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Eye-Fi (camera memory card) Is A Disappointment

It turns out not to be as awesome as I had hoped. I had really hoped I’d never have to plug my camera in again — or slide the memory card out, and put it back into my computer. But after some miserable failings, that’s not apparently going to happen.

In addition, Eye-Fi wrecked a few photos of mine (see screenshot)… I don’t know whether the memory card itself (Eye-Fi) just isn’t great for photos, or if it was too busy trying to upload photos at the same time to my iPhone or my computer.. but none-the-less, I can’t risk losing that perfect shot.

I also can’t believe how exhausting the process is, and how it doesn’t really communicate to me what’s happening. When connecting to my computer, it seems to show me the photos — but over the last couple hours, it had failed to put the most recent photos onto my computer…. or onto my iPhone.

The software on the desktop tells me it’s uploading to my iPhone, yet my iPhone app says “Idle”, and the pictures never appeared on my iPhone.

So I turned on iCloud’s Photostream from Apple. I think this will help me. I liked the idea of getting photos from my SLR onto my iPhone, so that I could Instagram them. I could do that with iPhoto, but Photostream enabled just always makes my latest photos on my desktop available on my iPhone. Pretty sweet.

Still would love to remove the friction of having to take the memory card out of the SLR and putting it into my computer. Maybe someday.


  • Tom Z

    I was surprised to read this post, as I’ve had an eye- fi card in my point & shoot camera for the past two years without ever experiencing the kinds of problems you mention here. In fact, I haven’t opened the card slot door since swapping the original card with the eye-fi. All of my photos auto-magically upload to my iMac and I have never had any corruption of the images.

    That being said, I have only used the eye-fi with my point & shoot. I got a Canon T2i last year and have contemplated getting another eye-fi for that camera as well, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.

  • Eye-Fi

    Steve, which camera are you using the Eye-Fi card with?

    Tom, the Canon T2i is optimized for Eye-Fi cards. More information here:

  • Steve Poland

    Nikon d3100

    iPhone 4s and MacBook air (2nd generation)

  • Eye-Fi

    Steve, we would like to get to the bottom of the corrupted images. The D3100 is optimized for Eye-Fi so it should work very well. Please email us at support at or call us so we can figure this out and get you set up for your iPhone as well. Please reference this post when you contact us.


    – Eye-Fi Support

  • Phil Britton

    I’m not surprised, Eye-fi is a mediocre solution to plugging your digital camera in to retrieve photo’s. I hate wires, so as soon as this was released I bought it without question, because I generally expect things to work as they say… I am fairly computer savvy, working with computers and technology for a living, and I get frustrated and give up every time with this thing.