• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for what it was designed for

    • Written by from Colorado Springs

    This is NOT a sneaky way to add a USB port. USB devices need power, which a computer USB port provides. The iPad 3 sends such a minuscule amount of power to the port that it can only work reading a SD card in the card reader. A USB card reader plugged into the USB port won't work because it takes too much power. The SD card reader works w/ SD, SDHC, miniSD & microSD w/ adapters, & MMC. It won't work w/ SDXC. It worked perfectly with my 16 GB speed rated 10 SDHC card. Cameras that work w/ the USB camera connector are digital cameras that support Pictbridge (aka Picture Transfer Protocol or PTP) & "Mass Storage Device" protocol. If your camera can plug directly into a Pictbridge enabled printer & can print directly from the camera w/out going thru a computer, it should work with this device. Think of the iPad as a Pictbridge printer, not a computer. If your pictures do not appear by simply plugging in your camera, you may need to set up your camera the same way you would to print directly from your camera. There is a nice article on Apple.com's support page that gives other tips on how to get this to work w/ your camera. My Nikon Coolpix camera transferred photos perfectly by just plugging the camera into the port. If you don't have a Pictbridge camera, or use one of the supported cards, you probably cannot use this accessory. You are left to transfer your photos to a computer and then transfer to the iPad (via cloud or iTunes sync). I tried using my externally powered photo storage device (which reads every kind of camera card) in the USB camera port and got the "requires too much power" message, even though the photo storage device had a fully charged battery & was plugged into an electric outlet.

    107 of 113 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't read camera

    • Written by from NAPLES

    Won't work on Canon 20D, does work on Flip Video Camera

    116 of 133 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - crippled by the new updates

    • Written by from Bournemouth

    So, what to say?

    Whenever I connect my powered camera through the USB reader to the iPad, it works fine.
    However, whenever I plug in the SD card reader, nothing. I get a message saying "The connected USB device requires too much power."
    And that's the end of that.

    After a bit of reading up online, I found that this is a common problem - caused by the 3.2+ upgrades, which reduced the power output from 100mAh to a measly 20mAh, which basically makes it unusable unless you want to use up your camera's battery.
    This is the only Apple product I've ever been disappointed with, and I hope it doesn't happen again.
    Apple, if you're going to sell us a camera connection kit, we want to be able to connect our cameras to it! So is this how it works now? Just sell us something for £50 then release an upgrade which makes the iPad not want to recognise it anymore. Cheers for that

    109 of 122 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    need to create DCIM folder in order to recognize photos on SD card

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Have two SD cards, who didn't work, but when I created a DCIM folder and put the photos in it, suddenly everything worked. Didn't find any info on the web or the "manual" about this.

    Must say though that I would expect a much better user experience from apple. Want to use the iPad to finally go through my 25000 photos and organize them better/delete the bad ones.

    104 of 119 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from APO

    Usb plug doesnt work with my camera. Olympus stylus tough. No way to know before you buy if it will work with your camera or not....apple put out a list of campatible cameras so we dont waste our money!

    110 of 132 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great with cameras, so so with SD cards

    • Written by from San Jose

    Works fine when connecting to a camera. I use it fine with my Nikon D70 and Olympus Stylus Tough 6000. Also works fine with my Sandisk 2GB SD card. However, when I tried it with the higher capacity Sandisk 4GB SDHC card, which is what most cameras use today, it says that it is not a supported USB device. So, if you plan on using it with any type of High Capacity SDHC card, think twice or get confirmation that it is compatible with your specific card first.

    One other note is that when the 4GB SDHC card is in the camera and tethered using the USB adapter instead of the SD reader, it reads the card fine. It just takes away the convenience of being able to download your files without having to be tethered to a camera.

    99 of 111 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Crippled By Apple

    • Written by from Warrensburg

    This device USED to work great, until Apple reduced the power to the dock from 100 ma to 20 ma. They did this to try to control what devices people could/could not used with their products. However, now this product is all but USELESS because MANY SDXC cards & USB flash drives WILL NOT WORK with the kit b/c, as many other reviewers have already mentioned, the error message of, "The connected USB device requires too much power."

    Thanks Apple. Thanks a lot. Now I have $30 of worthless plastic and no convenient way to get the things I want on and off of my iPad 2 when away from home. "With Apple, it just works" MY BUM, Tim Cook.

    90 of 96 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not work properly on the new iPad (iPad 3)!

    • Written by from Chaoyang

    It does not work properly on the new iPad (iPad 3)! I only worked once when I tried to plug-in and swinged it many times. But since then, it won't work anymore.

    105 of 126 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Longer Works to Transfer Photos - Apple Diasbled Functionality

    • Written by from Burlingame

    Apple lowered the max power a camera kit connected USB device can draw, such that no USB memory stick will now work. Further, if you drop JPEGs onto a camera SD Card, they won't be recognized and read either. I create JPEGs from RAW for better image quality but they are not read by the iPad. Only images stored by the camera. In essence, the kit is useless.

    91 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rendered useless by Apple

    • Written by from Peristeri, Athens

    1) Cannot move photos FROM the ipad TO the camera/sd card
    2) Imported photos show up allover the place, no possibility to organise them, and cannot be deleted from a single location. Mercy!
    3) Photos dropped into the sd card cannot be read on the ipad 2. ONly photos recorded by a camera.
    4) USB sticks won't work, as the power supply is very very limited

    Apple, give us all a break and make the ipad more useful to us photographers by correcting all of the above. Then, I might consider rating higher than one star.

    101 of 121 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB low energy limits use

    • Written by from Duncan

    The USB's new low energy restriction on the iPad 2 makes it rather useless. Functionality is poor. Unable to get it to work even on my camera with out the error message that the device uses too much energy. Apple needs to return to the 100 ma output, not the 20ma restriction. I rather have a shorter battery life, than reduced functions

    84 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do NOT update your old device to ios7

    • Written by from Curitiba

    I have recently upadeted my ipad 3rd gen to ios 7 and now I am unable to use this device. It does not show the import photos page.
    Please beware.

    80 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't understand the bad reviews

    • Written by from Tampa

    I just don't get why some people rate these great little devices so poorly. I guess they just don't understand how these things work. First of all, you must have a folder on your SD card called DCIM. The iPad won't import anything if it's not contained within this folder. Problem solved. I was initially concerned about power usage, but I transferred 10 gigs of RAW images from my Canon EOS 5D Mk II and only used 2% of the power in my iPad. I can see thumbnails of the photos and choose which ones I want to import. This is a great device and I only wish the iPad had more storage. There is nothing wrong with this product. It's absolutely great.

    93 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB Memory sticks NOT working

    • Written by from ROCHESTER

    I wanted to use this to transfer photos using memory sticks. Unfortunately NONE of my high capacity (over 2GB) USB sticks will work with this with the latest software update. This is an aggravating and ridiculous limitation. I CAN manage the battery life on my iPad. I do understand having a limit - e.g. no hard drives but believe the limit is far too low because most devices won't work with this.
    Until this problem I was thrilled with my iPad. Now I'm beginning to see Apple as unnecessarily limiting the uses of this, otherwise fantastic, device.

    96 of 116 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very handy but crashes all the time

    • Written by from Redwood City

    I've found this very handy when importing 1000's of photos at a time from my DSLR.

    It has a blemish though in that if you do anything at all on the iPad while the photos are importing, even just scrolling the display, then the photo app crashes and you have to start over again. I hope they fix this in iOS 4.

    81 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It works but there is nothing amazing about it

    • Written by from Gibsons

    I can't believe I have to shell out another $35 for these. They are nothing more than external adapters to Apple proprietary connector. Nothing magical or amazing about them. If anything they are a nuisance because there are two more things to lug around and go missing when you really need them.

    Why a SD card reader and USB port not built into the iPad is beyond me. So you missed it with the original iPad. What's the excuse for not having it in the iPad 2 design?

    87 of 99 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible

    • Written by from Gatineau

    This is not working with my Canon Rebel XT. Very disapointed in the lack of information on supported cameras when buying.

    83 of 91 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Instructions not clear

    • Written by from Peachtree City

    Bought adapter and tried to download jpegs from laptop using SD card. Nothing happened. Read that files must be in 8 character format and in DCIM folder. Modified data on SD card and now adapter works great. Been nice if product instructions would have mentioned this minor requirement.

    80 of 85 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but limited

    • Written by from Sterling

    This works, you can plug in an SD card, point-and-shoot camera or iPhone and the Photos app will open and everything is perfect.

    However, I bought this for use with my Compact Flash card reader and to plug into my USB Apple keyboard. Neither features work, and they used to. I know that in the description it didn't say it would work like this, but this is a software issue of a power consumption limit (which is new to iOS 4.3) that is preventing this functionality.

    Bottom line: good for its exactly specified use but nothing more. Apple: change the limit.

    84 of 93 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Completely useless product. EpicFail Apple!

    • Written by from Waco

    The SD card has very specific files it can read that have to be in a folder. You cannot simply insert an SD card and pull pictures or video from your camera. You have to put it on a computer to properly format it and then back in the ipad. The whole purpose of this for me was to bypass the computer.

    With regards to the USB port... I am yet to find a single accessory or device that requires that little power. Every time I plug something in I get an error message saying it requires too much power.

    I have been unable to find a single use for either of these and am returning it tomorrow.

    88 of 102 people found this useful