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Eye-Fi X2 series cards offer geotagging, hotspots, RAW

updated 02:40 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010

X2 series cards: Class 6 speeds in 4GB, 8GB

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[Sponsored Post] Eye-Fi recently has organized its new generation X2 line of Eye-Fi WiFi SD camera cards, with each adding specific capabilities as the price increases. The cards allow users to effortlessly take of the "chore" of uploading photos automatically to their computer or specific websites. The Connect X2, Explore X2, Geo X2 and Pro X2 all work to move images off a camera's SD card wirelessly, but then they each specialize from there. All the cards offer wireless ranges of 90 feet outdoors and 45 feet indoors and support protected WiFi networks, including 64-/128-bit WEP and WPA-PSK and WPA2-PSK.

The Connect X2 has 4GB of storage on a class 6 speed card with automatic photo uploads -- it uploads to any number of preset locations, up to 25, then erases the images to free up space on the card. The card transmits over 802.11n 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 Geo X2 4GB steps up from the Connect X2, adding geotagging to the feature list -- it uses 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. The card offers lifetime geotagging services. 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.

Eye-Fi's Explore X2 card adds more memory and hotspot access. The SDHC card offers 8GB of memory with class 6 read speeds. Hotspot access is via 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 card carries a free year of hotspot access. Text alerts can be sent to a user's phone when an upload starts on a hotspot.

The top-of-the-line 8GB SDHC 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. Canon CR2 and CRW and Nikon NEF RAW files are supported along with other formats like DNG, PTX, RAW, RW2 and MPO. 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 Connect X2 is $50, the Geo X2 is $70 and the Explore X2 is $100. The Pro X2 card sells for $150.

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