Hands on Review of the Eye-Fi Explore Video
by Mark R
This isn’t the first time that we have reported on Eye-Fi products before, and chances are, it won’t be the last time. I finally tried it out for myself, and was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Eye-Fi Explore Video 4GB version.
For those who are not familiar with the Eye-Fi line, this is a memory card that allows the user to upload photos to their computer without any USB cable. You might be wondering how that is possible, and, truth be told, so am I. I can’t deny that it works, though. After a quick setup with my computer, I was able to view photos from my camera on my browser screen like magic. Of course, the user to be very specific about where the photos are to be sent, or it is very easy to wake up to find photos from your Eye-Fi floating all around your computer where you cannot retrieve them.
As for the video function, I found that it took quite a while to upload video footage. Not only that, it had to do this operation uninterrupted. That means if you have a video camera with the Eye-Fi Explore Video, then you better make certain you can leave it on for extended periods of time. Because if the battery runs out while the video is wirelessly downloading to your computer, then you have to do it again.
I also found the software to be a little invasive. When I started my computer, Eye-Fi kept trying to download videos that I didn’t want, and I had to end the program manually or my computer wouldn’t run properly. Perhaps I shouldn’t have set it up for automatic downloads.
In short, you will get your automatic downloads of videos and photos, but with great power, comes great responsibility of upkeep. Fortunately, it doesn’t come at too high of a price of $99 which includes 4GB of memory, unlimited Geotagging, and one year of free Hotspot Access. You can purchase the Explore Video here.