Andy Westlake tests the Transcend Wi-Fi SDHC card
- Price: £38
- Website: uk.transcend-info.com
These days, most new cameras have built-in Wi-Fi, and it’s great for sharing your shots on the go. If you like the idea but have an older camera, a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card may be what you need. Eye-Fi may be the first brand that springs to mind here, but other options are also available, including Transcend’s Wi-Fi SD cards that are available in 16GB and 32GB sizes.
While Eye-Fi cards are designed to push all your shots to your connected device, Transcend’s approach is subtly different and, in some ways, more practical. You can choose to transfer all your images while you’re shooting, or browse the contents of your SD card using your smartphone or tablet, and pull just your favourite shots across for processing and sharing.
Before buying, you should first check the card’s compatibility with your camera to make sure it will work properly. (Do this via Transcend’s website at uk.transcend-info.com/Support/compatibility/product/401). To use the card, first install the free Transcend Wi-Fi SD app, available for iOS, Android and, unusually, Amazon devices. Put the card in the camera and turn it on, then connect your device to its WIFISD network. The app will guide you through setting up your own network name and password. Once this is done, simply browse the card and transfer selected images to your phone.
I’ve used Transcend Wi-Fi SD cards for a couple of years now, and with fully supported cameras have found them to be useful and reliable. However, when connected to a computer they can be temperamental and it’s best to use the card reader supplied in the box.