Photography whine

Why Doesn’t My Eye-Fi Card Work Anymore

I sent this email to Eye-Fi customer support:

My 4G video share card stops working for no apparent reason…

I am not just talking about transmitting data, it also stops recording data as well, sometimes turning off and on the camera resolves the issue, other times I have to remove the card and reinsert it… This is not on just one camera, the issue occurs on all three cameras (Nikon D90 D5000 and P6000) non of the cameras have a problem with real SD cards, I can shoot all day without issue on any other card except the EyeFi…

I have also noticed that the card gets extremely hot, to the point it is uncomfortable to hold.

I think it is fairly clear and to the point that my Eye-Fi card is not functioning properly, and its not just a wireless problem but its also the ability to take picture as well…

In response to my request I get this from Nick at Eye-Fi customer support:

Thank you for contacting Eye-Fi. I apologize that you are experiencing troubles with your Eye-Fi Card. Please reply with the answers to the following questions so that I may better assist you.

What operating system and version are you using?
What internet browser and version are you using?
What version of the Eye-Fi Card do you own? (Home, Share or Explore)
What size of the Eye-Fi Card are you using? (2GB or 4GB)
Where did you purchase your Eye-Fi Card?
What is your router’s make and model?
What security encryption are you using?
What photo sharing web site are you uploading your photos to?
What version of the Eye-Fi Manager software are you running?
Are you using your Eye-Fi Card in a home or office environment?
What antivirus software are you using?
What firewall are you using?
Were you able to register your Eye-Fi Card?
I look forward to your reply.

Thank you,
Eye-Fi Support Team

Which makes it very clear to me that Nick didn’t read a word I wrote, and was only making sure that their next business day response time was honored… I am mainly addressing that the problem is on the card side in the camera, and not really network issue, and I could understand the questions if I was having a problem getting into the manager app or uploading pictures….

I responded to the questions, 2 days ago and now I am waiting on a reply…


Nikon P6000 Unhappiness…

So I have been putting my Nikon P6000 through its paces for the past couple weeks, and I am pretty happy with it for the most part, except for 2 things….

The battery life on this when using the GPS and an Eye-Fi card is abysmal, and that would not be an issue if the battery didn’t take forever to charge. Of course Nikon doesn’t provide a real charger, the battery has to be charged in the camera, unless you have the optional $30 MH-61 charger, which I understand only takes about an hour or so to fully charge the battery, then to make things easy I’ll probably end up getting another battery as well. There are a couple things that add to this problem, internally the camera get get hot with the Eye-Fi card, and since it is right next to the battery it makes the battery too hot to charge for about 20 minutes.

The other thing that annoys me is that there is no easy way to close the lens and keep the camera on, something like a standby mode. There are a couple of reasons this would be nice, keeping the GPS happy, because it makes me unhappy when I have to wait a minute or 2 for the GPS to sync because the camera has shut off and lost sync, it doesn’t happen all the time only when it is inconvenient. A stand by mode would also be nice to deal with things like the Eye-Fi card, the D90 and D5000 have a setting to tell the camera to not go to sleep until the Eye-Fi card is done doing its uploads.

Other then those 2 issues, the P6000 is a great little camera, and it fits the bill when an SLR is too much.