As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been playing around with my shiny (actually it’s matte black) new Nintendo DSi. One of the new features of the DSi is the fact that it has two onboard cameras (one facing towards you and one facing outwards), albeit sub-megapixel ones. There is a built in camera app that has a lot of fun & goofy photobooth-like features. It also has an SD card slot that allows you to copy game data and save your photos to it which you can then import into a computer and use like a normal digital photo.
I bought an Eye-Fi 2gb Secure Digital Card awhile ago and haven’t used it as much as I wanted to for a couple of reasons. Primarily is it’s limited access point connectivity – it can (currently) only be setup for one access point at a time and it has to be connected to your computer in order to change it. Kinda of disappointing considering they now have an iPhone app to manage the card but it doesn’t let you do much other than review your uploads and post your iPhone photos to whichever online service you have the card setup to post to. The card also doesn’t recognize RAW files that I usually shoot in and the card I own is only 2gb (they now have 4gb cards and support video). I usually have either a 8gb or 16gb card in my DSLR or point and shoot cameras.
Since the DSi doesn’t have any built in way of posting photos taken with it’s cameras online, it seemed like a good fit to utilize my Eye-Fi card in the DSi.
This way I can use the camera(s) and as I take the photos, they literally get posted immediately to Flickr (or any other services you set it up to post to):
The files upload almost instantly since they are 640×480 but it’s pretty cool that this part works so well and effortlessly once it’s all setup the first time.
Unfortunately, it only works this effortlessly in one wifi location at a time so if I take my DSi out somewhere and take photos, it won’t upload to Flickr via another wifi access point. It would be nice if you could add multiple access points to your account or change it on the fly via the iPhone app. Going a step further, it would be amazing if you could use the iPhone as the access point and have the iPhone post the wifi photos via your 3G/Edge data plan….kind of like a wirelessly tethered SD card.
While this is a good use for my Eye-Fi card right now, Nintendo (or a third party) could easily come out with an app (another new feature of the DSi is it’s online game/app store) that gives you this functionality since the DSi already has built in wifi connectivity. But until that app comes out, this seems to be a good workaround.
Maybe Eye-Fi will expand the options the card has too….one can hope.