Normally, we reserve our deals for the daily gear deal lineup, but an announcement from Google and Eye-Fi this evening is worth its own article. The two have teamed up to offer a free 4GB Eye-Fi Home Video card when you purchase 200GB or more from Picasa web albums.
The Eye-Fi card turns your camera into a Wi-Fi enabled photo device, automatically uploading your photos to a variety of online services (including Picasa of course). To top it off, the card even comes with a year of free Web Share and Geotagging features (worth $24.95).
The hot part of this deal? The 200GB of storage space costs just $50, and the card with additional services retails for $95. You do the math. To learn more about the deal, the Eye-Fi card and what Picasa web albums can do for you, check out the promotion page. Once you sign up, your card will ship within 2-4 weeks, and shipping is free.
To me, the best travel gadgets are those that continue to get better, the longer you use them. The Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card is such a device.
Eye-Fi was recently featured as one of our top 25 travel technology products of 2008 thanks to its ability to upload photos directly from your camera to a large number of photo hosting sites (or your home PC), any time you are in range of a wireless network. In 2008 Eye-Fi added options for wireless hotspot access (through the Wayport network), as well as photo Geotagging.
The newest feature for 2009 enables the card to directly upload video clips from your camera to Youtube.
No word yet on when the new feature will actually be available, but Eye-Fi VP of business development Ziv Gillat let us know that the card would even support uploads of HD video like that made with the new Nikon D90 (and the Kodak Zi6 we recently reviewed).
Being able to shoot some video on your next vacation, and have the clips appear automatically on Youtube without any interaction is a brilliant solution, and a fantastic addition to the card. Just remember to swap out the Eye-Fi card for a normal card if you plan to shoot some steamy video in the boudoir…
The Eye-Fi wireless SD memory card has been a personal favorite of mine for quite some time. The only thing that could improve it in my opinion, would have been more storage space. And that wish has now come true with the Eye-Fi Anniversary Edition 4GB card.
The special edition card features the same fantastic wireless upload capability of their award winning 2GB cards, but with twice the storage space.
The Eye-Fi Explore card was recently selected as one of Gadling’s top 25 travel products of 2008, so yes – it is that good.
Eye-Fi has a great overview of how the card works on their site.
The Anniversary Edition Eye-Fi card retails for $129 on the Eye-Fi site, or just $99 from Costco.com. If you plan to purchase the Eye-Fi anniversary edition card, please be sure to check your camera for SDHC compatibility. Most recent camera models won’t have a problem with SDHC, but it pays to be sure.