The first thing I asked at the Kodak booth at CES was ‘has Kodak bought out a camera with wifi or 3G yet?’ I got a strange look and the answer was ‘no, and we are not planning to’.
This seems like a completely missed opportunity for Kodak and other handheld video camera manufactures like Flip when an iPhone has exactly the same video quality and has the added befit of wifi and 3G of connectivity. People want to point, shoot and share, not point, shoot, import, compress, upload why would I carry an extra HD camera when my phone can do the same thing?
Enter Eye-Fi which, if you’ve managed to miss the news, is an SD card that makes any digital camera able to share your photos and videos instantly to your social networks.
The Eye-Fi uses your home wifi network, upon setup you can specify which networks the Eye-Fi card uses to transfer your media. Add up to 32 networks for your card to use. The next time your camera is on within range of a specified network, your photos and videos will fly to your computer and to your favorite sharing site.
Sure, it’s been around for a while, but it continues to be one of those things that makes us go “why didn’t we think of that?” every time that we see it.
Published January 10, 2011 — 00:10 UTC