Sure you are tired of hearing news and read articles that contain words that begin with Smart, We are talking about the daily most popular smartwatches or Smartphones and SmartTVs whose market is still booming.

Now, what happens with you? photo camera? Are you going to have to change it in order to enjoy the ultimate in connectivity, share your photos on your social network or to make an image touch up easily and touch?. We show you an easy way to get out to that camera SLR or compact and hop on the bandwagon of social networking, the Wi-Fi SD cards.

With Wi-Fi SD memory card

There are several models on the market since it saw the light one of the first and that he popularized this format, Sandisk Eye-Fi, although at the time it was not sufficiently economically as to give the general public the jump.

Today we have more economic alternatives as the card we tested, Transcend wireless SD. It is as the name suggests an SD memory card that integrates inside as well as the basic circuitry and the / chips of memory NAND chip Wi-Fi and a small antenna and a small processor to manage it.

Here we see the interior: an ASIC, chip Wi-Fi and large memory chip

The external format is exactly equal to one SD card so it can be used in any camera with SD memory slot, however, due to the higher energy consumption of the same for the part Wireless It is only compatible with certain cameras (see compatibility list), it is one of the drawbacks, but in our case we have been able to use it in multiple cameras, compact and reflex that we have at our disposal without any problem.

What can you do with this card Wi-Fi SD?

Card Transcend wireless SD It has two operating modes that can be set once you connect for the first time to it and be able to change the times that you want from the application on your smartphone)iOS o Android) or from a Web browser from PC / Mac without any problem. Let’s see what are these two modes:

DIRECT SHARE

This is the mode that works by default in which the Wi-Fi card creates a wireless network to which you connect with a maximum of up to 3 devices and is able to share the photos you’re doing with the camera in real-time to preview mode.

In addition any of the connected devices can browse made photographs and download in full resolution at the same. I.e., do a photo with the camera and you can download it wirelessly on your smartphone or tablet and edit it at the same moment to, for example, then share it with the same in your usual social networks.

INTERNET MODE

This way you have to activate it from the application for iOS / Android and allows that the card to connect directly as one customer more to a wireless network and in this way share directly in Internet photos you take, without having to go through your smartphone.

Practical uses of a Wi-Fi SD card

These two modes promise several functions among which we highlight the possibility of receiving a Preview of the photos are taken, take as an example an event: wedding, baptism, communion in which are made pictures with a camera that has the Wi-Fi SD card is inserted, a TV or display is connected a tablet or smartphone via video output and using Wi-Fi SD card. We could be seeing the real time photo gallery.

Another possible scenario is that have a camera at home that we hardly use the drudgery of having to take photos, retouch on the computer and finally publish them on our social networks. Here is where we see a greater pull of this type of device already thatYou provecharías your camera lenses and optics, probably much better than the one of your smartphone, and Autobus photo just taken with your smartphone where you could tweak it without problem and share it in a natural way from the same. It is as if we being pulled along your physical camera in another part of your smartphone.

And finally, we want to highlight the Internet Mode feature, which would allow us to share on the Internet directly photos we make dinner at home, family meal, or any event in which we have available a Wi-Fi connection with Internet access (here leave evidence of the possibility of tethering phones, i.e., share via Wi-Fi connection to the same data).

Price, models and advantages

Transcend has put on the market two models, with the same functionality but with capabilities of 16 / 32 GB and prices that are currently around 40 and 53 euros respectively. Are class 10 memory cards, i.e., fast and also offer all the features mentioned above.

As you can see the price is higher that what could cost a SD memory card, with similar characteristics of speed, on 15 and 22 euros respectively. I.e. Wi-Fi functionality has an extra cost of 30 euros and you will have to consider whether in your case that investment sale profitable.

It is clear that if your smartphone even serves but falls short in the photographic field for that price you have a solution that takes advantage of the quality of the optical zoom lens, lenses and your camera sensor and brings it to your smartphone.

There are other solutions in the market as for example the original Eye-Fi of Sandisk which allow to transmit images directly to a PC or cloud storage, but are more expensive cards. As we say, the decision must weigh it as the case in which we find ourselves, but I assure you that the quality of photography that I personally with a camera compact Sony from years ago is still a couple of steps ahead of most smartphones on the market.

The opinion of Engadget

From Engadget, we think that it is of a interesting product for users who already have one photographic equipment sufficient to meet their needs and that they want to take advantage features that integrate the new smartcameras of the market as for example wireless connectivity to share social images. In addition to be an interesting solution as showcase of the photographs that are made in real time via the option Shoot & View.

If you have to buy a memory card, 30 euros can be an obstacle to consider but versatility in features that are won with This card they may be sufficient to avoid to buy a new camera, o renew your smartphone, with what we speak of a possible Saving considerable money.

During its use, we have noticed that on occasion of intensive use the system a little pinch, has been something that is solved by turning off and turning on the camera. We’ve tried it from both iOS as from Android and the operation is fluent in general with some lag if we download images from multiple devices at the same time, as it is natural if we think that the ASIC chip that integrates operates at 200 MHz and has to manage the connections, web server and requests for users.

Data to take into account:

¿The autonomy of the Chamber is reduced? The answer is Yes, but not drastically. You can take photographs in a natural and normal way, but it will be less than if you make use of a normal card number.

Direct Share mode, the camera must be on to transmit data to the devices that are connected to it, the network wi-fi that generates the SD card, and Internet Mode, the card will attempt to connect to the configured wireless access point, i.e., if not found, still looking for it and this implies extra energy consumption.

¿What extent has? In our tests have been able to separate us from the camera between 5 and 10 metres with direct vision and not been problem, if there are walls of by half, adjoining rooms, the distance will be shortened.

¿What type of files can be viewed / downloaded from the camera to the mobile? The application has a built-in Viewer, from which you can see images in JPG, BMP and PNG format besides AVI, MOV, MP4, m2t, mts, m2ts videos. The latest version of the mobile app promises to display RAW files, although the loading of the same speed is quite slow (read also between the lines that the size of this type of files is considerably greater than the compressed JPG).
The card has been ceded to the test by Transcend. You can consult our policy of relations with companies

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