The Eye Fi Mobi and the Eye Fi Mobi Pro are WiFi SD memory cards for digital cameras that will give your non-wifi camera the same superpowers as a digital camera that has WiFi built-in. In fact, the Eye-Fi cards create a better, easier overall experience for wirelessly transferring photos from your camera to your smartphone. So what’s the difference between the Eye Fi Mobi vs Eye Fi Mobi Pro?
I use EyeFi in every non-wifi SD camera I own. I’ve used both the Pro and the Mobi version. They will connect directly to your smartphone or tablet without the need for a wireless router in the area, which is important to me because I shoot a lot of stuff out of reach of a WiFi signal as a wedding shooter and aerial photojournalist.
There is no subscription required for the card to work. They offer cloud storage, but I don’t use it.
Instead, I manually share photos to the cloud/social media, or I use Google Drive, Google Photos, and/or Dropbox on my phone to automatically relay inbound photos from the EyeFi up to their respective cloud services – it’s way easier than it sounds once you get it set up.
The Eye Fi Mobi card is really easy to set up with your phone/tablet/laptop. But I don’t like the Mobi as much because it transfers EVERY photo you take to your device, and I’m a high-volume shooter, so if I’m at a shoot where I shoot 100 shots before I get one that I really want to edit on my phone/tablet, I have to wait for the backlog of all the previous photos to transfer before it transfers the one I want. The Eye Fi Mobi also doesn’t transfer RAW images.
The Eye Fi Mobi Pro version of the memory card is a little harder to set up. It requires that you configure it on a computer before you use it the first time. You can choose to have it transfer everything just like the Mobi card, but I prefer the ‘selective’ transfer mode, which will only transfer photos if certain conditions are met. In my case, I just set it up so that it will only transfer ‘protected’ photos from my 5DMkIII, and since the 5DMkIII has a dedicated ‘protect’ button, it’s really easy to roll through the last several photos while I’m shooting, just hit the ‘protect’ button when I’m on the photo I like, and the EyeFi transfers just that photo to my phone. I then fire up Lightroom, VSCO, and/or Snapseed on my phone, and I can share out nicely edited, high-res photos straight from the helicopter in near real-time.
TL;DR – EyeFi memory cards will work great for you- even better than built-in wifi.