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I'm looking for a point and shoot digital camera (or adapter card like Eye-Fi) that can transfer photos via Bluetooth.

(I'm specifically interested in Bluetooth because the Wi-Fi adapter on my laptop will be busy)

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You're wi-fi adapter should be able to handle more than one connection at once. You can surf the web and transfer photos at the same time, for example. – ElendilTheTall May 4 '11 at 16:52
<slaps self> I mean your not you're! – ElendilTheTall May 4 '11 at 17:04
Wi-Fi has a lot more bandwidth that Bluetooth, so even when it's "busy", it will usually have more bandwidth available than Bluetooth has total (BT=1 Mbps, 802.11g = 54 Mbps). – Jerry Coffin May 4 '11 at 17:23
You configure the EyeFi to connect to the same network as your laptop. – Imre May 4 '11 at 17:36
@Imre My laptop will be connected to a public or tethered network that the camera cannot connect to – ak112358 May 4 '11 at 17:45
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While there aren't a ton of cameras out there with bluetooth support, here are a few I found which you may want to look into:

Now all of these cameras are a little 'long in the tooth,' and I haven't used any of them... This was just me and Google coming up with some options.

I also found an interesting accessory for Olympus cameras called the 'PENpal' (unfortunate name, IMO). Apparently it attaches to any appropriately equipped Olympus camera and adds bluetooth transfer capabilities. Might be worth checking out...

There has been some minor speculation on 'teh interwebs' regarding an upcoming EyeFi bluetooth release, but at this point I'd have a hard time characterizing them as more than rumors, so I wouldn't count on anything appearing soon.

Anyway, there's a few links to help your research along.

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I have the ST1000, and from what i can gather, the CL65 is the same camera, just in US form... It is a manual task to send photos via either Wifi or Bluetooth on the Samsung... I have found it can be quicker to just plug in the device... Especially given that bluetooth has limited speed... – TiernanO Mar 2 '12 at 14:27

If you are unable to find a Bluetooth solution, and you cannot connect the Eye-Fi to the same WiFi network that the computer is using, one alternative would be to purchase a USB WiFi adapter for the computer, to provide a second WiFi interface. You can use the second WiFi interface to communicate with certain models of Eye-Fi in Ad Hoc mode.

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Good idea. That would free me up to use any camera with an SD card. – ak112358 May 4 '11 at 17:55

Samsug CL80 (ST5500 in Europe) is a model of spring 2010 providing bluetooth connectivity. It resizes pictures down to 1024x768 when sending over Bluetooth to fight the slow transfer (and bluetooth IS slow).

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