updated 12:25 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010
X2 series cards: Class 6 4GB, 8GB with WiFi
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[Sponsored Post]: Eye-Fi's newest generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards add more capabilities. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. Among the new cards is an Apple Store exclusive -- Geo X2. Also announced are the Connect X2, Explore X2, and Pro X2. All the Eye-Fi cards work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and are capable of security protocols like Static WEP 64 and 128, along with WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.
The Apple-Store-exclusive Geo X2 4GB is a 4GB SDHC card with class 6 speed, automatic photo uploads over 802.11n to sites like MobileMe and automatic removal of uploaded images. It features geotagging, using WPS -- WiFi Positioning System technology - to geotag images based on surrounding networks in the area at the time of image capture. It only requires the existence of a local network, and doesn't require the ability to sign on or register with the local network. It is compatible with geotag-ready iPhoto '09 and Ovolabs Geophoto on the Mac and Adobe Elements, Google Picassa and Microsoft's Pro Photo Tools on the PC side. The card offers lifetime geotagging services
Eye-Fi's Connect X2 has 4GB of storage on a class 6 speed card, offers automatic photo wireless uploads and is compatible with sites like Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, MobileMe and YouTube and can also transmit photos directly into iPhoto. It uploads images into dated folders for quick organization and allows the user to chose which images/videos are uploaded. The Explore X2 card adds more memory and hotspot access at AT&T hotspots -- any AT&T WiFi network, like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, numerous airports and hotels will allow access to the Explore X2 card for immediate upload. Open networks are also supported by the Explore X2. The Eye-Fi Pro X2 adds RAW photo compatibility and ad hoc network support in addition to hotspot access and geotagging support (for jpeg files, not RAW files). The card handles RAW format images offered as a high-end lossless format on numerous DSLR and prosumer digicams. The ad hoc capabilities allow direct to computer transfers, without requiring a wireless network to be present. This allows users to wirelessly transfer images directly to a local, WiFi-capable notebook or desktop computer.
The Eye-Fi X2 series cards work with Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. The Apple Store exclusive Geo X2 is $70, while the widely available Connect X2 is $50, the Explore X2 is $100 and the Pro X2 card sells for $150.
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