• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Slow, overall not a great Apple experience

    • Written by from Portland

    Although this might be the best way to get photos from your camera's SD card to your iPad, it's certainly not a great "Apple-like" experience. I'm no prom, but can take 50-100 photos a day on vacation. I wanted a solution to get RAW images onto my iPad for some quick on-the-go editing (using a RAW editor like Photogene...).

    The process of transferring photos is cumbersome. First, plug your SD card into the Reader. Then plug the Reader into the iPad. The Photos app will launch automatically with a new option on the bottom, "Import." Here's where it gets s-l-o-w. Each RAW file (maybe 15MB?) takes about 1 second to load as a thumbnail. If you have 50 or 100 or 500 images on your SD card, they will all have to load before you can do anything. Remember, this is just the image thumbnail. Oh, and you can't switch over to another app while this is happening...basically you are stuck waiting for this to complete.

    Once all the thumbnails load, you can then choose which images you actually want to import to the iPad. Tap on them to select, then choose "Import" and wait some more for the images to actually get imported into your Camera Roll.

    Overall, not a great solution--seems a bit haphazard, and I wish some OS updates would speed this up. Falls short of "Apple" simplicity and magic.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by from Oceanside

    This works perfectly with my iPad Air and Fuji XT1.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SD Card Reader No longer works on iPad 2 or iPad Air 2

    • Written by from Roseville

    I have an iPad 2 and and iPad Air 2. My SD carder worked a few months ago, but ever since OS upgrades, it no longer works. When I plug it in, it opens the photo app, but doesn't allow me to see the photos on the card, let alone download them. Very annoying!! I'll bring it to the Apple store eventually to see if they can get it to work or replace it.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfect

    • Written by from Santa Rosa

    Purchased in February 2015 for my new 128gb iPad Air 2.
    It worked exactly as advertised. No issues at all.

    It is a simple straight forward way to transfer photos from my camera (Canon) to my iPad.

    The reviewers who had connectivity issues may have missed the compatibility list or made assumptions that this reader might work with devices other than those on the list.

    The reader also worked perfectly on my wife's 2 year old mini iPad.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the photo app start but pictures don't show?

    • Written by from Overland Park

    For those of you having trouble with this device because the pictures don't show up, or the Import option doesn't show up, I've figured out what the problem is. What Apple doesn't clearly tell you is that the SD card must have been used by a camera, or at least have the appearance of being used by a camera. After much frustration, I finally realized the only SD card that would read using this device was one that had actually been used to take pictures with a camera. So, I took a blank SD card, created a folder named DCIM (recognize the folder name?) and then created another folder inside with the camera ID (in my case, PANA_100, since I have a Panasonic camera). Once I did this, I could then copy whatever picture I wanted into this folder and it would import onto my iPad.

    I hope this helps!

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Work great for what I need it for!

    • Written by from Overland Park

    Insert SD card into the reader and then the lightning end into my iPad Mini and the Mini instantly recognized my photos and downloaded the full files size onto the Mini. Although I don't use raw files I did try the setup with raw files from my Leica. A couple of notes on the raw files. If you shoot raw with a jpeg it'll only download the jpeg and not the raw file, however if you only shoot and use the raw file only it'll download the full size raw file. I'm happy with the camera reader in the way it works and it's very fast with downloading from the card.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Card reader

    • Written by from Spring Hill

    Transferred photos from my PC to a SD card and my IPAD will not open them and this with using the Lightning card reader

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    SD Reader Works Fine as long as you don't Mess with the files

    • Written by from Dallas

    I wasn't having much luck importing pictures using the SD Card-Lightening Connector accessory on my new ipad Air 2. It just didn't seem to recognize that there were .jpg or other format pictures on the card. I was using a 2GB SD card that I had put some .jpg pictures on as a test to see if the accessory worked. No luck. When I tried an SD card straight from a camera all seemed to work. "Photos" was opened automatically when the SD card was inserted into the slot and the "Import" icon showed up at the bottom of the screen. Pressing the "Import" showed all of the photos on the card.
    I found that if I manually put ,jpgs onto the card they were not recognized by the ipad. If I changed the file name of the .jpgs they were not recognized by the ipad. If I changed their location on the SD card, ie. from the DCIM directory to the root directory they were not recognized by the ipad. I did put an old jpeg in the DCIM directory that was shot by another camera and the ipad DID recognize the picture.
    I finally got tired of trying different scenarios figuring that the Appleman wants you to use itunes for importing photos rather than letting you simply drop and drag them onto an SD card and import them using your new expensive accessory.
    Bottom line: You can easily import photos off of an SD card that comes straight from your camera.
    I am curious though, as to why Apple would hobble a nice accessory. I thought Apple's mantra was to make things easy and simple rather than confusing and difficult.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Less than 1 star

    • Written by from Adrian

    Won't read to my ipad the very same SD card that my MacBook Pro and my PC will. Took it to the Apple store and they were totally baffled. tried another off the shelf, same problem. never have i had a $30 device give so much problem. not asking for apple to cook my dinner or make a drink for $30, just want something that works!! sending it back.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor description of the loads of restrictions it has.

    • Written by from Buenos aires

    Simple: it only downloads to your Ipad (NOT your iphones or ipods) images saved to a SD card with a CAMERA. Nothing else.
    It DOES NOT:
    -work with iphones or ipods.
    -allow you to save anything to the SD.
    -view full images direct from the SD. ( you need to import them first)
    -read any content ( even images) saved to the SD by other devices other than cameras ( For exaple your computer).

    Hope all this information was made clear BEFORE purchase.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sooo Easy!

    • Written by from Shah Alam

    So easy to use. I bought this for my iPad mini and it works! Don't use it for ur iPhone. Transfer all the pictures from ur SD card like magic. Haha

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I could give it a zero

    • Written by from San Diego

    I can't imagine a more disappointing accessory. Only works with select devices and very limited functionality. That's what I get for buying it based on the box rather than checking reviews first.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!. Sorry it doesn't do the dishes...

    • Written by from Portage

    This little cord does exactly what it says - allows you to copy photos from your camera's SD card to your iPad. I don't know what all the complaints are about. I guess some people feel that for $30, something made by Apple should cook dinner and do the dishes as well!

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly!

    • Written by from Carmichael

    Works like a charm and as described. just plug in your SD card and you can transfer the pics to your iPad. Highly recommend!!

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lighting to SD reader is rubbish

    • Written by from Epsom

    Unfortunately this thing only seems to work sometimes. Bought it yesterday. After inserting it 20 times I can confirm it worked 2 times. The rest of the time you get "The accessory is not supported by ipad". Very boring and annoying. I suggest you spend the money on something else.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than anything

    • Written by from Newhall

    first off, all the 1 star reviews are dummies who bought this for their iPhones. I use it with my iPad mini 2 and it couldn't be more perfect. it is simple, quick, and easy. I used to import on my pc then email to my iPad and this is soooooo much better. thank you!!!!

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Incomplete Functionality

    • Written by from Monterrey

    I was looking forward for it working with and iphone6, but guess there's still no support for this devices. Second of all you are just able to export the images to iphoto, wish it would let you decide to export to dropbox or google drive!

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Save your money!

    • Written by from Clovis

    If you are looking for something to transfer your pictures/videos from your iPad/iPhone to an external media DO NOT BUY THIS. This ONLY lets you bring media along or transfer it to your iPad. Way overpriced for what it does, totally not worth it.

    14 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Come On, Guys & Gals in Cupertino...

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    I was really looking forward to using my iPad Air as a way to monitor my DSLR shots. I shoot fine art photos and commercial images. The images load slowly, but I can live with that. What I can't believe is that you can only view the contents of the card in the thumbnail view. The image or images must be imported before you can see them full screen or larger. What use is that? I need to be able to see details from a 36mp camera. I need to check critical focus and dynamic range, which should be possible on the retina display.
    Apple products have always been favored by the arts community. I guess the preferred customer base is now the social media devotees that can quickly see their cat pics and vids for upload.
    I am very disappointed in the implementation of this adapter. I have been on board since the first 128k Mac. I would consider it heresy to buy another brand... but I am looking.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works very efficiently

    • Written by from Sydney

    The sd card reader copies the photos to my iPad very quickly. Efficient and easy to copy over.

    3 of 4 people found this useful