Wi-Fi Enabled Digital Cameras Come into Their OwnJanuary 2013 By Ron Eggers
There are literally millions of images and video clips uploaded to the Internet and shared among friends every day. At one point, not all that long ago, transferring and sharing electronic files was a cumbersome multistep process. Visually enabled cell phones changed all that. Now, it’s simply a matter of point, click and send.
While smartphones offer extreme image upload convenience, the main problems with digital images and video clips captured by phones are the lack of quality and the limited resolution. Photographers, even casual photographers, want the quality and resolution that only digital cameras provide, with the same ease of uploading files to their favorite online destination and sharing them with friends that they have with phones.
That’s where Wi-Fi enabled digital cameras come in. They have all the features, capabilities, resolution and quality of any other digital camera, while providing the file-transfer simplicity and sharing capabilities of mobile phones.
But not all these Wi-Fi cameras are created equal; there are different types of Wi-Fi file-transfer support. With some cameras, the capabilities are built directly into the unit, and there are some that require proprietary add-on adapters to facilitate transfer. Then there are some that were designed with Wi-Fi image transfer in mind but require special wireless-capable Secure Digital memory cards.
Wi-Fi cards are becoming increasingly common. There are a number of companies that manufacture them. One of the leading providers is Mountain View, California-based Eye-Fi Inc. According to the company, more than 500 million images have been transferred wirelessly with their cards since 2005. And that number is growing every day.
Eye-Fi offers 4, 8 and 16GB versions of its Wi-Fi cards for seamless image uploading. The high-end card supports such advanced features as wireless RAW file format transfer and Wi-Fi based geotagging.