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iPad Camera Connectors Seem To Do The Trick



I’m spending a good deal of time with my Mom since the middle of last week. Today while on a bit of a break and being spelled by my sister, I headed over to the Apple Store just to take a look around. I wasn’t shopping but just checking in. I noticed that the iPad Camera Connection Kit was on the shelf so I thought I’d pick one up. I’ve seen reviews and posts that look like this accessory might actually offer more than we all thought initially.

But given that I’m away from home I can’t comment on any of that additional functionality. What I can say is that dumping photos from a camera’s SD card into the appropriate connector works as advertised.

The kit comes with two connectors, one for SD cards and one if you’re using a USB cable connected to your camera. I’ve only tested the one of SD cards. Once you insert the SD card into the slot, the iPad’s Photo App opens up and you can choose to import all or selected pictures from the card. Once the import is done you are given the option of deleting the photos or keeping them on the source. The import created two albums. The first is Last Import and the second is All Imported.

So, in essence it does the trick if this is the trick you’re looking to accomplish. That said, I’m anxious to see what other tricks these connectors might be able to do, or rather what some intrepid developers might come up with for them to do.



  1. Mike

    04/26/2010 at 10:26 am

    Is it correct that these only work in one direction?
    So I can’t transfer pics on the ipad off onto and SD card?

    I wonder how long before the data carriers in partnership start charging for e-mails with attachments….

    Going from cynical to purely angrily reactionary – I cannot believe people aren’t more upset with apple’s insistence on these idongle ideas.

    Every modern camera made can function as a generic USB storage device.
    The ipad should simply have had an SD slot and USB port built in.

    It isn’t actually all that ‘portable’ if I need a checklist to make sure I have all the doo-dads with me I might need to be functional with it when I leave the house.

  2. ChrisRS

    04/26/2010 at 5:05 pm

    How securly do the dongles connect to the port? For a very portable devise, I would be concerned about anything sticking out very far with a ridgid connection. This looks like the iPad and dongle should be sitting on a solid surface and not moved around until the dongle is removed. What is your take having actually seen and used it?

  3. Warner Crocker

    04/26/2010 at 8:29 pm

    @Mike, this is only one way. Can’t say I disagree with you about the need for these.

    @ChrisRS, it feels sturdier than I thought it would. That said I’d be careful as I can see it easily popping off or being bent into the dock connector.

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