• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A bad joke

    • Written by from London

    The recent upgrade to iOS 4.2 renders the camera connection kit useless. The maximum USB output has been reduced from 100ma to 20ma which isn't enough to drive this device.

    I invested £500 on an iPad specifically to be able to review photos with clients at the end of a shoot. The fact that Apple has suddenly and without any warning stopped supporting the camera connection kit is appalling and leaves me with suddenly needing to find a grand or two for a laptop.

    It's even worse that they are still selling this without informing anyone that it doesn't work anymore.

    This whole fiasco is a joke and the people involved should be ashamed of themselves.

    3030 of 3549 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does just what it says

    • Written by from London

    The camera connector kit struck me as a perfect companion for holidays or trips. Or – put another way – one more in the growing list of things I can now do with my iPad, where I previously would have needed my MacBook Pro. I can view material at high resolution, prune the ones I don’t want to keep, and have a ready-to-sync folder for when I get home.

    The kit comes with two adapters. Both fit into the docking port at the base of the iPad. They are made of a single piece of moulded plastic and feel well made. Each comes with a small pin protector to keep the USB connection protected when not in use. It fits securely enough that you wouldn’t worry about losing it in the bottom of the camera bag.

    The first connector takes SD cards. It’s pretty straightforward – load the card into the connector, and plug the connector into the docking port on the iPad. A couple of seconds later an import window appears, with thumbnails of all the photos on the card. You can select or deselect all or individual images for import, and optionally delete them from the card when done. The thumbnails update with tick marks as each is imported. Photos go into a ‘last imported’ and then into an ‘all imported’ album so it’s easy to keep them separate from your other pics.

    I tried cards from my old Fuji FinePix, my wife’s Kodak compact, and my Panasonic SD100 video camera and all photos imported fine.

    Worth pointing out that it didn’t import the video from the Panny; it’s in AVCHD format (.mts) which the iPad can’t read natively.

    The second connector gives you a standard USB cable port. Again, although a little slower than reading direct from the SD card, both the Kodak and Fuji imported fine via this method. I also imported from my Canon EOS 400 with no problems. On the EOS I had to switch the camera settings from PC Sync to PTP mode.

    Both parts are solid, neat, and just get on with what they’re designed for. The limitations, such as they are, are within the iPad photo/video handling itself. If these were major issues they could be resolved in future iOS versions. However, for my, and I suspect most peoples’ purposes, it’s £25 well spent.

    1248 of 1397 people found this useful

  • 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.

    1022 of 1172 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Halfway there

    • Written by from Crawley

    I got this kit to allow me to view images on a bigger screen whilst out and about.
    The SD card reader works really well and is very fast. A superb little reader. It's a shame it is only available for SD cards at the moment, maybe more adapters for CF, MS and other widely used types will be released later.
    The USB connector has been a bit of a failure so far. I have cameras from Nikon, Sony, Panasonic and Canon and so far only one has connected. The rest all come up with unsupported device messages. It seems it will only be recognised if the USB port on the camera goes 'directly' to the memory card and not if it has to go through any interim systems that look as if they require drivers (even if they don't).

    213 of 239 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Try before you buy - power error

    • Written by from Stoke Poges

    I was so excited about the thought of uploading my photo's to my iPad while I travel, rather than waiting to get home, but ....

    This connection kit does not work with all camera's. I use a Nikon D70s with a Compact Flash Microdrive and an onboard USB type B connection. I each time I connect up the cable from the adapter to the camera, I get a warning message that the USB device drains too much power, my iPad camera connector is then disabled. Powering both the camera and iPad to 100% didn't help.

    Out of frustration, I bought the simplest card reader that I could find. As soon as I put the micro drive in the slot, the power warning disables the camera connection kit, so I suspect the issue relates to camera's that use micro drives.

    Unfortunately, I discovered the error 9,000 miles from home on a once-in-lifetime holiday, My iPad and camera connection kit arrived the day before we left, so no time to check the camera connected in advance. My best advice, if you are not sure, take your camera to an Apple store and try before you buy.

    163 of 181 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn 't work since upgrade-very disappointing

    • Written by from Joondalup

    I agree with previous two reviewers - a product that worked perfectly, now doesn't work at all since upgrade, a total waste of money. More than the money, disappointment at being unable to send photos home to loved ones.

    Second problem as a result of last upgrade - a purchased App just disappeared & it took several days to have reloaded.

    iPad is first Apple product I've purchased & not likely to be rushing out to buy more if this is what I can expect.

    146 of 156 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work with iOS 4.2

    • Written by from Blackpool

    Although apple say it will work with cameras, keyboards, USB drives and USB card readers it wont. In iOS 3 I could import pictures from my USB Memory Stick card reader, and plug m mobile phone into the ipad. Now Neither of these work. 90% of USB data sticks no longer work except very old ones, and it's terrible. I cant see how this advantages anyone in any way, it was perfect before. The iPad will now only give out 20mA instead of the 100mA it used to. There are a handfull of cameras which still work, however a lot are now mauribund.

    146 of 160 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Suddenly doesn't work

    • Written by from Crown point

    I am puzzled and disappointed..... Used the card reader once with my parents camera (don't remember which brand of sd card) and it worked perfectly. Then, after the recent IOS update, I tried it with my card- SanDisc ultra 32 GB HC, and it doesnt recognize it. I could understand if it was a lousy sd card, but SanDisc is a fairly mainstream brand. I also tried the direct USB dongle, and again it didn't work. I have a canon eos rebel, again not a rummage sale camera. This is the first time I have had an apple product give out on me, and I am not happy.

    140 of 150 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Minimal functionality.

    • Written by from Felixstowe

    OK - you can load pics from SD cards from (certain) cameras. End of story. Thought I would be able to use it to import pics from my PC, via the SD card. No way. Appears not to read the photo files direct, but only via the index used by a camera. Similatly, won't read a USB stick with pics on it. And the SD card mounted in a USB card carrier yields "too much power". WHY do Apple take so much trouble to make life difficult?

    145 of 166 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Was perfect, now a waste of money

    • Written by from bedford

    I pretty much got my iPad for the ability to import images and video from my cameras using the camera connection kit whilst on the go. Since updating the software (thanks Apple), it now no longer works despite trying all the so called fixes available, and pretty much a blanket silence from Apple themselves on the matter, even though lots of people are reporting the issue.

    Come on Apple sort this out please. I've been a devoted Apple consumer since the mid 90's, but you are about to lose my custom.

    119 of 124 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO LONGER WORKS!!

    • Written by from WOLVERHAMPTON

    Why has Apple done this and reduced the output on the iPads!? It now outputs a 5th of the power that it originally did rendering this useless.

    I cannot find a single thing it works on other than using a POWERED USB Hub (good luck finding electricity in the field).

    DOES NOT WORK WITH iPhone, SLR Cameras, SD Cards or ANY adapters, USB card readers or non-powered hubs.

    COME ON APPLE! This is ridiculous!

    118 of 125 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connector and Nikon S6300

    • Written by from St Sampson

    I bought the camera and connector so that I can review photos on my iPad2 and send some to family and friends while on holiday. Alas the iPad won't download the photos as more power is required. I researched both products thoroughly and found no reference to this problem anywhere. Both products will have to back to Amazon.

    112 of 122 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work.

    • Written by from Camberley

    Of the two units supplied, the camera input module works perfectly. The SD card module does not work. Simple as that!
    After checking with Apple Store it was discovered that it will work but only with certain brands of SD card. My newly purchased Transcend SDHC 32GB card, speed 10, is one that will not work. This is incomprehensible considering that the images on this card are read when inputted via the camera input module.
    Apple should include a warning that its product only works with certain brands of SDHC cards.

    96 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really disappointed

    • Written by from Bexley

    Tried using this with my Canon 550d, it's not so much the hardware thats disappointing, it's the software.... It's VERY slow, not to mention very clunky.... The UI is v sluggish when importing photos, and the import is cancelled if the device goes to sleep. Also my videos will not play when imported from my 550d. There is no overall progress indicator either. To be honest, I would say hands down this is the worst Apple product I have ever used...

    The software side SERIOUSLY needs looking into guys...

    103 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from Rudgwick

    This adaptor does not work with the iPad 2, all it says is "this connected USB device requires too much power" it doesn't seem that apple support this device anymore on the updated operation platform,

    Do not buy this unit if you have the latest operation system software installed as it will not work. What a con.

    96 of 102 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very disappointing, it doesn't work any more

    • Written by from london

    Since upgrading my iPhone 4 this kit is no longer recognised by the iPhone. So I can't transfer videos from the phone to the iPad. What a disappointment that is. Its pointless getting the iPhone 4s if one can't transfer the video to iPad.

    105 of 122 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would be fantastic if it actually worked properly

    • Written by from Farnborough

    Apple really needs to issue a fix (or at least a page of instructions) for the SD card problems that many users, including myself, seem to be having. The USB connection to my D7000 works well but my Sandisk 8gb Ultra II cards do not work in the SD reader - nothing happens. I've searched and searched for answers but nobody has any and Apple haven't given any pointers anywhere.

    96 of 104 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    :(

    • Written by from Riga

    I have updated my iPad 2 to iOS 5.0 and now on iOS 5.1.1 it still doesn't work. Before the update it worked very good. I always see the same sentence:"This accessory is not supported by iPad". I have this problem for a long time but now I decided to write a review. Apple, please make the software update to solve the problem, it will be better to do it before iOS 6.

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  • 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.

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