Use Eye-Fi to Transfer Pictures from Camera to Evernote

By David E. Y. Sarna

To take high-quality digital pictures, you need a quality digital camera. Until recently, to get pictures into Evernote, you had to remove the card from the camera and insert it into the card reader on your computer, or you had to take along a cable and transfer files from the camera to your computer.

No longer. A company called Eye-Fi makes it possible to hook up your camera with Evernote, even without hooking up the camera to your computer.

Despite the rhyming name, Eye-Fi doesn’t require a Wi-Fi connection to work in direct mode. When you put the Eye-Fi X2 card in your camera, it creates its own Wi-Fi network and then uses a free app (which you can download from the Eye-Fi site) to transfer pictures and other files to your computer or mobile device.

The Eye-Fi card comes ready to be configured in a USB reader. The software you need to get started is included.

Prepare to use Eye-Fi mobile apps for Android

To use Eye-Fi on your Android device in direct mode, you need to have the following items:

  • Eye-Fi Center version 3.3 or later

  • Eye-Fi Card with firmware version 4.5021 or later

  • Computer with an Internet connection

  • Android device running Android 2.1 or later

  • Eye-Fi app for Android

For instructions on setting up Eye-Fi Direct Mode with an Android phone or tablet, navigate to the Set up Direct Mode for Android page.

Prepare to use Eye-Fi mobile apps for iOS

To use Eye-Fi on your iOS device in direct mode, you need to be sure that you have the following before you begin:

  • An iOS device running iOS 4.0 or later

  • Eye-Fi app for iPhone or iPad

For instructions on setting up Eye-Fi Direct Mode with an iOS device, navigate to the Set up Direct Mode for iPhone or iPad page.

Today, most devices — BlackBerry, Android, and iOS devices, and Mac and PC computers — have built-in digital cameras. The quality of the cameras varies from very good to blah, but few take pictures with the quality of a good digital camera and a high-quality lens.