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The Eye-Fi Mobi Card for Photographers | B&H Explora

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The Mobi is a standard Class 10 SDHC card that enables wireless connectivity in cameras that don’t already have it. The cards create their own secure hotspot, even in remote outdoor locations, to transfer media to smart devices, PCs, and Macs. With the Mobi card, you can share and transfer images instantly over Wi-Fi to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the Eye-Fi SDHC Mobi Wireless Class 10 Memory Card, available in 32GB, 16GB, and 8GB capacities. For the cards to work, you’ll need to download the Eye-Fi Mobi app, which is available for desktop (Windows and Mac OS) as well as Android, iOS, and Kindle devices. These cards feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, with a range of approximately 45 feet indoors and 90 feet outdoors. You’ll benefit from WPA/WPA2-PSK and WEP 64/128 Wi-Fi Security, as well. In addition to JPEG image files, the Mobi is capable of transferring videos up to 2GB in a number of supported file types, including AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, WMV, M4V, and 3GP. The cards feature maximum read and write speeds of 13MB/s and 23MB/s, respectively.

Recently, Eye-Fi has also created its very own cloud service, exclusive to the Mobi line of cards, making every picture you take instantly available to enjoy and share privately from any web-enabled device. Keep your original photos in their full captured resolution private, safe, and secure. Take images with your smartphone or camera and have them appear as one unified collection. Additionally, you can share privately by email without requiring recipients to register for an account. Automatic notifications alert your friends and family when new images are added for viewing. Your purchase of an Eye-Fi Mobi card includes a 90-day membership to the cloud.

After you’ve purchased your Eye-Fi Mobi, you’ll notice a sticker on the plastic case that shows a 10-digit pin number. This is the activation code that will sync your card wirelessly with the corresponding Eye-Fi Mobi app—try not to lose it. If you do misplace your case, you’ll still be able to recover it by contacting Eye-Fi Customer Care directly. Once synced, you can begin transferring files. For this test, the Mobi was nestled in a Canon 60D with wireless transfer to a Windows PC, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

On a computer, the Eye-Fi software’s desktop utility keeps track of one card at a time, and creates a designated folder to store all of the transferred images. The program can run in the background, and as long as your camera is within range, the computer will automatically connect with the Mobi’s network and begin the transfer. In our tests, high-resolution JPEG files (18MB) took a mere 4 seconds each and low-res transfer (4.5MB) was instant. All in all, the process is incredibly efficient. The interface is as simple as it gets. There are no extraneous editing tools; it is merely a vehicle for getting the images onto your desktop.

The Eye-Fi Mobi app automatically organizes, groups, and sorts your photos as you take them—so you don’t have to. Build your own albums or add specific tags that are searchable. With an Eye-Fi Cloud membership, any changes you make are automatically synced to all your devices, so you need not sift through hundreds of photos to find the one you want. Every photo is accessible whenever and wherever you want—even offline.

To connect your iOS smart device when other known networks are in range, or to connect your Android when a stronger network is in range, you’ll need to select the card when it shows up as an access point. The versions of the Eye-Fi Mobi app for iOS and Android are also pretty simple. They look like basic image galleries, and like the desktop interface, offer nothing in the way of editing features. Using the cloud, you can delete images from the Eye-Fi Mobi app gallery, so you don’t have to go manually into the phone or tablet’s camera roll and find where they’re automatically saved. On the iPad, a high-resolution JPEG took about 6 seconds to transfer, while a lower-res image took roughly a third of that time. On the Galaxy S4, high-res photos transferred in about 5 seconds. Low-res photos transferred so quickly it was almost instantaneous. The iOS Mobi app gave the option of sharing to Twitter, Facebook, or E-mail, while the Android version presented a considerable drop-down of sharing options with other downloaded apps on the device (Google+, Pinterest, WordPress, etc.). It isn’t crucial either way, since you can always find the photos in your camera roll and share them from there.

It’s worth noting that everything you shoot will be pushed to your device, even misfires. There is no option or method for selective transferring. Wi-Fi connectivity only remains active when the transfer is in session, to conserve battery life, which would otherwise drain pretty quickly. It can be inconvenient having to manually reconnect your phone or tablet to the network each time there’s even a small pause between shots—but not as inconvenient as having a dead battery. Once in a while, the connection may hit a small lag, then suddenly fire up and rapidly load images to catch up. No matter how many devices you have equipped with the Eye-Fi Mobi app, the peer-to-peer connection will allow you to transfer to only one at a time. If you’re transferring to an iPad, for example, you won’t also be able to push simultaneously to your desktop.

The Mobi card can write, but not transfer, RAW files. It was worth checking out how well said files could be uploaded to a computer by traditional means. The most success was had by leaving the memory card in the 60D and connecting it to the computer with a USB cable. Utilizing the computer’s built-in SDHC slot was equally effective. In both cases, it was a quick process (no more than a few seconds) to drag and drop the RAW files to the desktop or a designated folder. On the other hand, inserting the Mobi into a standard Lexar card reader resulted in a lagging, ultra-slow transfer that ultimately wasn’t worth the time. The Eye-Fi card requires more power than some readers provide, so it will not work in all card readers. Some users have better luck with higher-powered card readers, but they can be unreliable. If you insist on shooting RAW, you can program your camera to shoot RAW + JPEG, but again, you’ll only be able to transfer the JPEG wirelessly; you’ll still have to use USB, a card reader, or a computer’s card slot to access the RAW.

If you’ve noticed that there are two versions of the Eye-Fi card, you may be wondering what the difference is between the Mobi and the Pro X2. The Pro X2 is available in one size, and that’s 16GB. The Mobi is more versatile in 8, 16, or 32GB capacities. The most notable feature that distinguishes the two is the ability to transfer RAW files wirelessly, which is fully available with the Pro card. Pro X2 cards require an Eye-Fi account and the accompanying Eye-fi Center desktop software for Windows or Mac OS X to activate, so there’s a little more involved to getting them set up. They also offer the capability to use your home or office wireless network as an access point, for a faster transfer rate. Pro X2 cards are incompatible with Eye-Fi’s cloud storage service.

Eye-Fi cards can be great tools for both semi-professionals and hobbyists alike. Rather than squint at a tiny LCD screen, clients can instantly peek at work in progress on your phone, iPad, or computer during a session. Hobbyists can enjoy instant accessibility in getting their photos from their cameras onto Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or wherever else, in no time at all. Quite simply, the Eye-Fi Mobi card is a straightforward device that serves its purpose and does exactly what it needs to do. For those of us without integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, it can be remarkably handy. These cards will work with almost any type of camera that accepts SDHC cards. If you want to double-check before you buy, look for your model on Eye-Fi’s website to ensure compatibility. The accompanying chart highlights many of the cameras that are Eye-Fi compatible, but is not an exhaustive list.

CANON NIKON FUJIFILM OLYMPUS SONY EOS 5D Mark III 1 J3 FinePix F850EXR OM-D E-M5 Alpha a7 EOS 60D 1 V2 FinePix HS50EXR PEN E-P3 Alpha a7R EOS 60Da COOLPIX A X100S Pen E-PL3 alpha NEX-3 EOS 6D COOLPIX AW110 X20 PEN Lite E-PL5 alpha NEX-5 EOS 70D COOLPIX L26 PEN Mini E-PM1 alpha NEX-5N EOS M COOLPIX L28 PEN Mini E-PM2 alpha NEX-5R Rebel SL1/100D/Kiss X7 COOLPIX L29 SH-50 alpha NEX-6 Rebel T1i/500D COOLPIX L30 SP-610UZ alpha NEX-7 Rebel T2i/550D/Kiss X4 COOLPIX L330 SP-620UZ alpha NEX-C3 REbel T3/1100D/Kiss X50 COOLPIX L620 SP-720UZ alpha NEX-F3 Rebel T3i/600D/Kiss X5 COOLPIX L810 SP-810UZ alpha NEX-F3K Rebel T4i/650D/Kiss X6i COOLPIX L820 SP-815 Alpha SLT-a35 / SLT-a35k Rebel T5/1200D/Kiss X70 COOLPIX L830 SP-820UZ Alpha SLT-A57 Rebel T5i/700D/Kiss X7i COOLPIX P330 Stylus XZ-2 Alpha SLT-A99V PowerShot A1400 COOLPIX P510 SZ-10 Cyber-Shot DSC-H200 PowerShot A2500 COOLPIX P520 SZ-11 Cyber-Shot DSC-H70 PowerShot A2600 COOLPIX P7100 SZ-12 Cyber-Shot DSC-H90 PowerShot D20 COOLPIX S2800 SZ-14 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V PowerShot ELPH 100HS / IXY 210F COOLPIX S3300 SZ-15 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V PowerShot ELPH 110HS / IXUS 125 HS / IXY 220F COOLPIX S3400 SZ-16 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V PowerShot ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 / IXY 410F COOLPIX S3500 SZ-20 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXY 600F COOLPIX S4300 SZ-30MR Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V PowerShot ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS / IXY 420F COOLPIX S5200 SZ-31MR Cyber-Shot DSC-HX7V PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXY 31S COOLPIX S6300 TOUGH TG-1 Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V PowerShot ELPH 510 HS / IXY 51S COOLPIX S6500 TOUGH TG-2 Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1/B PowerShot G1 X COOLPIX S6800 TOUGH TG-310 Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 PowerShot G12 COOLPIX S9200 TOUGH TG-320 Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100M II PowerShot G15 COOLPIX S9300 TOUGH TG-610 Cyber-Shot DSC-T110 PowerShot G16 COOLPIX S9400 TOUGH TG-615 Cyber-Shot DSC-T99 PowerShot S100 COOLPIX S9500 TOUGH TG-630 Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10 PowerShot S110 D3000 TOUGH TG-810 Cyber-Shot DSC-TX100V PowerShot S95 D300s TOUGH TG-820 iHS Cyber-Shot DSC-TX110 PowerShot SD3500 IS / IXUS 210 IS / IXY 10S D3100 TOUGH TG-830 Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20 PowerShot SD4000 IS / IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S D3200 VR-340 Cyber-Shot DSC-TX9 PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S D3300 XZ-10 Cyber-Shot DSC-W560 PowerShot SX150 IS D5000 XZ-2 Cyber-Shot DSC-W570 PowerShot SX210 IS D5100 Cyber-Shot DSC-W580 Powershot SX220 HS D5200 Cyber-Shot DSC-W650 PowerShot SX230 HS D5300 Cyber-Shot DSC-W690 PowerShot SX240 HS D600 Cyber-Shot DSC-W710 PowerShot SX260 HS D610 Cyber-Shot DSC-W730 PowerShot SX270 HS D7000 Cyber-Shot DSC-W830 PowerShot SX30 IS D7100 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX10 PowerShot SX40 HS D800 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX100 PowerShot SX50 HS D800E Cyber-Shot DSC-WX150 Vixia HF M30 / Legria HF M30 D90 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX170 Vixia HF M300 / Legria HF M300 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX30 Vixia HF M31 / Legria HF M31 / iVIS HF M31 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX5 Vixia HF M32 / Legria HF M32 / iVIS HF M32 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX50 Vixia HF M40 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX7 Vixia HF M400 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX70 Vixia HF M41 / iVIS HF M41 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX80 Vixia HF M50 Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9 Vixia HF M500 DSLR-A33 Vixia HF M52 / iVIS HF M52 DSLR-A37 Vixia HF R10 / Legria HF R10 / iVIS HF R10 DSLR-A55 Vixia HF R100 / Legria HF R100 / iVIS HF R100 DSLR-A560 Vixia HF R11 / Legria HF R11 / iVIS HF R11 DSLR-A580 Vixia HF R300 SLTA65V / SLTA65 Vixia HF S20 / Legria HF S20 Vixia HF S200 / Legria HF S200 Vixia HF S21 / Legria HF S21 / iVIS HF S21 XA10 HD Professional Camcorder

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