There are a number of specialty digital cameras in the marketplace. I’m sure you’ve heard of them such as waterproof, disposable and kid friendly cameras to name a few. The trending feature that’s popular with consumers is the waterproof camera with WiFi. The wireless feature is not the only thing popular with these devices but also NFC (Near Field Communication) GPS, and the capability of geotagging photographs. This is not to say that picture and video quality doesn’t matter, but it does along with the ability for users to share their media with others via social networking websites.
Sometimes you will see NFC coupled with the WiFi feature because it also has a wireless component to it. For example, users can transfer media using another NFC device over a wireless connection. It appears NFC is not necessary in order to be able to utilize wireless transfers of digital media to a PC, smartphone, tablet or social website.
Every digital camera manufacturer this year has at least one of their models available with WiFi. However, this feature is noticeably costing consumers a bit more especially if it’s something they have to own. I can remember when consumers were hesitant to purchase a digital camera because they felt their smartphone was comparable in regards to picture quality and video. Camera manufacturers have something else in mind, they are attempting to wrestle away consumers’ dependence on smartphones and make them see the logic in owning a digital camera with features that they consider are more beneficial to consumers photography and technology wish list and needs.
Other popular features include geotagging. This allows users the capability to automatically mark their digital photos with the time and location of the shot. If the camera has built-in GPS, it will make tagging images an automatic process. Many of the popular digital cameras do not have GPS, which means users will have to add location data through software or an app either when taking the photograph or after downloading it to a PC.
Some consumers believe GPS is all about sharing their location or assisting them in finding a location, but it is more helpful to be used as a means to show the locations of where their photos are being taken. Further, a lot of consumers have been disappointed with the WiFi connection because they automatically believe they will be able to utilize the Internet through their network connection at home or elsewhere.
Unfortunately, wireless connectivity in the case of the waterproof digital cameras with WiFi only allows for remote access or the transfer of images and video to a PC, tablet, smartphone or social media site with the use an app usually furnished by the manufacturer. What’s neat is that once the user takes a photo or makes a video it can be uploaded to sites like Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook almost instantaneously because of WiFi connectivity.
The images will appear on the user’s compatible smartphone or tablet, and then they can without hesitation share them by text, email or upload to their favorite social media site. Some digital camera manufacturers have also included technology that will permit consumers to operate their device remotely with a compatible iOS or Android smartphone or tablet. For example, a user can capture a self-portrait or group shot all by controlling the operation of the camera through their smartphone.
Although, having a waterproof digital camera with WiFi connectivity may be the way to go, there is also another alternative. It is the Eye-Fi Mobi SDHC memory card that makes it easy to copy images to a smartphone or tablet for sharing. Over 300 camera models are compatible with Eyefi connection functionality which includes Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic and others.
The Eyefi Mobi memory card has built-in WiFi along with the app, it is compatible with most digital camera manufacturers. It begins to work the moment the image is captured as it instantly transfers, organizes and syncs photos across mobile devices so that they can be shared online.
The video below shows how to make a wireless connection to an iPhone from the Nikon Coolpix AW 110. This is a short video (6:09) of the Nikon Coolpix AW110 WiFi Setup Tutorial. Although the camera is an older model, the WiFi and remote operation features are demonstrated really nicely.
They have made it easy for users to operate the cameras with the new features as manufacturers offer flexibility and new filters to enhance photos and videos as they attempt to go beyond what smartphones offer consumers. The smartphone is easily accessible and can be placed in camera or video mode with just a tap on the LCD screen. This is a good effort by digital camera manufacturers, but may be too late to save their sagging camera sales.
Popular digital cameras with WiFi include the new Fujifilm XP70, Panasonic Lumix TS5D, Olympus Tough TG-3, last year’s popular Nikon Coolpix AW110 and its updated version, the Nikon Coolpix AW120. These models will cost more than their predecessor because of the added or enhanced features. If you’re on a budget, you might want to take a look at last year’s offerings if you can stand to go without WiFi and some of the newer features.
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