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Nov 12

What’s so cool about Wi-Fi digital cameras?

Take a picture with your camera and send it right to your tablet. (Image by Stewart Butterfield via Creative Commons)

As you gear up for Black Friday, you may be looking for deals on different digital cameras and camcorders. And you may have noticed that many top-rated digital cameras now come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. So how does this technology work and what are the benefits to it? Here’s a closer look at Wi-Fi cameras and why you just might want to grab one this holiday season.

Why Wi-Fi

With so many people now using their smartphones to take and share photos, camera manufacturers have had to find a way to keep up. So they started making digital cameras and camcorders, including point-and-shoots and action cams, that come with built-in Wi-Fi. What this means is that users can use a proper camera to take high quality photos and also have the ability to instantly share or stream their footage like they would with a phone. Snap a photo on your vacation and then email/Facebook/upload it to a photo sharing site directly from your camera. This means that you never have to worry about filling your memory card, there’s no cable clutter when uploading photos to your computer (because you can transfer them wirelessly), and of course, instant sharing. Your friends don’t want to have to wait a day to see the pics from your crazy birthday party!

How it works

Cameras that come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi don’t require any sort of special adapter or card to connect to the internet. You may, however, need to set up some initial features and settings, like which computer you want to be able to send your pictures to. One downside to Wi-Fi cameras is that some models have a difficult setup process. Once you have completed the initial setup process, the camera will be able to connect to a local wireless network. It will also be able to establish a direct wireless connection to a PC, phone, or tablet, so that you can transfer photos between your devices.

Caught on camera

In addition to digital cameras, many camcorders, like the JVC Adixxion featured on Vann’s Black Friday sale, also come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi. And while you can use this feature the same way you would with a camera—sharing and transferring video footage like you would still photos—you can also use a camcorder essentially as a security camera. Set the camcorder up in a spot that you want to monitor (like the front of your house when you’re not home) and then stream the footage directly to your phone as it’s being recorded. Then you can keep an eye on things from a remote location. Pretty nifty, huh?

Anyone a fan of their Wi-Fi camera? Share your thoughts on it, and how you use it in the comments.

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