• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    perfect memory portal for large/multiple videos on smaller ipad minis

    • Written by from lexington

    Have a 16GB ipad mini, but how to pack around a lot of videos to watch without clogging my ipad mini? Use this with a card to keep X ammount of videos to watch and upload at whim to my mini to watch, also use SD card as a photo library. basically this makes your ipad mini into a much larger platform for getting vids and pics onto it without having your computer at hand to upload new / diff vids or photos from. which is perfect for travel where you want a HUGE GB of vids to upload to watch on your ipad mini.

    1001 of 1146 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like it should, and as described

    • Written by from Tucson

    This does as it's advertised, transfer photos/videos from a camera into you iPad... works great! Please ignore the folks who give this one star because it doesn't do functions like external storage.

    789 of 923 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as it should

    • Written by from Lafayette Hill

    I bought this for my new iPad mini. You should insert the card in the reader, then insert into iPad. No problem with transfer.

    793 of 933 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The catch to use the sd card reader

    • Written by from Portland

    To use the sd card reader you must set up the sd card like it came from a camera. If you just put pictures on a sd card and plug it in, the ipad will not recognize or see any pictures. That was what I was doing when I first got this. I thought it didn't work!!!
    Naturally when you pull a sd card from your camera, it is formatted so the camera can read/ write on it. You can plug that sd card into the reader with no problems or extra steps and the ipad will see it.
    But, when you are taking pictures from, lets say your laptop, you have to create a folder named "DCIM" then put a folder "100DICAM" in it. Now put all your videos and pictures in this folder. This just makes the ipad think the sd card is from a camera and is now able to see it.
    The lightning sd card reader works great except for this annoyance. Hope this helps people. Have a great day.

    404 of 415 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Savannah

    I wanted to backup my camera photos to the ipad and work with them. This only allows you to import into the camera roll - not any other apps. AND - it reduces the files size. I tried importing several jpgs in excess of 4 meg apiece and it reduced each one to less than half a meg. Just unacceptable. It should allow me to import into any photo app at the full resolution. It's not like this adapter is $2.00. If you only want lo-res snapshots you won't be disappointed. You are slipping in the polls Apple - and it is deserved. Lately it is one frustrating update after another and nothing but difficulty getting your products to work.

    354 of 413 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Reads SD cards upto 32 GB, but not 64 GB

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I have the 128 GB Ipad4 with the iPhoto app. Like many photographers, I bought the Ipad to review my photos in the field without resorting to the inconvenience of a bigger computer. I have been able to read RAW and jpg files from 32 GB SD cards, but not from 64 GB cards. (With the 64 GB cards I get the Ipad msg "Contents not Available, Cannot read the connected storage.") In searching online, I have found that other users have had the same experience. Given the photography market using the Ipad, where DSLR photographers commonly use 64 GB cards, this is something Apple needs to fix.

    215 of 220 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited compatibility.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I have a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 64GB, and it says card not supported. Used in a Sony RX-100, shooting raw (ARW).
    Most camera products provide compatibility information before you buy. This incompatibility makes my mini iPad (64GB) useless as a travel tool. All these products are current and theoretically top quality. Why don't they work?

    211 of 236 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    CREATE a DCIM FOLDER if you are transferring pictures!!!!

    • Written by from Wailuku

    I was originally going to return the card reader because it didn't work at all. I wanted to use it to transfer pictures I had stored on my laptop to the mini iPad. I did the copying to the sd card and plugged it into the iPad and nothing happened. It was so frustrating. I did this several times.

    Thankfully, I saw the question and answer section on this website. First all the pictures had to put into a DCIM folder (just create it on the sd card). After I did that, it worked like a charm! I plugged the connector into the iPad and it automatically went to the camera section and asked if I wanted to download the pictures.

    This connector assumes that you are taking a card directly out of your camera and then into the connector. No comment on that assumption!

    181 of 187 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless for 64GB SDXC card

    • Written by

    Bought this adaptor hoping to download pictures from my D7100 camera. Yet found that it cannot read SDXC card beyond 32GB.....really becomes a white elephant...nice to see, poor to use

    172 of 187 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    False Advertising by Apple on "SD card reader"

    • Written by from Brampton

    I had no idea there was a 32GB limit to which SD card it could read. I have a 64GB card and plan on getting a second 64GB card for my holidays, only to learn after the fact that this "SD card reader" can't read SD cards! After thinking I had a faulty product, find through reviews here that there is a limit - 32GB and lower. An overpriced, inadequate product by Apple.

    169 of 194 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works "precisely" as it's called

    • Written by from wichita

    Reference Vanessa P on Nov 30 2012 before reading on.

    It must be understood that this adapter was meant to read directly from a camera Those of you who are expecting this adapter to work as expandable storage best be prepared to work for it. That is, the reader will only read the photos AND videos IF they’re named and formatted correctly. Let me clarify further that all files MUST be in 8 digit alpha-numerics (e.g. XXXX1234). It doesn’t matter how it’s named as long as there are eight (8) characters. No special characters other than underscore ( _ ). Even then it can only be used as the 4th character (e.g. DSC_0001). Concerning formats, JPG and MP4 works perfectly. Haven’t tried h.264 yet. Again, it must…MUST be understood that this is a “camera card” reader, NOT external storage. And to confirm, No, you can not transfer from ipad to card; ONLY from card to ipad.

    146 of 152 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt work with 64 gig! Rubbish

    • Written by from Stoke-on-Trent

    If apple had stated that this does not work with 64 gig cards I never would have bought it! Completely pointless me having it now unless they have a magical update coming that will fix the issue.

    Wanted to use it to transfer different videos off of my GoPro and naturally with it using quite a lot of data to record HD video I spent a bit more buying a 64gig card.

    If it worked it would be a great (but very overpriced) item but now its just an overpriced piece of junk. Thanks Apple!

    140 of 154 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work and is expensive...

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    Bought this to edit/browse photos from my two SanDisk 128 GB Class 10 SD cards...find out it doesn't work with anything better than a 32 GB card. Haven't tried a cassette tape on it yet.

    Really, Apple? Really?

    Two things need to be fixed: it needs to read newer cards, and enough with the "has to be formatted like a camera photo" bs. Give us what is most useful, not what is most profitable, or I swear my next tablet will not be an ipad...

    121 of 151 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from Fonthill

    I have tired it with 5 different SD cards. Works with all of them. Does what it states nothing more nothing less. If you are looking to add more storage to your iPad your'e looking at the wrong solution. It was made to go along with a digital camera. Not replace a laptop to someone of you reviewers.
    This is what it is for. I am on a trip in say Cuba. I just took some amazing pictures with my digital DSR. Now I want to share some of those pictures on Facebook. This device will allow you to upload pictures to your iPad and view them. Then with your iPad connected to the internet via wifi or 3G you can share the pictures whatever way you want. It goes great with a digital camera. You can edit/photoshop the pictures on your iPad and make room on your SD card for more pictures.

    If your SD card isn't working then check the lock toggle on the side of the SD card. It is sometimes hit while pushing the SD card into the slot.

    If I had one problem with the reader it would be that there is no cover over the SD slot. While not a big problem it would be nice to protect from dust and sand.

    98 of 108 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Support

    • Written by from Monroe

    I have a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 64GB, and it says card not supported. I also tried a 16GB card and it worked perfectly.

    96 of 105 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader Works on Ipad 4 with Retina Display

    • Written by from LAS VEGAS

    Please see review dated Nov. 6, 2012 answered by Josh S. on Nov. 15, 2012. His instructions work. If you are not using an SD card that was used to take pics with your camera, you have to create a DCIM folder and a sub folder inside of it named 100DICAM on the SD card. Then place your pics in the sub folder and they must be an 8 character format such as DSC_1234. I used a number scheme to name each pic such as 100_1111, 100_1112, etc. See the review dated Nov. 6, 2012. I have an IPad4 with Retina display and purchased the Lightning SD Card Camera Reader today. I just finished making the folder, sub folder, and renaming my pics. I then was able to import the pics to my IPad 4 using the SD Card Camera Reader. Works Great!

    93 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One way transfer

    • Written by from SACRAMENTO

    I'm becoming annoyed at apple's habit of glossing over these accessory capabilities, as well as their assumptions about my wifi access. You can transfer pics TO an ipad, but not off. You must use icloud or dropbox to transfer photos, which seems easy, IF you have wifi, which is not the case at my work or school! To print a single image, I have to plug the ipad into a computer, download the files, then transfer them to the sd card for use elsewhere. All this because they don't even give you an option to transfer ANYTHING off without wifi or a computer, which kinda defeats the purpose of having an ipad. Beware.

    115 of 149 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No 64gb?

    • Written by from Mason

    Won't read 64gb cards? That's incredibly annoying, it's not a popular size yet, but it's certainly not obscure. Not working with iPhones is an annoyance as well, but well enough documented that I already knew of the limitation before ordering.

    89 of 104 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from York

    Reader will NOT read .jpg's from your PC you can ONLY use to copy directly from the camera to the ipad. A .jpg is a .jpg right ?? not so apparently... This could be simple but for some reason Apple has chosen to make this a chore to do with iTunes! Also for those who shoot RAW+JPG it will copy both over, a waste of space. Apple if you are watching PLEASE fix your software so that we can use the SD reader to copy over any images or video not just directly from a camera!

    94 of 127 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from MISSION VIEJO

    Bought this to transfer pictures from my point and shoot camera to my iPad 4. Having this ability is great because I can leave my expensive lap top at home and just bring my much more portable iPad on trips. It works perfectly.

    As an added bonus, i found that it also transfers video from my GoPro Hero 3 action camera too! The GoPro uses a micro SD card so i used a micro SD to SD adapter and it worked perfect. I bought iMovie and now I can also edit the videos as well. This card reader really makes the iPad that much more usefull.

    59 of 63 people found this useful