Toshiba’s NFC-equipped SD card lets you preview photos on your phone in a tap

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

We don’t usually get too excited about SD cards, but Toshiba’s new offering deserves attention — especially from photographers. Thanks to its built-in NFC chip, the new card lets you preview your photos on your smartphone or tablet by simply tapping the two together, so you don’t have to wait until you get home to your computer to see your latest snaps.

How many times have you been out with your digital camera or DSLR taking photos and found yourself wanting to preview the shots you’ve just taken. You can look them on your camera, of course, but their tiny displays don’t do your images justice — and they’re hard to see outside, particularly when it’s sunny.

But if you have Toshiba’s new SD card — and the accompanying Memory Card Preview App for Android — you can simply pop it out of your camera and tap it against an NFC-equipped smartphone or tablet to see your last 16 images on a bigger display. It takes seconds to see whether or not you’ve captured the perfect shot.

The new card is available in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB variants, and they’ll be available next month.

Toshiba announced a second SD card called the Flash Air III, which is Wi-Fi enabled and lets you upload your photos from your camera to your PC wirelessly so long as both devices are connected to the same network. It’s also faster than its predecessors, Toshiba says.

The Flash Air III will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants when it goes on sale in March, priced at $79.99 and $99.99 respectively.