Eye-Fi Pro X2 Can Now Transfer Directly To Your iPad

April 21st, 2011

Back on April 4 I did a post on wireless tethering of your DSLR to and iPad. At the time of that post you needed to have a wireless network available to get an Eye-Fi Pro X2 (located in your DSLR) to talk to an iPad. Today Eye-Fi released a software update for the Pro X2 SD card that allows it to talk directly to your iPad so even if you are out in the boonies miles from the nearest wifi router your DSLR can talk to you iPad. This new Eye-Fi card software will currently only talk to the new free Eye-Fi iPad app. This is a little bit of a disappointment because I like the ShutterSnitch iPad App that the Eye-Fi worked with before this direct communication update.

The Good
So all of you that have DSLRs that use SD cards (most of the newer Nikon DSLRs and the new Canon 60D). Can have wireless tethering of your iPad to your DSLR. I’ve got this working between my Canon G9 (not a DSLR) and my iPad.

The Bad
I haven’t gotten this to work on my Canon 5DMK2 with a SD/CF card. From the research I’ve done there was an old version of the Eye-Fi card that would work with the 5DMK2. Here is a description of how to do that. The problem with this solution is the older Eye-Fi cards are out of stock everywhere. This is not really surprising, since the newer version of the Eye-Fi card has been out for almost a year now. I’m skeptical that I can get it to work with my 5D. Eye-Fi is not going to invest any engineering to get the Eye-Fi to work with CF cards or SD/CF adapters since CF cards are on their way out. Guess I’ll have to get a 60D or wait for the 5DMK3.

The Ugly
The Eye-Fi’s iPad App works all right but I find it pretty ugly as an iPad App. I think it needs some refining. After about an hour using it here are my complaints:

  1. I can’t get it to reorient the display from landscape to portrait etc. like a normal iPad app. It wants to stay in portrait mode.
  2. When an image comes across from the camera instead of automatically displaying the current image, like ShutterSnitch does, you have to fool around clicking the forward and back buttons until the image shows up.
  3. It gives no status while an image is coming across from the camera like ShutterSnitch does.

Hopefully either Eye-Fi makes this into a reasonable iPad App.

I find wireless tethering to an iPad a very compelling application but I have to say I can’t recommend the Eye-Fi card with the Eye-Fi iPad App. It’s just not a professional application yet. The ShutterSnitch iPad App works with this new direct communication update to the Eye-Fi X2 Pro and works more like you’d expect this kind of App to work.

Update Apr 24: My initial post was in error, as Anton’s comment below points out the ShutterSnitch iPad App does work with this new update to the Eye-Fi card. I recommend using ShutterSnitch rather than the Eye-Fi free App. Anton, thanks for straightening me out!

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10 Responses to “Eye-Fi Pro X2 Can Now Transfer Directly To Your iPad”

  • I am going to keep using SutterSnitch. The interface is much better. The Eye-Fi app is really really really really bad. The simple fact that is dumps everything directly in to your camera roll makes it unusable for me.

  • The bad thing is you are a Canon user Larry 😛
    Why not turn the ugly into the beauty:
    Eye-Fi Direct Mode + ShutterSnitch setup guide:

    Just tested on my iPhone 3Gs, works great.
    4 seconds jpeg basic from camera trigger to iphone

  • @Anton I could not get it to sync with direct mode. Even if I redid everything. I just set it back to using my iPhone as a bridge.

    Honestly though this is one of the biggest and best things I could have added to my buisness.

    I will try and do the direct mode to eye-fi again real quick and see if there is anything I can change.

  • Well I guess I did something wrong. I got it working this time to go between the eye-fi card and suttersnitch. I will test it out two or three more times to make sure it always works.

  • Ran out and got a Pro X2 after reading this on Friday. Needed one call to Support to get it up and running but it works great into my iPad 2.

    One warning though, there is apparently some problems while using the card conventionally into another brand of reader. Myself and others have had trouble with a Lexar reader. Mine corrupted nine RAW files while plugged directly into my MacBook. Someone on the Eye-Fi forum said using a USB hub is problematic, too.

  • I thought I would update. It is working smoothly so far. Much like it was over the iPhone4 MyWi bridge. I can’t recommend this enough for people who have an iPad. It is great being able to look at the photos in the home. I think it is helping my buisness immensely. Providing feedback on the spot and reassuring clients I am getting the photos they need is very helpful.

    Here is how I have it set up. I have a dual card setup in my d7000. In card slot one I have my 16 gig SDHC card and in card slot two I have the 8gig eye-fi X2Pro card. In my Nikon I have the camera set up to shoot both raw and jpg(fine). I send the raw images to card slot one and I send the jpg to card slot two. This allows for quicker syncing of jpg images to the iPad, takes up less memory on the device, allows for information like iso/shutter/fstop to be transmitted with the photo, and post processing of the raw images later. When I go to sync with my computer I unplug the eye-fi card and sync only card one over to the computer with all the RAW files. I find it is easier to sync only card one then to sync both and have to sort through a bunch of duplicate jpg and raw files.

  • I have been tethering to my iPad for the past several days and so far it’s going great. Clients seem to really like it and in some cases are very impressed. If nothing else, it helps to have a bigger screen to view my shots to make sure they are looking good. Very good stuff! btw- I’m using
    the X2 / ShutterSnitch combo and it’s awesome.

  • What I really need is real time transfer of images to my IPad in order to check for details I cannot see on the back of the camera. Downloading the “roll” to an IPad just isn’t that useful given time constraints.

    Is there any progress in reaching the real-time goal?

  • @Andrew- For many pro DSLRs you can get monitors that connect via HDMI. For example on like this one: Video shooters use these to get the focus correct and there are many other features.

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