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Feb 4, 2012 10:53:23   #
shadow1284
 
I have been looking at info on wi fi memory cards. I can't find the answer to one question. "While using a wi fi card and a wi fi enabled laptop, can I use the laptop as a camera monitor while shooting"

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Feb 4, 2012 11:23:05   #
snowbear
 
I don't use wifi, but I have tethered my D40 to my MBP. The camera's USB has to be set to this mode, and when set, the memory card is not used. I wouldn't think you could use it as you would if tethered - you certainly wouldn't be able to control the camera settings via the memory card.

However, if your capture/transfer software doesn't specifically allow it, you may be able to write (or locate) a script that would transfer new photos to the laptop.

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Feb 4, 2012 12:29:42   #
shadow1284
 
I think I didn't explain myself well enough. I'm looking to use the monitor of the laptop as an extension of the sensor view as if the camera was tethered by a cord. The canon 7d has the software for this. I want to know if the wi fi card would allow the same view onto my laptop, or only able to down load after the shot.

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Feb 4, 2012 12:32:11   #
Pepper
 
shadow1284 wrote:
I think I didn't explain myself well enough. I'm looking to use the monitor of the laptop as an extension of the sensor view as if the camera was tethered by a cord. The canon 7d has the software for this. I want to know if the wi fi card would allow the same view onto my laptop, or only able to down load after the shot.


As I understand it the answer is no.

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Feb 4, 2012 13:14:43   #
RocketScientist
 
shadow1284 wrote:
I think I didn't explain myself well enough. I'm looking to use the monitor of the laptop as an extension of the sensor view as if the camera was tethered by a cord. The canon 7d has the software for this. I want to know if the wi fi card would allow the same view onto my laptop, or only able to down load after the shot.


As near as I can figure from the eye-fi website, you can instantly get the photo sent to your PC.

I see no mention of "Live View" going to the PC. It would seem to me that the card can only send what is written to the card.

The camera (ANY camera) is not designed to accept a command like for example "actuate shutter" coming from the SD slot.

If you install something like Magic Lantern on the card, you might accomplish something close to what you're looking for.

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Feb 4, 2012 13:30:37   #
snowbear
 
My guess is only to send information once it has reached the card.

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Feb 4, 2012 13:42:07   #
ShakyShutter
 
Eye-fi will send files to a PC only through a local Wi-Fi router. It will send a file directly to an iPhone, iPod etc. It may be possible to send a file to a PC through some cell phone enabled hotspot devices.

My feeling is that the transfer is going to slow on all these if you are shooting big RAW files with JPG thumbs included.

And no mention of Live View in any configuration of the Eye-Fi cards.

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Feb 4, 2012 13:57:34   #
Acountry330
 
You can not use your laptop as live view.

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Feb 4, 2012 16:00:21   #
shadow1284
 
OK, I guess asking for everything is going too far. Maybe, in the future. for now I'm lucky to have the canon software and tethered cables. Thanks for everyone's coments.

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Feb 6, 2012 14:22:09   #
melphoto60
 
shadow1284 wrote:
OK, I guess asking for everything is going too far. Maybe, in the future. for now I'm lucky to have the canon software and tethered cables. Thanks for everyone's coments.


on wi-fi as i read it, the camera takes pic sends to card-card then sends it to puter. nothing like setting up camera to puter tethered and have image apear on screen and you have controls of everything from puter.

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Nov 20, 2018 09:02:05   #
NJose
 
Hello Shadow1284...
[quote=Maybe, in the future. for now I'm lucky to have the canon software and tethered cables[/quote]

It's been a few years since your post and I am wondering if you have been able to find a solution that works. I have been checking out the Canon Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1, but as far as I can tell once enable it totally disables the functions on the actual camera. I am looking for a simple tethering solution to get rid of the wires and give me a bigger display (iPad or laptop) to view the images.

I understand the value and need for remote controlling the camera (macro or still photography), but not what I am looking for.

Any advise if appreciated.

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