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This morning I went to a wedding in Utah and, of course, I took lots of photos with my digital camera. I snapped pictures before, during, and after the ceremony. My digital camera uploaded all of the pictures to a popular online photo sharing site that I use. In fact, the camera was uploading the pictures while I was still snapping them. I was uploading photos to Picasa but I could have done the same to Facebook, Flickr, MobileMe (Apple), SmugMug, PhotoBucket, EverNote, Snapfish, and a bunch of other photo sharing web sites.
The network connection was wireless and there was a wi-fi wireless network available at the wedding location. If no connection had been available, I could have snapped all the pictures and then the uploads would have been made automatically as soon as I returned within range of a known wi-fi network location. I do have to "register" each network in the camera's new software. Luckily, I can register dozens of networks at one time and uploads will be automatic as soon as I am in range of any of the registered networks. Anyone for lunch at McDonald's?
Best of all, the upload was done automatically without any involvement from me. As soon as I started snapping pictures, the uploads began. Whether I snapped one picture or dozens, the photos were uploaded as fast as the network connection allowed. Best of all, this was not some grainy cell phone camera. (My cell phone was powered off so that it would not embarrass me during the ceremony by ringing at an inappropriate time.)
I took today's photos with a Casio Exilim shirt pocket sized camera that I purchased several years ago. The camera originally did not contain any wireless networking connectivity. I added that this week for less than $100 by inserting a single internal card into the camera. The camera still looks the same as it always did but it now has significantly different capabilities. Best of all, you probably can do the same with your present digital camera. Most digital cameras, although not all, can do the same as what I was doing at the wedding this morning. Most digital cameras can upload the pictures without being attached to a computer.
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