In a totally wireless world, there are still many cameras that do not have a Wi-Fi connection. If for any reason you need to add this connectivity to your camera, you have the option to do so through a SD card with Wi-Fi either wireless memory card. Throughout this article I present the best WiFi SD memory cards.

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    How does a WiFi SD memory card work?

    Basically, with this type of SD card, you can send your photos and videos from the camera to your computer, tablet or smartphone or upload them directly to social networks, retouch them, reveal RAW, etc.

    Both the models of the brand EyeFiLike the ones of Transcend Y Toshiba they work in a similar way.

    when you buy one Wi-Fi Eye-Fi card, comes ready to be installed by connecting it to a USB drive on your computer. After connecting it, you can install the software that will allow you to use and configure the card via WiFi.

    On an Eye-Fi card you can set up to 32 networks to connect with your camera wirelessly. After configuring your networks, you must configure the write destination, that is, tell the Eye-Fi where you want it to save your media files over WiFi.

    As long as your computer is on and connected to the same network, the Eye-Fi card can stream your photos to the laptop with Windows. You can also send photos and videos to other devices like phones iPhonemobile Android and tablets. There is an app available for each operating system.

    WiFi SD Cards: Transcend, Eye-Fi MobiPro, and Toshiba FlashAir Reviews

    Transcend, Toshiba and Eye-Fi are the brands that currently offer the best options in SD cards with built-in WiFi connectivity.

    We are going to analyze the models of Transcend (SDHC WIFI 16GB and 32GB), the Eye-Fi MobiPro (32GB) and the Toshiba Flash Air W-04 (32GB)

    MobiPro Eye-Fi Wi-Fi Card

    Eye-Fi is the pioneer brand in manufacturing SD cards with WiFi and it shows in the care and performance with which these cards have been manufactured. Previously we had the Eye-Fi Pro X2 (8GB SDHC WIFI) and the Eye-Fi Mobi (8GB SDHC WIFI), but now they have improved their features.

    Characteristic

    • Storage capacity: 32GB
    • SDHC Class 10
    • Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2
    • WIFI:802.11 b/g/n
    • Compatibility with iOS and Android. It is able to connect directly with the computer.
    • Free apps available for iOS and Android
    • Supported image format: .jpeg, RAW (Supports RAW photo transfer via WIFI).
    • Supported video format: .mpg, .mov, .flv, .wmv, .avi, .mp4, .mts, .m4v, .3gp
    • It is capable of adding geotags to all images based on WIFI positioning.
    • It can connect to 32 devices at the same time.

    When you buy an Eye-Fi card you will see that a USB card reader is included in the package. If the installation of the previous card was simple, this one is much more so, practically in two steps we have everything done, with the advantage that we can connect the card directly with the computer.

    The Apps are much better than the competition and the transfer speed is much better. It is especially noticeable when transferring large amounts of photos via WiFi to our devices, since it supports the transfer of photos in raw.

    A curiosity of this card is that it can add a tag to our photos with the metadata of the place where they were taken. The new version of Eye-Fi can be connected to 32 devices instead of just 3 like the previous one.

    Toshiba FlashAir Wi-Fi Card

    These are the features of Toshiba WiFi SD cards:

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    Characteristic

    • SDHC, Class 3, 90MB/s, 70MB/s, UHS-I
    • Supported security algorithms: AES, TKIP, WEP, WPA, WPA2
    • Card with a capacity of 16 GB and 32 GB
    • With UHS-I Speed ​​Class 3 to support 4K video recording
    • With the FlashAir app for mobile devices
    • Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
    • wireless data transmission

    Probably one of the most interesting options because it is one of the cheapest: it is usually around 40 euros. Up to 7 devices can simultaneously access the FlashAir WIFI card and its application has a desktop version for Windows and Mac, and apps for smartphones.

    The FlashAir WIFI card allows image transfers to a speed more than acceptable. With a WiFi SD card you can transfer your images from your camera to any device with a wireless connection.

    Before you get to work with it, you must configure the WiFi card from the Toshiba software. Once configured, the connectivity with the mobile works when configuring the WiFI connection. The truth is that the instructions are not entirely clear, so I recommend you follow an online tutorial or YouTube video before going to the manufacturer's website.

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    Transcend SDHC and microSDHC Wi-Fi

    They are not currently available, but the only difference between the 16 and 32 GB models on these two cards is their storage capacity, otherwise they are exactly the same. Both have a USB adapter for SD/micro SD cards.

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    Characteristic

    • Storage capacity: 16 or 32 GB
    • SDHC Class 10
    • Security: WEP, WPA, WPA2
    • WIFI:802.11 b/g/n
    • iOS (5.0+) and Android (2.2+) compatibility; also supports Windows and OS X through a browser
    • Free apps available for iOS and Android
    • Supported image formats: JPG, BMP, PNG, RAW (with the latest firmware versions they also include the possibility of transferring photos in RAW format via WIFI)
    • Supported video format: AVI, MOV, MP4, M2T, MTS, M2TS
    • It allows to connect directly to Facebook and other services to share the photos.
    • It can be connected to 3 devices at the same time.
    • Compatible with the following cameras

    The process to connect this memory card with WiFi is quite simple. A negative point of these cards is that the Transfer speed of photos and videos leaves much to be desired in some situations, especially when the coverage is not as desired. If we want to transfer very large photos, we are going to have a lot of patience until they are completely copied to our device.

    Obviously the card supports all kinds of image formats, and with the latest firmware versions (which will probably have to be downloaded) we can now transfer photos in RAW format.

    What is the best thing about these WiFi SD cards? Its price, which is around 50 euros.

    conclusion

    Cards will suffice for most photography enthusiasts SD WiFi Toshiba. They are at a good price and the only drawbacks that we can put on them is that their applications are not as up-to-date as those of other manufacturers and their transfer speed via WiFi is somewhat slow.

    the cards SD Wi-Fi EyeFi they are better in every way, both in their application implementation and transfer speed. The only drawback of these cards is their price.

    SD WiFi Eye-Fi vs SD Transcend WiFi

    Considering only its features, the Eye-Fi WiFi SD card has the advantage of much longer connectivity range than Transcend. The Transcend's connection distance is approximately 30 feet outdoors, short compared to nearly 30 meter range from Eye-Fi (about 100 feet).

    For indoor use, the Eye-Fi has a range of nearly 50 feet or about 15 meterswhile the SD Transcend reaches a maximum of about 6 meters before losing the Connection.

    Additionally, while both cards have the ability to connect and upload to iOS and Android devices, the Eye-Fi can do the same on a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or desktop. The Transcend card does not have this capability, and can only be connected to a laptop or computer through a web browser.

    The Eye-Fi card also supports more video file formats than the Transcend card, although both cards support video transfer. raw files. The Transcend has a feature called "Shoot and See," which turns a portable device into an external monitor. The SD Eye-Fi One-Up has the ability to upload images and videos to a device or laptop while shooting.

    Both cards run at speeds of class 10but the Eye-Fi card includes its own USB card reader, while the Transcend is sold without this extra.

    connectivity

    Both Eye-Fi and Transcend SD wireless cards can be connected to a smartphone or tablet, allowing you to wirelessly transfer images and videos from your camera to your device.

    In the case of Eye-Fi it goes a step further by integrating laptop/desktop support for Wi-Fi enabled computers, which I think is a huge plus for photographers who bring laptops to shoots. instead of tablets.

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    Seen in dpreview

    Eye-Fi includes a desktop program for computers, and all settings and features can even be accessed through the Eye-Fi View web page as an alternative method.

    Transfer speed

    And finally, what would be a good review of SD memory cards with WiFi without your speed data?

    The upload time for a 6MP JPEG photo with the Eye-Fi card is approximately 6 seconds. While the upload time of a 6MP JPEG with the Transcend card is about 11 seconds.

    Conclusion of the comparison

    I think it's obvious that Eye-Fi is the best SD card with WiFi (and also the most expensive).

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