• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works -(sort of)!!

    • Written by from Ashford

    I ordered this first without reading the reviews (doh!). I connected it and it did not work and almost sent it bacK. But then rebooted the iPad mini and it worked fine. It's OK with IOS7, videos JPG and raw images shot with a 64GB card from a Canon EOS700D so no size issues. However it does not seem to work with older SD cards (strange!) . One more thing whether it works or not, it still opens the photos app leaving you wondering what is happening. Also all the one star reviews on this page cannot all be wrong. APPLE PLEASE SORT THESE ISSUES OUT - IT IS UNACCEPTABLE TO HAVE A PRODUCT SO UNRELIABLE.

    IF IT WORKS ONLY SOMETIMES IT IS NOT FIT FOR PURPOSE!!!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine for me with SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro

    • Written by from Ostrander

    Have thought about buying this reader for some time but finally broke down and got it to take on a trip where I may have to unload images in the field. I have high speed 64 GB SanDisk Extreme Pro cards (SDxc). The unit took a while to load the images in memory for preview but it worked like a charm. Just what I needed.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, BUT...

    • Written by from albany

    sd card reader works fine, imports quickly. great? Not so...you cannot import more than maybe 100 photos before it tells you there is no more space. which makes no sense as a 16gb iPad Air should be able to hold thousands of photos. Option: download to Dropbox or e/m images to yourself and delete what you have imported to make space for new imports? I guess....but shouldn't you be able to import hundreds of photos in the first place? the lightning reader therefor will not be helpful to anyone looking to "dump" their photos each day of vacation. IMHO

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It sure took awhile to figure it out...

    • Written by from Hampton

    I bought this to transfer photos on my computer to my IPad Air. It wouldn't work. It took a long call to Apple support, after a visit to an Apple store, to find out that you can only transfer photos taken with a "device" onto an SD card and then to the IPad. You can't transfer photos that you download from your computer to the SD card. Why, Apple, Why?

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Beautifully for Me!

    • Written by from Middle Village

    Game Plan: before I purchase any device, I do my due diligence. I checked here for compatibility, thoughtfully read the reviews, & asked more questions at the Apple Store. Armed with my iPad Air and a 64G SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 Memory Card from my Sony DSC-HX400V "bridge" camera, I bravely took the following steps:
    1. Made certain that card was not locked
    2. Inserted card into card reader
    3. Opened Photos App
    4. Inserted card reader into the Lightening Port
    5. Selected import
    6. Chose the images, not deleting from card
    7. Removed card reader from port & replaced card into camera
    8. Went on with my life, bombarding friends & family w/my beautiful photos on my beautiful iPad Air
    While I agree that "iPad Lightening to Card Reader" would be more helpful on the packaging--especially if you're making your purchase at Big Box stores where they will sell their Grandmothers for commission--I can honestly say that this reader does the job it is meant to do, & quite well.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the time or money

    • Written by from New port Richey

    Wasted gas and time to get this product because of all of the "great" reviews. Worst. I'm a photographer,
    I take at least 1000 photos every shoot, or even every hour, especially with kids.. But instead of letting me upload my photos,
    I have to basically wipe my ipad of everything (which I did) to make "space". Cool, wipes 8mb and still needed 6 more -_- really?! If your doing a few pictures at a time, awesome, but these days, even vacation photos are gonna up too much space. Apple is losing me more and more every day.

    3 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Despite bad reviews, this product works perfectly.

    • Written by from Niverville

    Ordered from Apple.ca on a tuesday, and arrived at my front door the same Friday! I was super pleased with FedEx shipping in Canada. Now for the adapter itself, I was a bit skeptical because of all the reviews saying it doesn't work. I'll tell you right now, it works exactly as advertised. I use a 32GB SD card from my Canon ELPH 340, and I slide in the sd card, plug in the adapter, and the photos app launches on my iPad mini, prompting me to import the pictures. I believe the adapter supports only JPEG and .MOV files, but I haven't tested any other files out yet. One last thing I'd like to point out; if you're trying to load up the SD card with movies to watch on your iPad, make sure you place ALL picture/video files in a folder named "dcim" on the SD card, or the iPad may not recognize it. Overall, I'd say even for it's near 50$ price after canadian shipping + taxes, it's still worth it in my book. And if it ever quits working for some reason, there's a 1 year warranty, or I'll bring it into the Apple store in my city.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightning to SD Card Camera reader

    • Written by from WATFORD

    I bought this today, a bit apprehensive as I read the previous reviews and was ready to return it to the store.

    Well, it worked a treat. No sooner connected then all my photos were there ready to be downloaded. Great. In super time too!!!

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO IPHONE SUPPORT!!! WTH!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I bought this for my 64gb iPhone 5s to unload my photos off my sd card. I assumed this would work for it! It did not support it at all. This is stupid. It's a lightning to SD card reader! I have 64 freaking gigabytes of memory! What's the point of having so mic space if I cannot use this. I'm mad that apple limits this to only iPads... It should by iPad SD card reader.. Not lighting.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from ScHENECTADY

    I was amazed by the negative reviews that I had read regarding this accessory, I was having second thoughts before buying it. Finally I made up my mind and decided to try it in the store before purchasing.

    I have an iPad air and I use a canon 60D and I only shoot in RAW. It is super simple, super fast, even when dealing with RAW images. The iPad was able to identify all of the pictures (even all the videos in my case although the store said It won't be able to deal with videos, but lucky me right? =D). The import process was easy and fast considering the size of RAW images. I was able to deal with the RAW images in all of the supported applications with no issue at all. The only annoying thing that I had found (which is only a preference related issue) is that the iPad after importing the pictures ask whether you want to delete the imported pictures where in the first couple of times I deleted the pictures by mistake from my SD Card (I would prefer if apple added an option where people can choose to not get this question).

    I don't understand the issue with all of the other reviewers and if some of them are just dissing this accessory so consumers can focus on other 3rd party accessories.

    This is a must buy for all photographers like me who were sick of being forced to include a laptop in the process of editing and posting pictures.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with iPad Air

    • Written by from Kansas city

    When I plug this into my iPad Air it gives me the error that this device is not supported.

    4 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as described

    • Written by from gilbert

    Took less than 5 minutes to test. Used an iPad Air, RAW files from 5diii (regular JPEG would work too), and a San Disk extreme 16g card. Able to transfer raw files just fine. Some of my iPad editing apps would not open file. Used SnapSeed app 1st then save image to camera roll. From camera roll you can edit using any app because I believe Snapseed saves as JPEG. File resolution is adequate for the iPads retina screen. I'm only using this for social media. I've read the files are trimmed.

    I only use 16g cards to reduce the chance to loose data.

    Be aware if you have a 64g card this reader will not work.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    • Written by from Sutton Coldfield

    Works fine to transfer photos and video to my son's iPad mini, simply will not work with my iPad Air, despite trying to load the same files. All our settings are the same - only conclusion is incompatibility with iPad Air. Very disappointed, cannot transfer any video content to my pad, with this expensive accessory. Waisted hours trying to get it to work, to no avail. Unable to get any assistance from Apple, other than the advice to reboot which doesn't change anything. Be prepared to possibly be very frustrated with this product.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does work.. Whew

    • Written by from San Ramon

    I found a review from Alexander T. Once you plug it in the import button appears in iPhotos. Whew, I was stressing because I didn't want to bring my laptop!!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It is a great product, does exactly what it says!

    • Written by from Dundee

    I was really afraid to buy this because of the bad reviews that I found, but I suppose the ones complaining about this product is because they maybe had problem with incompatibility. If you make sure that you check which iPads work with the "Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader", you are fine.

    I had a great experience using it. It is really fast to transfer the pictures from your SD card to the iPad. I'm using it with an iPad mini retina, SanDisk 32GB 45MB/s Extreme HD Video SDHC Card and Sony NEX-3N camera.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    having trouble with cards not being recognized

    • Written by from Hampstead

    I too was having intermittent issues with my sd card reader with iPad Air. read bunch of posts etc thought I had issue with it bought new one to try but wanted to check card slot first turned out there was a piece of compressed pocket lint in the socket which prevented card from inserting completely. just used needle to remove it works like a charm. had a few times were it would work then not it must have been the cause works fine with all my sd cards 16gb nikon d3000 and 3100 cameras as well as my Panasonic Luminx waterproof camera. would suggest checking your card reader slot

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It does and it doesn't.

    • Written by from Damson wood, Solihull

    I recently bought a lightning to SD card reader and had the same problems with reading a sandisk card as most other people here. I put the sandisk 32g card into the reader, put the reader into the iPad Air, turned on the iPad Air and opened the photo app. The app opened and the import sign appeared, but on opening the import sign there were no photos to import. I took the sandisk card and tried it in a PC Card reader, still there were no photos. Wondering whether it was the card (which is brand new) I tried another card in the reader and connected it to my iPad. Success, the card , a Lexar professional worked a treat. I can therefore conclude that the reader works and the card is faulty or the lightning reader just won't read sandisk cards. Or both. Nevertheless, I know the reader works.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for professional use

    • Written by from Putney

    Was hoping to use this while travelling with my DSLR instead of lugging around my MBP. I only shoot in RAW which is fine because it supports the Canon 6D. HOWEVER... Insert your SD card and it will literally take hours to 'find' all the files on the card and then after waiting for ages for it to find them all it will generate previews for you. Only once this is done can you choose which ones you want to import. So in essence it's useless unless you have a whole evening spare.

    Save yourself £25 and use Canon's free remote where you can transfer the files to hour iPad over wifi, sure it's not RAW but it's quick. Guess my iPad Air won't be replacing my MBP on the go anytime soon. Shame.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product name is misleading

    • Written by from Yarralumla

    This should be called "iPad lightning to SD card reader". I went to the apple store in Paris, asked for an SD card reader for my iPhone. I pulled the iPhone out of my pocket, showed it to them and they sold me this. Which doesn't work. Now I'm hundreds of kms away, can't upload photos off my card for my family. Either make the title more explicit, or fix whatever issue is stopping this from 'just working' the way the rest of the Apple family does. Not good enough Apple. If I read 'lightning' and 'SD Card' am I not entitled to assume that a device with a lightning port could use this to read from an SD card?

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on iPhone

    • Written by from Pershore

    Only works with iPad, not iPhone. This ought to be reflected in the product name by adding "for iPad". Better still, why don't Apple add support for it to the iPhone? Apple Premium Reseller actually took mine back, tested it and then issued a replacement because they also thought it worked with iPhone. I want to be able to back up photos onto iPhone when travelling and use photos for blog.

    Integration with iPad is also an issue. Intermittently, the iPad Mini does not recognise it. It does work well most of the time.

    Finally, as with other reviewers, I feel ripped off by Apple as the USB adaptor is now a separate item at another £25 when previous generations supported twin connectors. Similarly, iPad 2 will not work with the adaptor previously purchased for my iPod Classic (iPod with Video).

    3 of 3 people found this useful