Transcend has released their newest Wi-Fi capable SDHC memory cards to make image transfers just that much easier. It works via an existing Wi-Fi connection from an Internet hotspot in Internet mode or it can operate though the Direct Share mode which allows for a peer-to-peer connection between your camera and any mobile device. Direct Share is a great choice for instant viewing during your shoot that will take advantage of the larger screen on your mobile device.
With the free Wi-Fi SD App that is available for both iOS and Android, you can access all of your photos from a shoot to browse, download, edit, and then share through your social media of choice. If you’re not into the whole mobile editing idea, there is a similar web browser app that’ll do the same thing. These new SD cards are of the speedy Class 10 rating and come in both 16GB and 32GB varieties at $69 and $99 respectively.
In one of the most interesting technology moves I’ve ever seen, Samsung has today introduced what they call, “Stylish” memory cards. Numbering seven SD and Micro SD in total, the company claims speeds of 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher. Plus, they also promise the ability to transfer 1GB of information in as little as 42 seconds. Each card also features a brushed metal chassis. Additionally, they can are guaranteed to survive up to 24 hours in water, withstand the force of a 1.6 ton vehicle (3,200 lbs), and resist up to 10,000 Gauss (slightly less than the power of a medical imaging magnet).
Spec table and a video of a waterproofing test I did with SD cards a while back are after the jump. Don’t ask about my appearance; I’m not wearing sexy underwear either.
Imagine being on a very big shoot (like a wedding) and accidentally formatting your memory card. Though most of us are more careful than that, it could accidentally happen. Or, you could erase images that you didn’t want to but did without pay attention. So how would you be able to recover them?
Announced almost a year ago, the super powerful Eye-Fi Pro X2 cards have recently been given a boost in the form of mobile sharing. While I haven’t demoed this feature yet, I have been using this card since Photo Plus of last year. It has been tested out in a variety of cameras with different results depending on the manufacturer and build of the camera. For the sake of timeliness, this review should have been completed a while ago but was delayed over and over again to ensure that we tested it correctly. In conclusion, depending on where your brand loyalty lies, you may want to snag one of these highly recommended items.