The majority of my readers are also fellow bloggers. Hence I have to share this recent discovery. This would make a great gift for any blogger or avid social media user, and I wish I had purchased one sooner.
It's the Eye-Fi wireless SD card:
Why is it so great?
It's useful and convenient. You load it in your camera in place of a normal SD card, then take your pics. The photos will automatically be sent to your computer, tablet, or phone (you determine where it goes when you set it up). You can then do your editing, if you want to, and upload to your blog or social media profiles. It's so quick and so easy. If you do a lot of blogging, this saves a lot of time. I am all about being more efficient.
For me, it feels luxurious to not have to bother with card readers or transfer cables. My most-used camera at the moment is my Sony RX100, which has an old school leather case (see pic below). Any time I need to remove my card, I need to unscrew the leather case. It's an annoying step if I just need to get 1-2 photos off the card.
Note - you can also have it auto send to Facebook or other social media options. I don't use this feature because you can't choose which photos post to Facebook. It would automatically post everything, and I didn't like that.
I also dig the way the Eye-Fi keeps me organized. After the files automatically transfer to my computer, they are saved in a new folder named with the current date. I love that.
In case you were wondering, it's very easy to set it up. If you're not tech savvy, don't worry about it. The directions are fool proof. Insert the included USB drive and follow the prompts. You will be up and running in no time. I love to critique user experience design, and I found the entire experience quick, straight-forward, and enjoyable.
But this product is not perfect. Here are a few points to consider before you buy one:
- The cards themselves are pricey. A four-gb card is around $35, which is around 6-7 times the cost of a regular 4 gb card. The theory is that you won't need to spend as much as many cards since you are already backing up the photos as you take them (so you can delete as you go). I'm not quite trusting enough to rely on that method. I had a $30 Best Buy gift card, so I only spent a few bucks on mine. Even so, I love it enough that I would buy one at full price just to continue living with these convenience.
- These cards work well for taking a few shots (or even a few dozen) for your blog, but I wouldn't recommend trying it on a professional photo shoot. Though it hasn't happened to me, I read that a few people had their cards freeze up, and this resulted in lost images. A Best Buy rep told me this is rare and that it usually happens when people are shooting longer video (the card can't keep up with the recording and wi-fi transferring). I have not had any problems, but I am not ready to risk it on an actual paid or important photo shoot. Yet.