Eye-Fi Card Upgrade: Direct to Tablets

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Eye-Fi’s WiFi-enabled SD memory cards, is getting a free download for any Eye-Fi X2 card that enables Direct Mode. It enables photos to be automatically sent to a tablet about 2 seconds after they’re shot. No hotspot necessary.

Companion apps in the Android Market and iTunes App Store enable tablets to view a camera’s photos as they are taken. The app can also use your data connection (EDGE, 3G or Wi-Fi), to wirelessly upload your photos to the web – with 45 websites like Flickr to choose from.

In addition, the company is rolling out a brand-new card, the $80 Eye-Fi Mobile X2, available for purchase online ($79 on Amazon) or at Best Buy and Apple stores by April 17th. It’s similar to the $50 Connect X2, but with double the storage capacity (8GB) and Direct Mode pre-installed.

Eye-Fi also announced a price drop on their top-of-the-line Pro X2 (to $100) which will add geotagging and RAW support.

PhotoSync also allows you to transfer images to and from your iPad, iPhone, and/or computer. You need to download the PhotoSync application to whatever phone/computer that you want to use.

DP Review mentions a dozen of so of the top photo apps for the iPad 2, including; Adobe Photoshop Express ($3.99), FlickrStack($1.99), Photogene for iPad ($2.99), ShutterSnitch ($15.99), and DSLR Camera Remote HD ($49.99).

Tablets are becoming standard accessories for photographers. A Xoom Tablet on Sprint’s WiMAX network ($590 contract free on Amazon) may provide an alternative to the iPad2 since it’s pretty easy to slip in a $50, 32GB microSD card for additional storage. Some third party developers have released a custom software kernel for the Xoom which enables the SD card slot. Samsung’s 7″ Wi-Fi-only Galaxy Tab ($349.99) has one. Other tablets with an SD card slot include the Dell’s WiFi-only Streak 7 Tablet ($379 on Amazon), and the Toshiba ANT-100 Tablet ($450) with Honeycomb, which also offers a full-size SD Card slot.

Related Dailywireless articles include; iPad Photo Apps, iPad Video Editor: Faster Than Laptop?, iPad2 Review Roundup, Wireless Timelapse, Apple iOS 4.3 Now Available, Remote Web Cams, and Wireless Pan/Tilt

Posted by Sam Churchill on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 at 9:20 am .

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