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03-10-2014, 08:44 AM   #1
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Eye-Fi Card in K-50 is a handy feature!

I chose the K-50 over the K-30 in small part because it wasn't that much more money at the time I bought it, and also because the K-50 allows greater functionality for Eye-Fi wireless card transmissions. I have really appreciated the Eye-Fi- enabled features of the K-50, specifically the ability to individually select particular images on the camera to transfer over to my iPhone which can then be easily uploaded to Facebook or emailed while on-the-go or traveling.

When I used an Eye-Fi card in my old Pentax K-x, it transferred ALL the pictures over and takes a lot longer (though there apparently is a "selective transfer mode" that involves only transferring pictures that you have to manually "lock" or "protect" but it's a cumbersome process and not intuitive). Plus there was no on-screen icon for the wireless connection nor other specific menu options to configure the card (enable/disable). And the camera could power-off during the transfer process, thus severing the connection-- I had to ensure that the camera did not go to sleep during the transfer. With the K-50, I don't have these worries.

So, I'm definitely glad I spent a little more money to get this nice feature!

03-12-2014, 10:56 AM   #2
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I can see it being handy, but he cost is just not worth it to me.

Is there a decently priced eye fi type card that performs as well as the faster Sandisk cards?
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Hi seventysixersfan.

I'm wondering if you could describe the process for transferring single files? This feature was also a consideration in my K-50 purchase. But now that I have an eye-fi mobi card, I can't figure out how to transfer images individually. Instead, the camera still does a mass dump of everything I haven't transferred yet. What am I doing wrong? Any pointers? Thanks!

(PS Love the K-50 in every other way as a recent upgrade from a Kr).
03-19-2014, 10:47 AM   #4
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In the tools menu, select Eye-Fi at the bottom (after "file name" and "Copyright Information"). Pressing OK will bring up the Eye-Fi configuration page, where you can change the "Eye Fi Communication" option from AUTO (the default, which transfers all pictures on the card) to Eye-Fi SELECT - which enables you to transfer only selected images from the memory card to your smartphone.

Once you have enabled this, then you should view on the LCD screen the particular image you want to transfer. Press the down arrow (labeled WB) and toggle down to the lower right hand corner icon which is the WI-FI symbol. Click OK and you will have an option to "select image" -- once you do that, select the desired image using the OK button and then hit INFO to finish. Then select "transfer" and it will transfer just that image, or any other ones that you have checked, over to your smartphone application.

Good luck!

PS: I used an Eye-Fi MOBI card, 8 GB, class 10. seems to work decently enough, although transfer speeds when using a memory card reader on my computer definitely are slower than using my SanDisk Extreme HD card.

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Although this was one of the reasons I bought my K50, to me If your transferring to your computer via wireless it's just as easy to slide the card into a wireless printer, which is what I do. I wouldn't recommend trying to transfer a lot of photos because it is really slow even with a faster SD card opposed to hooking up a card reader. Of course I currently don't have the need to transfer them to my phone or send photos taken with my K50 via my phone or ipad for emailing or printing. So the cost and transfer speed depleting my camera battery doesn't make it justifiable for me.
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Yes. it really just depends on your intended usage. I had the Eye-Fi card in my K-50 during a recent vacation to Florida. I was able to take pictures, selectively transfer certain ones to my iPad and iPhone, and then upload the best ones to my Facebook account or e-mail them to my parents and friends. I didn't bring my laptop with me on this trip, nor did I want to use my iPad's "camera connection" SD card reader. The wireless transfer capability was really useful to me when I was away from home and away from any computer.
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Thanks for the walk-through. It just wasn't working at first but a card reformat did the trick! Now I'm able to transfer just the selected images - a big plus over the massive image dump!

It does depend on your needs I suppose. Bring out-and/about or traveling makes the wireless transfer super convenient for getting images online. But it is definitely a crawl compared to direct transfer for a lot of images.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote

PS: I used an Eye-Fi MOBI card, 8 GB, class 10. seems to work decently enough, although transfer speeds when using a memory card reader on my computer definitely are slower than using my SanDisk Extreme HD card.
hi.
I'm looking into getting a wireless card for my k-50. I was told by eye-fi customer service that the eye-fi mobi is designed to transfer all the photos on the card and that to use the selective transfer feature the eye-fi pro card should be used.
Have you been using the new eye-fi mobi card with the k-50 and turned off the constant transfer feature using the camera interface?
If so this is good news as the mobi cards are cheaper and apparently have a better app for the tablet. If only needed for jpegs might be a better deal - though I would only want selective transfer.
It would be great if you can confirm this. Tx!!

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QuoteOriginally posted by TzalamChadash Quote
hi. I'm looking into getting a wireless card for my k-50. I was told by eye-fi customer service that the eye-fi mobi is designed to transfer all the photos on the card and that to use the selective transfer feature the eye-fi pro card should be used. Have you been using the new eye-fi mobi card with the k-50 and turned off the constant transfer feature using the camera interface? If so this is good news as the mobi cards are cheaper and apparently have a better app for the tablet. If only needed for jpegs might be a better deal - though I would only want selective transfer. It would be great if you can confirm this. Tx!!
I have a regular standard eye-fi mobi card, not a PRO one. I can definitely use the selective transfer feature with my K-50. But keep in mind that the PRO version allows transfers of RAW files, whereas regular MOBI is limited to just JPEGs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by seventysixersfan Quote
I have a regular standard eye-fi mobi card, not a PRO one. I can definitely use the selective transfer feature with my K-50. But keep in mind that the PRO version allows transfers of RAW files, whereas regular MOBI is limited to just JPEGs.
Thanks !
This is very helpful. The folks at eye fi told me that the mobi card always transmits and sends everything. I guess that the Pentax k-50 interface shuts that off.
I haven't started shooting raw yet. Also the k-50 seems to have a good built in raw to jpeg converter and I would imagine that as I would already be selectively transferring it is just one additional step to create a jpeg.
The mobi card is still effectively double the memory of the pro for more or less the same price.
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You can upload direct to your computer bypassing face book altogether , just download the beta version of eye-fi center and you are good to go.
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With my k-50 and a 16gig eye-fi Mobi card, I'm able to transfer selected individual files to my iphone. I can also transfer select folders, so, for example, I edited all my kid's soccer pics as in-camera jpegs and then uploaded just that folder to my phone for my Zenfolio account. It makes for an easier process than either selecting each photo individually or doing a mass transfer of unsent images.

(My K-50 is storm trooper white, in case it helps with the transfer process!) ;-)
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Toshiba cards in the size I want (32gb) are way cheaper than Mobi. I will sometimes be shooting Raw + JPEG and just want to transfer the small 5mb JPEGs to a tablet/mobile phone for review and possible immediate upload to Facebook. Is it possible to configure this that only JPEGs are uploaded? Also , I've heard that Toshiba cards don't necessarily work in all cameras, if anyone has experience of them in a K50 I'd appreciate their input.

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I have the X2 Eye-fi card in my K-50. Yes, the transfer is slower than popping the SD card in the laptop but so what. I can do other things and not have to worry about whether or not I remembered to do the transfer from the last batch of pics.
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