Over the weekend follow a chat on G+, I ordered a Toshiba FlashAir card for the E-M5 to see what all this Wireless Workflow fuss was about by Giulio Sciorio over at Small Camera Big Picture ;) The card itself has 8GB capacity rated at Class6 with wireless support for 802.11 b/g/n and priced here in Germany at 65 Euros . Okay, this is not going to set the world on fire if you are using burst mode. However, for a portable solution instead of messing around the SD card adapters on the iPad I thought it was worth a look for the aim of travelling lighter with the iPhone or iPad.
Retrieving images on the FlashAir SD Card is pretty easy as slotting in the FlashAir card and powering on the camera and then selecting the SSID for the FlashAir device. You can change the default SSID and password of ‘12345678‘ using the FlashAir Tool for PC or Mac . On the IOS business end of things I am using the Olympus Image Share app to grab the images from the SD card and save these to the iPhone/ iPad camera roll. Although you will need to connect to the SSID of the FlashAir card which is a bit of a pain when your camera goes into sleep mode and you want to re-connect ! A couple of times the connection was temperamental although this probably has to do with the metal casing of the E-M5.
As for ‘Olympus Image Share’ IOS App I will keep these observations quite short and maybe for another post :D
- you can import images from the FlashAir Card with multi-select or a Select All for saving to the Camera Roll, although by default it will let you view a single image at a time
- Art filters can be applied to an image these apply to only images on your own camera roll , applying an Art filter allows you to save this image in the Camera Roll
- The only share options available in the Art Filter Mode are ‘Tweet, Email or Save to Camera Roll’ this is not really an issue as I post my images to dropbox to get pushed out to G+ and Flickr. When required I have SnapSeed in case I want to have more editing functions on the actual imported image.
- I have a custom JPEG recipe setup to to use a medium format (2560×1920) jpeg size although you can set the size on the imported image inside the Image Share app settings (Original, 2048×1536, 1920×1440,1600x1200x & 1024×768)
Overall it looks like a good option for saving/publishing images when on the move although for about 30-40Euros more the new Eye-Fi Pro X2 16GB Class 10 is more than likely a better option if you want to use burst mode and have a higher read/write on the SD card . No Eye-Fi 16GB Class 10 cards were available in Europe at the time of writing this so the Toshiba FlashAir will be staying with me for now ;)