Eye-Fi Explore 2 GB Wi-Fi SD Flash Memory Card EYE-FI-2EX (OLD VERSION)
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- Wi-Fi Security: Static WEP 40/104/128, WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
- Range: 90+ feet outdoors and 45+ feet indoors
- Storage Capacity: 2.0GB (1GB is defined as 10^9 Bytes)
- Power: advanced power management optimizes use of camera power
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M1) Eye-Fi explore - 2GB wireless
Manufacturer Product Description A Wireless Memory Card? Yes, there really is Wi-Fi inside that tiny little card. It's going to change the way you take, save and share photos.
It makes your camera a Wi-Fi camera. Upload your photos automatically.
Photos shouldn't be trapped in your camera. Set them free effortlessly and wirelessly. The Eye-Fi Card is a wireless SD memory card for your digital camera. It stores pictures like a standard SD memory card, but also uses your Wi-Fi network to automatically upload images from inside your camera to your PC or Mac. No cables, no cradles, no fuss. It also neatly organizes your photo uploads by date in the folder you choose.
- Unlimited Geotagging
- Wi-Fi Hotspot Access for 1 year
- Unlimited WebShare Service
- Wireless Uploads to Computer
- 2 GB of storage
Eye-Fi Explore is for those who tag or organize, for those who blog or share in real-time, for those who need to upload here, there or somewhere else, and all the rest who are simply passionate about managing, sharing and saving their memories.
It uploads photos wirelessly to your computer and to the web, of course. But, Eye-Fi Explore also automatically adds geographic location labels to your photos and allows you to upload from more than 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation. Your memories will be easier to search and more fun to share with geo tags, and you'll be able to upload them on the go.
How it works
With Geotagging, your photos will be automatically labeled, or tagged, to show where they were taken. Today, tags make searching for photos easier and make sharing them more meaningful, but it's a time-consuming and manual process. With Eye-Fi's Geotagging Service, you won't have to spend your time entering the info. It's done for you when you upload your photo.
With Hotspot Access, you'll be able to upload from more than 10,000 Wayport Wi-Fi hotspots across the US just as easily as at home. You don't need to have your laptop with you or even have an account with the hotspot provider. Your photos will be delivered to your photo-sharing website and to your computer, even if it's thousands of miles away.
To make this possible and easy, Eye-Fi has worked directly with hotspot provider Wayport. Wayport offers Wi-Fi access at thousands of locations, including most McDonald's restaurants, major hotels, airports, and other locales. To see a map of all the locations in the US, click here.
An Eye-Fi Card with Hotspot Access already includes access to Wayport hotspots. Simply walk into a Wayport location and turn on your camera. Your Eye-Fi Card will recognize the network, connect to it and start uploading your photos while you have a burger or wait for your flight.
If you want to be informed about your uploads, you can choose to receive status updates from Eye-Fi as either email or SMS messages. We'll let you know when you've connected to a supported hotspot network and are uploading and we'll let you know when your upload is finished. And, like all Eye-Fi uploads, if you leave the location before your upload is finished, it will pick up right where it left off the next time you're in a supported location.
Eye-Fi Explore includes 1 year of Wayport Hotspot Access. Eye-Fi Explore users will be able to renew Hotspot Access for $19 per year after the first year.
With WebShare, your photos can be automatically uploaded to your favorite photo sharing, printing, blogging or social networking website. No wasted time sitting in front of your computer. No fussing with upload software. No delay in sharing your new memories with friends and family.
control if and when they are viewable by others. Many sites even let you edit your photo albums online. And, you can change your preferred upload site at any time.
You can even upload to the Web when your computer is turned off. The Eye-Fi Share and The Eye-Fi Explore will upload your photos directly to the Eye-Fi Service through your home Wi-Fi network. We'll deliver them to your photo site and then deliver them to your computer the next time you turn it on. The Eye-Fi Service is secure and encrypted, so your data and photos are safe and private.
Eye-Fi Share and Eye-Fi Explore include unlimited WebShare service. Upload and share all you want.
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The system works very well for uploading your photos to your computer, or to other photo services such as FLICKR, and many others. The issues I have is that sometimes I find my camera batteries dead after "not using the camera" for an extended period when this didn't happen previously. Sometimes I have to power cycle the camera to get all of the photos to upload.
That all being said, the support that the company provides is incredible. They even have support contacts on Twitter. The community is strong and I feel confident if I'd ask about these small issues I'd get them resolved. Even with the issues as they stand, I still use the card because the convenience it adds is worth it!
The tagging it does is very accurate. Everything the card is advertised to do, it does very well.
I shot a few photos right away and was able to get them downloaded and geotagged without any trouble. This is my second Eye-fi card (yes, they can be broken), and once you accept the quirkiness of how they move photos around, it does make some sense. Also, being able to get a text message on my cell to tell me the card is finished offloading the newest images is a useful feature, I liked that.
Over the next few days I shot some more pictures, and the geotagging never worked well:
1) One set of photos on 12/4 was tagged with a location 40 miles away.
2) Another set on 12/5 was not tagged at all, even though I was well inside Skyhook's WPS coverage area (according to Skyhook's website).
3) A third set of photos on 12/6 was (oddly) partly geotagged and partly not geotagged. The tagging was accurate, but the images were all shot over ten minutes in and around a neighbor's house, and should all have gotten the same location.
4) I would tell you how the fourth set of photos was geotagged (walking around UNC's campus on 12/7), but after taking a half a dozen shots, the card just plain died. My Canon said it was unusable and locked. My Nikon said it was corrupt, but formatable. My PC could not see it at all. After formatting in the Nikon, it would immediately read as corrupted if I tried to use it in either camera.
So, my experience is that the Eye-fi Explore works just fine as an Eye-fi card, but that the geotagging is a bust: sometimes it does not work at all, sometimes it works wrong. As a bonus, the card died in just five days. I mailed everything back to Amazon yesterday.
The card was a gift. I hate having to return gifts, it's awkward.
Aside from the bad geotagging and the rapid failure, I would have given this card four stars. It still gets two, since it did function just fine as a vanilla Eye-fi card for a few days.
Only downside is how quickly it kills the battery of my D60. I have a spare, but then again because I know the photos will go somewhere I use the camera a lot more than before.
I've already recommended this to lots of my friends. Haven't had a chance to use it away from home - so not sure how well the geotagging or hotspot functions work - which means that so far, for me, the home version would have been just as good.
I wanted to geotag photos, which is why I ordered the Explore. But I also have a MacBook Air which only has one USB port and I wanted to wirelessly transfer pictures from my camera to my laptop. However the Explore model won't do this -- it doesn't work on an adhoc network --it must connect to an infrastructure network with a router. I will get some use out of it as an SD card, so I didn't give it a single star rating. Would have given it 2 1/2 if that was allowed.
Take it out of the box, plug it into a USB port with the handy plug, and take about 4 minutes to set it up. It just works like a breeze.
Geotagging works perfectly for me. If it doesn't work for you, you can actually go in and set up the location of your routers so that it will work. The reviewer who complained about this could have spent about 2 minutes and fixed this issue.
I have my account set up to automatically post my photos to Flickr as well as downloading them to a directory on my PC. The Eye-Fi supports probably 10-12 of the most popular photo sharing sites.
The only thing on my wish list is for the card to upload video I take with my digital camera (right now only jpg file format is supported). I contacted support and they confirmed they are getting a lot of requests for that feature - so it may be on its way sometime.
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