The Flash Air is a well built and sturdy devices that comes nicely packaged in its frustration free cardboard box, It took me a matter of minutes to get the device out of the box, into my camera and up and running. It operates like a normal SD card when shooting and it benefits from high speed class 10 technology, it also supports .raw format for the more advanced photographers among us.
One big benefit of this device is when I take my DSLR to Arsenal matches, I like to shoot away although I find it difficult to review the photos on the screen of my camera which is very small and not very high resolution, obviously it doesn’t do the photos justice but I want to see them there and then rather than wait until I get home. In this situation I can simply connect my phone to the wireless access point emitted by the SD card and view my photos as soon as they are taken on the much larger screen on my iPhone, or even my iPad if I happen to have it with me. I am then able to save them straight away to me device which saves me bags of time when I get home later.
The card also features a handy Internet ‘Pass through’ mode which allows you to still access the internet whilst connected to the FlashAir network so you do not need to switch networks before uploading your photos to social networks etc, this is handy as it saves fiddling around to switch networks over and over again.
One of the main problems I had with this device is that the bundled software ‘FlashAir’ was quite a struggle to use, it was by no means a refined piece of software and I struggled to use it and it was a little limited in functionality. A popular alternative to the free ‘FlashAir’ app is the PhotoSync app for iPhone, this is a much better refined piece of software that is compatible with the FlashAir although it does cost £1.99.
Another problem I had was that this card was quite harsh on my battery, this is a potential problem when you are attending a match that can typically take a good 3-4 hours including the time you spend travelling and watching the match, not to mention the post match pint! It would be advisable to pop in another battery if you fear it may suck your device dry!
Overall I enjoyed using this product, I thought it was very handy for viewing photos on a bigger screen whist at a game although the software was a little tricky and limiting, the battery issue is not too much of a problem as long as you pack a spare. This is a great device for an older camera, as despite its seemingly revolutionary features many camera’s nowadays have wifi built in so this product would not be all that useful on a modern model.