Wireless workflow with Micro 4/3rd Cameras –
Gear and Setup

wirless-poster2Before you begin we strongly recommend that you read the previous article in the series Introduction to Wireless Workflow with Micro 4/3 Cameras.

Gear

Now that we have a pretty good idea of the strengths and weaknesses of a traditional workflow using Micro 4/3rds cameras its time to cut the cord and dig into the tech.

To continue you’re going to need to the following:

  • An Eye-Fi capable camera
  • Eye-Fi card
  • A computer connected to the web for setup
  • iOS or Android device

Although we will be focusing more on iOS we will touch on Android a bit. If you are a wireless shooter using Android we would love your help. Let us know your experience using Eye-Fi with Android in the comments.

If you are just starting out I recommend the following:

Compatible Olympus Micro 4/3 camera

Eye-Fi Pro X2

WiFi Network and computer

Eye-Fi currently offers three cards for sale. Lets examine the different Eye-Fi cards

Eye-Fi Pro X2 Eye-Fi Mobile X2 Eye-Fi Connect X2
Features Pro X2 Mobile X2 Connect X2
Card Reader Included
Wireless Raw Upload    X   X
Wireless Video Upload  
WiFi Based Geotagging  X   X

Cutting The Cord

Now that you chose the Eye-Fi card that works best for you we need to set it up. Eye-Fi has detailed instructions on how to do it on their website but what I did was call them up. Their customer service has always been top notch. What works for me and what I recommend is that you keep the Eye-Fi manual with you in your camera bag. I also wrote the customer service phone number on the manual.

Olympus Micro 4/3 Camera Setup

Before you dive into setting up your Eye-Fi card and mobile device for direct mode you need to enable the Eye-Fi option of your Olympus camera. By default this option is turned off.

You need to do a bit of digging in the menu of your camera to find the option but I suggest you follow these instructions provided by Eye-Fi.

Setup Olympus Micro 4/3rds cameras for Eye-Fi

Eye-Fi Center and iOS Setup

Setting up the Eye-Fi card can be a bit tricky so follow the directions carefully. You need to install the Eye-Fi Center software which will help configure your Eye-Fi card. Once you configure your Eye-Fi card you don’t have to use the Eye-Fi Center software again unless you want to take advantage of the features offered by Eye-Fi.

I suggest you install the Eye-Fi Center software, configure your Eye-Fi card for direct mode, install the Eye-Fi iOS or Android app and begin shooting.

Eye-Fi has already documented in detail how to download and install the Eye-Fi Center software and setup the Eye-Fi card. Below are links to the pages needed to move forward.

  1. Download and install Eye-Fi Center
  2. Set up Eye-Fi Card for iOS (same for Android)
  3. Set up Direct Mode to your iOS device or Android
  4. Shoot!

Take your time following the directions above. Once your Eye-Fi and mobile device are set up for direct mode getting the photos on your mobile device is easy.

For general support and to dig in deeper visit – http://support.eye.fi/

Spend the time required to get this setup right because next week we are digging in to workflow.

Read other sections of the Wireless Workflow -

Introduction to wireless workflow

Gear and Setup

Workflow - Professional and Enthusiast/Social Media

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Since 2009, Hybrid Photography pioneer Giulio Sciorio has been blending still + motion & sound with his photography. Giulio is a Lumix Luminary, commercial photographer and founder of SmallCameraBigPicture.com - the resource for everything Hybrid. A portfolio of Giulio’s hybrid work can be found at GiulioSciorio.com.

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