I bought an ez Share sd card (link) recently. The 32gb model (its white with orange and gray text) from a reseller on ali express to be specific. It’s been an intersting sd card to play with and deserves some attention.
Before I go into what ive found so far with this card…
BE CAREFUL AS IT MAY NOT WORK AT ALL
The docs for the card have a very specific camera support chart and even the first camera I tried requires the camera to be powered via usb before it’ll provide the sd card enough power to work. This is a well known and well advertised on the website and frequently asked questions pages. please mind this fact.
It should also be noted it’s thick, be mindful if it gets slightly stuck like mine did… if you wiggle it slightly while pulling it should pop free
For basic operations:
- Flip switch to ‘share’
- Power on DSLR
- Wait for card to come online
- Connect to
ez Sharewifi ap with password
88888888(that is eight 8’s in a row)
- Navigate to
ezor any other letters in the address bar (this did not work for me, I had to use the captive portal login pop up on my phone)
One thing I found myself doing was checking the share toggle and if the wifi is active when the camera is on battery. I’m not sure what kind of power this draws but it’ll be more than normal no matter what and I don’t want to bleed battery by accident.
It comes formatted as FAT32 and I discovered you can only use FAT32. I tried exFAT and the camera was fine but the ez share did not see any files. You must use FAT32 with this sd card.
On the sd card I also discovered a file named
ezshare.cfg is present by default and contents appear empty. Later I discovered an admin area of the UI and realized this file is likely where it stores the configuration.
For my tests I used a paper shoot plugged in and the toggle set to
share. The wifi stuff showed up on my OnePlus 8t running Android 13. However, when the paper shoot is not connected to an external power source the wifi portion of the ez share gets disabled. Almost immediately upon disconnecting the paper shoot from usb power the wifi disconnects and cannot be seen any more.
The play store Android app doesnt seem to work. The app appears to be a download on the main site which has a version newer than what is listed on the play store (4.9 on website vs 3.2 on play store). Personally I don’t think I’ll use the app a ton but I’ve kept the website version (it works) installed just in case.
The web browser implementation is setup as a captive portal thatll bounce you to the download interface when you login (a notification pops up on my phone to ’login’). It’s simple and useful. Nothing special to note.
It took a minute to figure out the default browser UI admin password is
admin and lets you set the admin password, wifi ssid, wifi password and wifi channel (this likely gets saved to the ez share config file I noticed).
I was successfull in downloading a standard resolution jpeg as well as a short video file using the web browser interface and the Android app. In the browser, the file names came through as trash. They included
= in the file name. Based on the values it gave, its likely a UTF-8 formatting hiccup when it tries to decode the file name. The Android app doesn’t have this problem on my phone.
I have not tried to pull raw files and do not plan to do so, this card is destined to live in my paper shoot camera and it works for my needs with the paper shoot camera. Based on what I saw on the website and the camera support, this may be an non-problem.
While doing my initial tests I noticed that there is no option to format or delete files. It appears this is a 100% read only interface. You’ll want to mind this if using a more minimal camera like the paper shoot or if you want full file management capabilities. I’m generally ok with this but I’m sure I’ll find it annoying in some situations.
In practicality: it works, it does what I want and fits with the entire ethos of the paper shoot and how I intend to use it. As long as the read only and FAT32 file system don’t pose an issue, this may be worth considering for on the go and mobile photography. I’d avoid thinking of this this as anything but a handy, but limited utility tool for photographers. I know I’ll end up putting this to use over time but in limited circumstances.