads to online photo sites.  

The Eye-Fi seems to shorten camera battery life a little.  Eye-Fi says the change should be minimal.    The Eye-Fi works with most sdhc compatible cameras (thus excluding older models).


Recommend this product? Yes


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