Tech Tools: Eye-Fi Pro X2
There are several things that will remain certainties for me: I will always lose the USB camera from my at least once; despite owning about 16GB of memory cards, I will always run out of space too soon ; and photographs from holidays will, if not uploaded almost immediately, get forgetten about until I find the memory card months later.
What you really need is some sort of wireless camera. They aren’t unheard of, but they’re not commonplace just yet, and I’m not particularly keen to swap my almost new compact camera for one just yet.
The Eye-Fi Pro X2 could be the answer. It looks like your average memory card – complete with 8GB of storage – but it has wireless built into it.
It turns any camera that takes a regular SD memory card into a wireless-enabled device. That will enable it to automatically upload your photographs to an online photo-sharing website from any open wireless hotspot, or one you have registered with.
The best bit – for me anyway – is the setting on the card that deletes old uploaded images automatically, ensuring you never run out of space. It starts with the oldest first, making sure you have a set amount of space that remains free. An ad-hoc connection with your laptop will transfer images directly to your hard drive.
No USB cable, no mess. No tearing the place upside down because the camera company uses a proprietary USB cable. No scouring Ebay for a replacement that doesn’t cost almost as much as the camera.
The pro version is a bit pricier than your average SD card at $149, but some things- such as my sanity – are worth paying for.