There are a few photographers I follow on Instagram and I used to wonder how they would post their hi-res photos to Instram so fast and with their logo. One of them mentioned wifi. Bingo, the lightbulb went off in my head. I did a simple google search and a few reviews came up on pcmag.com and Cultofmac.com. This won’t be a full review, since those two articles go in depth about the card. I watched a few videos on youtube and read some more reviews on B&H.com and came to the conclusion, that this is a card that would suit my needs. I went to Best Buy last night and they had a few in stock. Some may bulk at the $50 price tag, but to me it is worth it for my social media workflow. I read the pros and cons (one being it doesn’t transfer RAW files). Come on now, who edits RAW files on their phone or tablet??? I think some of the negative reviews had more to do about user error than the actual card. It was a simple process, download the app, enter access code, turn on your camera, go into the menu and enable the card, take a few pics and voila, you have photos from your DSLR (or point & shoot) on your camera. Pretty darn neat for someone who shoots live concerts/performances and events. Easy way to share on a few social media sites and a good quality too. One of the gripes is that you can’t choose which photos to transfer to your phone. Once the wifi is enabled, it transfers all of the photos you captured to your phone. So it’s best to set your camera to Raw + Small jpeg or Medium depending on how much space you have available on your phone.
Before I got the card, I would format two different files in Adobe Lightroom, one formatted for facebook and one for Instagram. Export them to a folder and sync my phone to my computer. Now I can do a few simple edits in either snapseed or Camera+ for quick sharing. Not bad at all. I still have to RAW files I can process later to upload to my galleries at a later time. Looks like I will be using my camera phone less and carrying my dslr a lot more.
Here are two photos I captured earlier today using the Eye-fi Mobi.