More photos, more quickly: New Eye-Fi Pro X2 cards revealed


posted Friday, October 5, 2012 at 3:29 AM EDT


Although built-in WiFi is gradually becoming more common in digital cameras these days, most of us still have to contend with cables or card readers to get our photos into a computer or onto the web. That's made Eye-Fi's WiFi-capable Secure Digital flash cards pretty popular with photographers wanting a more convenient solution. Now, a new addition to the line will make the cards more practical to use in modern, high-resolution cameras.

It's no secret that Eye-Fi card capacity has lagged well behind that of non-WiFi cards, nor is it surprising if you consider the difference between the two card types. The WiFi radio and antenna in an Eye-Fi card takes up room that could otherwise be used for flash memory, after all. The latest Eye-Fi Pro X2 card, though, doubles capacity from previous offerings to 16GB. The new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card also increases performance enough to merit a Class 10 speed rating, meaning less time spent reading or writing data.

Tired of untangling cables? Eye-Fi's flash cards get you one cord closer to cable-free bliss.

Of course, the new card retains the same benefits as the existing Eye-Fi Pro X2 8GB card. These include not only WiFi connectivity, but also support for raw file and video uploads, WiFi-based geotagging, online sharing, and support for Eye-Fi's Endless Memory mode that automatically frees up card space as data is offloaded.

Availability of the new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB card is expected over the next few weeks, with pricing set at around US$100.

(Cable Clutter image courtesy of Meddygarnet / Flickr, used under a CC BY 2.0 license.)