Eye-Fi Mobi Beams Photos from Camera to Phone or Tablet Instantly


Eye-Fi has offered the ability to wirelessly transmits photos from a camera to another device for quite a while now, but there was a downside: you were required to connect to a Wi-Fi hotspot to do so (with the exception of the Eye-Fi X2). This presented a challenge to photographers shooting on location where a Wi-Fi hotspot may not have been readily available.

Eye-Fi has come forth with their new “Eye-Fi Mobi” product, which streamlines the process of sending images to a mobile device.

The Mobi works by broadcasting its own Wi-Fi signal, making it easy to transfer images. The downside? It only works with iOS and Android devices (this includes tablets).

So what’s the difference between the Mobi and the already-available Eye-Fi X2? Apparently, the Eye-Fi Mobi simplifies the whole process with a more user-friendly experience.


Features of the Mobi cards include an instantaneous setup (which entails installing the Eye-Fi application, using a 10-digit code to complete the pairing), and real-time sharing that will update your device’s camera roll as you shoot — which makes this a back up solution, as well — at impressive speeds. Eye-Fi says this is a Class 10 card, so you can expect expedited transmissions.

You can pick up an Eye-Fi Mobi for about $50 for the 8GB variant, and about $80 for the 16GB version.

(via Eye-Fi via Engadget and Gizmodo)

  • Ayden Gotzmer

    I use this now as a workflow for when I have clients on location. The Digital Tech is getting the files to their computer, while the client is getting small jpgs to a tablet, and they can provide me with instant feedback. It’s a great system that’s worked well for a couple of months!

    It’s also extremely useful for having “Model Moms” on set, as I can just set them up with the tablet and they don’t need to constantly bother me or my assistants to see the photos.

  • Mansgame

    doesn’t the phone already have a much stronger wifi capability (and 3g) built in to it?

  • Eye-Fi_Michele

    Ayden – we’d love to talk more with you about how you use Eye-Fi. If you’re up for it, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FB so we can chat.

  • Mansgame

    So again, why would anybody use your very slow cards when they can use an app that uses the phone’s built in wifi?? I don’t think your R&D department thought this one through ;)

  • Willi Kampmann

    What you are saying doesn’t make any sense. Eye-Fi cards are for those cameras that do NOT have wifi built-in. Your phone’s wifi is useless if there is no way to connect your camera to it. Obviously this extra wifi module takes up additional space in the sd card, leaving less space for the actual memory and therefore making it slower (faster cards usually address multiple flash cells in parallel).

  • Jackson Cheese

    Yet another nugget of uninformed wisdom from Mansgame, the resident clown of Petapixel.

  • Ayden Gotzmer

    Done and Done! Feel free to chat anytime.

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