Cameras That Will Upload to Facebook via Wi-Fi
By Ed Oswald
More than 250 million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day. While most of these photos are likely uploaded via traditional methods -- that is, physically uploading the photo from your computer or phone through the Facebook website and app -- newer digital cameras with Wi-Fi connectivity can post your photos directly to the social networking site and even geotag them with your location.
Canon has three Wi-Fi enabled cameras in its PowerShot line, all of which retail for under $250. The cameras use a technology called the Canon Image Gateway which allows you to share pictures directly from the camera to email contacts, Twitter and Facebook. The Elph 130 IS is the cheapest at $200, and has a resolution of 16 megapixels, 8x optical zoom, and 1280 x 720 HD support. The $230 Elph 330 HS supports resolutions to 12.1 megapixels, includes 10x optical zoom, and Full HD support (1920 x 1080 resolution). The Elph 320 HS is $250, and has a maximum resolution of 16.1 megapixels, 5x optical zoom, and Full HD support.
Samsung's Wi-Fi enabled camera line is quite extensive, with 20 cameras in its lineup boasting the technology. Supported services include Facebook, Picasa, and YouTube, and prices range from $100 for the basic ST150F model (16.2 megapixels, and 720p HD movie support) to $1,100 for its higher end NX20 20.3 megapixel camera, which also includes a high-speed shutter capable of taking up to eight pictures per second.
Five models in Nikon's CoolPix line support Wi-Fi connectivity. Nikon's way of sharing photos is different from Samsung and Canon's method, however. In order to share photos, you must connect to a iOS or Android device via Wi-Fi that has Nikon's Wireless Mobile Utility app installed. The CoolPix S5200 is the cheapest model at $180, and includes 16 megapixel resolution, 6x optical zoom and Full HD (1080p) capabilities. The top-of-the-line S9500 includes a wide-angle lens capable of 22x optical zoom and 18.1 megapixels, and even geotags your photos with the location they're taken when the camera is connected to the smartphone app.
The cameras listed here and their feature sets were available and current as of June 2013. Future cameras from these manufacturers may vary in model number and feature set, either slightly or considerably. When looking for a digital camera that supports uploads to Facebook, narrow your search to cameras that support Wi-Fi. Many of these cameras will also offer some type of Facebook uploading support.
Ed Oswald is a freelance writer whose work appears on several technology sites as well as on Demand Studios. He has been writing since 2004 and graduated with a degree in Journalism from Temple University.