Here’s a no doubter: Digital cameras have revolutionized photography. It’s so much simpler than the old way, a time of limited quantity, no do-overs, and waiting for development–a time my nephews will never know.
This summer, when I upgraded cameras, I purchased a card that further simplifies my digital photography. Slipped into my memory slot, this little fella looks and acts exactly like an ordinary SD card. When I’m done with photos, I just take it out, fold it in half, and stick it in my USB port. No cables, no card readers. USB is built into the card.
It has greatly simplified taking pictures. It’s a joy. But I’m not going to use it anymore.
The Eye-Fi takes yet another step out of the process. It also looks exactly like a standard SD card. But it lives inside the camera, not intended to be removed.
Whenever the Eye-Fi is within Wi-Fi range, it uploads photos to one of several online services. Then my computer downloads them with a local utility when it has its own connection.
Forget about “no cables,” this means I won’t even have to think about it. My latest photos will always be available, and I won’t have to do a thing. If the trend in simplification continues, in the future my nephews will tell stories of when photography required pushing a button.