Eye-fi (SD) Cards


Photomonk

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 01:18
I know that the market for these only recently opened up in the UK in the past year. They have various models of these cards that wirelessly upload to your computer and in some cases to social media sites such as facebook,etc. Unfortunately, only two of these cards that are labelled "Pro" (also the most expensive) can handle RAW also besides JPEG.

Has anyone used or had any experience with these cards, and would you share your experiences.

Here are the US link and the UK link

The Photomonk

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 07:52
I picked one of these up for a colleague on Black Friday. He's very happy. The setup is a bit strange, but they seem to work well.

Bret
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thoughton

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 11:19
I also very interested in these, although I must admit that the reviews I have read haven't been especially glowing. Some people have complained that the wifi is quite slow? Is that true?
Tim
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iceblinker

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 11:31
Transfering has got to be slow compared to using a wire. Also I wonder about the read write speed of the actual card itself. Does it compare to a Sandisk Extreme III?
~Pete

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 11:41
errr... think about it. How fast does it have to be?

If we are talking .jpgs (2MB / each) from a K10D:

3shots / sec --> 6MB / sec
802.11g --> 54Mbps --> 7MB / sec

Where's the issue?

The pro is class 6, which is around the same as an extreme III, I believe.

Your wire will be slower in most cases, especially if you're using a micromate reader. The only one I've see to give over 20MB/s is the Extreme III reader.

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

iceblinker

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 11:49
What about RAW from a K20D/K-7?

Extreme III is actually much faster than Class 6. They only call it Class 6 because that's the highest official class.

I'm not saying the Eye-fi cards are slower, I'm just asking if they are. Thanks.
~Pete

thoughton

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 12:16
I think you'd be doing pretty well to get 7MB/s over 802.11g in the real world. I'd say they max out at around 4MB/s. My 802.11n network maxes out at around 7 on a good day.

Plus RAW images from my K20D are considerably larger than 2MB. More like 22MB!
Tim
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
Stuff - Metz 58 AF1, Cactus v4, Nikon SB24, Raynox 150, Sigma 1.4x TC, Sigma 2x TC, Kenko 2x macro TC, Redsnapper 283 tripod, iMac 27, Macbook Pro 17, iPad, iPhone 3G
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bretti_kivi

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 12:21
Only the Pro supports RAW if I've read it right. And yes, you pay a penalty for convenience.
The WiFi would be slow if it's got a weak connection, the memory card will be as fast as an Ultra II (i.e. 5 RAW shots in burst mode from a K10). A U II is Class 4.

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

Photomonk

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 12:26
bretti_kivi wrote:
Only the Pro supports RAW if I've read it right. And yes, you pay a penalty for convenience.

Bret

You are right about that, only the Pro cards support RAW.

Has anyone tried the GPS tagging feature?

The Photomonk

Aero

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 13:47
Interesting, although the webite says they're not compatible with the K10, K20 or K-7.

Al

Mongoose

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 14:00
bretti_kivi wrote:
the memory card will be as fast as an Ultra II (i.e. 5 RAW shots in burst mode from a K10). A U II is Class 4.

Bret

not quite clear what you're getting at here, the K10D has a 9 frame RAW buffer, it will shoot a 9 frame burst in RAW regardless of the card. The only difference the card makes is how long that burst takes to write to the card.

When I first got my K10D I only had 2 cards, one UltraII and one generic. I used to use the generic in the K10D and the UltraII in my DL2 because the DL2's small buffer makes card speed more relavent.
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Photomonk

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 14:00
I find it interesting also. I just looked at the list of Pentax cameras that are compatible it seems that almost the entire line of product is excluded. I also noticed there that the K-x is not even listed. Possibly an old listing?

The Photomonk

bretti_kivi

Link Posted 08/01/2010 - 14:58
I'm sorry? A 9 frame burst? No.

5 frames with a U II, 8 with a standard Extreme III, 9 with a 30MB/s edition. I have it set so it shows me when I half-press the shutter and the number tallies with my experience.

At least, that's how mine behaves.....

Bret
my pics: link
my kit: K3, K5, K-01, DA 18-55, D-FA50 macro, Siggy 30/1.4, 100-300/f4, 70-200/2.8, Samsung 12-24/f4, Tamron 17-50, and lots of other bits.

ChrisA

Link Posted 22/10/2011 - 21:26
Just resurrecting this thread rather than start a new one.

Two years later, almost, is anyone using one of these things? Would be interested to hear of any experiences.
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Frogherder

Link Posted 23/10/2011 - 19:47
At from 50 (Jacobs) It will probably be a while before they are popular

Bernard
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