Testing Nikon's new Wifi camera

Nikon S51C

If you’re watching my Flickr stream you’ll see images from both my Canon 5D getting uploaded as well as images from a Nikon S51C. This is a cool little camera that has wifi built in. So, I don’t need to hook the camera up to my computer to upload images anymore.

I took this image seconds ago looking out Patrick’s bedroom window. Wonderful image quality and I really like the wifi built in.

The camera is on loan from Fotonation (they made the wifi software that Nikon uses). They are loaning me the camera to participate in the America At Home project that Rick Smolan is putting on. Are you taking pictures at home this weekend? If you are, you should submit them to this project.

I wish my Canon 5D had Wifi built into it.

UPDATE: already in my testing I find one thing frustrating: I can’t upload images straight to Flickr. I have to upload them to Nikon’s site first, then visit my computer and post them from there onto Flickr.

Testing Nikon's new Wifi camera

Comments

  1. iFlickr lets me take snaps on my iPhone and directly upload them to flickr. So what if its only a cell phone camera ;)

  2. @Nate – yeah, but iFlickr doesn’t, you know, actually work. At least not for me. :-) On my iPhone, I use SendPics to email the full resolution 2 MP image to my Flickr upload-by-email address. Works from any cameraphone that can send email.

    Re: this Nikon – I SO want to get excited about either a camera or an SD card (remember EyeFi?) with WiFi that can upload straight to Flickr. Alas, there have been wifi cameras for years, but nothing yet…

  3. @Nate – yeah, but iFlickr doesn’t, you know, actually work. At least not for me. :-) On my iPhone, I use SendPics to email the full resolution 2 MP image to my Flickr upload-by-email address. Works from any cameraphone that can send email.

    Re: this Nikon – I SO want to get excited about either a camera or an SD card (remember EyeFi?) with WiFi that can upload straight to Flickr. Alas, there have been wifi cameras for years, but nothing yet…

  4. @Nate & @Josh, you don’t need iFlickr or anything like that. If you assign an email address in Flickr, you can simply email pictures to that address from the iPhone.

  5. @Nate & @Josh, you don’t need iFlickr or anything like that. If you assign an email address in Flickr, you can simply email pictures to that address from the iPhone.

  6. It would be nice if with a good point and shoot camera you could just take a picture and, using wifi, you could just email the picture to someone. I think sometimes, camera makers still treat their cameras as if they still have film in them.

  7. It would be nice if with a good point and shoot camera you could just take a picture and, using wifi, you could just email the picture to someone. I think sometimes, camera makers still treat their cameras as if they still have film in them.

  8. Robert: I never use the cable, I just take out the card and use a card reader.

    I had originally looked at one of the L series that had WiFi, but decided on the L5 because it has higher zoom and better resolution.

  9. Robert: I never use the cable, I just take out the card and use a card reader.

    I had originally looked at one of the L series that had WiFi, but decided on the L5 because it has higher zoom and better resolution.

  10. @Robert:

    Dude, check out Eye-Fi. Works with every camera, and they land straight at Flickr/SmugMug/whatever. No Nikon in the loop.

    @Mike Cohen: The iPhone only emails 640x480px versions of the photos, to that’s sorta useless.

  11. @Robert:

    Dude, check out Eye-Fi. Works with every camera, and they land straight at Flickr/SmugMug/whatever. No Nikon in the loop.

    @Mike Cohen: The iPhone only emails 640x480px versions of the photos, to that’s sorta useless.

  12. Cameras without wires

    I notice Scoble’s testing Nikon’s S51C camera that has wifi built in.
    This has prompted me to write what’s been on my mind about the usefulness of cameras having wireless connectivity – of any kind.
    I use a Dopod 810 PDA. It’…

  13. Can you email directly from the camera (in theory to your Flickr address)? or does Nikon’s promise of “One-Touch Email with the Picture Mail Button” mean using some mail client in their photo hosting.

  14. Can you email directly from the camera (in theory to your Flickr address)? or does Nikon’s promise of “One-Touch Email with the Picture Mail Button” mean using some mail client in their photo hosting.

  15. I was looking at the older S50C on Amazon and according to the comments, you can go straight to flickr with it, though it’s not that easy to set up. Once it’s done, it is deffinately worth it I would think. Check out the product’s comments, they have step by step instructions.

  16. I was looking at the older S50C on Amazon and according to the comments, you can go straight to flickr with it, though it’s not that easy to set up. Once it’s done, it is deffinately worth it I would think. Check out the product’s comments, they have step by step instructions.

  17. I think Ben is onto something. The S51C page you link to mentions Flickr specifically:

    “…send pictures directly to your FlickrĀ® account right from the camera in Wi-Fi open access hotspots with the new Picture Mail button.”

    If it works well, that’s a fantastic feature. More than worth the price of the camera.

  18. I think Ben is onto something. The S51C page you link to mentions Flickr specifically:

    “…send pictures directly to your FlickrĀ® account right from the camera in Wi-Fi open access hotspots with the new Picture Mail button.”

    If it works well, that’s a fantastic feature. More than worth the price of the camera.

  19. I take loads of photos every day and use them on my blog. I have been using Casio Exilim 10.1 Mega Pixel EX-Z1000 and EX-Z1050 cameras.

    I like the WiFi capability and want to incorporate into my blogging strategy.

    Thanks for the post.

    Dave Dragon
    Ride it like you stole it

  20. I take loads of photos every day and use them on my blog. I have been using Casio Exilim 10.1 Mega Pixel EX-Z1000 and EX-Z1050 cameras.

    I like the WiFi capability and want to incorporate into my blogging strategy.

    Thanks for the post.

    Dave Dragon
    Ride it like you stole it

  21. Following the Amazon suggestion above, I got my s51c to post straight to Flickr. The secret was creating an e-mail address that said “flickr,” and nothing else. I had originally tried my “mail to flickr” address (i.e. xx@photos.flickr.com) with no success. This is counterintuitive and is explained nowhere in the manuals or on the Nikon site, but it works.

  22. Following the Amazon suggestion above, I got my s51c to post straight to Flickr. The secret was creating an e-mail address that said “flickr,” and nothing else. I had originally tried my “mail to flickr” address (i.e. xx@photos.flickr.com) with no success. This is counterintuitive and is explained nowhere in the manuals or on the Nikon site, but it works.

  23. Wifi will soon be the standard worldwide. I use a wifi signal detector, out of mere curiousity, to test for hot spots when Im out and finding them most everywhere I go now. Logically, it doesnt make sense to buy a digital camera without it. And wifi is free in most places now. Those businesses that charge for wifi access chase away potential customers. Ive never paid for wifi access and have not had any difficulty finding free wifi hot spots cross country. Wifi enabled cameras just make good sense. Shoot and send. That simple.

  24. Wifi will soon be the standard worldwide. I use a wifi signal detector, out of mere curiousity, to test for hot spots when Im out and finding them most everywhere I go now. Logically, it doesnt make sense to buy a digital camera without it. And wifi is free in most places now. Those businesses that charge for wifi access chase away potential customers. Ive never paid for wifi access and have not had any difficulty finding free wifi hot spots cross country. Wifi enabled cameras just make good sense. Shoot and send. That simple.

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