• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fast image import

    • Written by from Northampton

    I purchased the camera kit for use when i was out with iPad taking photos and recording video at sporting events, may well buy the monitor connection kit as well.
    Both connectors work really well and are pretty fast, as soon as you plug the camera in, the images start to download.
    The only thing to be aware of, and this isn't a connector issue its an iPad issue, is that if you try to import video in anything other that the format the iPad recognizes you'll just get an icon saying there's a video file there. Its a shame the iPad doesn't recognise more of the recognized codec's used in todays recorders as that would make these two connectors invaluable.
    It probably should be a 5 star for the connectors as they both work perfectly, i just felt that they aren't being used to their full potential because of the iPad's current shortcoming.

    1020 of 1170 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Had my doubts but works really well

    • Written by from Cardiff

    Like many other people I read the reviews of this product on this site.

    The good ones seemed too good to be true and the bad ones very nearly scared me off.

    But one did suggest taking your camera to the store and trying before you buy. This was the most useful to me and the Apple store staff patiently waited while I checked my little Casio SLR and my ancient Sony A100.

    Both worked beautifully and I bought on the spot. I normally shoot in RAW on my Sony but there aren't a great number of apps able to cope with them.

    More are coming though and the ease of which I can now transfer my pics (including from my iPhone) has made this one of the most useful accessories I have bought yet.

    A great little product but, if possible, check before you buy.

    92 of 101 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's supposed to

    • Written by from Redditch

    I read other reviews and was a little concerned because of the comments about it not working with USB devices requiring more than 20mA.

    I tried the SD card reader first on my 3rd gen iPad and it worked perfectly. The transfer speed seemed faster than my PC. Both images and video were accessible and the interface was simple to use.

    Then I switched to the USB connector. I tried to be clever and plugged in a pen drive which had some pics on. I immediately got the message the device required too much power to operate. I then tried following the instructions (yes i am male)and connecting my Sony Alpha Digital SLR camera using then USB cable it was supplied with and like the SD card the images were transferred quickly and easily with no issues.

    I've also done the same test with my wife's Canon Ixus and had equally successful result.

    In all it does what I need it to and I've dropped a star because it would be nice if it read pen drives etc but I get the impression that is by design.

    I wish they did black peripherals though to go with my black iPad.

    92 of 102 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Camera Connection Kit for my New iPad Gen 3

    • Written by from Warwick

    I have just purchased the Apple Camera Connection Kit for my New iPad Gen 3 and it worked perfectly.

    My Nikon D7000 D-SLR camera created both RAW (NEF) and JPG files on two separate SD cards (SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC 95MB/s Class 10 UHS-1) and the Camera Connection kit recognised the card instantly, displayed thumbnails of all the photos, transferred the photos to the iPad and deleted them from the SD card.

    I noticed that copying the RAW files took much longer to transfer than the JPG and that it power consumption increased too.

    53 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Contrary to Other peoples reviews..

    • Written by from Hemel Hempstead

    Ive had this camera connector since the 1st Gen iPad came out and I've never had an issue with the results its always connected fine with my iPad and surprisingly the iPad could even read my RAW files from a Samsung NX10, a Nikon D5100 and now my Nikon D800, I cannot vouch for any other cameras as I havent tried them with it, I usually plug the SD card in rather than the camera wire, although transfer speeds seem pretty much the same.
    I'm planning to upgrade my iPad when the new one comes out early 2013 which i assume will use the lightning adapter like in the new iPhone so i suppose i'll have to get a new adapter, its just a shame you cant use this adapter with the iPhone 4S but all in all i think this is a good product and fits my needs.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but pricey

    • Written by from High Wycombe

    Unlike a lot of other reviewers, I have found this device to work well. I have used it with a Fuji Coolpix and a Canon EOS 7D without issue. I would give it 5 stars, but the £25 price tag seems a bit steep.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Imports images no problem - 1* review by MM is not the whole story

    • Written by from Huntingdon

    I have a iPad 2 with OS5, the camera connection kit works fine with my collection of ageing Canons, Kodaks, and Nikons.

    The problem MM reports is only an issue if your camera insists on being powered by the PC when downloading images. Most cameras can be set to do this and thereby save their own battery charge, but most can also be set to not allow this to occur and hence should work fine.

    MM may have one of the few cameras that don't give the user the option, but this will be a very small minority in my experience. So buy with confidence, and if you are one of the unluky few the Apple 40 day return garantee will take care of you (when you by direct from them).

    PS I'm not a Apple agent or even a big fan, just a very pleased user who has found the iPad a very useful way to review his images after a shoot.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me

    • Written by from Banbury

    I use a canon eos 500D and take out it's sd card. This device gets the pictures and video from the camera straight onto the iPad for viewing. Couldn't be easier, and I love it!

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine

    • Written by from Birmingham

    I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing this piece of kit for my iPad2 after reading some of the recent reviews on here. But I took the plunge as the guy at the Apple store said I could return it within 14 days if it didn't work with my cameras. I'm glad to say it did. I've only tried the connecting to camera module but it works great with a Canon S95 and Canon Ixus 220 HS. Tried stills and video importing both work fine. My iPad2 is running IOS 5.01. Only downside (and the reason it doesn't get 5 stars) is the price.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great addition for travel photographers

    • Written by from London

    If your camera uses an SD card and you travel a lot, then this accessory is a godsend. Importing to your iPad is easy, and lets you review all your pictures in the original format (just make sure you have the appropriate settings for this), thus freeing space on your card.
    More importantly, that means that unless you need to edit your pictures on photoshop, you won't have to carry your heavy laptop with you anymore.
    Thanks to its great screen and amazing battery, the iPad fits really perfectly as the photographer's best friend.

    Now there are a few things that could (should) be improved:
    1/ there should be a CF card reader, especially for professionals
    2/ importing to the iPad should offer the option to arrange photos in the folder of your choice. The current set up (puts them in a last import folder) is ok but not ideal.
    3/ exporting from the iPad is a little tedious, there should be an auto import (and not to iPhoto library!!) pop up when you plug in the iPad with new pictures on.

    Other than that, it works really smoothly, and will make many photographers' life easier when moving around with heavy kits and backpacks.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for me...

    • Written by from ramsgate

    Despite the various differences of opinion on this product, I took the plunge and found the product worked! I imported photos from:
    Nikon s8000 camera connection
    Olympus uTough camera connection
    Fuji finepix s2500hd
    SDHC class 10
    4gb SD card class 4
    Sandisk sd and transcend sd cards were tested using the sd adapter

    Packaging errr very small but then so are the units. Only downside as others have mentioned is the price.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Here is the problem I'm having with the CCK

    • Written by from Naples

    OK Here is the problem I amn having with the CCK (or wiperhpas it is an issue with iOS5).

    First, I was using theCCK under iOS 4.3 without difficulty. I have both the Apple CCK and a thrid party one for CF cards. Both work fione.

    However, a peculiar thing has happened since upgrading my iPad2 to iOS 5. I frequently upload hi-res images (e.g., 4288X2848 12.2mp, etc.) from my Nikon cameras to my iPad2 using the Apple Camera Connection Kit. Prior to iOS 5, I had no issues; all images were transferred and stored, and loaded/recognized by literally dozens of my photo apps in their native resolution.

    After an upgrade to iOS 5, all the hi-res images restored to my iPad during the process that had been there from those previous uploads and new camera uploads since the upgrade, are being loaded into many/most apps at a much lower resolution, e.g., 2048X1360 (2.8mp). I have several EXIF viewer apps that report the correct native resolution (and all other metadata), but several EXIF viewer apps show the lower resolution of the exact same image. I have copied the images back to my PC and they are in fact still 12mp hi-resolution as they came out of the cameras, so it has something to do with the "hand off" of images from storage to the individual apps as they load them.

    Images uploaded via iTunes, which I understand are "optimized" to a medium res by iTunes during the upload, are correctly reported/loaded at the same resolution exactly as stored. Even hi-res images transferred via wifi applications to the Camera Roll are reported correctly by all EXIF and photo editing apps. It is only the ones being uploaded via the camera connection kit that are "downsampled" when read by most (but not all) apps. I have tried three different cameras, all Nikons.

    I wonder if anyone else has exeperienced this, and can confirm this for me, and if this is a bug in IOS 5, or is the OS handing off "optimized" versions of the images to those apps? And why do some apps load the high resolution image without difficulty, is that an app "programming issue"?

    Those of you using the CCK, please check the EXIF data and see what gets reported.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad photo import crash fix

    • Written by from NOTTINGHAM

    For those that are finding the photo app crashes when imprting photos I have a fix.

    You need to change tour clock to 24hrs, close the photo app in the multi task bar.

    The import should now work with no problems.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad 2 iOS 4.3.1

    • Written by from Holmfirth

    Just uploaded direct from my Canon 7D, RAW files via the USB camera connection no problems at all. Seemed fairly quick as well. Great for previewing the pictures on the iPad.

    Can confirm it works fine on iPad 2 (32Gb) with iOS 4.3.1.

    Would be nice to have the option for Compact Flash.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful

    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    Works with a Sony Cybershot T9 camera. I plugged it in through USB and the pictures came up after setting the camera to PictBridge or USB Mass Storage device. It does take a few minutes for all the pictures to load on the iPad as there were 100s.

    Importing on the iPad is simple and fast.

    It would have been great if the iPad already came with a USB port but that might happen with iPad 2.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me with Canon S95 & SanDisk SD cards

    • Written by from MARLBOROUGH

    Thanks to the reviewers who stated this product worked with their Canon Powershot S95 photos & various SanDisk cards, I ordered it for a recent diving holiday away with my iPad 2. I had no problems at all with the hardware, my underwater photos were all RAW+JPG and both appeared to be transferred because I used 15GB of space on the iPad (all I had!) with around 1000 photos. It was comfortable at least to know I had them backed up! My SD cards were 2* 8GB SanDisk Extreme (Class 6, 20MB/s) and a 4GB SanDisk Extreme (Class 6, 20MB/s). No problems there at all. For the record, I always put the card in the adaptor first, then put the adaptor into the iPad. After a few seconds, it opened the Photos app and showed the card contents, from where I could transfer them.

    For me, it really was a godsend to be able to review my photos at the end of every day, deleting those which were no good off both the iPad and camera (manually).

    I do have some major criticisms of the process once your photos are on the device, however:

    1. The photos are read into the Photos app and listed under "Events" based on when you imported them, not when they were taken. For example, I imported several times on one day as I was running out of iPad disk space, these all showed up in separate Events with the same date, which was annoying. You can't rename or move anything in the app either.
    2. You can't edit the photos at all with the Photos app; I wanted to send some cropped shots to friends, not possible. The free Photoshop app lets you crop, but has no send to email function! In the end I bought Filterstorm, which turned out to be an excellent piece of software.
    3. The iPad doesn't say whether the files it displays are the JPGs or RAW files, but when you delete a photo, it certainly clears 12-15MB of space, so it seems to be deleting both files.
    4. This is the killer - when I got home and downloaded my photos from the SD card to PC (through USB), I wanted to delete the files from the iPad to get back the space. This is when I realised you can only do this ONE FILE at a time! Each deletion takes about 5 seconds because you have to wait for the animation to complete...! It took me more than an hour to get this done, I've never been so bored in my life.
    5. I don't know how you access the photos from iTunes, I didn't see them anywhere. I did notice the auto backup it performed when first plugged in took about 20 minutes, and took 15GB out of my PC disk, but of course you can't access those backup files... I don't have my iPad to hand, so maybe I missed something...

    I have looked for apps that allow you to manage the photo library layout but reading the user reviews, none of them do what I want. It seems to me that an iPad paired to a Mac is great, you can do what you want in iPhoto, but for those of us in PC land, there's nothing you can do.

    In summary, 5* for the hardware, 2* for the supporting software, so I've been generous and given 4* overall!

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful

    • Written by from Birmingham

    This kit works fine for me. 2gb SD card reads beautifully from SD adapter. Connecting my Nikon D700 direct into the USB adapter also works. Using my USB card reader a 1gb CF card worked fine but an 8gb one exceeded the power requirement. So 4 stars not 5 but still very good bit of kit and arguably easier to carry the camera's USB cable than a card reader.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Help!

    • Written by from Harlow

    Ok so I can download photos easily, so far so good but why can't I download any videos from my video camera. I am using the SD card but it says no pictures to import and I can't work out what I am doing wrong. I can download them to my lap top but not my i pad. Is it the video camera (Panasonic)

    26 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No Worries.

    • Written by from GLASGOW

    I tried the SD card reader for the first time today. Just happened that the first card I laid hands on contained 156 Leica M8 raw images, each 10 Mb in size. Everything - card reading, sending to Photo Stream, pictures arriving on my iMac via Photo Stream - worked perfectly, if rather slowly. I never use the camera connection cable, so that half of the kit is redundant and untried.

    The price is a bit high for an SD card reader these days, so only 4 stars.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great starter kit

    • Written by from HAVERFORDWEST

    If you just want to import images from your camera (either by USB or from SD card) then it works well. It would be more useful if you could see full screen previews before and select to import or delete and would be perfect if you could control your camera using the USB adaptor.

    18 of 22 people found this useful