Lately you may have noticed that the quality of my instagram photos has improved significantly. This isn’t because I got a new phone or fancy editing software, it’s because I’ve been using photos from my SLR camera instead. I don’t plug my camera in every time I want to share photos on instagram, and I don’t wait a long time to share. Instead, I save them directly to my phone to share!
I use this 8GB Eyefi Mobi Card in my spare memory card slot. If you only have one (SD) memory card slot, I recommend a 32GB Eyefi Mobi card instead so that you have plenty of storage. The entire process takes only a couple of minutes, and is very easy to do if I am already taking photos.
1. You’ll need an Eyefi Mobi Card, I use an 8GB card but you may prefer a 32GB card instead.
2. Download the proper Mobi app for your device.
3. Set up your app using your special activation code provided on your card case.
4. Insert card. My camera has 2 memory card slots, one for a compact flash card, and one for an SD card, so I have my camera set up to write raw files to my CF card, and low resolution JPGs to my Mobi card.
5. Change Eyefi camera settings to Enable. This should be somewhere in your menu.
6. Shoot Away! Depending on how soon you’d like to view your images, move to step 7.
7. Turn on Wifi on your device. Connect to the Eyefi wireless network. Once connected your Eyefi Mobi App will let you know.
8. Open the App and browse your images. Save the ones you’d like to use in instagram or keep for later. Close app when done and disconnect from Eyefi.
– To save battery on my camera I usually disable the Eyefi card so it doesn’t wear down my battery by trying to transfer information.
– To save battery on your phone, I suggest not remaining connected to your camera for longer periods of time or it will drain your battery more quickly.
– If you use multiple cards like I do, you can format your Eyefi card only (slot 2) after you’ve saved images you’d like so that your phone loads the lower number of images more quickly.
– If you do not use multiple cards, do not format your Eyefi card until after you have downloaded your images to your computer. You will lose your images if you format it before.
– There are certain cameras that come now with Wifi available, like the Sony A7II. My husband uses it as his main camera and it performs well for a mirrorless camera.
There you have it! Please let me know if you have any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer in the comments.
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This is such a good idea! I always have to faff around putting the card in my laptop and sending the photos over to my phone.. Nothing nicer than a good quality instagram pic! x
I know right. Sometimes I think, “Eh, I won’t use my Eyefi” and then regret it later, haha
Okay, these are great tips! I got this same Mobi card for Christmas, but I’ve been having some trouble using it. I hate that it uploads all the photos automatically and doesn’t let me select exactly which ones I want to bring over to the phone. So if I’ve shot 100 photos, I have to bring them all over before I can download individual shots and it always fills up my phone memory and kills the battery transferring all those large files. I do see that you have the camera set to low-res jpg, and I’ve had it set to Jpg Fine, so I’m sure switching that over will help.
How do you turn the Wifi off on the card when you aren’t transferring? I still need to figure that out.
Giving it another try this weekend!
This is amazing! Thanks for sharing – we’ve been trying to find a more efficient & convenient way of loading our photos from DSLR to iPhone while travelling. We’ve had to transfer to computer, then export with lightroom, then email/dropbox them so we can access on the phone. Such a time-waster! Think we’re going to have to investigate getting one of these!
Thank you so much for sharing!! I’ve been wondering about an easier way to upload my pictures to Instagram. Genius! 🙂
The best tip ever! Thank you!!!
Wow that is so amazing! Lately I have been annoyed at having to transfer my photos and send them to myself via email or something in order to be able to post the images on Instagram. It takes quite a bit of time to do this, so this eyefi would save so much time!
I do have a question, if I have a t3i with only one memory slot, do I have to keep changing the image resolutions for the images I’d prefer to send to IG and back for images I want taken at a higher resolution?
Thanks so much! Love your blog!
Love my eyefi card. I utilize it the same way – Instagram during event. I have s3 jpegs writing to the card.Tiny files. I want to try S2 which is the 2mb size, still low res but more detail. Any thoughts or experience with this?
Sorry for the delay in answer. I export mine as S1, which are 5.5M in size and I haven’t had any issues. I think you’d be fine to upgrade to S2.
Oh my gosh, this is genius!
I’m definitely going to invest in one of these. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it!
Thanks, you should! It’s really a great tool.
ooh, good use of the card. i havent used mine yet because i like to shoot in raw, and it won’t send those over. too big. 😉
I shoot raw to my CF card and low res jpg to my SD/Eyefi. 🙂
Wow… I definitely didn’t even know that technology like that existed! I’m hoping to acquire an SLR or better quality camera soon, so thank you for sharing this shortcut!
You’re welcome! If you need some ideas for a camera, you can read my post about photo gear here: http://www.teamwiking.com/2014/01/10/photo-tips-the-gear/
Amazing! I didn’t know that wifi enabled memory cards were a thing! Hey quick question, what lens do you use? I’m looking into my first DSLR 🙂 Thanks! xo Lisa
A Canon 35mm F/1.4L is my go-to lens. The focal length is perfect for almost all occasions. I found with my 50mm it was still hard to take photos indoors. I also have a 135mm F/2L that I really love but it’s not a good walkaround lens.