Five Reasons Why I Replaced My Camera Phone With an Eye-Fi Card

eyefi vs phone

I have used camera phones for a very long time. Actually, they played an important role in my evolution as a photographer. Though camera phones have improved greatly over the years, I have never been happy with them. Enter the Eye-Fi card and my Olympus E-P1. I experimented with the two, and well, there was a paradigm shift. When I take a picture, the Eye-Fi transfers it to my phone and I can send it to Instagram. I found happiness.


Straight from camera onto phone wIth myEyeFi

Straight from camera onto phone via Eye-Fi

One of my biggest issues with camera phones has been composition. I have never liked the way my images looked. It’s due to the lack of control: camera phones, in my view, are literally meant to point and shoot to capture a quick moment. With the Eye-Fi card, I am able to shoot they way I have grown accustomed to with a camera.

Two Versions of the Same Image

Instagram version

Instagram version

Using the Eye-Fi in conjunction with one of my cameras, I can save both a raw file and a jpeg file–the latter to send directly to my phone. If I really like an image that I have taken over the course of the day, I can import the raw file into my Lightroom catalog and have some fun with it. This way, I feel like I’m getting more out of my snapshots and I get to constantly keep refining my photography style.

Edited in Lightroom

Better Control Over Image Quality

OlympusEP1 with 50mm 1.8E on Fotga Adapter

Olympus E-P1 with Nikon 50mm f1.8 E on Fotga Adapter

When shooting with just a camera phone, I feel like I’m missing shots. I do not get the depth of field that I want, I have no control over shutter speed, etc. With the Eye-Fi and a camera I have the control that I want. I may not be a brilliant photographer, but I do have my particular ways of doing things. At the very least, using the Eye-Fi I’ve stopped thinking, “I wish I would have used a camera for that shot.”


Taken with the Nikon D5100

Taken with the Nikon D5100

My favorite thing to do with the Eye-Fi card is changing out cameras. As of writing this, I’ve used three cameras with my Eye-Fi card. I use an Olympus E-P1 with a 17mm f2.8, because it is small and fits in my big pockets. I also use a Nikon D90 and a Nikon D5100. They both take SD cards, and I can use my favorite lenses on them. Because photography is a part of my lifestyle, I always have a camera on me. I don’t have to wait to process a jpeg, as it goes directly to my phone so I can share images much faster.

Using Different Lenses

D90 with 40mm 2.8 Macro then Instagram

Nikon D90 with 40mm f2.8 Macro, then Instagram

What I really enjoy about using the Eye-Fi is the ability to share a cool image that I took with one of my preferred lenses quickly. Also, the ability to change the lens (which you can’t do with your phone) is fantastic to me. No longer am I stuck with a little lens that does as it pleases. I am in control, and that’s nice. I can use a proper telephoto when I like, or a nice wide-angle. This is great on photo walks or events where I want to share images right away.

You can see more of my Eye-Fi exploits in my Instagram feed.

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.