• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Get It To Work

    • Written by from St. Albert

    I downloaded photos from my Windows PC to a SD card. I then tried to transfer from the SD card using the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader to my iPad Air. It recognized that I had connected the cable but it couldn't read or see the photos on the SD card. I looked at some of the reviews here to see if I was doing something wrong. The initial card I tried was 32 GB; didn't work. I tried an 8GB card; didn't work. I checked the file names on the 8GB card and all complied to the one suggestion below; didn't work.
    I went to my Apple dealer where I bought the iPad and this cable reader and their response was that the card had been formatted by my PC and that's why the iPad couldn't read it. They suggested that I re-format the card in my camera and then try it again. I did; it didn't work.

    From the other reviews I've read here, success is certainly not consistent (hit or miss) so I would have to say that the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader is not a good product. Unless someone can provide a solution that is guaranteed to work, then I would recommend not buying.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Limitations with Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

    • Written by from Highland

    I have 2 video cameras that I tried transferring video from to my IPAD Mini via the Lightning to SD Adapter. My Sony Action Cam records in MPEG4 and the videos transferred to my Ipad Mini with no issues. My JVC GZ-EX210 with wi-fi however records in AVCHD and my IPAD Mini did not recognize that there were any videos on the SD card. The IPAD Mini did however recognize still photos on the JVC camera SD card. In order to transfer video from a JVC Everio camcorder with wi-fi the best solution is to use the free Everio Sync app and do a wireless transfer to your Ipad. This works with no issues and puts the videos into your photo album and they can also be accessed in iMovie. So to make a long story short, you do not need the SD Adapter if you have a JVC Camcorder with Wi-Fi. I am giving this product 4 stars because it only works with certain file types and SD card file structures. I tried copying and pasting and renaming the files on the JVC SD card to match what the file structure looked like on the SONY card but my Ipad still would not recognize that there was video on the JVC SD card. A wireless transfer is much less work and why go through all that bother of moving files around on your SD card and renaming files if you don't have too. Maybe Apple will come up with a SW update to fix this issue if enough people complain about it. I'm certain there are many more people out there shooting in AVCHD and not just MPEG4.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work...

    • Written by from Livonia

    I've tried to use it but no matter how many "hints" I read about it's just as useful as a dead fish. Plug it in they say... I did and it does nothing. Restart your iPad they say... I did and it still does nothing. Try different cards... I did and nothing. Don't waste your money like I did unless you like stuff that does nothing.

    27 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with iPad Air

    • Written by from Hampstead

    I bought this device in an Apple store. I requested a SD card adapter that works with the iPad Air. It does not work. I'm using a 16GB SD card. When plugged in, there is no action on the device. No message or attempt to show any of the pictures. Do not buy this device if you try to load pictures to an iPad Air.

    30 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    can not retrieve movies

    • Written by from whittier

    Can not retrieve movies from the SD Reader only import videos and picts to the SD card.... My $60.00 tablet is lot better and reads the SD Card than my Ipad mini...

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SD Card or not

    • Written by from Martins Ferry

    An SD card is an SD card is an SD card! This device works fine wIth 3 of my cameras that use SD cards (32 gigs & below),,,,,but could not figure out why anything from Sony would not work until I realized these were Memory Sticks. Not the same and DO NOT work. So don't plan to download from a Memory Stick,,,,,this is like trying to mix apples and oranges; or better yet an orange with Apple!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well if your SD card is less than 32gb

    • Written by from SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

    I was able to import .RAW and .JPEG files fine with my 16gb cards. But if you're sporting 32gb or 64gb SD cards, you're in for a shock. It's hit or miss with 32gb or higher. Your iPad Air will initiate the Photo app and you'll be tapping 'import' and there's nothing to import or your tablet cannot detect your card. I've tried about 6 different 32gb and 64gb cards and it's hit or miss. I believe it has something to do with what type of 'class' your SD card is. None of my Class 10 64gb SD cards are readable, yet all my 16gb cards (regardless of class) are easily readable. There ought to be more compatibility information on this plain white box that the thing came in. Otherwise, this reader will be a huge disappointment for photographers on the go who want to transfer their pics onto their iPad to upload via Photo Stream.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it worked it was great!

    • Written by from Iroquois

    I bought this and when it worked it was awesome and easy but almost to the exact date of purchase one year later it stopped working and the warranty was just expired so I was S.O.L!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Product is Good but poor documentation

    • Written by from Johnson city

    First of all it didnt worked with my iphone 5, says its "incompatible". It worked for Ipad air 16bg and I had 16GB sandisk Extreme, was able to tansfer the photo to ipad however you will not able to transfer photos/videos from ipad to SD card back, 2 starts due to lack of documentation clearly and misguiding esp when you say SD card reader it has to be 2 way and not apple(one) way

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    • Written by from washington

    Have an Ipad Air and it doesn't work. Tried several different cards. The album page will pop up, but doesn't see the sd card. Apple should include a slot for a card in all their tablets.

    39 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another piece of Apple Junk

    • Written by from Springfield

    Got an Iphone 5 and have hated it ever since I got it. photos don't sync well without a lot of time and effort. Can't get my calendars to sync with my Iphone and Ipad using icloud. My daughter purchased a lightning to sd Card reader for me to use with my phone and now I find out it only works with the Ipad. I have been using a computer since 1982 and have done masters level work in Computer science. I despise the day I let my daughter convince me I should go with an Iphone and Ipad. Can hardly wait for my contract to be up so I can get an android. Wish I could give minus stars

    24 of 84 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by

    Tried using this to read a 64GB card in my 128 GB 4th generation iPad. It won't work. The cable to download from the camera doesn't work either. Both are fine with 32 GB cards, just not with the 64GB.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Compatibly should be listed on box!

    • Written by from Pocahontas

    Very disappointing Christmas present. Compatibility should be listed on the outside of the box for items that only work with specific devices that have lightning ports. Only states in the directions inside that it works with an iPad, not an iPhone.

    20 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatible with IO7 - why is it for sale in the Apple Store?

    • Written by from Nashua

    So like the benevolent quasi-government that Apple tries to be it has broken yet another great product and has left it on its shelves for the unwary masses to purchase. What used to be a great device has now been rendered useless by yet another "upgrade". Sigh - no wonder Android bigots rant on about the openness of the system.

    Stop trying to protect everyone from themselves.

    49 of 73 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor review of photos prior to download

    • Written by from Birmingham

    This part needs a feature to review and edit card prior to all photos being downloaded to iPad. Too time consuming to remove unwanted photos from IPad.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lightning to sd card reader not working

    • Written by from Plaquemine

    Bought the card reader and every time I plug the reader into my iPad mini it keeps popping up a message saying that this reader is not certified and may not be reliable with this iPad and it does not work. Why?!?!?

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with iPad mini retina or iPad 4 or iPhone 5S

    • Written by from Longmont

    none of my apple iOS 7 devices recognize it. My iMacs and Macbook pro recognize it without a problem. pictures, videos taken with multiple cameras and videos taken with goPro do not work. The iOS 7 devices simply can't read it.

    Was using 32GB SanDisk extreme.

    64GB ipad 4
    64GB ipad mini retina
    32GB iphone 5S


    none worked at all.

    44 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked beautifully for my uses

    • Written by from Norwalk

    Used this to transfer photos from 3 of my cameras:
    GoPro HD Hero 3+
    Canon 5D Classic
    Sony Nex 6

    All of my memory cards are 32GB and smaller

    was able to upload photos from my gopro (uses mirco SD) with an SD adaptor. This worked wondefully, was able to see full res videos after transferring.

    Worked fine with pictures shot in RAW and JPEG on my 5D classic (uses CF but have SD to CF adaptor). In iPhoto it recognizes that it is a raw image, but I am not sure if it converts to JPEG or reduces the size of the photo. I will compare file size compared on my computer vs iPad.

    nex 6 worked fine, no issues std SD usage.

    A little bit pricey but it worked well. If you don't want to wait for the import window to appear, open up pictures, and the import icon should show at the bottom in a few seconds or less.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sporadic

    • Written by from Jamaica Plain

    This has worked sporadically for me. 9 times out of 10 it isn't recognized by my iPad Mini. When it is recognized it will import photos, unless I bump into the card reader… then it might become unrecognized.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    H.264 format mandated works strictly only as a camera file reader

    • Written by from Schaumburg

    I bought this cable to gift my mom the ipad with all photos from her visit to US. Since back home internet speed I decided to buy a large SD card dump about 60 GB of images into it and add it to the ipad. Well first the good things. this cable does support SDXC and that is the best part. And it reads images and shows thumbnails instantly under import section of moments. This requires the long route. Note the outer folder need to be DCIM or so as your DSLR would build then it has to have folders within it just 8 chars length H.264 standard domplaint. Say I had "New York" as folder name it wont show images until the folder is renamed as "New_York" 8 characters no spaces please! Then images should have just 8 chars and .jpg or RAW type.
    like DSC_0001.jpg. Only then it works. Last the images cant be enlarged zoomed or rotated unless you import! so If you have 6000 you can import only a few at a time!
    Folder wont show images instantly if more images are there. It just takes time to load everything in thumbnails.
    Well if you have photos in different folders say "Brooklyn" and "New_York" it wont care for albums it will show them all in one well so all 6000 from 20+ albums will be jumbled that's the worst part! And you can rotate or have in slide show only the ones you import.
    And for caution and safety always lock your memory card and insert as it will always show import all and delete all on top. Please lock your card else very easily you can loose all your images in one misfortunate click!
    Well this reader just works! with so much to be known in fine print! But if you cant afford good internet, and need large storage for photos, and can't spend extra money for larger capacity ipads this is a good choice. It never works with iphone and Apple doesn't list it there as accessory for the phone so buy it only for ipad! Its good if you know how to use it wisely! And it supports SDHC and SDXC upto 64GB I tested it and works fine!

    19 of 26 people found this useful