Want 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.
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.