I recently got a Google Nexus 7. I’d been putting off getting a tablet because I was comfortable using my computer for both creating and consuming content. But as the e-publishing revolution seemed to be fully underway, I wanted to have practical experience with these new publications and understand their design possibilities. Now three years out from the original iPad, the Nexus 7 is a powerful and affordable option. Plus it scored higher in overall performance according to CNET. However, I’m still fairly tethered to my computer and other digital devices. While it wasn’t exactly “easy” to connect my tablet to those other device, basically my computers and my smartphone. it was possible to do. Then once connections were established, it’s now a piece of cake to move around with them.
But then there’s my camera. Not my phones camera, but my trusty Panasonic LX3 point & shoot. Okay, there’s a lot of hype about smartphone cameras replacing the point & shoot digital camera. My HTC EVO 4G LTE has a wonderful camera, but I’m a photographer. I can’t get to any of my phone’s camera’s controls quickly or easily. While my LX3 can be fully manual with access to f/stop, shutter speeds, ISO, auto bracketing, exposure compensation, flash EV levels, I think you get the idea. Plus the LX3 produces files in the RAW format. However, getting the files from LX3 to the Nexus 7 was a major problem. Yes there are cables and adapters from Amazon, but it was still a problem.
Then I remembered about the Eye-Fi SD cards. Eye-Fi makes SD cards with built-in wireless capabilities. The cards work with your camera and stores images just like regular SDHC cards. They send photos and video to your computer, tablet or smartphone. Then after images are safely transferred, card space can be freed up automatically. Eye-Fi makes three types of cards, the 16GB Pro X2, the 8 GB Mobile X2, and the 4GB Connect X2. I opted for the 4GB Connect X2 card. I usually shot with a 2GB card, carry an extra 2GB card and extra battery, plus always shot RAW. Because this card doesn’t recognize RAW for uploading, so I now shoot in the RAW/JPEG format. This format captures both a high JPEG and a RAW file
First, you setup the card to recognize your home network and any of the other wireless devices you’ll be working with. Next, you’ll need to download the apps for your Android or iOS devices. Once that’s done your card and camera combo is ready to use. Your mobile devices will now have an Eye-Fi folder in the device’s Image Gallery or Camera Roll. For me, I can now work on my LX3’s images using Adobe Photoshop Touch when I need layers, and Nik Snapseed for quick photo editing. With Photoshop Touch I can save the image back to the Adobe Creative Cloud and open the image back up on a computer. When working with your images in this way, consider a Cloud storage options so that you can sync all of your images with all your devices. I have a 16GB Nexus so space is a premium and I don’t want to keep images on it that I’m not using.
If you are thinking about upgrading your digital camera, consider one of the many Smart Cameras that are now on the market. If you love the camera you have, then get a wireless SDHC card allowing your camera to graduate to a new level of versatility.