Product-Reviews was recently sent the Eye-Fi Geo X2 4GB + Wi-Fi memory card, as its name suggest this SD card features built-in WiFi, which will apparently make uploading photos to your computer and social networks a much easier process, now we have had a chance to test it out ourselves and we have been thoroughly impressed by the product.
To utilize this card you need a camera which supports SDHC memory cards, we used the Panasonix Lumix DMC-FS9 but there are thousands of other tried and tested cameras which can be used, you can see a list of cameras which are supported here. (Note if your camera’s model name is not on this list it does not necessarily mean that it is incompatible).
Most of Eye-Fi’s impressive uploading features utilize synchronization with your PC / Mac via WiFi, the software requires Max OS X 10.4 or later or Windows XP, Vista or 7, the card’s WiFi connects to b/g/n networks and supports WEP 64/128, WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK, if you have a setup compatible with this you should be fine.
Installation and Configuration
Having never used any of Eye-Fi’s products previously we were wondering how complicated installation and configuration would be, we were pleasantly surprised. To summarize you must firstly plug the cardreader and Eye-Fi card into your computer, then go to “My Computer” and go to the Eye-Fi card, here you will find a few folders, there is a “Start Here” folder and within there there are two setup locations, one for Windows one for Mac, installation on Windows 7 was simple and we basically clicked next a few times and we were done.
Once installed you will notice a new icon in your computer’s notification area, this manages your uploading and allows quick access to the Eye-Fi software, when you load the software for the first time you simple follow the on-screen configuration options, within a few minutes you should have it connected to you wireless network and then you can choose from a wide-range of upload settings, you can setup Eye-Fi to automatically upload media to Eye-Fi View (Eye-Fi’s online storage location), Facebook, Picasa, YouTube and much, much more (you can see all of the current photo uploading options below).
Configuring Eye-Fi just how you want it may take a little time, however all options are self-explanatory and easy to modify, for testing purposes we set Eye-Fi to upload all media to Eye-Fi View, all photos to Facebook and all videos to YouTube, this was extremely easy to do and just required us to login with our Facebook/YouTube account and verify Eye-Fi’s access.
Now that our Eye-Fi card was configured correctly we removed it from the cardreader and put it into our camera, we then took some test photos and videos, sure enough as they were captured we could see the Eye-Fi notifications (near the Windows clock) uploading the photos and videos to the computer (very quickly), in the background the software was also uploading these to Eye-Fi View, Facebook and YouTube.
To check out the many different functions I turned off the laptop and took more photos, these upload directly to Eye-Fi View (which can be access from smartphone and computers around the world ), when I turned the laptop back on the software then uploaded the photos to the computer.
All uploaded files can be seen via the Eye-Fi software, here you can email your media to friends, share them with social networks etc, this is very useful if you do not configure Eye-Fi to automatically share all of your photos to Facebook etc and instead allows you to individually select the media you want to share.
We have spoken about Eye-Fi View a few times now, therefore we thought we should explain this a little more, this is basically your personal online gallery which all of your media is automatically updated to (without the PC acting as a middleman), this keeps all captured media from the last 7 days online, which means that if you are at a friends you can easily show them your recent holiday snaps etc, also you can download the full-size images or perhaps share them to social networks via the share buttons.
There are a lot of other useful features which can be configured easily, such as geotagging, “Endless Memory” which automatically frees up space on your memory card and if you please you can setup notifications, also you can purchase a premium account which ensures that all of your media is always backed up online, you can find out more about the premium account here.
Before using the Eye-Fi Geo X2 4GB + Wi-Fi we were worried that it would be overly complicated and the software wouldn’t be that great, however we were wrong, the product is easy to setup and the software is great, every feature worked and configuration was easy to follow, the product itself is reliable and never failed to upload any of our photos or videos, uploads to the computer and online sites were quick and my WiFi connection to the card never disconnected, despite me walking around my house taking photos and video. Because everything worked fine we have no real negative comments to give.
There are many great ways to utilize this great product, if your friends or family members struggle with uploading photos to their computer and/or sharing them via email or uploading them online this is a great solution, once configured it will look after itself.
Pricing and Variants
There are a few different Eye-Fi products worth checking out, all of which can be seen here, Amazon has a wide-range Eye-Fi cards listed here, the product we tested has a RRP of $69.99, it can be purchased from Apple for $69.95 here.
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