Eye-Fi 4GB SD card for Canon EOS XSi works great

Posted By on January 4, 2009


One of the interesting Christmas gifts this year was a new SD memory card to use in my Canon EOS Rebel XSi — a 4GB Anniversary edition Eye-Fi card. EYE FIWhat makes this SD card unique is that it has built in WiFi. The card operates just like a 4GB memory card but utilized the camera’s battery power to upload photos to your home WiFi connection or with an optional subscription service a hotspot WiFi signal operated by Wayport. Even with the large JPG files (will not upload RAW images) produced by the 12+ megapixel Canon DSLR camera the upload to my computer is reasonable for a few photos and definitely easier than removing the card and putting it in a reader or cabling the camera. About the only weak point is that the camera needs to be within about 40 feet of your wireless access point (WAP) to begin uploading photos to your computer.

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Another interesting feature is that once you’ve registered with Eye-Fi, the “manager” offers a few options as to what you want to do with the photos uploaded to your computers. One can choose to have them uploaded to a processing service or to a photo sharing service. Unfortunately if you tend to take a lot of photos, you’re computer will upload them all if you’re using this option (I suppose you can always delete them?). Nevertheless, if you are looking for a new memory card for your camera, I would highly recommend the Eye-Fi SD card (Compact Flash/SD card adapters are available and work as well).

Test photo

Just another test photo — leftover bolt from VW TDI GTG on WSJ chart.


  • Jim Mann

    I have a 2GB card and wish I would have spent the extra for the Anniversary 4GB SD card but I love the Eye-Fi product.

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  • bodydetoxtechy

    Eye-Fi is indeed very useful. you do not need to physcially connect your digital camera to your pc whenver you want to transfer pictures. it is not yet available on our local stores so i might just have to wait a bit.

  • Just grabbed the feed… thanks for posting this.

  • bandsxbands

    My friend and I were recently discussing about the prevalence of technology in our day to day lives. Reading this post makes me think back to that discussion we had, and just how inseparable from electronics we have all become.

    I don’t mean this in a bad way, of course! Societal concerns aside… I just hope that as memory becomes cheaper, the possibility of transferring our brains onto a digital medium becomes a true reality. It’s one of the things I really wish I could encounter in my lifetime.

    (Posted on Nintendo DS running R4i DS SPPost)

  • bandsxbands

    Purchasing memory is such a time consuming process… You have to search online for prices, sort through which ones are legit, visit a bunch of electronics shops,compare prices, finally buy your memory, and then hope that the price doesn’t drop in the next two weeks or so.I’ve been done in by crazy price changes in the past… especially this one time when I bought a Micro SD card for my R4 gaming flash card at what apparently was a bargain price, only to later see that it fell by five bucks in a week’s time.

  • Delaney Lloyd

    How did you use the eyefi card with a Canon Eos XSI. I can’t even find the option in the settings.

    • Thanks for the comment. I haven’t used my “broken” eyefi card for about 8 years (LOL) so unfortunately can’t remember exactly how it is setup. My gut tells me that you set the card up on the eyefi site and transfer images to your phone, tablet or PC on the receiving end (or automatically).

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