Eye-Fi, the Wi-Fi-enabled SD card for point-and-shoot and DSLR digital cameras, had teased an upcoming mobile app last week, and now it’s available to download. With it, your smartphone can connect to a hotspot made by the SD card, transfer files over to your phone, then upload your pictures to any of your social networks of picture/video sharing services online. Combined with editing tools available on tablets, you could share snaps of a much higher quality than what your mobile’s camera could capture.
This new feature is particularly great because Eye-Fi usually needs a separate Wi-Fi network to share pictures to a desktop computer. In my experience with the card, the desktop app is fantastic, and provides a wealth of sharing options and album organization tools. My favourite is the “endless memory” mode, which basically empties out your card onto the computer as soon as the shot is taken, effectively letting you take as many pictures as you want. On a smartphone, you might be limited to a 32 GB microSD memory card, or 64 Gb on a tablet, but that’s still better than the 8 GB provided by the Eye-Fi card, and a bit of a moot point if you’re just going to get rid of them locally once they’re shared online anyway.
Currently, the software will work with folks with an Eye-Fi X2 card after a quick upgrade, but they’ll be launching a new card soon dedicated for talking with your phone. To get started, you can find the Eye-Fi app in the Android Market or the iPhone App Store below. If you don’t have an Eye-Fi card, you can order one from their site here. Even if you’re only remotely into photography, I highly suggest getting one of these – I’m a big fan of my X2 Pro.