• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Slow!!!

    • Written by Parvon K from Birmingham

    I received this item yesterday (19/10/2017) and connected it with my iPhone 8 Plus it works well and the device recognizes it, but it is so slow to pick when showing pictures. It states its USB 3 however it runs like USB 1 :( disappointed in this product

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Was working fine until ios12 update

    • Written by Anthony S from Los Angeles

    Everything was working properly until the update now nothing pops up this is ridiculous why have a product that does not work properly.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works ad advertised but still disappointed

    • Written by Khurt W from Princeton

    Yes, it imports from iPhone and iPad (requires iOS 9.2 or later). Yes, it imports JPEG and RAW. However, ... iOS does not allow the editing of RAW files.

    24 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I have the new adapter. Still doesn’t work!!

    • Written by Dorrell T from Wichita

    I bought one of the new lightning to sd card dongles and still get no access to my photos but it works just fine on my iPhone 7. Both are on the same iOS version.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dash Cam SD card files not seen

    • Written by Robert B from Edmonds

    I'd hoped to import video files from my dash cam SD card. The files are within a folder within a second folder. Photos pops up but nothing shows up. I followed others advice and moved a test file to a DCIM folder I'd created. Photos still insists there is nothing to import. This seems very un-Apple like that it cannot find these files. What is so hard about recognizing files and importing them, even if they are not recognizable image or video files?

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but basic functionality. JPEG only

    • Written by Paul B from Southampton

    I have just bought a new iPad Mini 5th Gen running iOS 12.2. I want to transfer photos from my Panasonic GX9, which I can do wirelessly but the idea of this gadget is to make that a quicker and simpler process.
    The camera can take JPEGs at 5, 10 or 20 MP. I can put the SD card in the reader and Photos opens on the iPad and it will transfer all or some of the pictures. So the basic process works. However, as people have already remarked, there is only a thumbnail size preview available, which is pretty poor. There is NO other information whatsoever in Photos, before or after import, not even basic info such as file name, date and time, resolution. That is REALLY poor!
    The camera can also record in RAW format - 20MP obviously. Photos does import these but RESIZES them to a useless 1920*1440 !! This is bizarre!! If I take a photo in RAW + JPEG, Photos ignores the RAW file completely and only imports the JPEG.
    Half of the questions in the Q&A ask if it can write to an SD card. It definitely can't and the Files app doesn't even see the card. So you can't use an SD card for transfer or backup. Another glaring omission. Oddly, it lets you delete from the card, which you wouldn't want to do so that's a useless function.
    In summary:
    it does what it says, but only for JPEG and it's more difficult than it should be.
    It's no use for RAW (maybe that's just Panasonic, but I wouldn't bet on that).
    It could be much more useful than it is. I would expect better for the money.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No quite what I wanted

    • Written by David L from Greenville

    I was hoping to use this a quick photo viewer. I wanted to be able to view photos that I took with my canon camera on a photo shoot. I wanted to use this product to see my photos fullscreen, check the resolution, and check for clarity. Unfortunately, you can only view the photos as a thumbnail. If you want to view them full resolution you have to download them. That is why am returning this. If all you want to do is download photos this will work. If you want to view the photos at full resolution just realize you have to download them. It's not a photo viewer.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bata testing

    • Written by Michael C from Lehigh

    Hey new user newest iPad. Have not fully set up yet. Was waiting for a class from apple guy at Best Buy but too busy for classes.In mean time son genius installed iOS 11 . Many problems for this novice user. Not able to used card reader to view dash cam. Says it imports unable to find except empty card emblem. Also at work at a fire department have a ESO solutions for fire reports,unable to use system due to it says it needs silver something to operate for safari. Does not work after installing but shows main website but can’t use. SD reader works other iPads ESO works other apple commputers . Please help even apple guy at Best Buy not familiar with iOS 11

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lighting sd card reader

    • Written by Adrian G from Harleston


    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It only works plugged in one way

    • Written by Marvens B from Berwick

    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

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by George H from Orlando

    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?

    660 of 751 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great device, pity about the software

    • Written by Anthony S from Colchester

    This card reader works fast and reliably. I used it for many hundred photos on a recent cruise. But Photos import facility is so limited. The thumbnails are so small you cannot see any blurring or other faults. You have to import all the photos first before you can see them full screen. Only then can you see any misfocus or other problems. But by then you have two copies, one on the iPad and one on the card. Yes I know you can delete all photos from the card after importing, but then you have only one copy of your photos on one device. And no serious photographer would tolerate that. On a cruise ship or elsewhere, backing up to iCloud is not an option. So the only option is to delete individually all the bad ones both from iPad and from the card now back in the camera and leave the good ones. This is a very slow, boring and error prone process, especially as Photos does not display even file names, let alone metadata.
    What is needed is a facility to see the photos full screen BEFORE importing, with just 2 buttons, Import and Delete. New updated version PLEASE!

    365 of 405 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the box, but not a tool for Pro's

    • Written by Keith G from Dartmouth

    My comments are limited to the following. Used with an iPad 10.5 Pro. Only used to import Nikon Raw images. I shoot a lot of frames in one sitting. Purchased as an alternative to using Eye-Fi Mobi card.

    I agree with other comments posted. Whilst it does what it says (imports photos from SD to iPad) it's very narrow in terms of what it does. It automatically launches the iPad Photos app and provides thumbnails which can be selected. The only choice for these is to import or delete. Apparent import is reasonably fast, but you're left wondering what's happened or is happening. Photos is pre-occupied with it's way of organising content and it will also attempt to upload all of your shots to iCloud (if you've turned that feature on). I shoot large numbers of frame at a time (typically 700, 24 megapixel, NEF). I'll use this product as a way of getting to look at photos in the field, fast but it's so disruptive to my workflow that I doubt it will be my usual choice).

    Recommend you don't use this if your iPad is low on power.

    Recommend NEVER (and this goes for any application) allowing iPad to delete some, or all of the shots on the card being read. Only ever delete card contents when you are certain they're on your preferred storage, and even then only by using the Camera's own card format, or photo delete function.

    Would urge Apple to allow this tool to work with other Graphics Apps on iPad, and/or, allow full size viewing of frames as part of the review import process. At present you're forced to import all frame before you can start making editorial decisions.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    SD Card reader no longer working

    • Written by Sun Pui C from Puchong

    This SD card reader used to be my photo importing assistant.
    Ever since i upgraded to IOS 11, all screwed up and it no longer working on all of my apple product.
    Iphones, Ipad....... i feel very dissapointed and cheated with this.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fix this issue already

    • Written by Raymond C from Ontario

    This was working fine last night on my 8+, suddenly today it isn’t reading any of my cards. Is there going to be a fix for this? Clearly I’m not the only one experiencing issues with the reader.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not work on IOS 12.1.2

    • Written by Hoang Duong P from Los angeles

    Erm. I have bought this for 1 year.
    Wnen my iphone 6s still in ios 11, it work perfectly, i could transfer 4K video from my gopro hero 5.
    Now in ios 12. It is not working, oh. Can not transfer 2k, 4k video from mavic air or gopro hero 5.
    But it work with full HD video. Why??
    Apple, please update or do something with Apple product...
    Thank you.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Michael G from Spout Spring

    Man, I miss Steve Jobs. He would never have let this one out the door. Why anyone would go through the trouble and expense of creating a device such as this and make it unidirectional to meet such a narrow purpose is absolutely beyond me. Almost every Apple user I know is looking for ways to get their images and files from the iphone to other devices, after all that is what makes devices useful since not everyone lives in an apple world. I've never even heard of the use case for transferring photos to their phone, that is easily done in a multitude of ways. This device solves a problem that has already been solved 100 different ways and ignores the glaring problem that few manufacturers have even recognized. To say I was disappointed with this product is the understatement of the century.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad SD card reader

    • Written by Kin S from Ithaca

    I got the SD card reader from Apple. I can read all the photos on my iPad Pro, but cannot see the videos.... I am using Sony A7. Is there a way to see them? I would like to use the iPad Pro to edit the video. I hope that Apple can fix the problem

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with photos but not videos

    • Written by difei X from pittsburgh

    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). :(

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It worked great but...

    • Written by Denise H from Caldwell

    I have an iPhone 6S and I purchased the Lightning to SD card about two years ago. It worked fantastic, transferring photos as needed. I did not have any problems with it.

    But 5 days ago I updated my phone to iOS 12.2 and the transfer card no longer works. I get a message that states ‘contents not available. cannot read the connected storage media’.

    I hope Apple is paying attention to everyone’s comments and will make a fix. I used this device several times a week.

    9 of 10 people found this useful