The Eye-Fi Pro and iPad: Great Idea, Bad Execution

Every once in a while, we come with with this brilliant idea that floats around in our head for quite some time. Eventually, we take action, make a few swipes with the credit card, and put all the pieces together. And then - sometimes, it just all falls apart. Just like the idea of beaming geo-tagged photos to the Apple iPad using the Eye-Fi Pro Wireless SDHC card.

Charlie Sorrel had this great idea of combining ShutterSnitch software with an Eye-Fi Pro SDHC card to send photographs directly from his camera to his iPhone or iPad. That's $8 for the app and roughly $171 for the wireless 8GB SDHC card. So what'd he find?

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What he found that while the Eye-Fi Pro card/iPad app combo was a great idea on paper, everything pretty much sucked. Let's see what went wrong, shall we?

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First, geo-tagging doesn't properly work with RAW images, which means any dSLR user that relies on that extra data will be SOL. Another annoyance would be buggy ShutterSnitch App, which worked about half the time when he tried loading the photos. Anything less than 95% reliability is a big issue in our book. At 50%, it's unacceptable.

Finally, Eye-Fi sucks up battery quick. So if you're beaming an entire roll of film (or... whatever you call a full SD card these days), you'll need a completely charged camera (and a fast network) - otherwise, the transfer will fail. A more extensive list of issues can be found over on Wired.com.

However, if these little annoyances are minor quirks for a very good sharing solution, feel free to download the app, pick up the Eye-Fi card ($138 on Amazon.com), and get hackin'. Who knows, maybe you'll find a way around these problems and will generously share them with your fellow readers, yeah?

[Via Wired]