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Offline steve

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wi fi cards with A77
« on: December 12, 2012, 12:01:22 AM »
Just wondered if any one has tried using the cards with wi fi for sending pics to a laptop or tablet. Looked on you tube and seen a few peeps doing it. Thought it would be ok for showing clients pics during a portrait shoot??? seeing you cant tether the A77 during shooting.

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Re: wi fi cards with A77
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2012, 03:29:13 AM »
I had a look at them but they all seem to have a relatively slow read/write time. They certainly would be a good idea for any camera if they were faster.
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Re: wi fi cards with A77
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2013, 10:31:28 AM »
looked into them and same, seem slow
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Re: wi fi cards with A77
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2013, 01:33:28 PM »

I have a Pro X2 16gb card which I got for the same reasons you listed; to show clients, quick and effortlessly. I have not bothered using this card in the A77 since the first time I tried it out. The card now sits in a PnS at work.

IMO the only 'Pro's' to these cards are;
  • Easy to setup
  • The Wireless

The Cons......
  • They are Class 10 cards. With the A77, JPEG write and transfer is anything from 9 - 20 seconds depending on JPEG quality and size. RAW transfer, your looking at around 30-35seconds per file, Sometimes a little less.
  • You can miss the moment. Event in a relaxed studio environment, if your waiting for the buffer to clear you could miss the shot.
  • Battery usage, they drain the battery pretty quick. 20 minutes shooting and transferring will zap about 20-30% battery depending on what your transferring JPEG or RAW
  • Reliability, there are allot of people complaining about the reliability of the 'Eye Fi' cards. With flash memory failures and read/write errors. There are San Disk equivalents out there but they are Class 3 cards and much slower.

Transfer times are relative to my network but were tested with all other devices on idle.

What I tend to do now is take 10-20 pictures, swap cards (I use SanDisk Extreme Pro 90/95 Cards) and import the pictures into Bridge whilst shooting the next set.

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