Verbatim MediaShare Wireless Mini at a glance:
- Simple to use
- Price: £25
- Website: www.verbatim.com
While most new cameras have built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, transferring images from older cameras to a smartphone or tablet can still prove a long-winded affair. Verbatim’s MediaShare Wireless Mini is one solution to the problem. In essence, the device is a card reader with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing it to connect to a computer, tablet or smartphone to share images. All you need to do is install the smartphone app or access the reader via a web page on a computer.
Importantly, the MediaShare Wireless Mini is simple to use, and it runs on a built-in battery that is charged via a USB socket. I tried the device to transfer images from a card to an iPhone and found it worked well, with a quick transfer speed. However, the app design looks quite dated and, it must be said, isn’t the slickest.
The real problem with the device is that it only reads Micro SD cards. This is great if you are using an action camera, but the vast majority of photographers use SD or CompactFlash cards, which limits the appeal of the MediaShare Wireless Mini. Of course, you could use a Micro SD-to-SD adapter, but given that most Android phones already have the option to insert a Micro SD card, the device becomes less useful for Android users. If you are an iPhone or iPad user, then the Apple Lightning-to-SD adapter cable, which is £29.99, is a more useful way to get your images on to your device for just a few pounds more.