• 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!

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  • 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?

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