Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

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  • 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 and 10.5-inch iPad Pro, and up to USB 2 speeds on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and all other iPad and iPhone models.*

    What’s in the Box

    Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

    System Requirements

    iPhone, iPad and iPod touch models with iOS 9 or later

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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

      428 of 485 people found this useful

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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works great with iPhone 6s

      I just bought this SD card reader to transfer the photos from my Nikon D3100 to my iPhone 6s and it works flawlessly. I was a bit apprehensive as most of the re I just bought this SD card reader to transfer the photos from my Nikon D3100 to my iPhone 6s and it works flawlessly. I was a bit apprehensive as most of the reviews on Amazon about this product stated that it works only with the iPad. However I have tested the same and it does work with iPhone 6s.

      • Written by Irfan A from Santa Clara

      315 of 340 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works great with iPhone 6s

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      Great device, pity about the software

      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 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!

      • Written by Anthony S from Colchester

      241 of 263 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great device, pity about the software

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Works good

      I use this to import pictures that I have taken with my g7x and Nikon dslr to my phone. My pictures still look like really good quality and the videos. Even tho I use this to import pictures that I have taken with my g7x and Nikon dslr to my phone. My pictures still look like really good quality and the videos. Even though I’m updated on the latest iOS I haven’t experienced any problems such as others have wrote about. I keep it with me in my purse just Incase. (Cause I take more pictures on my point and shoot camera than my phone) I noticed for some reason when I had a Sony camera the pictures wouldn’t import and also was unable to import pictures from my address card from like 8 years ago that was taken on a 10 year old camera. So I’m wondering if it depends works better or for pictures or videos taken in a certain format. But anyway those cameras I don’t use much however if it did I would give it five stars.

      • Written by Celeena G from Belen

      Is this review useful?Works good

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Used to Love this Product Now its terrible

      I use multiple different types of trail cameras and have used this card reader in the woods for years... Never had issues until this year!!!!! its hit and mi I use multiple different types of trail cameras and have used this card reader in the woods for years... Never had issues until this year!!!!! its hit and miss. Sometimes it reads the photos but most of the time the IPhone 7 says that "This device is not supported" THIS DRIVES ME INSANE when I'm in the woods I have no other option to view my pics so I will likely have to switch products if this issue isn't fixed soon. I use these for business and I have 7 iPhones and 5 iPads which I replace often...... From what I understand this is a pretty basic product and should be fairly simple for Apple to Repair please let me know when it is fixed

      • Written by Sean B from Embrun

      4 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Used to Love this Product Now its terrible

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      My Apple purchased Lighting to SD reader not working

      I have been using this unit to read the SD cards I’m pulling out of my trail cameras all of a sudden I can not get my pictures to import just a blank screen tha I have been using this unit to read the SD cards I’m pulling out of my trail cameras all of a sudden I can not get my pictures to import just a blank screen that say import, then all of a sudden my phone or iPad switches to the collection folder. Can we please FIX this error that came with 11.1.at least this is when I have started to have this issue since 11/13/17 I use this reader almost daily with my work photos assignments. Thanks for your time in advance. I will not rate this properly until the System has it working again

      • Written by LeRoy C from Southgate

      13 of 13 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?My Apple purchased Lighting to SD reader not working

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