Memory Cards

Wi-Fi memory cards

Written by Gail Bjork

Wirelessly transfer and upload images from your digital camera with a Wi-Fi Secure Digital memory card.

Wireless Secure Digital memory cards let you upload photos and videos directly from your digital camera to a computer. No need to use cables or memory card readers.

Some Wi-Fi memory cards let you upload both photos and video* to photo sharing and social networking sites such as Flickr, Picasa, Facebook and YouTube. They are also capable of sending images to a nearby smartphone or tablet.

Once image files have been transferred they are automatically removed from the card, immediately giving you room on the card for more photos.

Wi-Fi cards are made by several memory card companies using Eye-Fi technology. According to the Eye-Fi website, the wireless range for uploading photos and video is listed at 45 feet indoors and 90 feet outdoors under ideal conditions.

Using a Wi-Fi memory card on the go

If you plan to use an Eye-Fi card when you’re on the go, bring extra batteries since this type of card consumes extra battery power. An Eye-Fi card may emit radio waves even if it is disabled in the camera. To prevent unauthorized transmission of radio waves, remove the card in places such as airplanes and hospitals.

Before buying a Wi-Fi card

Before buying a memory card with Wi-Fi, make sure it is compatible with your camera. These cards may not work, or their use even permitted, in every country. It’s important to note that some wi-fi cards may only have the ability to send images to phone OR computer, but not both.

The Eye-Fi website has a widget to check if a wireless card is compatible with your camera and if there are any known issues. Be sure to double check the camera manual for compatibility as well as how to use the card.

Eye-fi camera compatibility widget

*Only cards with a capacity of 4 GB and above can upload videos.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

1 Comment

  • One thing to consider here: is your camera body (or at least its card slot) entirely enclosed in metal? If so, perhaps it will obstruct the radio emission of the card or adapter.
    On the other hand, not many of the modern cameras are metal-clad. But I’d suggest a “try before buy”, just to see what happens.