• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The USB will work with many things, not just a camera!

    • Written by from COEUR D' ALENE

    Things that I found out that you can plug in to the USB connection are USB headphones and USB headsets, USB keyboards and probably more things. If you buy the package, it comes with two different products, one for a USB connection, and another for an SD card. Also, you can plug any iPhone to the USB port and get your photos off of the iPhone so you can view them on your iPad! This is a very nice product and nothing I would change. If you email the photos with the Mail app on the iPad, they are in 2048x1536 resolution rather than the iPhone's 800x600 emailed resolution. One last thing, once you connect to your Mac, iPhoto brings in full resolution images with EXIF information intact. Great job Apple! The iPad now has a USB port!

    29736 of 30691 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great!

    • Written by

    The first connector (30 pin of course) features a USB port allowing you to connect up either your digital camera or iPhone direct to the iPad. When connected an application automatically loads up displaying thumbs of images that are available on the camera or iPhone to download. You can then select what you want to copy over. Images are then synced with your PC or Mac is required.

    The next connector is almost the same but instead of connecting the camera direct to the iPad it features an SD card slot allowing images to be read directly from the memory card containing pictures. The same app (Photos) is opened up and the same interface.

    3987 of 4806 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful Little Thing

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    This is a wonderful little addition to my iPad accessory collection.

    Picked it up at my local Apple store.

    I am so happy now as I can very easily transfer photos from my digital camera directly or by putting the SD memory card into the slot. This is VERY handy when you travel.

    Thanks Apple for another great product for our magical iPads !

    3418 of 4386 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thanks, Apple, for killing this device's functionality.

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I'm a professional photographer. I WAS using this device to back up my memory cards to my iPad during shoots through ordinary USB card readers (and review shots on the larger screen). My cameras only use CompactFlash and MemoryStick, so the USB connector was the only realistic option.

    As of the iOS4.2 install, this function has been taken away. Every card reader I have tried now reports that "The attached USB device requires too much power." Almost useless for me now.

    704 of 752 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to Nothing - Usb power now restricted and not compatible

    • Written by from Metz

    I'm a real user of mac product in my personnal and professionnal area. I've bought today the camera connector kit and i would like to say that my camera is not supported by the adapter.
    Neither the camera nor a simple usb card, plugged threw the adapter, works.
    Got a problem of a "usb powered" (switch 100 mA to 20mA)
    I've learned that this feature has been restricted since the update of Ios 4.2, and it's really a shame to sell a product that restricts all the items bought for the ipad.
    I will  not recommend the camera connector kit  until Apple update the ipad firmware to re-initialize the 100 mA USB port.

    592 of 650 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with iOS 4.2

    • Written by from Boulder

    USB does not work. It says it requires too much power. Until this is fixed in the OS, this is worthless.

    566 of 616 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Use to be a great device before the latest update

    • Written by from Phoenix

    As a photographer this use to be a great device. I use a canon DSL camera with a compact flash and cannot put the CF into the IPad camera connection kit so I used a separate USB device to connect my compact flash. While I am shooting Track and Field meets I use to take the CF out of the camera and connect it to the Camera Kit on the IPad (though the USB SanDisk) while continuing to shoot the meet with another CF. As soon as the photos loaded I could select a couple and quickly look at them to send to the National Editor. I can no longer do that because the new update for the IPad does not allow for devices that need a lot of power............. which is almost everything. So now I have to connect my camera to the camera connection kit on the IPad which means I cannot shoot the meet while it is connected to the IPad. Doesn't work for me and now the product is completely useless as well as the IPad which is the whole reason I bought it!

    492 of 536 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless!

    • Written by from Denver

    Do not buy this!. People found inventive ways to use the USB and SD card reader. Apple did not like it and dumbed the feature down with 4.2. It will not read photo SD cards. I made sure they were included in the correct file and even dumbed them down to the iPad resolution. Does not work. I bought my wife a MacBook and was considering replacing by laptop and desktop with Mac's. NOT NOW. I am harsly reminded of Apples inflexability and am going to stay with PC's.

    510 of 580 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with iOS 4.2

    • Written by from Helsinki

    What worked well with iOS 3, does not work after upgrade. iPad says USB card reader is drawing too much power. How is this possible? How could update break this? Unacceptable!

    412 of 428 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    reduced functionality under iOS 4.2

    • Written by from Bowmanville

    This was a handy little device, that is prior to iOS 4.2 Previously I transferred pictures from memory cards to iPad via usb card reader. It worked flawlessly for ease of transfer. Now it suddenly cannot supply sufficient power via usb. Initially I thought Apple engineers had nailed a very usefull/flexible accessory. Apparently they accidently made it too good and they had to reduce its capabilities. I would like to hear the rationale for this change. Still usefull but now I carry too many camera connector cords.

    398 of 413 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken with iOS 4.2.1

    • Written by from Garland

    This worked perfectly with the original iPad OS, versions 3.x. Since the upgrade they reduced the amount of power that is supplied to the USB connector which causes most camera card readers to not work, I discovered this on Thanksgiving when I tried to load pictures to show off. This product is now useless for me.

    369 of 382 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    USB and iPAD

    • Written by from Hudson

    I have found this adapter to be very useful. All though it is considered to be a camera connector kit adapter, with the app "fileapp" it can be used to have flash drives and external harddrives for file access. With iworks you can save a file to the ipad and then transfer it to the flashdrive or ext hdd by using the "fileapp" app. Awesome, eh?

    378 of 404 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iOS 4.2 messed it up

    • Written by from fresno

    I used to be able to hook it up to my portable Multi card reader to read my CF. Then apple found out that people were able to hook up microphones and keyboards to it, so they cut the power back. Now it it says that the USB devise requires more power than the connection is willing to give out. So only the secure digital card reader works, and not the Compact Flash card reader. It worked before, that is what bothers me.

    360 of 380 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Be sure to set your camera to USB Connect - PTP or PictBridge

    • Written by from Ottawa

    Having read a lot of reviews here, I was a little nervous about buying this item, but I live pretty close to an Apple store so it wouldn't have been a big deal had I needed to return it. I actually intended to try it right in the store so I could return it immediately if need be, but stupidly left my camera cable at home (duh). I have a Sony Cybershot DSC-T9, which uses a Memory Stick Pro Duo card, and thus needs to connect via USB. The Apple sales guy was certain that the kit would work with my particular camera, so I bought the kit and headed home.

    I read the (skimpy) brochure, then plugged all the bits together -- and got a message that my device wasn't supported. I pulled everything apart, put it all together again, same thing. Had the sales guy not been so insistent that it WOULD work with a Sony Cybershot, I might have returned it immediately.

    BUT - sat with camera in hand for a minute, cable still plugged in, and started exploring options on the camera. I did already have the switch correctly pushed over to the setting where it needs to be in order to transfer pix to a computer. I hit the Menu button, and was given the choice of USB Connect or Folder. I selected USB Connect. I then was given the choice of PictBridge, PTP, Mass Storage, or Auto.

    Given that the little brochure said this item works with cameras that support Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP), it seemed like a no-brainer to select PTP. As soon as I did that -- everything woke up, and thumbnails of all my photos started appearing on my iPad.

    Mindful of folks who said their connection kit worked once but not subsequently, I've hooked it up and unhooked it a few times. As long as I have my camera set to USB Connect - PTP, my iPad recognizes the camera, without fail.

    The other options for USB Connect on my camera are PictBridge, Mass Storage, and Auto. Auto and Mass Storage result in an error message on the iPad saying the device isn't supported. BUT - Everything works perfectly when I set the camera to PictBridge or PTP.

    I read a bunch of the most recent review of this kit and didn't see any mention of this kind of tweak to the camera settings as a solution. I'm willing to bet that many users who are getting the unsupported device error would find their problem solved if they checked their camera settings, as I did.

    334 of 343 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Would give it a ZERO if I could

    • Written by from SEATTLE

    Don't buy - if you have a normal camera it won't work - seems like more energy is required than the ipad allows - zero zero zero

    350 of 380 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Wouldn't work with iOS3.2 or 4.2.1. Unable to read my SD card or interface with my nikon coolpix camera on either OS version.

    294 of 315 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The connectors work well

    • Written by from Burlington

    I got mine two days ago and first wanted to make sure that I could transfer camera RAW files. The connectors transferred CR2 files (Canon) via the SD reader nicely and NEF files (Nikon) hooked to my D300 via a USB cord and the USB connector.

    I've tried to connect various devices via the USB connector as follows:

    Small portable hard drive - draws too much power to work
    Multi-card readers - draw too much power to work
    Single CF card reader (Office Depot Ativa) - works!
    USB Memory stick - "unsupported device"

    Now all we need is Aperture for the iPad!

    289 of 309 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Some Cameras Are Not Compatible

    • Written by from MADISON

    I have an older Canon Power Shot with a compact flash card. The camera has a USB cord and exports pictures just fine onto my iMac. However it does not work with my iPad. Apple told me "some cameras are not supported". Maybe Apple could list which cameras are not supported before customers purchase this.

    279 of 304 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SD reader does not work

    • Written by from Bloomington

    4Gb SD card, formatted in a Canon camera. Error MSG "USB device not supported" occurs as soon as I insert the SD card into the attached SD Reader. Can not find a solution. Worthless piece of junk, test it in the store before you waste your money.

    278 of 304 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works with USB thumb drives

    • Written by from Montreal

    Create a folder on the USB thumb drive called DCIM, and anything you place there will be available in the Photos application - just like for a digital camera.

    273 of 296 people found this useful