Over a year and a half ago I posted an article about using the wi-fi feature of my E-M10 to transfer selected images to my iPad. In the meantime, I've upgraded both my camera and my iPad! I now have an Olympus OM-D E-M1 and an iPad Mini 3, but the process remains the same. What I want to address in this article are some of the settings available to you to apply during this transfer as well as some other metadata options available through the OI.Share app. When you transfer the JPGs from the camera’s SD memory card over wi-fi to the OI.Share app, you have choices about what size image you want to transfer. The default is 2048 x 1536 pixels. However, if you select “Original,” the JPG will be transferred at whatever size your camera captured it. With the E-M1, that is 4608 x 3456 pixels with the camera set to the 4:3 aspect ratio. Obviously, if you select “Original,” transfer time will be longer since the image file will be larger.
I typically shoot RAW+JPG because I like to shoot my JPGs in Monotone (B&W). Since I may never transfer the file to my computer and simply discard the RAW version, I usually choose to transfer my JPGs at their original size so I have as much to work with as possible, should I decide to edit them at all on my iPad. On the other hand, if I feel I will transfer the RAW and JPG to my computer and import them into Lightroom, I may transfer them to my iPad at a smaller image dimension. Bottom line: realize that you can adjust the size of the image you transfer to your mobile device.
Using screenshots from the OI.Share app, let me step you through how you select size of JPG to transfer. From the app's main screen, tap on the gear icon in upper right corner to go to "Settings."
On the Settings screen, tap on the "Import Photos" menu choice and on the subsequent screen, choose "Save Size." Here is where you select "Original," as I have or whichever size JPG you want the camera to transfer to your IOS or Android device.
Another nice feature the OI.Share app provides is the ability to geotag the images you capture with your OM-D and transfer to your mobile device.
The app lets you list up to five locations that you don't want it to record. So, for example, I've added our home GPS coordinates so that will never be recorded with any images I take at home. I will discuss how to use this handy feature in a future post.
Finally, OI.Share offers you an option to edit captured images or, for that matter, any images on your mobile device. I hadn't used this feature at all since I typically use another app on my iPad or iPhone when I want to edit my images. Snapseed and Photogene4 are my two favorites. However, while preparing this post, I did take a look at the OI.Share "Edit Photo" feature and it actually offers some clever tools. That, too, I'll cover in a future post.
As to this post, however, I do hope that pointing out the options you have when transferring images has been helpful. Though you can't transfer a RAW file, at least being able to choose a full resolution JPG means you have a fair amount of data to work with if you do want to do any editing of an image on your mobile device!
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