The Eye-Fi Mobi Card for Photographers
The Mobi is a standard Class 10 SDHC card that enables wireless connectivity in cameras that don’t already have it. The cards create their own secure hotspot, even in remote outdoor locations, to transfer media to smart devices, PCs, and Macs. With the Mobi card, you can share and transfer images instantly over Wi-Fi to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the Eye-Fi SDHC Mobi Wireless Class 10 Memory Card, available in 32GB, 16GB, and 8GB capacities. For the cards to work, you’ll need to download the Eye-Fi Mobi app, which is available for desktop (Windows and Mac OS) as well as Android, iOS, and Kindle devices. These cards feature 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, with a range of approximately 45 feet indoors and 90 feet outdoors. You'll benefit from WPA/WPA2-PSK and WEP 64/128 Wi-Fi Security, as well. In addition to JPEG image files, the Mobi is capable of transferring videos up to 2GB in a number of supported file types, including AVI, FLV, MOV, MP4, MPG, MTS, WMV, M4V, and 3GP. The cards feature maximum read and write speeds of 13MB/s and 23MB/s, respectively.
Recently, Eye-Fi has also created its very own cloud service, exclusive to the Mobi line of cards, making every picture you take instantly available to enjoy and share privately from any web-enabled device. Keep your original photos in their full captured resolution private, safe, and secure. Take images with your smartphone or camera and have them appear as one unified collection. Additionally, you can share privately by email without requiring recipients to register for an account. Automatic notifications alert your friends and family when new images are added for viewing. Your purchase of an Eye-Fi Mobi card includes a 90-day membership to the cloud.
After you’ve purchased your Eye-Fi Mobi, you’ll notice a sticker on the plastic case that shows a 10-digit pin number. This is the activation code that will sync your card wirelessly with the corresponding Eye-Fi Mobi app—try not to lose it. If you do misplace your case, you’ll still be able to recover it by contacting Eye-Fi Customer Care directly. Once synced, you can begin transferring files. For this test, the Mobi was nestled in a Canon 60D with wireless transfer to a Windows PC, iPad, and Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.
On a computer, the Eye-Fi software's desktop utility keeps track of one card at a time, and creates a designated folder to store all of the transferred images. The program can run in the background, and as long as your camera is within range, the computer will automatically connect with the Mobi’s network and begin the transfer. In our tests, high-resolution JPEG files (18MB) took a mere 4 seconds each and low-res transfer (4.5MB) was instant. All in all, the process is incredibly efficient. The interface is as simple as it gets. There are no extraneous editing tools; it is merely a vehicle for getting the images onto your desktop.
The Eye-Fi Mobi app automatically organizes, groups, and sorts your photos as you take them—so you don't have to. Build your own albums or add specific tags that are searchable. With an Eye-Fi Cloud membership, any changes you make are automatically synced to all your devices, so you need not sift through hundreds of photos to find the one you want. Every photo is accessible whenever and wherever you want—even offline.
To connect your iOS smart device when other known networks are in range, or to connect your Android when a stronger network is in range, you’ll need to select the card when it shows up as an access point. The versions of the Eye-Fi Mobi app for iOS and Android are also pretty simple. They look like basic image galleries, and like the desktop interface, offer nothing in the way of editing features. Using the cloud, you can delete images from the Eye-Fi Mobi app gallery, so you don't have to go manually into the phone or tablet’s camera roll and find where they’re automatically saved. On the iPad, a high-resolution JPEG took about 6 seconds to transfer, while a lower-res image took roughly a third of that time. On the Galaxy S4, high-res photos transferred in about 5 seconds. Low-res photos transferred so quickly it was almost instantaneous. The iOS Mobi app gave the option of sharing to Twitter, Facebook, or E-mail, while the Android version presented a considerable drop-down of sharing options with other downloaded apps on the device (Google+, Pinterest, WordPress, etc.). It isn’t crucial either way, since you can always find the photos in your camera roll and share them from there.
It’s worth noting that everything you shoot will be pushed to your device, even misfires. There is no option or method for selective transferring. Wi-Fi connectivity only remains active when the transfer is in session, to conserve battery life, which would otherwise drain pretty quickly. It can be inconvenient having to manually reconnect your phone or tablet to the network each time there’s even a small pause between shots—but not as inconvenient as having a dead battery. Once in a while, the connection may hit a small lag, then suddenly fire up and rapidly load images to catch up. No matter how many devices you have equipped with the Eye-Fi Mobi app, the peer-to-peer connection will allow you to transfer to only one at a time. If you’re transferring to an iPad, for example, you won’t also be able to push simultaneously to your desktop.
The Mobi card can write, but not transfer, RAW files. It was worth checking out how well said files could be uploaded to a computer by traditional means. The most success was had by leaving the memory card in the 60D and connecting it to the computer with a USB cable. Utilizing the computer’s built-in SDHC slot was equally effective. In both cases, it was a quick process (no more than a few seconds) to drag and drop the RAW files to the desktop or a designated folder. On the other hand, inserting the Mobi into a standard Lexar card reader resulted in a lagging, ultra-slow transfer that ultimately wasn’t worth the time. The Eye-Fi card requires more power than some readers provide, so it will not work in all card readers. Some users have better luck with higher-powered card readers, but they can be unreliable. If you insist on shooting RAW, you can program your camera to shoot RAW + JPEG, but again, you'll only be able to transfer the JPEG wirelessly; you'll still have to use USB, a card reader, or a computer's card slot to access the RAW.
If you’ve noticed that there are two versions of the Eye-Fi card, you may be wondering what the difference is between the Mobi and the Pro X2. The Pro X2 is available in one size, and that’s 16GB. The Mobi is more versatile in 8, 16, or 32GB capacities. The most notable feature that distinguishes the two is the ability to transfer RAW files wirelessly, which is fully available with the Pro card. Pro X2 cards require an Eye-Fi account and the accompanying Eye-fi Center desktop software for Windows or Mac OS X to activate, so there's a little more involved to getting them set up. They also offer the capability to use your home or office wireless network as an access point, for a faster transfer rate. Pro X2 cards are incompatible with Eye-Fi’s cloud storage service.
Eye-Fi cards can be great tools for both semi-professionals and hobbyists alike. Rather than squint at a tiny LCD screen, clients can instantly peek at work in progress on your phone, iPad, or computer during a session. Hobbyists can enjoy instant accessibility in getting their photos from their cameras onto Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or wherever else, in no time at all. Quite simply, the Eye-Fi Mobi card is a straightforward device that serves its purpose and does exactly what it needs to do. For those of us without integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, it can be remarkably handy. These cards will work with almost any type of camera that accepts SDHC cards. If you want to double-check before you buy, look for your model on Eye-Fi's website to ensure compatibility. The accompanying chart highlights many of the cameras that are Eye-Fi compatible, but is not an exhaustive list.
|EOS 5D Mark III||1 J3||FinePix F850EXR||OM-D E-M5||Alpha a7|
|EOS 60D||1 V2||FinePix HS50EXR||PEN E-P3||Alpha a7R|
|EOS 60Da||COOLPIX A||X100S||Pen E-PL3||alpha NEX-3|
|EOS 6D||COOLPIX AW110||X20||PEN Lite E-PL5||alpha NEX-5|
|EOS 70D||COOLPIX L26||PEN Mini E-PM1||alpha NEX-5N|
|EOS M||COOLPIX L28||PEN Mini E-PM2||alpha NEX-5R|
|Rebel SL1/100D/Kiss X7||COOLPIX L29||SH-50||alpha NEX-6|
|Rebel T1i/500D||COOLPIX L30||SP-610UZ||alpha NEX-7|
|Rebel T2i/550D/Kiss X4||COOLPIX L330||SP-620UZ||alpha NEX-C3|
|REbel T3/1100D/Kiss X50||COOLPIX L620||SP-720UZ||alpha NEX-F3|
|Rebel T3i/600D/Kiss X5||COOLPIX L810||SP-810UZ||alpha NEX-F3K|
|Rebel T4i/650D/Kiss X6i||COOLPIX L820||SP-815||Alpha SLT-a35 / SLT-a35k|
|Rebel T5/1200D/Kiss X70||COOLPIX L830||SP-820UZ||Alpha SLT-A57|
|Rebel T5i/700D/Kiss X7i||COOLPIX P330||Stylus XZ-2||Alpha SLT-A99V|
|PowerShot A1400||COOLPIX P510||SZ-10||Cyber-Shot DSC-H200|
|PowerShot A2500||COOLPIX P520||SZ-11||Cyber-Shot DSC-H70|
|PowerShot A2600||COOLPIX P7100||SZ-12||Cyber-Shot DSC-H90|
|PowerShot D20||COOLPIX S2800||SZ-14||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V|
|PowerShot ELPH 100HS / IXY 210F||COOLPIX S3300||SZ-15||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX10V|
|PowerShot ELPH 110HS / IXUS 125 HS / IXY 220F||COOLPIX S3400||SZ-16||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX200V|
|PowerShot ELPH 300 HS / IXUS 220 / IXY 410F||COOLPIX S3500||SZ-20||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX20V|
|PowerShot ELPH 310 HS / IXY 600F||COOLPIX S4300||SZ-30MR||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX30V|
|PowerShot ELPH 320 HS / IXUS 240 HS / IXY 420F||COOLPIX S5200||SZ-31MR||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX7V|
|PowerShot ELPH 500 HS / IXY 31S||COOLPIX S6300||TOUGH TG-1||Cyber-Shot DSC-HX9V|
|PowerShot ELPH 510 HS / IXY 51S||COOLPIX S6500||TOUGH TG-2||Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1/B|
|PowerShot G1 X||COOLPIX S6800||TOUGH TG-310||Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100|
|PowerShot G12||COOLPIX S9200||TOUGH TG-320||Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100M II|
|PowerShot G15||COOLPIX S9300||TOUGH TG-610||Cyber-Shot DSC-T110|
|PowerShot G16||COOLPIX S9400||TOUGH TG-615||Cyber-Shot DSC-T99|
|PowerShot S100||COOLPIX S9500||TOUGH TG-630||Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10|
|PowerShot S110||D3000||TOUGH TG-810||Cyber-Shot DSC-TX100V|
|PowerShot S95||D300s||TOUGH TG-820 iHS||Cyber-Shot DSC-TX110|
|PowerShot SD3500 IS / IXUS 210 IS / IXY 10S||D3100||TOUGH TG-830||Cyber-Shot DSC-TX20|
|PowerShot SD4000 IS / IXUS 300 HS / IXY 30S||D3200||VR-340||Cyber-Shot DSC-TX9|
|PowerShot SD4500 IS / IXUS 1000 HS / IXY 50S||D3300||XZ-10||Cyber-Shot DSC-W560|
|PowerShot SX150 IS||D5000||XZ-2||Cyber-Shot DSC-W570|
|PowerShot SX210 IS||D5100||Cyber-Shot DSC-W580|
|Powershot SX220 HS||D5200||Cyber-Shot DSC-W650|
|PowerShot SX230 HS||D5300||Cyber-Shot DSC-W690|
|PowerShot SX240 HS||D600||Cyber-Shot DSC-W710|
|PowerShot SX260 HS||D610||Cyber-Shot DSC-W730|
|PowerShot SX270 HS||D7000||Cyber-Shot DSC-W830|
|PowerShot SX30 IS||D7100||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX10|
|PowerShot SX40 HS||D800||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX100|
|PowerShot SX50 HS||D800E||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX150|
|Vixia HF M30 / Legria HF M30||D90||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX170|
|Vixia HF M300 / Legria HF M300||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX30|
|Vixia HF M31 / Legria HF M31 / iVIS HF M31||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX5|
|Vixia HF M32 / Legria HF M32 / iVIS HF M32||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX50|
|Vixia HF M40||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX7|
|Vixia HF M400||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX70|
|Vixia HF M41 / iVIS HF M41||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX80|
|Vixia HF M50||Cyber-Shot DSC-WX9|
|Vixia HF M500||DSLR-A33|
|Vixia HF M52 / iVIS HF M52||DSLR-A37|
|Vixia HF R10 / Legria HF R10 / iVIS HF R10||DSLR-A55|
|Vixia HF R100 / Legria HF R100 / iVIS HF R100||DSLR-A560|
|Vixia HF R11 / Legria HF R11 / iVIS HF R11||DSLR-A580|
|Vixia HF R300||SLTA65V / SLTA65|
|Vixia HF S20 / Legria HF S20|
|Vixia HF S200 / Legria HF S200|
|Vixia HF S21 / Legria HF S21 / iVIS HF S21|
|XA10 HD Professional Camcorder|