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iPad Camera Connection Kit: Transfer Photos Directly From Your Digital Camera to iPad

iPad Camera Connection KitWant to transfer photos from your digital camera to your iPad? You no longer have to go through the tedious process of transferring photos to your computer and then syncing it with your iPad. Courtesy, the just released iPad Camera Connection Kit, you can import photos and videos from a digital camera or SD card directly to your iPad. The kit also supports most popular photos services including Flickr, MobileMe and others. What’s more, the iPad Camera Connection Kit costs a miserly $29.

The Kit provides two simple ways of importing your photos. One way is use your SD card connector to upload photos via a SD card. The other option is to use the USB connector so that you can connect your camera directly to the iPad. The usage is intuititve – as soon as you plug the connector to your iPad, it opens the photo app and shows the photos on your card. It may take a while for all your photos to show up, so be patient. You can then either choose some photos or all photos to be imported.

As a bonus, the kit allows you to connect a USB keyboard to your iPad. The Apple iPad does not have a webcam or a USB keyboard – No worries, the iPad Camera Connection Kit offers both. Further, TidBITS reports that you can use a headset to make VoIP calls over Skype, and that the audio quality is excellent. You can also use a Bluetooth headset with the iPad.

The iPad Camera Connection Kit does have some limitations though – it is not 100% USB compliant, does not recognize external drives and you can’t copy files directly from the iPad to the SD card. If you face any issues in operating your iPad Camera Connection Kit, see this Demo video.

If you’ve used it already, I’ll be glad to hear your opinion about the iPad Camera Connection Kit. If you’ve not puchased it yet, I suggest you do so. At $29, it’s great value for money!

Check out our how-to guide to learn how to use the camera connection kit to transfer photos from camera or SD card to iPad directly.

About Gaurav Kheterpal

Gaurav Kheterpal is a seasoned technology professional with nearly a decade of experience in Mobile, Web 2.0 and Open Source Technologies. He's an Apple fanboy and an iPhone lover/ critic since it's early days. He loves exploring, developing and reviewing iPhone apps, as well as covering news stories about Apple and its products.

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22 Responses to iPad Camera Connection Kit: Transfer Photos Directly From Your Digital Camera to iPad

  1. SeattleBrad April 27, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    I heard that it downsizes your photos to 3 megapixels. This means it spoils my plan to offload my vacation photos, so I can delete them from my memory card.

    • Gaurav April 30, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

      I’m not sure about the downsizing. Perhaps, you should try it out once for yourself.

      Thanks!
      Gaurav

  2. Cheryl May 1, 2010 at 1:03 am #

    It doesn’t downsize your photos, but it does make a 3MP jpeg for viewing on the iPad.
    If you then download the photos to your computer from iPad your original JPG or raw photo will be transferred unaltered from your iPad, or so I’ve been told

    Cheryl

  3. pat moore June 15, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Would I be able to use my card reader for my Olympus camera? It connects to my iMac just through USB just like a cable would.

  4. Brian Purnell November 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    how do i download my photos in which i transferred to the ipad back to my imac at home after my vacation?

    • Kathy Jackson January 23, 2011 at 4:52 am #

      use mobile me

    • Sue October 18, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Sounds to me like they will download when you sync or if you do not delete from card after download to iPad then just download as normal to computer.

  5. ste December 7, 2010 at 4:07 am #

    how do i transfer the pictures back to the computer? i cant find any ways to transfer them from the camera to the ipad, and then to the computer!

  6. Stewart J December 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    What a joke !! You shell out $30 to transfer photos to the iPad? I can do that for free with ANY $250 netbook! Pathetically useless thing this iPad !!

    • n March 17, 2011 at 4:58 am #

      How?!

  7. Anon January 1, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    Not only can I transfer photos and videos via built-in SDHC card on my $250 Windows 7 netbook, as well as transfer photos/videos directly from my camera, but I can also run full blown office 2010, adobe apps as well. I can also hook up flash cards and all sorts of USB devices to any cheap netbook. iPad? More like “iOverPricedandUselessPad”.

    • raw March 31, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      And be ever vigilant for the virus that’s going to get your netbook!

  8. Stewart J January 1, 2011 at 9:37 pm #

    @ste, if you really want a streamlined way to transfer photos and videos, use a $250 netbook. Put your iPad up on Craigslist.

  9. SAn March 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Pc users please dont read or comment on apple products, just relax n stay jealous.

  10. Chainsaw March 14, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Is there a way to copy images from an iPad or iPhone to the camera connection kit? Like if I want to backup my images from my phone quickly to an external SD card is there a way to do it with the kit, a card and the phone or pad?

  11. e39 M5 April 2, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    Stay jealous of what? That this device doesn’t have a USB port? pay $30 for a limited use adapter? that it can,t do what a net book can for a third of the price? the display is neat but it fails in substance

  12. Kelly July 25, 2011 at 6:57 am #

    My photo adapter suddenly stopped wooing. Only used a few times. Any suggestions

  13. Digital Piano October 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm #

    fantastic points altogether, you simply received a new reader. What might you recommend in regards to your put up that you made a few days in the past? Any positive?

  14. Ann May 13, 2012 at 12:09 am #

    How do I delete a single pic without deleting “from everywhere”? As far as I can see, that is my one and only choice.

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