Photos, Setup, and Performance
From the outside, there isn’t anything about the Eyefi Mobi that will set it apart from any of the other SD cards except maybe its bright orange color. You have a standard lock switch along with the brand and capacity on the front. On the back there are a few of the standard required logos and if you look really closely you can actually see a serial number as well.
So in order to get everything setup you want to start by putting the Eyefi Mobi into your camera. For testing I am using a Cannon T3i but Eyefi does have a long list of cameras that are supported. Once I have the card installed we grab the device that we want to send the images too. To start I used our Nvidia Shield Tablet. Following the instructions on the included card you want to download the Eyefi Mobi app from the play store of for iOS devices the app store. Once installed the first thing it asks is for you to put in the activation code from the membership card. Once you do it will search for the card and connect the card to your device. Then you are all set to go off and take some photos.
On the T3i when the Eyefi Mobi is installed Cannon actually shows a wireless icon right on the screen. When you take a photo it will go from a semitransparent logo to a black logo, flashing as it transfers the image. This helps make sure it gets transferred before you turn your camera off. On the Eyefi Mobi app you will see the images you are taking start to show up in an album page. The images are sorted by the date they are taken. You can also go into the settings and have it full screen the images when they show up. This is a nice feature if you are still shooting, you can actually get a better look at the images than the relatively small screen.
There aren’t exactly a ton of options in the app but you can go in and turn on geo locations via the app and even set the folder that you want the app to store the images. If you sign up for an Eyefi Cloud account you can even have it automatically upload the images as you are taking them as well.
The app has a whole list of options for sharing the images once you have them in the album as well. This should make shooting a sneak peek image over to someone or posting it up on social media really easy as you are taking photos.
In addition to photos it will also send your video files. The card/app supports .mpg, .mov, .flv, .wmv, .avi, .mp4, .mts, .m4v, .3gp.
In addition to the mobile apps Eyefi does surprisingly support your PC as well with Windows and Mac programs. This is what I was most excited about, being able to transfer my images to mobile is nice, but to get them right onto my work computer was the goal. Sadly though the only way that you can sync the Eyefi Mobi to your PC is if you have a wireless adapter in it and if you use wireless for your internet connection you will have to lose your internet when you are syncing. Lucky for me I recently reviewed a USB 3.0 wireless adapter that I could hook up to my main PC. With that setup I installed the windows program. Just like the app the first thing you are asked is for the activation code. Once you get that entered a window down in the bottom right corner pops up letting you know you are connected. The window can be made smaller with the button in the top right corner if it is blocking anything.
Basically almost all of the windows software runs off of an icon in your notification icons area. From it you can option up your uploads folder, see recent transfers and even select more than one Eyefi card.
The options page is a lot like the app as well. We can set the save location for both photos and videos. You can see all of the Eyefi cards activated to your computer and set them to auto connect. You also have access to the Eyefi Cloud, here you can even upload images that weren’t synced as well.
When you are using the Eyefi Mobi and it sends files to your PC the window pops up and shows you the image being transferred. It’s not a huge photo but it is enough to know where you are in your file transfer.
The Eyefi Mobi performed well when tested hooked directly up to my PC via USB 3.0. When transferring over wireless obviously things were slower but still good enough, especially given the size of the images our camera takes. The biggest slowdown is the time between taking a photo and getting the first photo transferred, when transferring more than one photo things speed up considerably.