Photographers - leave the laptop at home and travel light with just your iPad and the new Direct Mode on the Eye-Fi X2 SD card.
For a while now Photographers have been going wireless and un-tethered with the wonderful (if sometimes a little glitchy) Eye-Fi SD cards. The problem is you had to rely on an existing Wi-Fi network being available, along with an app called ShutterSnitch to get the photos on to your iPad.
If you were out and about, that meant bringing your own network in the form of a MiFi or something similar, an added expense and more to carry and power whilst on the move.
With Eye-Fi's new Direct Mode that has changed. Now you can be a truly 'nimble photographer' and travel light with just an Eye-Fi X2 loaded camera and an iPad (or iPhone/Android device) with the companion app installed.
This is in addition to all of the great features that are already included with the Eye-Fi.
A Big Deal
This is a big deal because once you have spent out on the Eye-Fi X2 card (and with a little bit of setup time) you are ready to go without having to worry about connecting to anything else. The Eye-Fi card creates its own ad-hoc Wi-Fi network which your iPad connects to and photos start flying from the camera directly to your iPad.
The top-of-the-range Eye-Fi Pro X2 even transfers RAW files, although we guess that will be a bit slower to transfer and fill up your iPad pretty quickly.
How Would You Use It?
Imagine being a Photographer on location, placing the iPad in your client's hands, and letting them see the shots (almost) as you take them. No laptops, no heavy monitors to bring and no cables!
Or what about at a special event like a wedding or a party with your iPad connected to the house projector showing your photos off to everyone as you take them (you can choose which photos/video to send to the iPad).
We think this will free up Photographers and, as long as they have space on their iPad, lighten their load.
It may not suit studio Pro Photographers who need the speed of a tethered, high quality, commercial workflow, but for many situations the new Direct Mode in the Eye-Fi cards seems a winner for the iPad carrying Photographer.
The only real problem we can see is if your camera, like our DSLR, takes Compact Flash (CF) cards. We are looking at SDHC to CF convertors, apparently some of them work with the Eye-Fi, sort of.
What do you think? We would love to hear your comments.