Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

  • Overview

    With the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader, it’s easy to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad or iPhone so you can view them on the gorgeous Retina display and share them with family and friends.

    After you insert the SD card into the reader, your iPad or iPhone automatically opens the Photos app, which organizes your photos into Moments, Collections, and Years. And when you use iCloud Photo Library, all your full-resolution photos and videos are stored safely in iCloud and automatically added to the Photos app on all your devices. With iCloud Photo Sharing, you can share your photos and videos with just the people you choose.

    The Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader supports standard photo formats, including JPEG and RAW, along with SD and HD video formats, including H.264 and MPEG-4. It supports data transfer at up to USB 3 speeds on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and all other iPad and iPhone models.*

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    Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

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  • 2.5 Average
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    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Here's how to get your non-Camera image/video files to import properly

      The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video you have on your computer may not import. That's true, but there's a way to fix it. Here's how: 1. Update iOS device to iOS9.2 or later. 2. Using your computer, create a folder called "DCIM" to the root of your SD card (or microSD). 3. Copy the images/videos into the DCIM folder. 4. Rename each image/video file like this "GOPRXXXX", where XXXX is a unique and incrementing number. For example, if you had one JPG file and one .MOV file, name them GOPR0001.JPG and GOPR0002.MOV. Incrementing numbers may not be required, but "GOPR" + 4 numeric characters are. 5. Safely eject SD card from computer, plug Reader into the iOS device, place SD card into the Reader, and Photos app should open. If you're file naming is acceptable, Import will remain open and allow you to view/import the files. Import and you're done! Note #1: Other common digital-camera file naming conventions will most likely work. Note #2: I've successfully imported several image filetypes: .jpg, .png, .raw. And these video types: .mov, .m4v, .MP4. I am sure many more will work. Also, you can have a mix of filetypes on the SD card simultaneously, and the import will work. For example, import will work with .jpg and .png and .m4v files on the card at the same time. This reader itself deserves 4 or 5 stars. It worked for me with several microSDHC cards of various levels of quality, each using a different SD adapter. However, it's the Photos app I find problematic. The Photos->Import feature requires a strict file structure like the one given above. A file named wookie_wants_cookie.jpg won't import. Why can't it be intelligent enough to accept any filename?

      • Written by George H from Orlando

      97 of 103 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Here's how to get your non-Camera image/video files to import properly

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Not for me...

      I recently purchased an iPad "Pro" and wanted a way to view my videos while out in the field. Enter the SD Card reader. I immediately found it will not work for I recently purchased an iPad "Pro" and wanted a way to view my videos while out in the field. Enter the SD Card reader. I immediately found it will not work for my use. In order to read the files on the card the capture device must store the files in a way Apple likes. My Blackmagic Pocket doesn't do this. My GH4 doesn't do it either. Apple doesn't allow you to view all files on a card so I was out of luck. For fun I tried a sd card that I stored files the way Apple likes. The Ipad "Pro" did see the files but now I can't preview them. I have to download the files to the iPad "Pro" first. It's a 256gb card with <120gb Ipad. So what's the point of the SD Card reader? I don't think it's the SD Card reader's issue but limitations in iOS. This is disappointing for a device that has "Pro" in its title.

      • Written by John T from Sachse

      36 of 51 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Not for me...

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Upgrade to iOS 9.2 for iPhone compatibility

      It's compatible with all iPhone since the 5 and most iPads (see compatibility section above). Requires iOS 9.2 to work on iPhone.

      • Written by David R from Carouge

      15 of 18 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Upgrade to iOS 9.2 for iPhone compatibility

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      It only works plugged in one way

      Only Works Plugged In One Way So I had this for about a week and started using it again and thought it had somehow broke. The thing is with my iPhone 5s and my Only Works Plugged In One Way So I had this for about a week and started using it again and thought it had somehow broke. The thing is with my iPhone 5s and my iPad Air it seems to only work when plugged in upsidedown as in the sd card symbol is down and all those regulatory words are facing up. Is the lightening connected on my unit just broken, but that doesn't really explain why it works one way and not the other. I take my sd card out of my canon camera and always have to check I plug it into my iPad the right way which is kind of irritating. First world problem I guess. My question being is it suppose to only work plugged in one way and if the answer is yes why is it the way with all that regulatory gibberish facing upwards. So until this gets answered I'm leaving this with 2 stars

      • Written by Marvens B from Berwick

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It only works plugged in one way

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Destroyed all my RAW files

      Imported fine, but when trying to edit images on a Mac images are claimed to be unsupported even thought they work perfectly well when importing directly.

      • Written by David B from London

      4 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Destroyed all my RAW files

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Works with photos but not videos

      It works with iPhone and iPad, that is amazing. But advertisement says it can transfer video too, mine doesn't work. (I was transferring mp4 format). :(

      • Written by difei x from pittsburgh

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works with photos but not videos

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