The Eye-Fi card was a sharp idea when it first came on the market a couple of years ago. An SD card with wireless capability to deliver your snaps directly from camera to computer was not to be squinted at. We were leery, though, of the performance.
Now, the Eye-Fi Pro X2 levels up to an 8GB class-6 SD card that can instantly upload jpegs, RAW files and video directly to your computer and most photo-sharing sites, including Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, SmugMug, Picasa and more. It features a Direct Mode that lets you transfer files over 3G to your iPhone/iPad/Android from wherever you are. Softbank users can even purchase a branded non-Pro version to take all the guesswork out of tweaking the settings.
One new feature of the Pro X2 we really like is Endless Mode, which frees up card-space by automatically delivering the oldest pics to your specified network/device. You still need to use their software to get the photos on to your computer, which should be no problem for most users, but there are workarounds for Lightroom or Aperture users. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 uses a speedy and secure 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi network to deliver the goods, adds instant geo-tagging ability to any camera without it, and allows the storage of up to 32 different networks on the card (like you’re really going to need them).
Eye Fi Pro X2 8GB. Available at Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Amazon.jp, Rakuten and more. 9,980 yen.© Metropolis magazine (www.metropolis.co.jp)