Quick Tip: Send Photos from Your Camera to Photo Stream

Created by will on Feb. 19, 2013, 1:14 p.m. Last post by AzHP 6 years, 12 months ago.

I love shooting photos with my Sony NEX--it’s much more flexible and produces higher-quality photos than my phone camera. But, when I shoot with it, I miss having photos instantly accessible on all my devices using Apple’s Photo Stream syncing service. Luckily, I was able to figure out how to use an Eye-Fi wireless SD card and a PC or Mac in my home to sync shots taken on my real camera to Photo Stream. My trick only works when I’m connected to my home Wi-Fi network, but the Eye-Fi will save my photos when I’m away, and upload anything I shoot when I’m out as soon as I get back home.

To connect Photo Stream to a regular digital camera, you’ll need an always-on computer running Windows or OSX, and a camera that includes an SD card slot.The Mac procedure varies depending on the software you use to sync Photo Stream photos to your Mac. Eye-Fi has good how-tos for syncing photos to iPhoto and Aperture. Once they're in your imaging app of choice, make sure the “Automatic Upload” option is checked in app's Photo Stream preferences and you should be good to go.

On Windows, getting photos to Photo Stream was as easy as installing iCloud and telling the Eye-Fi's software to automatically save images from your camera to the Photo Stream Uploads folder--typically in c:/Users/

  • I'm definitely picking one of these cards up in the future, that functionality is really awesome. The only problem is that it won't always work with my workflow since I prefer to shoot RAW and edit photos in Lightroom. I guess it's nice to have the camera load photos on your computer automatically.

    On a side note, I don't think iPhone photos are good enough to view on a computer or a bigger screen. I really like how easy it is to get photos on the computer with Photostream but the iPhone photos look best on the phone or the iPad.

  • I remember something about the SD consortium coming out with their own SD wi-fi card standard. Whatever happened to that?

  • This will definitely change my camera buying plans.
  • Transcend also do their own Wi-Fi SD card that you might want to check out @will. I only really got the Eye-Fi card for the direct mode feature and it doesn't work that well, and selectively moving photos from the camera to my iPhone is a pain. Also the way the pairing works is that it only syncs to one device, so I can't set it up to do a sync everything to my desktop and only selectively sync with my phone. Transcend's SD card line isn't supported on the NEX 5N but I think does with the C3 according to their website which while bad news for myself it could be useful to others.

  • I remember when they toyed with the idea of a CompactFlash version. Ahhh those were the days.


  • I can see this being useful for people who only shoot in JPG, but I can't imagine it being all that much more useful for people who have a RAW image workflow because RAW images are so big they must take forever to transfer over WiFi and you still have to do post processing on them to look their best.