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November 11, 2012

The Wi-Fi SD Memory Cards from Transcend feature a SDHC Class 10 speed rating and are avai...

The Wi-Fi SD Memory Cards from Transcend feature a SDHC Class 10 speed rating and are available in 16GB or 32GB

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While many cameras now pack Wi-Fi connectivity for the wireless sharing and transferring of captured images, those owning cameras without such capabilities need not necessarily have to shell out cash for an entirely new camera to get wireless connectivity. Transcend has announced a new range of Wi-Fi SD memory cards that add wireless capabilities to SDHC-compatible digital cameras, along with a companion app for iOS and Android devices that allows users to browse the contents of the card, instantly view images on their mobile device as they are taken, and share content online.

While smart-cameras and Wi-Fi add-ons are all the rage at the moment, wireless SD cards like those from Eye-Fi have been giving humble connection-challenged cameras a welcome wireless boost for several years. Unfortunately, they've traditionally been expensive, have somewhat limited capacities and have not been the quickest SD cards out there.

The Wi-Fi SD memory cards from Transcend feature a SDHC Class 10 speed rating to ensure fast read and write speeds, and are available in 16 or 32 GB capacities. Though the Eye-Fi Pro X2 was recently upgraded to Class 10 (the majority of wireless SD cards are only Class 6), its capacity still maxes out at 16 GB.

In Direct Share Mode, the card activates its own wireless signal to allow peer-to-peer connections between a camera and a mobile device, while Internet Mode sees the card connect to the internet via a hotspot – either that of your smart-device or an external one.

The accompanying free-to-download Wi-Fi SD App then automatically organizes the data on the card into a simple file system which is easy to navigate. The app can be used to browse photos, watch videos, download content, and share shots via email or to Facebook. Wi-Fi-enabled computers can also be used to access the card's contents via a web browser.

Another useful feature of the app and card is Shoot & View, whereby images can instantly be displayed on the screen of your iOS or Android device as they are taken by the camera. Images can then be downloaded to local memory and manipulated with other apps and shared online.

The cards will set you back US$69 and $99 for the 16 and 32 GB units respectively. A full list of compatible cameras is available on the Transcend website and the apps can be downloaded for free from the App Store, Google Play, or, for the Kindle Fire, from the Amazon Appstore.

Source: Transcend

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7 Comments

Android and iOS.... Interesting that nobody favours good old desktop these days. Pity.

Kris Lee
11th November, 2012 @ 10:14 pm PST

@Kris - Checkout the user manual. Page 35 describes how to connect to make connections to the SD card via Wi-Fi:

To wirelessly access digital content on your laptop, smartphone, or tablet:

1. Direct Share: Delete the Direct Share mode image from your camera, and then

on your Wi-Fi enabled device, use the Wi-Fi connection settings to search and

connect to the Wi-Fi SD card’s dedicated wireless network.

2. Once connected, launch an Internet browser and type “192.168.11.254” into the

browser address bar.

3. Enter administrator username and password.

Note: The default username and password are both admin (all lower case)

4. You will now be able to see the home screen of the Wi-Fi SD card, where you can

view and download photos and videos from the Wi-Fi SD card, change Wi-Fi SD

card settings, and view Wi-Fi SD information.

flink
12th November, 2012 @ 02:24 am PST

Thanks for this explicite explanation.

Question remains! Why on hell do professional developers ban all non-IOS or non-Android protocol?

A lot - a huge lot of users should I say - are reluctant to both I-OS & Android!

Ariel Dahan
12th November, 2012 @ 08:23 am PST

I want a version of this in plain old ordinary 1 and 2 gig SD card format. Those would be perfect for older cameras and other devices that can't do SDHC.

Gregg Eshelman
12th November, 2012 @ 04:11 pm PST

what about a version that can receive photos via wifi.

that way you can put it in a digital photo frame and stream photos to it.

Ben Moore
16th January, 2013 @ 05:19 pm PST

Hi, I just bought EZ share 2nd generation on Amazon.

1) The 2nd generation is now class 10.

2) It provides app in both IOS and Andriod which is easy to use.

3) The price now is 20% lower than eye-fi although eye-fi turned down their price.

Huayi Lian
24th February, 2013 @ 12:17 pm PST

This is the biggest piece of garbage that I ever bought. I have used it whit my Canon 700D and it is horrendously slow. not just in transferring or view pictures but writing to. Don't think you will be able to take 1 photo per second. forget it. 4MBs is way over it ability to write.

But what really suck is that it deletes or "Lose" pictures. I did a timelaps of 2400 pictures over 1h and when got to my PC download it there where only 4.

Hannes Zietsman
24th September, 2013 @ 01:15 am PDT
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