Mobile journalism tool review: Eye-Fi

By Will Sullivan on November 6, 2010 0 Comments Ideas Experiments

By Jennifer Elston

The Eye-Fi is a device that automatically backs up your camera for you. It is a SD card that comes together with Wi-Fi.

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We have a 4GB+Wi-Fi card, which is $69.99 For a complete list of products, visit their website here.

To use the Eye-Fi, simply leave on your camera when you get home, or to any Wi-Fi spot that you have preset as an accepted spot on your card. It will do the uploading for you. If you choose, it will also upload your photos to Facebook, flickr, YouTube or a variety of other hosts.
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It is really easy to set up - just plug the Wi-Fi card into the USB port that comes with the device and it will do the rest. It has prompts and guides to help you set up your wireless networks and other sites you may wish to publish your photos.

Some of the features of the Geo card we have are:
  • Geotags your photos
  • The photos come in via date-based folders for easy-to-find files
  • Compatible with a wide variety of cameras
  • You can select certain photos to upload instead of waiting for the whole set to upload
  • You can also set up Twitter, Facebook or email alerts to notify you when your photos are uploading online
I wouldn't recommend this tool for the serious photojournalist. It is not as quick as you might think. It takes a while because the device works through Wi-Fi. It definitely doesn't save any time, and I don't really see the purpose for a journalist. It is not that much of an inconvenience to use a card reader or connect your camera to your computer via a USB port. I could see how it would be handy for a parent or someone on the go who doesn't have time to sit there and babysit your uploading photos.
Here is a video of my computer screen as I choose photos to export to Facebook. Watch the process below:

http://www.youtube.com/v/joJVb7tCI1o?fs=1&hl=en_US&rel=0&color1=0x234900&color2=0x4e9e00

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